1997 in history

1997 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1997, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1997.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1997 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1997 in Britain too.

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1997

  • George Clooney was the star of ER and chosen as People's Sexiest Man Alive.

  • Saving Private Ryan (with scenes filmed in Wexford) was released this year.

  • Daniel Day-Lewis starred in The Boxer. King of the Hill, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, and SpiceWorld were in cinemas.

  • WebMD went online in this year.

  • Titanic was released in Britain [NB: not in Ireland].

  • Teletubbies came to play as the show was created in this year. Their children's toys went on to become some of the most popular Christmas presents.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica's Closet, Cold Feet, Ground Force, South Park, Light Lunch and Ally McBeal were shown for the first time.

  • Nintendo released the N64 gaming system in the UK and Ireland [NB: some sources say 1996 - that was in the US]

  • The Toyota Prius – still one of the most popular hybrid cars – was first sold.

  • Channel 5 is launched, with The Spice Girls singing the theme tune.

  • The Spice Girls were at the height of their popularity and played a gig organised by Nelson Mandela’s Charity - good for audio

  • Wifi as we know it was invented in this year.

  • The Tamagotchi - the virtual pet thing - became popular in this year.

  • The final episode of children's cartoon The Woody Woodpecker Show was broadcast in this year.

  • Tony Blair was elected Prime Minister of the UK with a landslide election result.

  • This was the year of the death of Princess Diana, and all the controversy that followed. 2.5 billion people watched her funeral: it went into the Guinness World Record as the biggest TV audience for a live broadcast.

  • The Eurovision Song Contest came from The Point Theatre in Dublin, presented by Carrie Crowley and Ronan Keating. It was won by Katrina and the Waves for the UK with Love Shine A Light. Boyzone were the interval act.

1997 in Ireland

  • Bertie Ahern replaced John Bruton as an Taoiseach.

  • Mary McAleese was elected the eighth President of Ireland, after Mary Robinson resigned.

  • Shelbourne FC faced Derry City FC in Tolka Park, in the first ever League of Ireland match to be broadcast on Network 2.

  • Divorce became legal in Ireland; the first divorce was granted.

While these facts about 1997 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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