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1997 Historical Event(s)
- February 5, 1997 – The so-called Big Three banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
- February 7, 1997 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Ox in Chinese astrology.
- February 28, 1997 – The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
- April 19, 1997 – The Red River Flood of 1997 overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Fire breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings.
- May 6, 1997 – The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank’s 300-year history.
- June 13, 1997 – Uphaar cinema fire, in New Delhi, India, killed 59 people, and over 100 people injured.
- July 21, 1997 – The fully restored USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
- August 25, 1997 – Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill policy at the Berlin Wall.
- December 15, 1997 – A chartered Tupolev TU-154 from Tajikistan crashes in the desert near Sharja, United Arab Emirates airport killing 85.
- December 27, 1997 – Protestant paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Who Were Born On 1997?
- February 10, 1997 – Chloë Moretz, American actress
- February 25, 1997 – Isabelle Fuhrman, American actress
- March 18, 1997 – Ciara Bravo, American actress
- March 23, 1997 – Aidan Davis, English dancer
- May 9, 1997 – Zane Huett, American actor
- May 27, 1997 – Danny McKinnon, Canadian actor
- September 8, 1997 – Kimberlea Berg, English actress
- October 8, 1997 – Bella Thorne, American actress
- November 1, 1997 – Alex Wolff, American singer and actor
- November 6, 1997 – Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, English actor