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1997 Trivia

<< - 1996
World Series Champions:
Florida Marlins
Superbowl XXXI Champions:
Green Bay Packers
NBA Champions:
Chicago Bulls
Stanley Cup Champs:
Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf:
Ernie Ells
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Patrick Rafter/Martina Hingis
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Pete Sampras/Martinga Hingis
NCAA Football Champions:
Michigan & Nebraska
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Arizona
Kentucky Derby:
Silver Charm
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Tyra Banks, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Heidi Klum, Rebecca Romijn, Victoria Silvstedt, Niki Taylor, Claudia Schiffer
"The Quotes"
"Oh my God! They killed Kenny!"
- South Park

"There are some things that money canít buy. For everything else thereís MasterCard"
-Mastercard

"I'm king of the world!"
- Leonardo DiCaprio, in 'Titanic'

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)

The Scandals, Sad and Odd News:
Wrestler Bret Hart was unaware he was going to lose the WWF championship belt during the 1997 Survivor Series. This is referred to as the Montreal Screwjob.

A computer aboard the USS Yorktown attempted to divide by zero, and as a result, the ship was "dead in the water" for over two hours.

Mattel released 'Share-A-Smile Becky' Barbie doll, who was disabled and came with a wheelchair; however, the doll created controversy when it was pointed out that the Barbie-Dream-House was not wheelchair accessible and could not accommodate Becky's needs.

Eddie Murphy was stopped by the police with a transsexual prostitute. He explained that it was all a misunderstanding; he was mere giving the young lady/ man a ride.

Anthony Lane, a film critic for the New Yorker, once began reviewing 'Contact' (1997) and noted it "v. gloomy," "odd noir look for sci-fi," "creepy shadows in outdoor scene," before realizing he had forgotten to take off his sunglasses.

The Globe tabloid paper revealed an affair between Frank Gifford and Trans World Airlines flight attendant Suzen Johnson. The incident was at first not believed by his wife, Kathie Lee Gifford.

Airplane Celebrity Death: John Denver

Hip Hop Violent Death:Notorious B.I.G. (gunshot)

Princess Motorcade Death: Princess Diana was killed in a speeding motorcade crash in the Pont e l'Alma tunnel in Paris, France, some say it was a planned assasination/murder.

Movie & TV Star Death
: Chris Farley (cocaine and heroin overdose)

Rock Star Death
: Michael Hutchence (accidental?) autoerotic asphyxiation

Movie Star Death: Jimmy Stewart, actor and WW II hero, age 89.

Melissa Drexler gave birth in her high school bathroom during prom. She discarded the baby in the trash and returned to the prom. She was sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter but was released on parole after 37 months.

Apple Stock hit a 12-year low in that was at least partially caused by a single sale of 1.5 million shares ($22.5 million) by an anonymous party. This helped Jobs convince the board to oust CEO Gil Amelio and appoint him as the replacement. Jobs was revealed to be the anonymous party

1997 Pop Culture News:
The largest muic concert in history was played by Jean-Michel Jarre in Moscow: it was attended by 3,500,000 people. The number matched Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach in Rio in 1994.

The 60's TV show Lost in Space took place in 1997

Robert Metcalfe predicted in 1995 that the internet would collapse in 1996, and "eat his words" if it did not. In 1997, he blended a printed copy of that speech with liquid and drank the mixture.

Morgan Freeman offered to cover the cost of prom for a Mississippi school that held two racially segregated proms every year, provided that the one Freeman would be covering would just be one racially integrated prom. This offer was refused until 2008.

Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak swapped places on Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune as an April Fool's Day joke.

Toy manufacturer Mattel sued MCA Records over Aqua's hit "Barbie Girl". After ruling the lawsuit (and MCA's countersuit) be dismissed due to parody protection under the 1st amendment, the judge concluded his ruling by stating: "The parties are advised to chill."

14 year old Nathan Zohner was able to get 43 out of 50 of his classmates to vote to ban "Dihydrogen Monoxide" for his science fair project. His project aimed to prove that the use of true facts can lead the ignorant public to false conclusions. He won first prize. Dihydrogen Monoxide is another description for 'water'.

LeAnn Rimes was the youngest person ever to win the 'Best New Artist" Grammy.

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), was often considered too expensive to realistically pursue until an engineer discovered more efficient methods in 1997. Although Nicholas Steinsberger saved his company and changed the industry, he did not receive a bonus from the comopany, Mitchell Energy.

Purell was launched as a product for consumers. It had been used by healthcare workers since 1988.

'Titanic' won 11 Oscars.

In 1997, there was an episode of Goosebumps called "Click." In it, a kid gets a universal remote, uses it to pause his sister, change the color of his fish, fast forward through time, etc. 9 years later, Adam Sandler starred in a movie of the same name with a similar premise.

WebMD went online in 1997.

Steve Wynn bought a Picasso for 4$5 Million, accidentally put his elbow through it causing over $90,000 in damages. This story added value to the painting and was sold for $155 Million in 2013.

Sir Patrick Stewart put on and starred in a "photo negative" production of Othello. He starred as a white Othello opposite a black cast. It was the first time this concept was used.

Pfizer's Lipitor has been reducing cholesterol since 1997.

When musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole died in 1997, he was the first and only citizen to receive the honor of having the Hawaii state flag flown at half-staff. His coffin was allowed to "lay in state" in the capitol building. Since then, in 2003 a bronze bust of Brother Iz was erected on O'ahu.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 19907: $1,200,000

An IBM supercomputer known as Deep Blue beat then chess world champion Garry Kasparov, who had once bragged he would never lose to a machine. After 15 years, it was discovered that the critical move made by Deep Blue was due to a bug in its software.

In 1929, 23.9% of a family's income went to food, versus 10.7% in 1997.

World War II News:
Operation Tracer: If Nazi's captured Gibraltar a British team would be sealed within the rock to spy on shipping from an underground complex, with supplies for several years (and their burials). After decades of rumours and searching, the cave was rediscovered in 1997.
NOT a Surprise:
Ellen DeGeneres admitted that she was gay on her sitcom
The Habits:

Watching Titanic at the theater, also watching Sci Fi classics films 'Contact', 'The Fifth Element', 'Gattaca', 'Men in Black', and 'Starship Troopers'.

1st appearances & 1997's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Beanie Babies become the must-have toy for Christmas 1997. Teletubby toys, Pokemon, Tamagotchi, Spice Girls Dolls, Repunzel Barbie
The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Titanic
2. Men In Black
3. The Lost Word: Jurassic park
4. Liar Liar
5. Air Force One
6. As Good As It Gets
7. Good Will Hunting
8. Star Wars (Special Edition)
9. My Best Friend's Wedding
10 Tomorrow Never Dies
11. Face/Off
1997 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Seinfeld (NBC)
2. E.R. (NBC)
3. Veronica's Closet (NBC)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. Touched By An Angel (CBS)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. Union Square (NBC)
8. Frasier (NBC)
9. Home Improvement (ABC)
10. Just Shoot Me (NBC)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1997 include:
Aaliyah, Erykah Badu, Blackstreet, Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child, Dru Hill, Elton John, En Vogue, Faith Evans, Foxy Brown, Hanson, Jagged Edge, Jewel, Keith Sweat, LeAnn Rimes, Lil Kim, Lonestar, Mase, Mariah Carey, Martina McBride, Mase, Matchbox Twenty, MC Lite, Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott, Notorious B.I.G., 112, Puff Daddy, R. Kelly, Savage Garden, Sheryl Crow, Spice Girls, Sugar Ray, 2Pac, Third Eye Blind, The Wallflowers, Will Smith, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1997:
December 7, 1996 - February 21, 1997: Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart

February 22, 1997 - March 21, 1997: Spice Girls - Wannabe

March 22, 1997 - May 2, 1997: Puff Daddy featuring Mase - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down

May 3, 1997 - May 23, 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize

May 24, 1997 - June 13, 1997: Hanson - MMMBop

June 14, 1997 - August 29, 1997: Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 - I'll Be Missing You

August 30, 1997 - September 12, 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mase - Mo Money Mo Problems

September 13, 1997 - October 3, 1997: Mariah Carey - Honey

October 4, 1997 - October 10, 1997: Boyz II Men - 4 Seasons of Loneliness

October 11, 1997 - January 16, 1998: Elton John - Candle in the Wind '97

Popular Music in 1997 - # 1 Hits of 1997