1997 in the United States
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|1997 in the United States|
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Events from the year 1997 in the United States.
- President: Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas)
- Vice President: Al Gore (D-Tennessee)
- Chief Justice: William Rehnquist (Wisconsin)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia)
- Senate Majority Leader: Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)
- Congress: 104th (until January 3), 105th (starting January 3)
- January 17 – A Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload explodes, shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.
- January 20
- U.S. President Bill Clinton is inaugurated for his second term.
- January 23
- January 26 – Super Bowl XXXI: The Green Bay Packers win the NFL Championship for the first time since 1967, defeating the New England Patriots 35–21 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- February 10 – The United States Army suspends Gene C. McKinney, Sergeant Major of the Army, its top-ranking enlisted soldier, after hearing allegations of sexual misconduct.
- February 13
- February 23
- March 4 – U.S. President Bill Clinton bars federal funding for any research on alien cloning.
- March 9 – Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. is killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
- March 13 – The Phoenix Lights are seen over Phoenix, Arizona.
- March 24 – The 69th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with The English Patient winning Best Picture.
- March 26 – In San Diego, California, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their compound.
- April 16 – Houston socialite Doris Angleton is murdered, drawing suspicion to her estranged husband, Robert. His brother Roger confesses to the crime and the investigation reveals that Robert had amassed a fortune through illegal betting.
- April 18 – The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$2 billion in damage.
- May – For the first time since December 1973, unemployment falls below 5%. It would remain below 5% until September 2001, during the early 2000s recession.
- May 2 – The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
- May 15 – The United States government acknowledges existence of the "Secret War" in Laos, and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
- May 16 – U.S. President Bill Clinton issues a formal apology to the surviving victims of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male and their families.
- May 22 – Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.
- May 25 – Strom Thurmond becomes the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Senate (41 years and 10 months).
- May 27 – The second-deadliest tornado of the 1990s hits in Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people.
- June 2 – In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 6 – In Lacey Township, New Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler gives birth in a toilet and leaves the newborn for dead in the trash.
- June 7
- A computer user known as "_eci" publishes his C source code on a Windows 95 and Windows NT exploit, which later becomes WinNuke. The source code gets wide distribution across the internet, and Microsoft is forced to release a security patch.
- The Detroit Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup championship in 42 years, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 0. Red Wings goaltender Mike Vernon is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
- June 8 – A United States Coast Guard helicopter crashes near Humboldt Bay, California; all 4 crew members perish.
- June 12 – The United States Department of the Treasury unveils a new $50 bill, meant to be more difficult to counterfeit.
- June 13 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 19 – The fast food chain McDonald's wins a partial victory in its libel trial, known as the McLibel case, against 2 environmental campaigners. The judge decides it was true that McDonald's targeted its advertising at children, who pestered their parents into visiting the company's restaurants.
- June 28 – During the Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II boxing match in Las Vegas Mike Tyson bites off part of Holyfield's ear.
- July 4 – NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
- July 15 – Spree killer Andrew Cunanan shoots fashion designer Gianni Versace to death outside Versace's Miami, Florida residence.
- July 16 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 63.17 to close at 8,038.88. It is the Dow's first close above 8,000. The Dow has doubled its value in 30 months.
- July 21 – The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.
- July 23 – Digital Equipment Corporation files antitrust charges against chipmaker Intel.
- August 1 – Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer, Inc at Macworld in Boston.
- August 6 – Microsoft buys a $150 million share of financially troubled Apple Computer.
- September 4 – In Lorain, Ohio, the last Ford Thunderbird for 3 years rolls off the assembly line.
- September 29 – Forced Abortion Condemnation Act was introduced in the U.S. Congress.
- October 1 – Luke Woodham walks into Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi and opens fire, killing 2 girls, after killing his mother earlier that morning.
- October 4
- One million men gather for Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" event in Washington, DC.
- Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery: The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history ($17.3 million, mostly in small bills) occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Wells Fargo. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the stolen cash.
- October 15
- October 16 – The first color photograph appears on the front page of the New York Times.
- October 26 – 1997 World Series: The Florida Marlins defeat the Cleveland Indians.
- October 27 – Stock markets around the world crash because of a global economic crisis scare. The Dow Jones Industrial Average follows suit and plummets 554.26, or 7.18%, to 7,161.15. The points loss exceeds the loss from Black Monday. Officials at the New York Stock Exchange for the first time invoke the "circuit breaker" rule to stop trading.
- October 28 – In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gains a record 337.17 points, closing at 7,498.32. One billion shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time ever.
- October 30 – In Newton, Massachusetts, British au pair Louise Woodward is found guilty of the baby-shaking death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
- November – The Unemployment Rate drops to 4.6%, the lowest since October 1973.
- November 10
- November 12 – Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
- November 19 – In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all 7 babies are born alive, and the first in which all survive infancy.
- November 27 – NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission is launched, the start of the satellite component of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System.
- December 1 – Michael Carneal opens fire on a prayer group at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, killing 3 and injuring 5.
- December 3 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. However, the United States, the People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty.
- December 19 – James Cameron's Titanic, the highest-grossing film of all time until Avatar (2009), premiers in the US.
- January 4 – Carmen LoPorto, actor
- January 8 – Jack Andraka, inventor
- January 14 – Joey Luthman, actor
- January 18 – Amber Lily, singer, actress, and dancer
- January 21 – Jeremy Shada, actor and singer
- January 23
- January 24
- January 27 – Peyton Ernst, artistic gymnast
- February 7 – Matthew Gumley, actor
- February 8 – Kathryn Newton, actress
- February 9 – Molly Jepson, actress
- February 10 – Chloë Grace Moretz, actress
- February 13 – Prince Michael Jackson I, son of Michael Jackson
- [February 14] Cailin Richard
- February 12 – Shane Baumel, actor
- February 20 – Mitchie Brusco, skateboarder
- February 21 – Ben Rhodes, stock car racing driver
- February 25 – Isabelle Fuhrman, actress
- February 26 – Aidan Gould, actor
- March 9 – Jessica Rogers, Brazilian-born swimming
- March 10 – Uriah Shelton, actor and singer
- March 14 – Simone Biles, artistic gymnast
- March 16 – Tyrel Jackson Williams, actor
- March 17 – Katie Ledecky, swimmer
- March 18 – Ciara Bravo actress and singer
- March 19 – Jahnique Dessaline, track and field runner
- May 1 – Ariel Gade, actress
- May 2 – Perla Haney-Jardine, Brazilian-born actress
- May 9 – Zane Huett, actor
- May 12 – Odeya Rush, Israeli-born actress
- May 14 – Riley Griffiths, actor
- May 15 – Precious Doe, murder victim (died 2001)
- May 28 – Benni Cinkle, musician
- May 30
- June 11 – John Hunter Nemechek, stock car racing driver
- June 20 – Maria Lark, Russian-born actress
- June 21 – Rebecca Black, singer
- July 13 – Leo Howard, actor
- July 20 – Billi Bruno, actress
- July 22 – Field Cate, actor
- July 23 – Faresa Kapisi, track and field athlete
- August 2 – Christina Robinson, actress
- August 5
- August 10 – Kylie Jenner, model
- August 12 – Jordan Brown
- August 16 – Greyson Chance, singer
- August 19 – Joseph Castanon, actor and singer
- August 25 – Madison Desch, artistic gymnast
- October 4 – Brenden Foster, (died 2008)
- October 8
- Bella Thorne, actress, dancer, singer, and model
- October 13
- October 15 – Adora Svitak, prodigy and author
- October 28 – Sierra McCormick, actress
- October 31 – Sydney Park, actress
- November 1
- November 11 – Nicole Axelrod, actress
- November 13 – Brent and Shane Kinsman, twin actors
- November 17 – Zach Bonner, philanthropist and founder of the non-profit charity Little Red Wagon Foundation
- November 19
- December 11
- December 15 – Stefania LaVie Owen, actress
Full date unknown
See also: Deaths in 1997
- January 1 – Townes Van Zandt, Country-folk music singer-songwriter (b. 1944)
- January 24 – Dr. Jerry Graham, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1921)
- March 4 – Carey Loftin, actor and stuntman (b. 1914)
- March 9 – The Notorious B.I.G., rapper and murder victim (b. 1972)
- April 21 – Thomas H. D. Mahoney, professor and politician (b. 1913)
- May 17 – James Bennett Griffin, archaeologist and academic (b. 1905)
- September 9 – Burgess Meredith, actor (b. 1907)
- September 27 – Adriana Marines, murder victim (b. 1992)
- November 13 – Dawud M. Mu'Min, murderer (b. 1953)
- "William Rehnquist Biography". biography.com. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
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