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  • U.S.
    Sunday Feb 9, 1997

    Apple Inc.

    Jobs back to Apple

    U.S.
    Sunday Feb 9, 1997

    The NeXT acquisition was finalized on February 9, 1997, bringing Jobs back to Apple as an Advisor.




  • Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
    Thursday Feb 13, 1997

    Dwayne Johnson

    Intercontinental Championship

    Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
    Thursday Feb 13, 1997

    On February 13, 1997, Johnson won the Intercontinental Championship from Hunter Hearst Helmsley on Monday Night Raw.




  • California, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 19, 1997

    Java (programming language)

    JDK 1.1

    California, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 19, 1997

    On February 19, 1997, Sun Microsystems released JDK 1.1.




  • Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
    Monday Mar 24, 1997

    Netflix

    Introduction of DVDs

    Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
    Monday Mar 24, 1997

    When Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings heard about DVDs, first introduced in the United States on March 24, 1997, they tested the concept of selling or renting DVDs by mail by mailing a compact disc to Hastings' house in Santa Cruz. When the disc arrived intact, they decided to take on the $16 billion home-video sales and rental industry.




  • Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
    Monday Mar 31, 1997

    Dwayne Johnson

    Johnson Defeated Bret Hart

    Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
    Monday Mar 31, 1997

    Johnson defeated Bret Hart by disqualification in a title defense on the March 31, 1997, episode of Raw is War. Behind the scenes, Hart mentored Johnson for his first year in WWF and refused to be booked to take the title from him




  • Rochester, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 20, 1997

    Dwayne Johnson

    In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker

    Rochester, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 20, 1997

    On April 20, 1997, at In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker, he lost to Savio Vega by countout but retained the title. Audiences became increasingly hostile toward Maivia, with chants of "die, Rocky, die" and "Rocky sucks" being heard during his matches.




  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 20, 1997

    Shaquille O'Neal

    The 1996–97 season

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 20, 1997

    The Lakers won 56 games during the 1996–97 season. O'Neal averaged 26.2 points and 12.5 rebounds in his first season with Los Angeles; however, he again missed over 30 games due to injury. The Lakers made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the second round by the Utah Jazz in five games.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Friday Apr 25, 1997

    Shaquille O'Neal

    In his first playoff game for the Lakers

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Friday Apr 25, 1997

    In his first playoff game for the Lakers, O'Neal scored 46 points against the Portland Trail Blazers, the most for the Lakers in a playoff game since Jerry West had 53 in 1969.


  • U.S.
    Monday Apr 28, 1997

    Dwayne Johnson

    Intercontinental Championship

    U.S.
    Monday Apr 28, 1997

    Johnson lost the Intercontinental Championship to Owen Hart on the April 28, 1997 episode of Raw Is War.


  • U.S.
    Saturday May 3, 1997

    Dwayne Johnson

    Marriage

    U.S.
    Saturday May 3, 1997

    Johnson married Dany García on May 3, 1997. They have one child.


  • U.S.
    Monday May 12, 1997

    Amazon

    Barnes & Noble sued Amazon

    U.S.
    Monday May 12, 1997

    Barnes & Noble sued Amazon on May 12, 1997, alleging that Amazon's claim to be "the world's largest bookstore" was false because it "...isn't a bookstore at all. It's a book broker." The suit was later settled out of court and Amazon continued to make the same claim.


  • New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 23, 1997

    Richard Jewell

    Richard Jewell v. New York Post

    New York, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 23, 1997

    On July 23, 1997, Jewell sued the New York Post for $15 million in damages, contending that the paper portrayed him in articles, photographs and an editorial cartoon as an "aberrant" person with a "bizarre employment history" who was probably guilty of the bombing.


  • Scotts Valley, California, U.S.
    Friday Aug 29, 1997

    Netflix

    Netflix foundation

    Scotts Valley, California, U.S.
    Friday Aug 29, 1997

    Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings founded Netflix on August 29, 1997 in Scotts Valley, California.


  • Scotts Valley, California, U.S.
    Friday Aug 29, 1997

    Netflix

    First online DVD-rental store

    Scotts Valley, California, U.S.
    Friday Aug 29, 1997

    Netflix launched as the world's first online DVD-rental store, with only 30 employees and 925 titles available - almost the entire catalogue of DVDs at the time, using the pay-per-rent model, with rates and due dates similar to those of its brick-and-mortar competitor, Blockbuster.


  • U.S.
    Monday Sep 15, 1997

    Google LLC

    Registering The Domain Name For Google

    U.S.
    Monday Sep 15, 1997

    The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Saturday Sep 27, 1997

    Richard Jewell

    Saturday Night Live

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Saturday Sep 27, 1997

    Jewell had a cameo in the September 27, 1997 episode of Saturday Night Live, in which he jokingly fended off suggestions that he was responsible for the deaths of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Friday Oct 24, 1997

    Eminem

    1997 Rap Olympics

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Friday Oct 24, 1997

    Eminem went to Los Angeles to compete in the 1997 Rap Olympics, an annual, nationwide battle rap competition. He placed second, and Interscope Records staff in attendance sent a copy of the Slim Shady EP to company CEO Jimmy Iovine.


  • U.S.
    Monday Oct 27, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    27 October 1997 mini-crash

    U.S.
    Monday Oct 27, 1997

    The crisis led to a drop in consumer and spending confidence (see 27 October 1997 mini-crash). Indirect effects included the dot-com bubble, and years later the housing bubble and the subprime mortgage crisis.


  • U.S.
    Monday Nov 10, 1997

    Apple Inc.

    Apple Store website

    U.S.
    Monday Nov 10, 1997

    On November 10, 1997, Apple introduced the Apple Store website, which was tied to a new build-to-order manufacturing strategy.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 2, 1997

    Robin Williams

    Best Supporting Actor

    U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 2, 1997

    Many of his later roles were in comedies tinged with pathos. His roles in comedy and dramatic films garnered Williams an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (for his role as a psychologist in Good Will Hunting (1997)), as well as two previous Academy Award nominations (for playing an English teacher in Dead Poets Society (1989)), and for playing a troubled homeless man in The Fisher King (1991). In 1991, he played an adult Peter Pan in the film Hook, although he had said that he would have to lose twenty-five pounds for the role.


  • Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1997

    Dwayne Johnson

    D-Generation X: In Your House

    Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sunday Dec 7, 1997

    At D-Generation X: In Your House, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock in under six minutes to retain the Intercontinental Championship. The next night on Raw Is War, Austin was ordered by Mr. McMahon to defend the title in a rematch, but forfeited it to The Rock instead, handing him the title belt before hitting him with the Stone Cold Stunner. The Rock feuded with Austin and Ken Shamrock through the end of 1997 and beginning of 1998.


  • Michigan, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 16, 1997

    Eminem

    Slim Shady EP

    Michigan, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 16, 1997

    Eminem attracted more attention when he developed Slim Shady, a sadistic, violent alter ego. The character allowed him to express his anger with lyrics about drugs, rape, and murder. In the spring of 1997 he recorded his debut EP, the Slim Shady EP, which was released that winter by Web Entertainment.


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