1997 in history

1997 events chronologically

Jan 1 Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan is appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations
Jan 1 Zaire officially joins the World Trade Organization
Jan 3 China announces it will spend US$27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow River valleys
Jan 17 A Delta 2 carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad
Jan 18 Børge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided
Jan 18 In northwest Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other
Jan 19 Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city

Top 7 most famous people born in 1997

Jan 11 Cody Simpson an Australian pop singer from Gold Coast, Queensland, who was previously signed to US record label Atlantic Records.
Feb 10 Chloë Grace Moretz an American actress and model. She began her acting career in 2004 at the age of seven, and her first award nomination came the following year for The Amityville Horror. Her film credits include Days of Summer, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, Carrie, If I Stay and The Equalizer. In 2010, Moretz provided the voice of Hit-Girl for Kick-Ass: The Game. Three years later, she reprised the role in Kick-Ass 2. In 2014, she performed in The Public Theatre's off-Broadway production of The Library in March and April
Mar 19 Rūta Meilutytė a Lithuanian swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and world record holder. She is the current world record holder in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke. At the age of 17 she is also the first and the only swimmer in history to win all the possible swimming titles in all age groups
Jun 21 Rebecca Black an American singer, dancer, and actress who gained extensive media attention with the 2011 single "Friday". The song was co-written and produced by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson of Ark Music Factory. After the video went viral on YouTube and other social media sites, "Friday" was derided by many music critics and viewers, who dubbed it "the worst song ever". Between its upload date on February 10, 2011 and its temporary removal from YouTube on June 16, the video received around 167 million views, gaining Black international attention as a viral star. Black re-uploaded it to her own channel three months later
Jul 12 Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai's advocacy has since grown into an international movement
Aug 16 Greyson Chance an American singer-songwriter and pianist. His April 2010 performance of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at a sixth-grade music festival went viral on YouTube, gaining widespread attention and over 53 million views as of September 2014, as well as an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show shortly afterward. Two of his original compositions, "Stars" and "Broken Hearts", gained over six and eight million views respectively on his YouTube channel. His debut single, "Waiting Outside the Lines", was released in October 2010. Chance's debut album, Hold On 'Til the Night, was released on August 2, 2011
Oct 8 Bella Thorne an American teen actress, singer, model and dancer. She is best known for her role as Ruthy Spivey in the TV series My Own Worst Enemy, as Tancy Henrickson in the fourth season of Big Love and as CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel original series Shake It She was also in the 2014 film Blended as Hilary "Larry", alongside Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler

Top 7 most famous people died in 1997

Feb 19 Deng Xiaoping a Chinese revolutionary and statesman. He was the leader of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1992. After Mao Zedong's death, Deng led his country through far-reaching market economic reforms. While Deng never held office as the head of state, head of government or General Secretary , he nonetheless was considered the "paramount leader" of the People's Republic of China from December 1978 to 1992. As the core of the second-generation leaders, Deng shared his power with several powerful older politicians commonly known as the Eight Elders
Apr 5 Allen Ginsberg an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States
Jul 2 James Stewart an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. He was known for portraying the average American middle class man, with everyday life struggles
Aug 2 William S. Burroughs an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century". His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films
Aug 31 Diana Princess of Wales the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.
Sep 5 Mother Teresa a Roman Catholic Religious Sister and missionary who lived most of her life in India. She was born in today's Macedonia, with her family being of Albanian descent originating in Kosovo
Dec 24 Toshiro Mifune a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, from 1948 to 1965, in works such as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo. He also portrayed Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy, as well as Lord Toranaga in the NBC TV miniseries Shōgun