Historical Events for Year 1997

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Jan 1st - The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
Jan 2nd - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
Jan 3rd - Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV
Jan 3rd - Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick v England at Harare
Jan 3rd - Zimbabwe clean-sweep ODI series v England 3-0
Jan 3rd - The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $27.7 billion USD to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys.
Jan 5th - "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
Jan 5th - "Love Thy Neighbor," closes at Booth Theater NYC
Jan 5th - "Show Boat," closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
Jan 6th - "It's a Slippery Slope," closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
Jan 7th - Newt Gingrich narrowly re-elected speaker of the US House of Representatives
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra Jan 9th - Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital
Jan 9th - After 5 days missing, Tony Bullimore rescued alive after his boat capsized in Southern Ocean
Jan 10th - "Rehersal," closes at Criterion Theater NYC
Jan 10th - 1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1
Jan 10th - 4,000th episode of "Entertainment Tonight"
Jan 10th - Dow Corning provides $295 billion to settle breast implant suits
Jan 10th - Italy's new 1,000 lire coin shows divided Germany on map
Jan 10th - Right-winger Arnoldo Aleman sworn in as president of Nicaragua
Jan 11th - Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis Intl
Tennis Player Martina HingisTennis Player Martina Hingis Jan 11th - Telstar 401 Satellite Fails
Jan 12th - 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)
Jan 12th - 17th United Negro College Fund raises
Jan 12th - Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
Jan 12th - Chrysler-Plymouth LPGA Tournament of Champions
Jan 12th - HAL became operational (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Jan 12th - Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
Jan 12th - Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space
Golfer Tiger WoodsGolfer Tiger Woods Jan 12th - Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships
Jan 12th - wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament Of Champions
Jan 13th - Radical guerrillas hold 72 hostages and shoot at police outside the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru
Jan 15th - Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin
Jan 15th - Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
Jan 15th - Diana, the Princess of Wales, calls for an international ban on landmines, angering ministers in the UK
Jan 16th - Anthony Stuart takes ODI hat-trick, Aus v Pakistan, MCG
Jan 17th - NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
Basketball Player Dennis RodmanBasketball Player Dennis Rodman Jan 18th - 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena
Jan 18th - In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
Jan 18th - Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
Jan 19th - 54th Golden Globes: English Patient, Brenda Blethyn & Geoffrey Rush
Jan 19th - Cerebral Palsy telethon
Jan 19th - Michelle McGann wins LPGA Healthsouth Inaugural
Jan 19th - Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
Jan 20th - Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
Palestinian Leader Yasser ArafatPalestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Jan 20th - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
Jan 20th - Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Aust one-day Series
Jan 21st - An inquiry in North Wales names more than 80 child abusers
Jan 22nd - Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth
Jan 25th - 71st Australian Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beat Mary Pierce (6-2 6-2)
Jan 26th - "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
Jan 26th - 85th Australian Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Carlos Moya (62 63 63)
Tennis Player Pete SamprasTennis Player Pete Sampras Jan 26th - Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
Jan 26th - Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans
Jan 27th - "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," opens at Gershwin NYC
Jan 27th - 24th American Music Award: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win
Jan 30th - Minuteman III launches
Feb 2nd - "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC
Feb 2nd - Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am
Feb 2nd - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (OT)
Singer-Songwriter Alanis MorissetteSinger-Songwriter Alanis Morissette Feb 2nd - Royal Caribbean Senior Golf Classic
Feb 2nd - Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games
Feb 3rd - Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Ithaca NY
Feb 3rd - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM
Feb 4th - Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals
Feb 4th - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
Feb 4th - En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.
Feb 4th - After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ SimpsonNFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson Feb 5th - OJ Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action.
Feb 5th - 3 Swiss banks create $70 million Holocaust fund
Feb 5th - Brook Lee, Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
Feb 5th - Japan's Ministry of Finance announces plans to cut import tariffs on crude oil and most petroleum products
Feb 6th - Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husbands sperm
Feb 7th - US & Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
Feb 9th - 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds
Feb 9th - 47th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-120 at Cleveland
LPGA Golfer Kelly RobbinsLPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins Feb 9th - Kelly Robbins wins LPGA Diet Dr Pepper National Pro-Am
Feb 9th - LG Senior Golf Championship
Feb 9th - Mark O'Meara wins Buick golf invitational
Feb 9th - Palm Beach National LPGA Pro-Am
Feb 9th - Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history
Feb 10th - 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
Feb 10th - 5th ESPY Awards: Michael Johnson, Amy Van Dyken Lobo win
Feb 10th - Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)
Feb 10th - O J Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages
Feb 10th - Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR
Feb 10th - Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991
NFL Coaching Legend Bill ParcellsNFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells Feb 11th - Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets
Feb 11th - STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches
Feb 12th - Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
Feb 13th - "Three Sisters," opens at Criterion Theater NYC
Feb 13th - Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope
Feb 15th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski
Feb 15th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge
Feb 16th - At age 25, Jeff Gordon is youngest winner in Daytona 500 history
Feb 16th - GTE Suncoast Senior Golf Classic
Feb 16th - Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
Feb 16th - Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Los Angeles Women's Championship
Feb 17th - Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena Calif
Feb 17th - Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sexually abused his daughter
Feb 19th - FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
Feb 20th - "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
MLB Legend Barry BondsMLB Legend Barry Bonds Feb 20th - SF Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract
Feb 21st - "Empire Strikes Back, special edition," premieres
Feb 21st - STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands
Feb 22nd - Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open
Feb 23rd - Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building & kills 1
Feb 23rd - American Express Senior Golf Invitational
Feb 23rd - Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
Feb 23rd - NBC TV shows "Schindler's List," completely uncensored, 65M watch
Feb 23rd - Tucson Chrysler Golf Classic
Feb 23rd - Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"
Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng XiaopingChinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping Feb 24th - Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)
Feb 24th - South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
Feb 24th - Qatar inaugurates the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting facility and formally launches Qatar Liquefied Gas Co.
Feb 26th - 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins
Feb 27th - "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
Feb 27th - Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop
Feb 28th - Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
Feb 28th - FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia
Feb 28th - Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US
Feb 28th - The North Hollywood shootout takes place.
Mar 1st - "Mandy Patinkin in Concert," opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
Mar 1st - 5th annual ESPY Awards shown on TV
Mar 2nd - Gail Graham wins LPGA Alpine Australian Ladies Masters
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick FaldoGolfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo Mar 2nd - Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open
Mar 2nd - Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple
Mar 2nd - Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)
Mar 3rd - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
Mar 3rd - The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
Mar 4th - Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
Mar 4th - Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)
Mar 4th - President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research
Mar 4th - Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)
42nd US President Bill Clinton42nd US President Bill Clinton Mar 5th - Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox & Willie Wells for Hall of Fame
Mar 6th - Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.
Mar 7th - Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
Mar 7th - 5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life
Mar 8th - 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, Babyface win
Mar 9th - Senior Golf Slam
Mar 9th - Steve Elkington wins Doral-Ryder Golf Open
Golfer and PGA Champion Steve ElkingtonGolfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington Mar 11th - Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space
Mar 11th - Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II
Mar 11th - SF Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
Mar 13th - India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
Mar 13th - The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are now a hotly debated controversy.
Mar 14th - 68 year old Gordie Howe signs AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch
Mar 14th - Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II Mar 14th - Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award
Mar 14th - President Clinton trips & tears up his knee requiring surgery
Mar 14th - The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.

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