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1997 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1997 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XXXI Champions
|Green Bay Packers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|Detroit Red Wings|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Patrick Rafter/Martina Hingis|
|Pete Sampras/Martinga Hingis|
NCAA Football Champions
|Michigan & Nebraska|
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: December 31, 1996 - Nebraska over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1997 - Ohio State over Arizona State
Sugar Bowl : January 2, 1997 - Florida over Florida State
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Parifal Di Casa Netzer|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Tara Holland (Overland Park, KS)|
|Brook Mahealani Lee (Hawaii)/ Brandi Sherwood (Idaho)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Gillian Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Sophie Anderton, Jennifer Aniston, Zoe Ball, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Victoria Beckham, Traci Bingham, Yasmine Bleeth, Caprice Bourret, Sandra Bullock, Emma Bunton, Neve Campbell, Melanie Chisholm, Courteney Cox, Cindy Crawford, Sheryl Crow, Donna D'Errico, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Carmen Electra, Angie Everhart, Isla Fisher, Anna Friel, Jennie Garth, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Geri Halliwell, Teri Hatcher, Salma Hayek, Natasha Henstridge, Eva Herzigova, Elizabeth Hurley, Patsy Kensit, Nicole Kidman, Heidi Klum, Lisa Kudrow, Lucy Lawless, Tea Leoni, Heather Locklear, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Elle Macpherson, Jenny McCarthy, Melinda Messenger, Dannii Minogue, Kylie Minogue, Demi Moore, Gena Lee Nolin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Princess Diana, Rebecca Romijn, Rene Russo, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Claudia Schiffer, Elisabeth Shue, Alicia Silverstone, Victoria Silvstedt, Gwen Stefani, Sharon Stone, Niki Taylor, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Lea Thompson, Uma Thurman, Shania Twain, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones|
|"Oh my G*d! They killed Kenny!"
- South Park
"There are some things that money canít buy. For everything else thereís MasterCard"
"I'm king of the world!"
- Leonardo DiCaprio, in Titanic
When Nelson Mandela met Spice Girls in 1997 he described the moment as "One of the greatest moments of my life".
Jeanne Louise Calment, the person with the longest confirmed human lifespan, who died in 1997 saw Vincent van Gogh in her uncle's shop as a 13-year-old and described him as "blighted by alcohol".
1997 Pop Culture History
|The largest music concert in history was played by
Jean-Michel Jarre in Moscow: it was attended by 3,500,000 people.
The number matched Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach in Rio in 1994.
The 60's TV show Lost in Space, as written, took place in 1997.
Julia "Butterfly" Hill, on December 10, 1997, ascended 180 feet up the redwood tree Luna to stave off Pacific Lumber Co. loggers who were clear-cutting. Hill lived on two 6-by-6-foot platforms for 738 days until a resolution was reached with the logging company.
Reverend Robert Shields had a diary so long that it filled 94 boxes, and contained 37.5 million words. He chronicled every 5 minutes of his life between 1972 and 1997.
Robert Metcalfe predicted in 1995 that the internet would collapse in 1996, and "eat his words" if it did not. In 1997, he blended a printed copy of that speech with liquid and drank the mixture.
The Great Comic Strip Switcheroo of '97: several large comic strips switched creators for a day.
Pepsi held a contest to win a life-size replica of the Simpsons house or $75,000. The contest winner chose the cash. The house, which cost $120,000 to build, was renovated to look like a normal home and re-sold.
Lottie Williams is the only person to have been hit by re-entering space debris. She was walking through a park in Tulsa Oklahoma at 3:30 am and felt a tapping on her shoulder. It was a piece of the fuel tank of a Delta II rocket launched in 1996. She was unhurt.
Morgan Freeman offered to cover the cost of prom for a Mississippi school that held two racially segregated proms every year, provided that the one Freeman would be covering would just be one racially integrated prom. This offer was refused until 2008.
Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak swapped places on Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune as an April Fool's Day joke.
Toy manufacturer Mattel sued MCA Records over Aqua's hit Barbie Girl. After ruling the lawsuit (and MCA's countersuit) be dismissed due to parody protection under the 1st amendment, the judge concluded his ruling by stating: "The parties are advised to chill."
14 year old Nathan Zohner was able to get 43 out of 50 of his classmates to vote to ban "Dihydrogen Monoxide" for his science fair project. His project aimed to prove that the use of true facts can lead the ignorant public to false conclusions. He won first prize. Dihydrogen Monoxide is another description for 'water'.
LeAnn Rimes was the youngest person ever to win the 'Best New Artist" Grammy.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), was often considered too expensive to realistically pursue until an engineer discovered more efficient methods in 1997. Although Nicholas Steinsberger saved his company and changed the industry, he did not receive a bonus from the comopany, Mitchell Energy.
Purell was launched as a product for consumers. It had been used by healthcare workers since 1988.
The Weezer song Mykel & Carli, released in 1994, is about sisters Mykel and Carli Allan who established the band's fan club and are considered the band's biggest fans. Mykel and Carli, and younger sister Trisha, died in a car accident in 1997; members of Weezer attended their funeral.
Titanic won 11 Oscars.
In 1997, there was an episode of Goosebumps called "Click." In it, a kid gets a universal remote, uses it to pause his sister, change the color of his fish, fast forward through time, etc. 9 years later, Adam Sandler starred in a movie of the same name with a similar premise.
Steve Wynn bought a Picasso for $45 Million, accidentally put his elbow through it causing over $90,000 in damages. This story added value to the painting and was sold for $155 Million in 2013.
Sir Patrick Stewart put on and starred in a "photo negative" production of Othello. He starred as a white Othello opposite a black cast. It was the first time this concept was used.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 19907: $1,200,000
An IBM supercomputer known as Deep Blue beat then chess world champion Garry Kasparov, who had once bragged he would never lose to a machine. After 15 years, it was discovered that the critical move made by Deep Blue was due to a bug in its software.
In 1929, 23.9% of a family's income went to food, versus 10.7% in 1997.
World War II News and Information
|Operation Tracer: If Nazi's captured Gibraltar a British team would be sealed within the rock to spy on shipping from an underground complex, with supplies for several years (and their burials). After decades of rumours and searching, the cave was rediscovered in 1997.|
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
Wrestler Bret Hart was unaware he was going to lose the WWF championship
belt during the 1997 Survivor Series. This is referred to as the
In August of 1997, UPS employees went on strike for 16 days. The
strike cost UPS over $600,000,000 in revenue.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Beanie Babies become the must-have toy for Christmas 1997. Teletubby toys, Pokemon, Tamagotchi, Spice Girls Dolls, Repunzel Barbie
Pfizer's Lipitor has been reducing cholesterol since 1997.
WebMD went online in 1997.
ToyFare Magazine (1997-2011)
|Watching Titanic at the theater, also watching
Sci Fi classics films Contact, The Fifth Element, Gattaca, Men
in Black, and Starship Troopers when Titanic tickets were sold
Reading The Partner by John Grisham
Trying to find an original Princess Beanie Bear.
1997/98 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. Seinfeld (NBC)
2. E.R. (NBC)
3. Veronica's Closet (NBC)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. Monday Night Football (ABC)
6. Touched By An Angel (CBS)
7. 60 Minutes (CBS)
8. Union Square (NBC)
9. CBS Sunday Movie (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1997 include
Aaliyah, Erykah Badu, Blackstreet, Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child, Dru Hill, Elton John, En Vogue, Faith Evans, Foxy Brown, Hanson, Jagged Edge, Jewel, Keith Sweat, LeAnn Rimes, Lil Kim, Lonestar, Mase, Mariah Carey, Martina McBride, Mase, Matchbox Twenty, MC Lite, Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott, Notorious B.I.G., 112, Puff Daddy, R. Kelly, Savage Garden, Sheryl Crow, Spice Girls, Sugar Ray, 2Pac, Third Eye Blind, The Wallflowers, Will Smith, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1997
|December 7, 1996 - February 21, 1997: Toni Braxton
- Un-Break My Heart
February 22, 1997 - March 21, 1997: Spice Girls - Wannabe
March 22, 1997 - May 2, 1997: Puff Daddy featuring Mase - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
May 3, 1997 - May 23, 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
May 24, 1997 - June 13, 1997: Hanson - MMMBop
June 14, 1997 - August 29, 1997: Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 - I'll Be Missing You
August 30, 1997 - September 12, 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mase - Mo Money Mo Problems
September 13, 1997 - October 3, 1997: Mariah Carey - Honey
October 4, 1997 - October 10, 1997: Boyz II Men - 4 Seasons of Loneliness
October 11, 1997 - January 16, 1998: Elton John - Candle in the Wind '97
(according to boxofficemojo)
Air Force One, Alien Resurrection, Anaconda, As Good As It Gets, Batman and Robin, Con Air, Conspiracy Theory, Contact, Cube, Dante's Peak, The Empire Strikes Back (re-release), Face/Off, The Fifth Element, Flubber, Gattaca, George of the Jungle, Good Will Hunting, Hercules, I Know What You Did Last Summer, In & Out, L.A. Confidential, Liar Liar, Life is Beautiful, LOst HIghway, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Men in Black, My Best Friend's Wedding, Scream 2, Star Wars (re-release), Starship Troopers, Titanic, Tomorrow Never Dies
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