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Flashback: The top 20 songs, movies of 1997

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Here is some flashback fun for the 1990s kids. While XM Radio's 90s on 9 make us relive the golden years and make it feel like yesterday - it’s been more than 20 years!

For the past couple years, we've rang in the new year with a look back at the good old days. So here is a quick look at 1997.

It was a big year for many reasons, here are a couple highlights:

  • Bill Clinton is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State
  • In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, being born the previous year. Also, the first genetically modified 3 parent baby is born.
  • The Phoenix Lights, a series of UFOs, are seen over Phoenix, Arizona.
  • The Comet Hale–Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth. In San Diego, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their compound.
  • Popular television shows that debuted: Teletubbies, Pokémon, South Park
  • Timothy McVeigh sentenced to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Ramzi Yousef was also found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
  • Harry Potter mania begins when Bloomsbury Publishing publishes J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
  • NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars
  • Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer, Inc at Macworld in Boston. Microsoft buys a $150 million share of financially troubled Apple Computer.
  • Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris, her funeral at Westminster Abbey, watched by over 2 billion people worldwide
  • Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery: The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history ($17.3 million, mostly in small bills) occurs at the Charlotte office of Wells Fargo. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the stolen cash.
  • James Cameron's Titanic, the then highest-grossing film of all time, premieres in the U.S.

While Titanic broke the box office, it wasn't the only big hit that came out in 1997.

HINT: "You know what the difference is between you and me? I make this look GOOD."


MOBILE USERS: Click here to see the 'Top 20 Movies' from 1997

And if you listen to the 90s on 9 - it was a year of excellent music.

In fact, we cruised Billboard Magazine's Top 100 songs and found the top 20 songs from 1997.


MOBILE USERS: Click here to see the 'Top 20 Songs' from 1997

And if you enjoyed those flashbacks - make sure you check out the last couple pages from each of our slideshow. We threw in our lists that we did for 1996, 1995 and 1994.

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