1997 in History – What happened in year 1997


In history, year 1997 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1997.

Know what happened in 1997:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 July The Thai baht rapidly lost half of its value, marking thebeginning of the Asian financial crisis.
03 DecemberRepresentatives from 121 countries signed the Ottawa Treatybanning the use of anti-personnel land mines.
03 March The Sky Tower in Auckland, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere at 328 metres (1,076 ft), opened.
06 July The Troubles-In response to the Drumcree dispute, five days ofunrest began in Irish nationalist districts of Northern Ireland.
11 MayDeep Blue became the first computer to win a match against aworld chess champion, when it defeated Garry Kasparov in six games.
13 AprilIn golf, twenty-one-year-old Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win the 1997 U.S. Masters, breaking the tournament's record for the lowest four-round score (270 strokes, 18 under par).
19 DecemberSilkAir Flight 185 crashed into the Musi River in Indonesia inwhat was determined to be a murder-suicide by the captain.
19 July The Provisional Irish Republican Army permanently resumed itsceasefire to end its 25-year campaign against British rule in NorthernIreland.
22 DecemberHussein Farrah Aidid relinquished the disputed title ofPresident of Somalia.
26 March Police in Rancho Santa Fe, California, discovered the bodies of 39 members of Heaven's Gate who had died in an apparent cult suicide.
28 FebruaryIn what has been has viewed as a 'postmodern coup', the Turkish Military leadership issued a memorandum that eventually precipitated the retirement of Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan.
16 DecemberDenno Senshi Porygon, an episode of the Japanese televisionseries Pokémon, induced epileptic seizures in 685 children.
27 DecemberLoyalist Volunteer Force leader Billy Wright was assassinatedin the Maze prison by members of the Irish National Liberation Army.
15 OctoberOn the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, the first supersonic landspeed record was set by Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green in the jet-propelled car ThrustSSC when it achieved a speed of 1,228 km/h (763mph).
19 MayThe Sierra Gorda Biosphere, which encompasses the mostecologically diverse region in Mexico, was established as a result ofgrassroots efforts.
03 March The Sky Tower in Auckland, the tallest free-standing structurein the Southern Hemisphere at 328 m (1,076 ft), opened.
07 JulyIraqi Kurdish Civil War-The Turkish Armed Forces concludedOperation Hammer, having successfully destroyed Kurdistan Workers' Partyunits in Northern Iraq.
10 MayA 7.3 Mw earthquake struck Iran's Khorasan Province, killing1,567, injuring over 2,300, leaving 50,000 homeless, and damaging ordestroying over 15,000 homes.
13 JuneIn one of the worst fire tragedies in recent Indian history, 59people died and 103 others were seriously injured during a premierescreening of the film Border at the Uphaar Cinema in Green Park, Delhi.
15 JulyAmerican spree killer Andrew Cunanan gunned down fashiondesigner Gianni Versace in Miami, Florida.
19 MayThe Sierra Gorda Biosphere, which encompasses the mostecologically diverse region in Mexico, was established as a result ofgrassroots efforts.
21 January The U.S. House of Representatives voted 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.
22 February Scientists at The Roslin Institute in Scotland announced thebirth of a cloned sheep named Dolly, the first mammal to have beensuccessfully cloned from an adult cell, seven months after the fact.
23 January Madeleine Albright was sworn in as the first female United States Secretary of State, the highest-ranking woman in the history ofthe U.S. government.
29 AprilThe 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention went into effect,outlawing the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons inthose countries that ratified the arms control agreement.
22 DecemberHussein Farrah Aidid relinquished the disputed title ofPresident of Somalia.
29 DecemberIn order to prevent the spread of the H5N1 flu virus, the HongKong government slaughtered 1.3 million chickens.
16 NovemberChinese dissident Wei Jingsheng was released for 'medicalreasons' after spending 17½ of the previous 18 years in prison, and wasdeported to the United States.
02 JulyThe Thai baht rapidly lost half of its value, marking the beginning of the Asian financial crisis.
06 JulyThe Troubles-In response to the Drumcree dispute, five days ofunrest began in Irish nationalist districts of Northern Ireland.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1997:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AprilÁlex Palou / Racing Driver / Spain
05 February Patrick Roberts / Footballer / United Kingdom
07 AprilRafaela Gómez / Tennis Player / Ecuador
08 JuneJeļena Ostapenko / Tennis Player / Latvia
09 SeptemberBilly Bainbridge / Rugby Player / Australia
10 SeptemberBrooke Henderson / Golfer / Canada
11 OctoberJeando Fuchs / Footballer / France
12 JulyMalala Yousafzai / Activist / United Kingdom
13 January Connor McDavid / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
15 DecemberZach Banks / Racing Car Driver / United States of America
15 JuneMadison Kocian / Gymnast / United States of America
16 DecemberZara Larsson / Singer / Sweden
17 DecemberShoma Uno / Figure Skater / Japan
18 AugustRenato Sanches / Footballer / Portugal
21 MayIvan De Santis / Footballer / Italy
23 MayCoy Craft / Footballer / United States of America
26 January Gedion Zelalem / Footballer / Germany
28 OctoberTaylor Fritz / Tennis Player / United States of America
30 JuneIryna Shymanovich / Tennis Player / Belarus
31 OctoberMarcus Rashford / Footballer / United Kingdom

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1997:

YearName / Profession / Country
09 MarchDarsheel Safary / Actor / India
30 JuneAvika Gor / Actress / India
12 AprilAlka Gupta / Actress / India
25 JanuaryJustice M. Fathima Beevi / Lawyer / India
14 MayManushi Chhillar / Model / India

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