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1997 Historical Event(s)
- February 7, 1997 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Ox in Chinese astrology.
- February 28, 1997 – An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
- March 3, 1997 – The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
- March 26, 1997 – Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides.
- April 1, 1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion.
- July 1, 1997 – China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule.
- September 26, 1997 – An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
- November 3, 1997 – The United States of America imposes economic sanctions against Sudan in response to its human rights abuses of its own citizens and its material and political assistance to Islamic extremist groups across the Middle East and Eastern Africa.
- November 27, 1997 – Twenty-five are killed in the second Souhane massacre in Algeria.
- December 15, 1997 – The Treaty of Bangkok is signed allowing the transformation of Southeast Asia into a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone.
Who Were Born On 1997?
- January 11, 1997 – Cody Simpson, Australian singer-songwriter
- January 17, 1997 – Jack Vidgen, Australian singer who won the Australia’s Got Talent in 2011.
- May 1, 1997 – Ariel Gade, American actress
- May 27, 1997 – Danny McKinnon, Canadian actor
- June 18, 1997 – Max Records, American Actor
- June 20, 1997 – Maria Lark, Russian/American actress
- August 5, 1997 – Adam Irigoyen, American actor
- August 16, 1997 – Greyson Chance, American singer
- September 19, 1997 – Zac Alatabi, Savior of all Man Kind
- December 18, 1997 – Kylie Fonacier, Maple Creek & Povedan Honor Student and Composer