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1997 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXCVII) was the 97th year of the 20th century. 1997 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Wednesday.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1997.
News Events of 1997
Britain cedes Hong Kong (a British colony since 1841) back to China.
Princess Diana dies in road accident in Paris, France.
NASA's Mars Pathfinder probe lands on Mars.
An unmanned Progress cargo-ship crashes into the Mir space station.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial dedicated in Washington D.C.
South Park's TV debut on Comedy Central.
Toyota Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to go into full production is unveiled in Japan.
Divorce becomes legal in Ireland.
Sports in 1997
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