Information for the Year 1997
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- Hebron agreement signed; Israel gives up large part of West Bank city of Hebron (Jan. 16). Israeli government approves establishment of Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, a setback in Middle East peace process (Feb. 26).
- US, UK, and France agree to freeze Nazis' gold loot (Feb. 3).
- Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule (June 30).
- Khmer Rouge hold trial of longtime leader Pol Pot (July 25).
- Swiss plan first payment to Holocaust victims (Sept. 17).
- Israel elects Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister (May 31).
- European Union plans to admit six nations (Dec. 13).
- Population: 5.840 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams (United States)
- US shuttle joins Russian space station (Jan. 17).
- O. J. Simpson found liable in civil suit (Feb. 5).
- Clinton exercises new line-item veto (Aug. 11).
- Timothy J. McVeigh sentenced to death for Oklahoma City bombing (Aug. 14).
- Two convicted in New York Trade Center bombing (Nov. 12).
- President: William J. Clinton
- Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr
- Population: 267,743,595
- Life expectancy: 76.5 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $8,110.90 billion
- Federal spending: $1635.33 billion
- Federal debt: $5498.9 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars):$37,005
- Consumer Price Index: 160.5
- Unemployment: 4.9%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.32
- Super Bowl Green Bay Packers defeated New England Patriots (SCORE 35-21)
- World Series of Baseball Florida Marlins defeated Cleveland
- National Basketball Association Championship Chicago defeated Utah
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Detroit Red Wings defeated Philadelphia Flyers
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Martina Hingis defeated J. Novotna (2-6 6-3 6-3)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Pete Sampras defeated C. Pioline (6-4 6-2 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Silver Charm
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Arizona defeated Kentucky (SCORE 84-79 in Over Time)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Michigan(RECORD 12-0-0) and Nebraska (RECORD 13-0-0)
- The controversial television ratings system debuts on cable stations and broadcast networks. The ratings, TV-Y, TV-G, TV-Y7, TV-PG, TV-14 and TV-M, appear for 15 seconds in the upper left-hand corner of the screen at the beginning of each show, except news and sports programs, which are not rated.
- Titanic crashes into theaters. It is the most expensive film of all time, costing between $250 and $300 million to produce and market.
- J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone is published in the U.K. It comes to U.S. in 1998 as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: The English Patient
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Change the World by Eric Clapton
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Frasier - NBC
- Miss America: Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas)
- A team led by Drs. Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell (UK) create the first sheep with a human gene in every cell of its body. The genetically engineered lamb is named Dolly.
- Comet Hale-Bopp is the closest it will be to Earth until 4397 (March 22).
- US spacecraft begins exploration of Mars (July 4).
- US company launches first commercial spy satellite (Dec. 24).
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