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1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1997th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 997th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 97th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1990s decade.
1997 was designated as:
International Year for the Culture of Peace
March 4 - U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federal funding for any research on human cloning.
March 7 - In Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers overrun a military base and kill at least 100.
March 14 - A study of gender reassignment of a boy who lost his penis to a botched circumcision is exposed as fraudulent. The supposedly successful outcome had been widely cited as proof that gender was determined by nurture, yet the patient, David Reimer, was deeply unhappy and had returned to his original gender by the age of 15, thus indicating the opposite thesis. 
March 16 - Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
March 18 - The tail of a Russian An-24 charter plane breaks off while en route to Turkey, causing the plane to crash, killing all 50 on board, and resulting in the grounding of all An-24s.
March 21 - In Zaire, Étienne Tshisekedi is appointed prime minister; he ejects supporters of Mobutu Sese Seko from his cabinet.
March 22 - The Comet Hale-Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth.
March 24 - The 69th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with winning The English Patient Best Picture. During the event, the DVD format is launched in the United States.
March 24 - 26 - In San Diego, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their compound.
March 26 - Julius Chan resigns as prime minister of Papua New Guinea, ending the Sandline affair. March 30 - Channel 5 began broadcasting and was the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue network in the United Kingdom.
May 2 - The Labour Party of the United Kingdom returns to power for the first time in 18 years, with Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister, in a landslide majority in the 1997 general election.
May 3 - Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 for the UK with . Love Shine a Light
May 9 - The first genetically modified three-parent baby is born. 
May 10 - The 7.3 M w Qayen earthquake strikes eastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X ( Extreme). At least 1,567 were killed and 2,300 were injured.
May 11 - IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World champion in a match.
Chechen Peace Treaty is signed. An F1-rated tornado strikes downtown Miami, causing $525,000 in damages. Pictures and videos of this tornado made news headlines around the world.
May 15 - The United States government acknowledges existence of the "Secret War" in Laos ( 1953- 1975) during the Vietnam War, and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
May 17 - Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
May 23 - Mohammad Khatami wins the 1997 Iranian presidential election and becomes the first Iranian Reformist president.
May 25 - A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koroma.
May 27 - The second-deadliest tornado of the 1990s hits in Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people. May 31 - The 13-kilometer Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge spanning ice-covered waters, opens between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada.
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 10 - Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief, Son Sen, and 11 of Sen's family members, before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold.
June 11 - In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
June 13 - A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
June 16 - About 50 people are killed in the Daïat Labguer (M'sila) massacre in Algeria.
June 21 - The Women's National Basketball Association ( WNBA) plays its first game at The Great Western Forum in Los Angeles. 
June 26 - Bertie Ahern is appointed as the 10th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and Mary Harney is appointed as the 16th, and first female, Tánaiste, after their parties, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats respectively, win the 1997 General Election. June 26 - Bloomsbury Publishing publishes J. K. Rowling's in London. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
July - The 1997 Central European flood occurs across Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
July 1 - The United Kingdom hands sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
July 2 - The Bank of Thailand floats the baht, triggering the Asian financial crisis.
July 4 - NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
July 8 - NATO invites the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance in 1999.
July 10 - In London, scientists report their DNA analysis findings from a Neanderthal skeleton, which support the out of Africa theory of human evolution, placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
July 11 - Thailand's worst hotel fire at Pattaya kills 90.
July 13 - The remains of Che Guevara are returned to Cuba for burial, alongside some of his comrades. Guevara and his comrades were executed on October 9 1967 in Bolivia.
July 15 - Spree killer Andrew Cunanan shoots fashion designer Gianni Versace dead outside Versace's Miami residence.
July 17 - The F. W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
July 25 - K. R. Narayanan is sworn in as India's 10th president and the first member of the Dalit caste to hold this office.
July 27 - About 50 are killed in the Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria. July 30 - 18 people are killed in the Thredbo landslide in the Snowy Mountains resort in Australia.
December 1 - In the Indian state of Bihar, Ranvir Sena attacks the CPI(ML) Party Unity stronghold Lakshmanpur-Bathe, killing 63 lower caste people.
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, Russia, South Korea and 32 other nations do not sign and/or ratify the treaty.
December 10 - The capital of Kazakhstan is moved from Almaty to Astana.
December 11 - The Kyoto Protocol is adopted by a United Nations committee.
December 16 - In Japan, over 700 children suffer epilectic attacks due to an episode of the anime Pokémon.
December 18 - In Australia, 20th Century Fox releases a feature-length film about a children's group named The Wiggles called . The Wiggles Movie
December 21 - Brazil beats Australia 6-0 in the Confederations Cup final.
December 24 - 50-100 villagers are killed in the Sid El-Antri massacre in Algeria.
December 27 - Ulster loyalist paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland, inside Long Kesh prison.
December 29 - Hong Kong begins to kill all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain. December 30 - Wilaya of Relizane massacres of December 30, 1997: In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, 400 are killed from four villages in the wilaya of Relizane.
Date unknown The Toyota Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to go into full production, is unveiled in Japan on October 24, and goes on sale in Japan on December 9. It comes to U.S. showrooms on July 11, 2000. 
January 4 - Pauline Schäfer, German gymnast 
January 7 - Lamar Jackson, American football player 
January 9 - Elvira Herman, Belarusian athlete 
January 11 - Cody Simpson, Australian singer-songwriter 
January 14 - Francesco Bagnaia, Italian motorcycle racer
January 15 - Valentina Zenere, Argentine actress, model, and singer
January 20 - Blueface, American rapper
January 24 - Samantha Yeo, Singaporean swimmer
January 25 - Noah Hanifin, American ice hockey player
January 30 - Shim Suk-hee, South Korean speed skater January 31 - Anatoliy Ryapolov, Russian long jumper
February 2 - Jaheel Hyde, Jamaican sprinter
February 3 - Lewis Cook, English footballer
February 5 - Luke Newton, English actor
February 6 - Collin Morikawa, American golfer
February 7 - Anhelina Kalinina, Ukrainian tennis player
February 8 - Kathryn Newton, American actress
February 9 - Saquon Barkley, American football player
February 13 - Deondre Francois, American football player
February 14 - Breel Embolo, Swiss footballer
February 20 - Mitchie Brusco, American professional skateboarder
February 21 - Ben Rhodes, American racing driver
February 22 - Anton Chupkov, Russian swimmer
February 26 - Zheng Siwei, Chinese badminton player February 28 - Mady Camara, Guinean footballer
March 4 - Matisse Thybulle, American basketball player
March 12 - Dean Henderson, English footballer
March 13 - Rúben Neves, Portuguese footballer
March 16 - Vladislav Kozlov, Russian swimmer
March 19 - R?ta Meilutyt?, Lithuanian swimmer
March 20 - Bobby Cheng, Australian chess champion
March 21 - Martina Stoessel, Argentine actress, singer, dancer, and model
March 22 - Harry Wilson, Welsh footballer
March 23 - Thiago Maia, Brazilian footballer
March 24 - Josh Ginnelly, English footballer
March 26 - Gadde Ruthvika Shivani, Indian badminton player
A-Reece, South African hip hop artist Lisa, Thai rapper, singer, dancer, and model
March 29 - Leah Williamson, English footballer March 30 - Daisy Coleman, American sexual abuse victim advocate (d. 2020)
April 1 - Asa Butterfield, English actor
April 3 - Gabriel Jesus, Brazilian footballer
April 6 - Pavel Zacha, Czech ice hockey player
April 8 - Roquan Smith, American football player
April 9 - Michael ?pa?ek, Czech ice hockey player
April 10 - Alla Sosnitskaya, Russian artistic gymnast
April 12 - Katelyn Ohashi, American artistic gymnast
April 14 - D. J. Moore, American football player
April 16 - Daniel Rioli, Australian rules footballer
April 20 - Alexander Zverev, German tennis player
April 21 - Mikel Oyarzabal, Spanish footballer
April 26 - Moritz Wagner, German basketball player
April 27 - Livio Loi, Belgian motorcycle racer
April 28 - Denzel Ward, American football player April 29 - Ekaterina Baturina, Russian artistic gymnast
May 5 - Mitch Marner, Canadian ice hockey player
May 11 - Lana Condor, American actress and dancer
May 14 - Manushi Chhillar, Indian model and beauty pageant
May 15 - Ousmane Dembélé, French footballer
May 21 - Kevin Quinn, American actor
May 22 - Lauri Markkanen, Finnish basketball player
May 23 - Joe Gomez, English footballer
May 27 - Daron Payne, American football player
May 30 - Jake Short, American actor May 31 - Cupcakke, American rapper
June 1 - Youssef En-Nesyri, Moroccan footballer
June 3 - Louis Hofmann, German actor
June 4 - Riho, Japanese professional wrestler
June 9 - Shen Duo, Chinese swimmer
June 10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Ukrainian basketball player
June 14 - David Bangala, French football defender
June 15 - Madison Kocian, American artistic gymnast
June 17 - KJ Apa, New Zealand actor
June 20 - Bálint Kopasz, Hungarian sprint canoeist
June 28 - Shakur Stevenson, American boxer
June 29 - Jia Yifan, Chinese badminton player June 30
July 2 - Marquese Chriss, American basketball player
July 3 - Georgios Papagiannis, Greek basketball player
July 7 - Gatlin Green, American actress and singer
July 8 - Bryce Love, American football player and sprinter
July 10 - Marilena Kirchner, German volksmusik and schlager singer 
July 12 - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate
July 13 - Leo Howard, American actor and martial artist
July 14 - Cengiz Ünder, Turkish footballer
July 17 - Amadou Diawara, Guinese footballer
July 25 - Kayli Barker, American racing driver
July 26 - Ewa Swoboda, Polish track and field sprinter
July 27 - Craig Wighton, Scottish footballer
July 28 - Bilal Ould-Chikh, Dutch-Moroccan footballer July 30 - Finneas O'Connell, American musician and actor
August 1 - Yomif Kejelcha, Ethiopian long-distance runner
August 4 - Cinzia Zehnder, Swiss footballer
August 7 - Kyler Murray, American football player
August 10 - Kylie Jenner, American reality television personality
August 18 - Renato Sanches, Portuguese footballer
August 22 - Lautaro Martínez, Argentine footballer
August 23 - Lil Yachty, American rapper, singer and songwriter
August 24 - Alan Walker, British-Norwegian music producer
August 26 - YBN Cordae, American rapper
August 29 - Ainsley Maitland-Niles, English footballer August 30 - Dana Gaier, American actress
September 1 - Jungkook, South Korean singer, member of BTS
September 1 - Maria Stavitskaia, Russian figure skater
September 2 - Brandon Ingram, American basketball player
September 7 - Dean-Charles Chapman, English actor
September 13 - Leah Keiser, American figure skater
September 14 - Benjamin Ingrosso, Swedish singer-songwriter
September 18 - Alisson Perticheto, Filipina figure skater
September 19 - Halima Aden, Kenyan-born Somali-American fashion model
September 20 - Aurélie Fanchette, Seychellois swimmer
September 23 - John Collins, American basketball player
September 24 - Malaya Watson, American singer and tuba player September 30
December 1 - Jung Chae-yeon, South Korean singer and actress
December 6 - Sabrina Ionescu, American basketball player
December 8 - Ilaria Käslin, Swiss artistic gymnast
December 9 - Harvey Barnes, English footballer
December 12 - Jacob Wohl, American far-right conspiracy theorist, fraudster, and internet troll
December 15 - Magdalena Fr?ch, Polish tennis player
December 17 - Shoma Uno, Japanese figure skater
December 18 - Ronald Acuña Jr., Venezuelan baseball outfielder
December 22 - Taylor Rapp, American football player
December 23 - Luka Jovi?, Serbian footballer
December 24 - Oreoluwa Cherebin, Grenadian swimmer
December 28 - Nash Grier, American Internet personality
December 30 - Anastasiya Malyavina, Ukrainian swimmer December 31 - Cameron Carter-Vickers, American soccer player
April 2 - Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (b. 1910)
April 4 - Alparslan Türke?, Turkish politician (b. 1917)
April 8 - Laura Nyro, American singer and composer (b. 1947)
April 9 - Helene Hanff, American writer (b. 1916)
April 7 - Georgy Shonin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1935)
April 12 - George Wald, American scientist (b. 1906)
April 13 - Shuhei Nishida, Japanese athlete (b. 1910)
April 16 - Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
April 17 - Chaim Herzog, Israel politician, 6th President of Israel (b. 1918)
April 20 - Jean Louis, American costume designer (b. 1907)
April 24 - Eugene Stoner, American firearms designer and engineer (b. 1922) April 26 - John Beal, American actor (b. 1909)
May 1 - Bo Widerberg, Swedish film director (b. 1930)
May 3, Narciso Yepes, Spanish guitarist (b. 1927)
May 4 - Wijeyananda Dahanayake, 5th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (b. 1901)
May 5 - Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
May 13 - Laurie Lee, English author (b. 1914)
May 16 - Giuseppe De Santis, Italian film director (b. 1917)
May 19 - Aaron Henry, American civil rights leader and politician (b. 1922)
May 20 - Virgilio Barco Vargas, 27th President of Colombia (b. 1921)
May 22 - Alfred Hershey, American biochemist (b. 1908)
May 24 - Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (b. 1923)
May 26 - Manfred von Ardenne, German physicist and inventor (b. 1907) May 29 - Jeff Buckley, American musician (b. 1966)
June 2 - Helen Jacobs, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
June 4 - Ronnie Lane, English musician (b. 1946)
June 6 - Magda Gabor, Hungarian-American actress (b. 1915)
June 12 - Bulat Okudzhava, Soviet singer (b. 1924)
June 14 - Richard Jaeckel, American actor (b. 1926)
June 21 - Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (b. 1931)
June 22 - Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer, songwriter, and musician (b. 1956)
June 23 - Betty Shabazz, American educator and activist (b. 1934)
June 25 - Jacques Cousteau, French explorer (b. 1910)
June 26 - Israel Kamakawiwo?ole, Hawaiian singer (b. 1959) June 29 - William Hickey, American actor (b. 1927)
July 1 - Robert Mitchum, American actor (b. 1917)
July 2 - James Stewart, American actor and soldier (b. 1908)
July 8 - Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem, 6th President of Bangladesh (b. 1916)
July 9 - Aurelio González, Paraguayan footballer (b. 1905)
July 13 - Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina and dance instructor (b. 1903)
July 15 - Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (b. 1946)
July 18 - Eugene Merle Shoemaker, American astronomer (b. 1928)
July 20 - John Akii-Bua, Ugandan hurdler (b. 1949)
July 25 - Ben Hogan, American golf champion (b. 1912)
July 26 - Jaime Milans del Bosch, Spanish general and insurgent (b. 1915)
July 30 - B?o i, Emperor of Vietnam (b. 1913)
August 4 - Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian, oldest person ever (b. 1875, disputed)
August 6 - Jürgen Kuczynski, German economist and communist (b. 1904)
August 10 - Conlon Nancarrow, American-born composer (b. 1912)
August 12 - Luther Allison, American musician (b. 1939)
August 20 - Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
August 22 - Matti Sippala, Finnish athlete (b. 1908)
August 24 - Louis Essen, English physicist (b. 1908)
August 27 - Sally Blane, American actress (b. 1910)
August 30 - Ernst Wilimowski, German-Polish footballer (b. 1916) August 31 - Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1961) 
September 1 - Zoltán Czibor, Hungarian footballer (b. 1929)
September 2 - Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (b. 1905)
September 7 - Mobutu Sese Seko, 2nd President of Zaire (b. 1930)
September 9 - Burgess Meredith, American actor (b. 1907)
September 10 - Fritz Von Erich, American professional wrestler (b. 1929)
September 12 - Stig Anderson, Swedish talent manager (b. 1931)
September 18 - Jimmy Witherspoon, American blues singer (b. 1920)
September 19 - Rich Mullins, American Christian musician (b. 1955)
September 23 - Shirley Clarke, American filmmaker (b. 1919)
September 25 - Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
September 28 - Ho Feng-Shan, Chinese diplomat (b. 1901) September 29 - Roy Lichtenstein, American artist (b. 1923)
October 1 - Francisco Aramburu, Brazilian footballer (b. 1922)
October 5 - Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
October 7 - Orlando Ramón Agosti, Argentine general (b. 1924)
October 11 - Ivan Yarygin, Soviet and Russian heavyweight wrestler (b. 1948)
October 12 - John Denver, American musician (b. 1943)
October 13 - Adil Çarçani, Albanian politician (b. 1922)
October 14 - Harold Robbins, American writer (b. 1916)
October 23 - Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
October 24 - Don Messick, American actor (b. 1926)
October 29 - Anton LaVey, American author, musician, and occultist (b. 1930)  October 30 - Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (b. 1912)
November 2 - Sh?shin Nagamine, Japanese author and soldier, police officer, and karate master (b. 1907)
November 5 - Isaiah Berlin, Russian-British social and political theorist (b. 1909)
November 8 - Mohammad-Ali Jamalzadeh, Iranian author (b. 1892)
November 11 - Rod Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
November 21 - Robert Simpson, English composer (b. 1921)
November 24 - Barbara, French singer (b. 1930)
November 25 - Hastings Banda, 1st President of Malawi (b. 1898) November 30 - Kathy Acker, American author (b. 1947)
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