Timeline 1997

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News Highlights of 1997

• Scientists cloned Dolly the sheep
Dolly the cloned sheep was cloned by scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland.

• Heaven's Gate Cult mass suicide
A mass suicide in which 39 members of a "Heaven's Gate Cult" in California killed themselves thinking they would be sent up to a spaceship behind the passing Hale Bopp comet. Strange and sad story.

• Timothy McVeigh is found guilty of bombing

• China resumes control of Hong Kong
July 1, after 156 years of British rule, the colony was turned back over to China.

• Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars
The little remote control rover landed and took pictures and samples of the planet surface.

• Princess Diana's Funeral.
Millions of mourners gathered outside a London cathedral for the funeral of Princess Diana. Princess Sara and her children showed up in the crowd of mourners. Camilla Parker Bowles, refered to by Diana as a Rottweiler, was the only one who wasn't invited to the funeral. Diana was later laid to rest at the Spencer family plot.

• Comet Hale-Bopp 1st spotted
It was considered to be the greatest comet in the 20th century. About 80% of Americans saw it without a telescope.

• Paducah High School shootings
Mentally ill Michael Carneal, 15, was charged with killing three Paducah high school classmates and wounding five others who were in a prayer circle. December 1997

• Tony Blair is elected
Tony Blair become prime minister of Great Britain in a landslide election victory ending 18 years of Conservative rule.

• Married With Children Cancelled
Married With Children Was Canceles After 10 Years.

• Titanic
Titanic opened in 1997 and became the BIGGEST Total Box-Office Film ever in film history with over 1 Billion dollars and also became the movie with most Academy Award totaling 13

• Harry Potter is published
Harry Potter was published in 1997 and written by J.K. Rowling, inspired millions to read.

• Flood of 1997
The Flood of 1997 hit the Red River Valley in April. Many towns had to be evacuated in North Dakota and Minnesota. Many families lost their homes.

• World's First Surviving Set of Septuplets
Kenneth Robert, Alexis May, Natalie Sue, Kelsey Ann, Brandon James, Nathan Roy, and Joel Steven were born to Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey on November 19, 1997 making them the world's first surviving set of septuplets.

• Mother Theresa of Calcutta died
Mother Theresa of Calcutta died a week later after Princess Diana, Sept 1997

• Pokemon First Introduced
Pokemon the major kids game was realesed to the U.S. and swept the Nation with its great gaming fun.Kids still love to play pokemon games all over the world.

• Microsoft becomes the worlds most valuable company valued at $261 billion dollars

Popular Culture 1998

  • The Simpsons becomes the longest-running prime-time animated series.

Popular Films

• Titanic
• The Lost World: Jurassic Park
• Men in Black
• Tomorrow Never Dies
• Air Force One
• As Good as It Gets
• Liar Liar
• My Best Friend's Wedding
• The Fifth Element
• The Full Monty
• Batman & Robin
• The Rainmaker
• Good Will Hunting

Popular Musicians

• Mariah Carey
• Smashing Pumpkins
• Foo Fighters
• Nine Inch Nails
• The Verve
• Counting Crows
• Lenny Kravitz
• Céline Dion
• Daft Punk
• Sneaker Pimps
• Fleetwood Mac
• Spice Girls
• Radiohead
• Garth Brooks
• Hanson
• The Offspring
• Bryan Adams
• Aerosmith

Sports News 

  • January 26 – in Super Bowl XXXI, the Green Bay Packers won 35–21 over the New England Patriots
  • World Series – Florida Marlins won 4 games to 3 over the Cleveland Indians.
  • Mike Tyson bites off a piece of the ear of Evander Holyfield in the third round of their WBA Heavyweight title fight, Tyson's boxing license is suspended for at least a year and he is fined $3 million.
  • Grey Cup – Toronto Argonauts won 47–23 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Stanley Cup – Detroit Red Wings win 4 games to 0 over the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 on February 16
  • NASCAR Championship – Jeff Gordon
  • Champ CarCART Racing – Alex Zanardi won the season championship
  • Formula One Championship – Jacques Villeneuve of Canada

Popular Television

  • Law & Order
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • One Foot in the Grave (UK)
  • The Jerry Springer Show
  • Dateline NBC
  • Frasier
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • NYPD Blue
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • The Late Show with David Letterman
  • The Nanny
  • The X-Files
  • ER
  • Friends
  • JAG
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • 7th Heaven
  • Touched By An Angel
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Judge Judy
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Dharma & Greg
  • King of the Hill
  • South Park
  • Cosby
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Dragon Ball
  • Stargate SG-1
  • The Practice
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Boy Meets World
  • Teletubbies (UK)
  • Simpsons

Top Songs 

1. Candle in the Wind , Elton John
2. Foolish Games /You Were Meant for Me , Jewel
3. I'll Be Missing You , Puff Daddy and Faith Evans
4. Un-Break My Heart , Toni Braxton
5. Can't Nobody Hold Me Down, Puff Daddy
6. I Believe I Can Fly , R. Kelly
7. Don't Let Go (Love) , En Vogue
8. Return of the Mack , Mark Morrison
9. How Do I Live , LeAnn Rimes
10. Wannabe , Spice Girls