1997 Fun Facts, History and Trivia

1997 Fun Facts, History and Trivia

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”
-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:
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.

‘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, 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)

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

Sports:
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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