# 236: 1997: Music & Headlines

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1997. The World Mourned a Princess. College Football Dynasty Returned to Glory. Hockey Was On It's Way to Ohio. Those were among the happenings in 1997.

- Diana, Princess of Wales is killed in a car crash in Paris, along with her companion and their driver, as their car attempts to evade the Paparazzi.
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta passes away.
- The first Harry Potter book is published.
- Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer.
- NASA's Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars.
- Great Britain returns Hong Kong to China.
- Tony Blair is elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in Chess.
- Madeleine Albright becomes the first female U.S. Secretary of State in American History.
- Heaven's Gate Cult Commits Mass Suicide near San Diego.
- Rapper Notorious B.I.G. is fatally gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
- Fashion designer Gianni Versace is murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who later takes his own life.
- The Dow closes above 7,000 for the first time ever.
- Woolworth's closes it's doors forever.
- O.J. Simpson is found guilty in a Civil Trial.
- Dolly the Sheep is cloned at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland.
- Carlos the Jackal is caught and sentenced to life in prison in France.
- Bird Flu hits Hong Kong.

- Ellen DeGeneres comes out as gay following "The Puppy Episode" of her sitcom, "Ellen".
- Top shows include ER, Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, Ally McBeal, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Law & Order, South Park, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Mad About You.

Best Comedy Series: Frasier (NBC)
Best Drama Series: Law & Order (NBC) - only non-Serialized Drama to win since 1980
Best Daytime Soap: General Hospital (ABC)
Best Variety Series: Tracey Takes On (HBO)
Best Miniseries: Prime Suspect V: Error of Judgement (PBS)
Best Made for TV Movie: Miss Evers' Boys (HBO)
Best Actor, Comedy: John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun (NBC)
Best Actress, Comedy: Helen Hunt, Mad About You (NBC)
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy: Michael Richards, Seinfeld (NBC)
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy: Kristen Johnston, 3rd Rock from the Sun (NBC)
Best Actor, Drama: Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue (ABC)
Best Actress, Drama: Gillian Anderson, The X-Files (Fox)
Best Supporting Actor, Drama: Hector Elizondo, Chicago Hope (CBS)
Best Supporting Actress, Drama: Kim Delaney, NYPD Blue (ABC)
Best Actor, Miniseries/Movie: Armand Assante, Gotti (HBO)
Best Actress, Miniseries/Movie: Alfre Woodard, Miss Evers' Boys (HBO)
Best Supporting Actor, Miniseries/Movie: Beau Bridges, The Second Civil War (HBO)
Best Supporting Actress, Miniseries/Movie: Diana Rigg, Rebecca (PBS)
Best Actor, Daytime: Justin Deas, Guiding Light (CBS)
Best Actress, Daytime: Jess Walton, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Best Supporting Actor, Daytime: Ian Buchanan, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Best Supporting Actress, Daytime: Michelle Stafford, The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Best Younger Actor, Daytime: Kevin Mambo, Guiding Light (CBS)
Best Younger Actress, Daytime: Sarah Brown, General Hospital (ABC)

MOVIES in 1997:
- Top films include Titanic, As Good As It Gets, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Con Air, Air Force One, Face/Off, Men in Black, Good Will Hunting, Boogie Nights, The Fifth Element, Tomorrow Never Dies, L.A. Confidential, Jackie Brown, In & Out, and The Full Monty

ACADEMY AWARDS (for 1996 Movies):
Best Picture - The English Patient
Best Director - Anthony Minghella, The English Patient
Best Actor - Geoffrey Rush, Shine
Best Actress - Frances McDormand, Fargo
Best Supporting Actor - Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire
Best Supporting Actress - Juliette Binoche, The English Patient
Best Foreign Language Film - Kolya (Czech Republic)
Best Original Song - "You Must Love Me", Evita

THEATRE in 1997:
- The Lion King debuts on Broadway, combining live action puppets with live action performers and choreography, directed by Julie Taymor.

COLUMBUS in 1997:
- The Mall at Tuttle Crossing opens in Dublin, Ohio
- Hilliard Darby High School opens in the Hilliard City School District in Hilliard, Ohio
- Columbus is awarded a National Hockey League Franchise. In November, the Franchise is named the Blue Jackets.
- Columbus East High School adopts a mandatory uniformed dress code for students. Several other schools in the Columbus City School district follow suit.
- Ohio State fires both Men's Basketball Coach Randy Ayers and Women's Basketball Coach Nancy Darsch after eight and twelve seasons, respectively, following disappointing losing seasons in 1997.

Boys & Girls Soccer, Division II: St. Francis DeSales Stallions
Division III Football: St. Francis DeSales Stallions
Division II Baseball: Bishop Watterson Golden Eagles
Division I Softball: Pickerington Lady Tigers
Boys Cross Country: Pickerington Tigers
Boys Golf: Columbus Academy Vikings
Girls' Field Hockey: Columbus Academy Vikings
Boys' Track and Field: Thomas Worthington (shared with Toledo Central Catholic and Canton McKinley)
- (Sunbury) Big Walnut, Lancaster, Newark, and Hilliard Darby High Schools join the Ohio Capital Conference.

- Martina Hingis becomes the youngest Tennis Grand Slam winner ever, at 16.
- Tiger Woods becomes the youngest Master's Tournament Champion, at 21.
- Michigan wins its first College Football National Championship since 1948. Defensive back Charles Woodson becomes the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, upsetting Heisman favorite Peyton Manning (Quarterback, University of Tennessee Volunteers).

NCAA Men's Tournament: Arizona Wildcats
NCAA Women's Tournament: Tennessee Lady Volunteers
World Series: Florida Marlins (10th Inning Walk-On in Game 7)
NBA: Chicago Bulls
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings
MLS Cup: DC United
Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers
College Football: Michigan Wolverines (the Nebraska Cornhuskers won a participation prize)
Heisman Trophy: Charles Woodson, Defensive Back, Michigan
Big Ten/The Game/Rose Bowl: Michigan