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20 Pop Culture Events and World Events of 1997

20 Pop Culture Events and World Events of 1997

28 April 2017

Where were you in 1997? Here's a snapshot of what was happening around the world: 

 

  1. Diana Princess of Wales dies in a car crash in Paris. Over 2 billion people worldwide would later watch her funeral at Westminster Abbey.
  1. O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action
  1. Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history
  1. The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
  1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" starring Sarah Michelle Geller premieres on WB Television Network
  1. Steve Irwin's "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts
  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published, the first instalment of the best selling series by J. K. Rowling
  1. Mother Teresa dies in Calcutta, India
  1. "Titanic" premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival
  1. "Lion King" opens at New Amersterdam Theater NYC
  1. Asian currency crisis, the collapse of the Thai baht sparked off a financial crisis in Southeast Asia and Japan.
  1. Nelson Mandela met Spice Girls in 1997 he described the moment as "One of the greatest moments of my life"
  1. ‘The Castle’ debuts in Australia
  1. Thousands gather at Lake Burley Griffin to watch the demolition of the Canberra Hospital which later claimed the life of Katy Bender who was struck by a fragment of steel expelled from the building.
  1. Candace Bushnell wrote Sex and the City.
  1. Stuart Diver is the sole survivor of the landslide in Thredbo
  1. The domain facebook.com comes online March 28, 1997.
  1. The domain netflix.com comes online November 10, 1997.
  2. Number one song was Candle In The Wind 1997 / Something About The Way You Look Tonight by Elton John, performed as a tribute to Princess Diana
  3. Adelaide Crows win AFL Premiership in its seventh season          

 

Sources:

http://www.onthisday.com/date/1997

http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/5778/18-things-that-happened-in-1997-the-year-capetalk-was-launched

http://metro.co.uk/2007/12/05/top-10-stories-of-1997-579195/

http://pop-culture.us/Annual/1997.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_in_Australia

http://www.computerhope.com/history/1997.htm

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/tales-of-survival-follow-stuart-diver/news-story/6eaf3f3ae6811a4dc69550aade7c6a6c

http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/top-100-songs-of-the-year/?year=1997

http://www.afc.com.au/club/history/1997-premiership

 

Image Source:  

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120338/