*World Series Champions: Florida Marlins
*Superbowl Champions: Green Bay Packers
*NBA Champions: Chicago Bulls
*Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
*U.S. Open Golf: Ernie Ells
*U.S. Tennis: Patrick Rafter/Martina Hingis
*Wimbledon (Men/Women): Pete Sampras/Martinga Hingis
*NCAA Football Champions: Michigan & Nebraska
*NCAA Basketball: Arizona
*Kentucky Derby: Silver Charm
Other Facts (1997)*Princess Diana was killed in a speeding motorcade crash in the Pont e l'Alma tunnel in Paris, France.
*LeAnn Rimes was the youngest person ever to win the 'Best New Artist" Grammy.
*The Movie 'Titanic' won 11 Oscars.
*Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales get divorced.
*Singer John Denver is killed in an airplane crash.
*Popular Movies in 1997: As Good as It Gets, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, The Ice Storm, L.A. Confidential, Titanic.
*The dreaded Bird Flu, (Avian Influenza), was first documented in a human leading to 1.25 million chickens being slaughtered in Hong Kong.
*The Heavens Gate Cult Commits Mass Suicides in California.
*The television ratings system debuts on cable stations and broadcast networks. The ratings appear for 15 seconds in the upper left-hand corner of the screen at the beginning of each show.
*Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
*Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfield's ear during a match and is suspended from boxing.
*Hip Hop Artist Notorious B.I.G. dies from gunshot wounds.
*Eddie Murphy was stopped by the police with a transsexual prostitute. He explained that it was all a misunderstanding. That he was merely giving the young lady/man a ride.
*Marv Albert went on trial for felony charges of forcible sodomy, which involved the alleged repeated biting of an unnamed female sex partner.
*WebMD went online in 1997.
*Mother Teresa Dies in Calcutta.
*Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Andy Grove
*Miss America: Tara Holland (Overland Park, KS)
*Miss USA: Brook Mahealani Lee (Hawaii)/ Brandi Sherwood (Idaho)
*Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Beanie Babies become the must-have toy for Christmas 1997. Teletubby toys, Pokemon, Tamagotchi, Spice Girls Dolls, Repunzel Barbie.
What Was On TV*Seinfeld (NBC), E.R. (NBC), Veronica's Closet (NBC), Friends (NBC), Touched By An Angel (CBS), 60 Minutes (CBS), Union Square (NBC), Frasier (NBC), Home Improvement (ABC), Just Shoot Me (NBC).
On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The bodyguard of Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor. Although at first the media pinned the blame on the paparazzi, the crash was ultimately found to be caused by the reckless actions of the chauffeur, who was the head of security at the Ritz and had earlier goaded the paparazzi waiting outside the hotel. An 18-month French judicial investigation concluded in 1999 that the crash was caused by Paul, who lost control of the car at high speed while drunk. His inebriation may have been made worse by the simultaneous presence of an anti-depressant and traces of a tranqulizing anti-psychotic in his body.
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