March 1997 in history

March 1997 events chronologically

Mar 3 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction
Mar 9 Comet Hale–Bopp: Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia are treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permits Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day
Mar 13 The Phoenix lights are seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television
Mar 13 India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader
Mar 18 The tail of a Russian Antonov An-24 charter plane breaks off while en route to Turkey causing the plane to crash and killing all 50 people on board and leading to the grounding of all An-24s
Mar 22 Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion
Mar 22 The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth

Top 7 most famous people born in March 1997

Mar 2 Becky G an American singer, rapper, actress, and dancer from Inglewood, California. She first began to gain recognition in 2012, after she posted several videos of herself performing remixes of popular songs on YouTube. Gomez later compiled these covers into her first full-length project, a mixtape entitled @itsbeckygomez
Mar 10 Belinda Bencic a Swiss tennis player.
Mar 14 Simone Biles an American artistic gymnast. Biles is a two-time World All-Around Champion , two-time World Floor Champion , the 2014 World Beam Champion, and a member of the gold-medal winning US team at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She is also a two-time US National All-Around Champion. Simone is also the first African-American to be world all-around champion. Despite being only two years into her senior career, she is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, and one of the greatest in US history
Mar 17 Katie Ledecky an American distance swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and world record holder. She is the current world record holder in the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle. She also owns the fastest-ever swims in the 500- and 1650-yard freestyles
Mar 18 Ciara Bravo an American actress. She is best known for her role as Katie Knight on Big Time Rush and her role as Emma Chota on Red Band Society
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
Mar 21 Martina Stoessel an Argentine teen actress, dancer, singer, and model, who gained popularity for her debut role as Violetta Castillo on the Disney Channel original series Violetta.

Top 7 most famous people died in March 1997

Mar 7 Edward Mills Purcell an American physicist who shared the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics for his independent discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance in liquids and in solids. Nuclear magnetic resonance has become widely used to study the molecular structure of pure materials and the composition of mixtures. See also Magnetic resonance imaging
Mar 7 Martin Kippenberger a German artist known for his extremely prolific output in a wide range of styles and media, superfiction as well as his provocative, jocular and hard-drinking public persona.
Mar 9 The Notorious B.I.G. an American rapper.
Mar 14 Fred Zinnemann an Austro-American film director. He won Academy Awards for directing films in many genres, including thrillers, westerns, film noir, and play adaptations. Nineteen actors appearing in Zinnemann's films received Academy Award nominations for their performances: among that number are Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Glynis Johns, Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Wendy Hiller, Jason Robards, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Gary Cooper and Maximilian Schell
Mar 15 Victor Vasarely widely accepted as a "grandfather" and leader of the short-lived op art movement. His work entitled Zebra, created in the 1930s, is considered by some to be one of the earliest examples of op art
Mar 19 Willem de Kooning a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Mar 31 Lyman Spitzer an American theoretical physicist, astronomer and mountaineer. As a scientist, he carried out research into star formation, plasma physics, and in 1946, conceived the idea of telescopes operating in outer space. Spitzer invented the stellarator plasma device and is the namesake of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. As a mountaineer, he made the first ascent of Mount Thor with David Morton