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  • Genoa, Italy
    Wednesday Jan 1, 1997
    14 PM

    Francesco Totti

    To Sampdoria on Loan

    Genoa, Italy
    Wednesday Jan 1, 1997
    14 PM

    Totti struggled to gain playing time under new manager Carlos Bianchi, and was even set to leave for Sampdoria on loan in January 1997. Roma's chairman at the time however, Franco Sensi, impeded the transfer, leading to further tensions with the manager, who eventually parted ways with the club.




  • Serbia
    Tuesday Feb 4, 1997

    Slobodan Milošević

    Milošević recognized the opposition victories

    Serbia
    Tuesday Feb 4, 1997

    On 4 February 1997, Milošević recognized the opposition victories in some local elections, after mass protests lasting 96 days.




  • 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.




  • India
    Thursday Mar 13, 1997

    Mother Teresa

    Resignation

    India
    Thursday Mar 13, 1997

    On 13 March 1997 Teresa resigned as head of the Missionaries of Charity.




  • 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.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Wednesday Mar 26, 1997

    Vladimir Putin

    Presidential Staff

    Moscow, Russia
    Wednesday Mar 26, 1997

    On 26 March 1997, President Boris Yeltsin appointed Putin deputy chief of Presidential Staff, which he remained until May 1998, and chief of the Main Control Directorate of the Presidential Property Management Department (until June 1998).


  • Bangladesh
    Wednesday Mar 26, 1997

    Muhammad Yunus

    The inaugural ceremony of Grameenphone

    Bangladesh
    Wednesday Mar 26, 1997

    The inaugural ceremony of Grameenphone, the largest telephone service in Bangladesh, took place at Hasina's office on 26 March 1997.


  • 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


  • Russia
    Tuesday Apr 1, 1997

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    Imprisonment in Russia

    Russia
    Tuesday Apr 1, 1997

    In April 1997, the trio (Ahmad Salama Mabruk - Mahmud Hisham al-Hennawi - al-Zawahiri) were sentenced to six months, and were subsequently released a month later and ran off without paying their court-appointed attorney Abulkhalik Abdusalamov his $1,800 legal fee citing their "poverty".


  • 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.


  • Krasnodar Krai, Russia
    Wednesday Apr 23, 1997

    Second Chechen War

    Bomb exploded in the Russian railway station

    Krasnodar Krai, Russia
    Wednesday Apr 23, 1997

    Three people died on 23 April 1997, when a bomb exploded in the Russian railway station of Armavir (Krasnodar Krai)


  • 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.


  • Maidenhead, England
    Thursday May 1, 1997

    Theresa May

    A Seat in Parliament

    Maidenhead, England
    Thursday May 1, 1997

    Ahead of the 1997 general election, May was selected as the Conservative candidate for Maidenhead, a new seat which was created from parts of the seats of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham. She was elected with 25,344 votes (49.8%), almost double the total of second-placed Andrew Terence Ketteringham of the Liberal Democrats, who took 13,363 votes (26.3%).


  • England
    Friday May 2, 1997

    Tony Blair

    Blair as a Prime Minister

    England
    Friday May 2, 1997

    Blair became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 2 May 1997, serving concurrently as First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service and Leader of the Labour Party.


  • 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.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Monday May 12, 1997

    First Chechen War

    On peace and the principles of Russian-Chechen relations

    Moscow, Russia
    Monday May 12, 1997

    Six months after the Khasav-Yurt Accord, on 12 May 1997, Chechen-elected president Aslan Maskhadov traveled to Moscow where he and Yeltsin signed a formal treaty "on peace and the principles of Russian-Chechen relations" that Maskhadov predicted would demolish "any basis to create ill-feelings between Moscow and Grozny".


  • 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.


  • Thailand
    Wednesday May 14, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    Speculative attacks

    Thailand
    Wednesday May 14, 1997

    On 14 May and 15 May 1997, the Thai baht was hit by massive speculative attacks.


  • Stavropol Krai, Russia
    Wednesday May 28, 1997

    Second Chechen War

    Bomb exploded in the Russian railway station of Pyatigorsk

    Stavropol Krai, Russia
    Wednesday May 28, 1997

    Two died on 28 May 1997, when another bomb exploded in the Russian railway station of Pyatigorsk (Stavropol Krai).


  • Sintra, Portugal
    Thursday May 29, 1997

    NATO Establishment

    Forming The Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council

    Sintra, Portugal
    Thursday May 29, 1997

    Between 1994 and 1997, wider forums for regional cooperation between NATO and its neighbors were set up, like the Partnership for Peace, the Mediterranean Dialogue initiative and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.


  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Jun 3, 1997

    Pope Francis

    Archbishop of Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Jun 3, 1997

    On 3 June 1997, Bergoglio was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires with right of automatic succession.


  • Thailand
    Monday Jun 30, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    A Promise

    Thailand
    Monday Jun 30, 1997

    On 30 June 1997, Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said that he would not devalue the baht.


  • Caracas, Venezuela
    Tuesday Jul 1, 1997

    Hugo Chávez

    Chávez Founded a Political Party

    Caracas, Venezuela
    Tuesday Jul 1, 1997

    Chávez and his supporters founded a political party, the Fifth Republic Movement (MVR – Movimiento Quinta República) in July 1997 in order to support Chávez's candidacy in the 1998 presidential election.


  • Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
    Tuesday Jul 1, 1997

    Michael Ballack

    Moving to 1. FC Kaiserslautern

    Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
    Tuesday Jul 1, 1997

    In the summer of 1997, coach Otto Rehhagel of just-promoted 1. FC Kaiserslautern signed Ballack at their return to top flight football.


  • Thailand
    Wednesday Jul 2, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    Float the Baht

    Thailand
    Wednesday Jul 2, 1997

    Thailand lacked the foreign reserves to support the USD–Baht currency peg, and the Thai government was eventually forced to float the Baht, on 2 July 1997, allowing the value of the Baht to be set by the currency market. This caused a chain reaction of events, eventually culminating into a region-wide crisis.


  • Philippines
    Wednesday Jul 2, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    Crisis is triggered

    Philippines
    Wednesday Jul 2, 1997

    Thailand triggered the crisis on 2 July and on 3 July, the Bangko Sentral intervened to defend the peso, raising the overnight rate from 15% to 32% at the onset of the Asian crisis in mid-July 1997.


  • Serbia (Then The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
    Wednesday Jul 23, 1997

    Slobodan Milošević

    The President of The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

    Serbia (Then The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
    Wednesday Jul 23, 1997

    On 23 July 1997, Milošević assumed the presidency of the Federation (The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia), though it had been understood he had held the real power for some time before then.


  • 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.


  • Guam
    Wednesday Aug 6, 1997

    Plane Accidents

    Korean Air Flight 801

    Guam
    Wednesday Aug 6, 1997

    A Boeing 747-3B5, Korean Air Flight 801, crashed on August 6, 1997, on approach to the international airport in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 of the 254 people aboard. Contributing factors in the crash were fatigue and errors by the flight crew, inadequate flight crew training, and a modification of the airport's altitude warning system that prevented it from detecting aircraft below a minimum safe altitude.


  • Thailand
    Monday Aug 11, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    Rescue package

    Thailand
    Monday Aug 11, 1997

    On 11 August 1997, the IMF unveiled a rescue package for Thailand with more than $17 billion, subject to conditions such as passing laws relating to bankruptcy (reorganizing and restructuring) procedures and establishing strong regulation frameworks for banks and other financial institutions.


  • IIndonesia
    Thursday Aug 14, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    A Free-floating exchange rate

    IIndonesia
    Thursday Aug 14, 1997

    On 14 August 1997, the managed floating exchange regime was replaced by a free-floating exchange rate arrangement. The rupiah dropped further. The IMF came forward with a rescue package of $23 billion, but the rupiah was sinking further amid fears over corporate debts, massive selling of rupiah, and strong demand for dollars.


  • Thailand
    Wednesday Aug 20, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    Bailout package

    Thailand
    Wednesday Aug 20, 1997

    The IMF approved on 20 August 1997, another bailout package of $2.9 billion.


  • 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.


  • Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 31, 1997

    Prince Charles

    Princess Diana's Death

    Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 31, 1997

    Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31 August of the following year; Charles flew to Paris with Diana's sisters to accompany her body back to Britain.


  • Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 31, 1997

    Princess Diana

    Death

    Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 31, 1997

    On 31 August 1997, Diana died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris while the driver was fleeing the paparazzi.


  • Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 31, 1997

    Prince Harry

    Princess Diana's Death

    Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 31, 1997

    His mother died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Harry and William were staying with their father at Balmoral at the time, and the Prince of Wales told his sons about their mother's death.


  • Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 31, 1997

    Prince William

    Diana death

    Paris, France
    Sunday Aug 31, 1997

    William's mother wanted him and his younger brother Harry to have wider experiences than are usual for royal children. She took them to Walt Disney World and McDonald's, as well as AIDS clinics and shelters for the homeless, and bought them items typically owned by teenagers, such as video games Diana, who was by then divorced from Charles, died in a car accident in the early hours of 31 August 1997. William, then aged 15, together with his 12-year-old brother and their father, were staying at Balmoral Castle at the time. The Prince of Wales waited until his sons awoke the following morning to tell them about their mother's death. William accompanied his father, brother, paternal grandfather Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and his maternal uncle Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, at his mother's funeral; they walked behind the funeral cortège from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.


  • Egypt
    Thursday Sep 4, 1997

    Ronaldinho

    World Cup U-17

    Egypt
    Thursday Sep 4, 1997

    Ronaldinho was identified as a rising star at the 1997 U-17 World Championship in Egypt, in which he scored two goals on penalty kicks.


  • India
    Friday Sep 5, 1997

    Mother Teresa

    Mother Tresa's Death

    India
    Friday Sep 5, 1997

    She died on 5 September.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Sep 6, 1997

    Princess Diana

    Diana's Funeral

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday Sep 6, 1997

    Diana's funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on 6 September.


  • 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.


  • Mountainous terrain, Medan, North Sumatra
    Friday Sep 26, 1997

    Plane Accidents

    Garuda Indonesia Flight 152

    Mountainous terrain, Medan, North Sumatra
    Friday Sep 26, 1997

    Airbus A300B4-220, Garuda Indonesia Flight 152, which departed from Jakarta, Indonesia, and was preparing to land at Medan, North Sumatra, crashed into mountainous terrain, killing 222 passengers and 12 crew members. The causes included turning left instead of right as instructed by the ATC and descending below the assigned altitude of 2,000 feet due to pilot error.


  • 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.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Friday Oct 3, 1997

    Nintendo

    Gunpei Yokoi Car Crash

    Tokyo, Japan
    Friday Oct 3, 1997

    On 4 October 1997, famed Nintendo developer Gunpei Yokoi died in a car crash. In 1997, Nintendo released the SNS-101 (called Super Famicom Jr. in Japan), a smaller redesigned version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.


  • Hong Kong
    Monday Oct 20, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    Stock markets became more and more volatile

    Hong Kong
    Monday Oct 20, 1997

    Stock markets became more and more volatile; between 20 and 23 October the Hang Seng Index dropped 23%.


  • Hong Kong
    Thursday Oct 23, 1997

    1997 Asian financial crisis

    Interest rates raised

    Hong Kong
    Thursday Oct 23, 1997

    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority then promised to protect the currency. On 23 October 1997, it raised overnight interest rates from 8% to 23%, and at one point to '280%'.


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