1997 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

1997 Fun Facts, History and Trivia

Quick Facts from 1997:

  • World Changing Event: On August 31st 1997, Princess Diana, aged 36, was killed in a car accident in France.
  • The Top Song was Candle in the Wind 1997/
    Something About The Way You Look Tonight by Elton John
  • Influential Songs include: Missing You by Puff Daddy, 112 & Faith Evans, The Old Apartment by Barenaked Ladies and Wannabe by The Spice Girls
  • The Teletubbies– Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po and Noo-noo their housekeeper were introduced on BBC2.
  • The Movies to Watch include Good Will Hunting, Amistad, The Fifth Element, As Good As It Gets, Contact and Titanic
  • People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive: George Clooney
  • The 1997 Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act set a $200 million maximum limit for the “allowable awards to all rail passengers, against all defendants, for all claims, including claims for punitive damages, arising from a single accident.”
  • Notable books include: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • IBM’s “Deep Blue” chess-playing computer defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov
  • Price of AM/FM Cassette Sony Walkman in 1997: $44.99
    Plymouth (or Dodge) Neon: $11,395.00
  • The Funny Late Night Host: Jay Leno
  • The Song: Celine Dion at first declined to sing My Heart Will Go On. Then she recorded it in one take and that demo was later released as the main theme song for Titanic. Now it’s one of the all time best selling singles and has become her Signature Song.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1997:
Emily, Jessica, Ashley, Sarah, Hannah, Michael, Jacob, Matthew, Chris, Topher, Joshua

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Claudia Schiffer

Hollywood Hunks, Sex Symbols and Leading Men:
George Clooney, Michael Hutchence, John Travolta

“The Quotes:”
“Oh my God! They killed Kenny!”
– South Park

“There are some things that money can’t buy. For everything else there’s MasterCard”

“I’m king of the world!”
– Leonardo DiCaprio, in ‘Titanic’

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Andy Grove

Miss America:
Tara Holland (Overland Park, KS)

Miss USA:
Brook Mahealani Lee (Hawaii)/ Brandi Sherwood (Idaho)

The Scandals:
Marv Albert went on trial for felony charges of forcible sodomy, which involved the alleged repeated biting of an unnamed female sex partner.

Eddie Murphy was stopped by the police with a transsexual prostitute. He explained that it was all a misunderstanding; he was mere giving the young lady/ man a ride.

The Globe tabloid paper revealed an affair between Frank Gifford and Trans World Airlines flight attendant Suzen Johnson. The incident was at first not believed by his wife, Kathie Lee Gifford.

Airplane Celebrity Death:
John Denver

Hip Hop Violent Death:
Notorious B.I.G. (gunshot)

Princess Motorcade Death:
Princess Diana was killed in a speeding motorcade crash in the Pont e l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France, some say it was a planned assassination/murder.

Movie & TV Star Death:
Chris Farley (cocaine and heroin overdose)

Rock Star Death:
Michael Hutchence (accidental?) auto-erotic asphyxiation

Movie Star Death:
Jimmy Stewart, actor and WW II hero, age 89

Pop Culture News:
Remember in 1997 when Brad Pitt was just minding his own business, then Shania Twain dissed him in that song?

LeAnn Rimes was the youngest person ever to win the ‘Best New Artist” Grammy.

Purell was launched as a product for consumers. It had been used by healthcare workers since 1988.

On April Fools Day 1997, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak and Jeopardy host Alex Trebek swapped shows for the day

Titanic won 11 Oscars.

WebMD went online in 1997.

Pfizer’s Lipitor has been reducing cholesterol since 1997.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 19907: $1,200,000

NOT a Surprise Announcement:
Ellen DeGeneres admitted that she was gay on her sitcom

The Habit:
Watching Titanic at the theater

1st appearances & 1997’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Beanie Babies became the must-have toy for Christmas 1997-1999, Teletubby toys, Pokemon, Tamagotchi, Spice Girls Dolls, Repunzel Barbie

Popular and Notable Books From 1997:
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
Airframe by Michael Crichton
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon
The Buffalo Tree by Adam Rapp
Cat and Mouse by James Patterson
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
Flood Tide by Clive Cussler
The Ghost by Danielle Steel
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Hornet’s Nest by Patricia Cornwell
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
Out of Sheer Rage by Geoff Dyer
The Partner by John Grisham
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Plum Island by Nelson DeMille
Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins Clark
The Ranch by Danielle Steel
Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz
Special Delivery by Danielle Steel
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Underworld by Don DeLillo
Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

East End Show – Chicago (Musical) Opened on October 18, 1997 and Closed: September 1, 2012

Broadway Show – The Lion King (Musical) Opened on November 13, 1997

Best Film Oscar Winner:
The English Patient (presented in 1997)

1997 Entries to The National Film Registry:
Ben-Hur (released in 1925)
The Big Sleep (released in 1946)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (released in 1957)
Cops (released in 1922)
Czechoslovakia 1968 (released in 1969)
Grass (released in 1925)
The Great Dictator (released in 1940)
Harold and Maude (released in 1972)
Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (released in 1937)
How the West Was Won (released in 1962)
The Hustler (released in 1961)
Knute Rockne, All American (released in 1940)
The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra (released in 1927)
Little Fugitive (released in 1953)
Mean Streets (released in 1973)
Motion Painting No. 1 (released in 1947)
The Music Box (released in 1932)
The Naked Spur (released in 1953)
Rear Window (released in 1954)
Republic Steel Strike Riot Newsreel Footage (released in 1937)
Return of the Secaucus 7 (released in 1980)
The Thin Man (released in 1934)
Tulips Shall Grow (released in 1942)
West Side Story (released in 1961)
Wings (released in 1927)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Titanic
2. Men In Black
3. The Lost Word: Jurassic park
4. Liar Liar
5. Air Force One
6. As Good As It Gets
7. Good Will Hunting
8. Star Wars (Special Edition)
9. My Best Friend’s Wedding
10 Tomorrow Never Dies
11. Face/Off

1997 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Seinfeld (NBC)
2. E.R. (NBC)
3. Veronica’s Closet (NBC)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. Touched By An Angel (CBS)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. Union Square (NBC)
8. Frasier (NBC)
9. Home Improvement (ABC)
10. Just Shoot Me (NBC)

1997 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 7, 1996 – February 21, 1997:
Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

February 22 – May 21:
Wannabe – Spice Girls

March 22 – May 2:
Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down – Puff Daddy and Mase

May 3 – May 23:
Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.

May 24 – June 13:
MMMBop – Hanson

June 14 – August 30:
I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112

August 30 – September 12:
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems – The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase

September 13 – October 3:
Honey – Mariah Carey

October 4 – October 10:
4 Seasons of Loneliness – Boyz II Men

October 11, 1997 – January 16, 1998:
Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John

World Series Champions: Florida Marlins
Superbowl XXXI Champions: Green Bay Packers
NBA Champions: Chicago Bulls
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf Ernie Ells
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Patrick Rafter/Martina Hingis
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Pete Sampras/Martinga Hingis
NCAA Football Champions: Michigan & Nebraska
NCAA Basketball Champions: Arizona
Kentucky Derby: Silver Charm

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