August 2, 1997

August 2, 1997, was a Saturday. It was 26 years, 10 months, and 14 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on August 2, 1997?

  • The comedy film "Bean" is released in movie theaters in the United Kingdom.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 2, 1997:

  • United States: "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans
  • United Kingdom: "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 2, 1997

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112
  • Bitch - Meredith Brooks
  • Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) - Backstreet Boys
  • Mo Money Mo Problems - The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Puff Daddy & Mase
  • Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
Play the top songs from 1997
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Air Force One

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Air Force One" was at the top of the box office on August 2, 1997.


This date was 9,815 days ago. Approximately 327 months have passed. It was the 214th day of 1997, in week 31. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 26 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. The Earth has experienced 109 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to August 2, 1997

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Saturday, August 2, 1997. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. People are currently enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1997 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. The song "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans is at the top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Air Force One is at the top of the box office.

Tony Blair is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. A new form of communication called "text messaging" is starting to become more widespread. However, it can only be done if both the sender and the receiver are on the same cell network. Meanwhile, a global system called "the Internet" is also starting to take off. Each day, more and more people are learning how to send emails and browse "websites" on the World Wide Web by connecting their IBM computers to noisy dial-up modems.

The CD is quickly becoming the dominant format for music, and people are buying portable players such as the "Discman". Consequently, sales of cassette tapes are continuing to decline. In fashion, bright and metallic colors are all the rage—a big change from the darker "grunge" colors of the early 1990s. Women are wearing maxi skirts, bell bottoms, knee boots, crop tops, tube tops, slip dresses, maxi coats, and platform shoes. Meanwhile, a lot of men have ditched their grunge and skater clothes in favor of a "dress casual" look. They are also beginning to cut their hair shorter. It's 1997, so radio stations are being dominated by the likes of Toni Braxton, the Spice Girls, Puff Daddy, No Doubt, Hanson and Elton John.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed, Mother Teresa, and John Denver would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Family Matters", "Walker, Texas Ranger", "JAG", and "Everybody Loves Raymond". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain", "Final Fantasy VII", "Star Fox 64", and "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Beverly Hills, 90210", "Animaniacs", "Pinky and the Brain", and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch". Popular toys at the moment include Polly Pocket, Dear Diary, the Tamagotchi, and the Nintendo 64.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 2, 1997.

  • Stargate SG-1 makes its debut.

    Stargate SG-1 makes its debut

    The first episode of the sci-fi series "Stargate SG-1" was aired on television in late July 1997.
  • Ask Jeeves.

    Ask Jeeves

    Internet users were using a search engine called "Ask Jeeves".
  • Shawn Colvin - "Sunny Came Home"

    Shawn Colvin - "Sunny Came Home"

    The song "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin went on to win a Grammy for 1997's Record of the Year.
  • 1997 in music.

    1997 in music

    Popular music artists in 1997 included the Spice Girls, Jewel, Puff Daddy, Monica, Mark Morrison, Hanson, Meredith Brooks, Backstreet Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Usher, Elton John, and Boyz II Men.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1997?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1997?

    In 1997, the best NBA players were Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Grant Hill, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen, Glen Rice, Patrick Ewing, Gary Payton, Mitch Richmond, Anthony Mason, Vin Baker, Shaquille O'Neal, John Stockton and Penny Hardaway.
  • Andrew Grove.

    Andrew Grove

    The chairman and CEO of Intel, Andrew Grove, was named Time Person of the Year in 1997.
  • Late 1990s Fashion.

    Late 1990s Fashion

    Popular clothing items included pleather pants, high-waisted miniskirts, and halter tops. Metallic clothing became more prominent. Cargo pants and other military-inspired clothing also started to become more popular. Preppy looks became widespread among young men as brands such as "Old Navy" and "Abercrombie & Fitch" became more and more popular. The rave scene also inspired the comeback of more colors.
  • The Nintendo 64.

    The Nintendo 64

    The Nintendo 64 was competing with Sony's PlayStation console. Popular games included Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, and Yoshi's Story.
  • 1997 in movies.

    1997 in movies

    Movies released in 1997 included Titanic, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Tomorrow Never Dies, Air Force One, Liar Liar, As Good as It Gets, The Fifth Element, The Full Monty, Starship Troopers, Good Will Hunting and Alien: Resurrection.
  • Teri Hatcher.

    Teri Hatcher

    American actress Teri Hatcher was listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 1997.
  • Best football players in 1997.

    Best football players in 1997

    In 1997, the best soccer players were Ronaldo, Predrag Mijatović, Zinedine Zidane, Dennis Bergkamp, Roberto Carlos, Andreas Möller, Raúl, Peter Schmeichel, Jürgen Kohler, Matthias Sammer and Christian Vieri.
  • Dancing baby.

    Dancing baby

    In 1997, a 3D animation of a dancing baby became one of the first viral videos. Over the course of the year, the animation appeared in commercials and sitcoms such as Ally McBeal.
  • Titanic.


    James Cameron's film "Titanic" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1997.
  • The Internet is still a novelty.

    The Internet is still a novelty

    Although the Internet existed, it was still something of a novelty in the late 1990s. Many people had to visit their local library just to "surf the web". Social media wasn't a thing yet, and most sites consisted of gaudy, static web pages.
  • Sony PlayStation.

    Sony PlayStation

    The Sony PlayStation (PS1) was released in September 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.
  • CDs have become the dominant music format.

    CDs have become the dominant music format

    By this stage, the CD had become the dominant music format. Consequently, sales of CD players and the "Discman" continued to increase. Meanwhile, people were beginning to replace their cassette players.
  • Kids are reading Goosebumps.

    Kids are reading Goosebumps

    Kids were reading Goosebumps, which was a series of children's horror books that were written by author R. L. Stine. The original series included books such as "Monster Blood", "Say Cheese and Die!" and "The Barking Ghost".
  • VCRs are common household items.

    VCRs are common household items

    Everyone was using VCRs to watch tapes of movies and TV shows. The device also gave people the ability to record programs and films onto a blank tape.
  • People are using pagers to communicate.

    People are using pagers to communicate

    Pagers achieved mainstream popularity during the 1990s. These small devices allowed the owner to receive messages. More often than not, the message was a short memo or a phone number that they were supposed to call back.
  • Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style.

    Wallpaper is beginning to go out of style

    By the 1990s, "modernism" was starting to heavily influence interior design trends. As a result, sales of wallpaper started to decline. Instead of using decorative wallpaper, people were beginning to opt for minimalist, painted walls.
  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie

    People are wearing an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie".

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 2, 1997.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to August 2, 1997.

  • July 4, 1997: Juárez Cartel leader Amado Carrillo Fuentes (The Lord of the Skies) dies during an operation to change his appearance at Santa Mónica Hospital in Mexico City.
  • July 10, 1997: The song "It's Like That" is released by Run-DMC and Jason Nevins.
  • July 11, 1997: The film Contact (1997) is released.
  • July 15, 1997: Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace is shot dead by Andrew Cunanan.
  • July 16, 1997: The comedy film "George of the Jungle", starring Brendan Fraser, is released in movie theaters.
  • July 23, 1997: American spree killer Andrew Cunanan commits suicide eight days after murdering fashion designer Versace.
  • July 24, 1997: Amy Wroe Bechtel (24) disappears in Lander, Wyoming.
  • July 25, 1997:
    • Air Force One (1997) is released.
    • The Nickelodeon movie Good Burger (1997) is released.
  • July 27, 1997: The first episode of "Stargate SG-1" is aired.
  • This date: August 2, 1997
  • August 6, 1997: 228 people die after Korean Air Flight 801 crashes while approaching an airport in Guam.
  • August 12, 1997: The Backstreet Boys release their debut self-titled album "Backstreet Boys".
  • August 13, 1997:
    • The first episode of Southpark is aired.
    • Soccer: John Barnes leaves Liverpool on a free transfer.
  • August 15, 1997: The sci-fi film Event Horizon (1997) is released.
  • August 18, 1997: Carole Baskin's husband Don Lewis goes missing.
  • August 25, 1997:
    • GoldenEye 007 is released for the Nintendo 64.
    • British girl group All Saints release their debut single "I Know Where It's At".
  • August 29, 1997: Netflix is founded as a mail-based DVD rental company.
  • August 31, 1997: Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris, France.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 2, 1997, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1997 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 2, 1997 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Late 1990s fashion

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1997

Television shows that people were watching in August 1997:

TV shows from August 1997.

Stargate SG-1
Stargate SG-1
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
King of the Hill
King of the Hill
Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
7th Heaven
7th Heaven
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Father Ted
Father Ted
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Cars in 1997

1997 saw the introduction of cars such as the Saab 9-5, the Toyota Avensis, the Toyota Prius, the Lincoln Navigator, the Honda Accord, and the Chevrolet Corvette (C5).

Cars in 1997.

Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on August 2, 1997

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1997:

Cow And Chicken
Cow And Chicken
The Angry Beavers
The Angry Beavers
Smart Guy
Smart Guy

Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Bruno the Kid
Bruno the Kid

Popular toys and games in 1997

Toys and games that were popular in 1997:

The Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
Bop It
Bop It
Car City Carpet
Car City Carpet
The Nintendo 64
The Nintendo 64
The Tamagotchi
The Tamagotchi
Tyco Rebound RC Car
Tyco Rebound RC Car
Street Sharks Action Figures
Street Sharks Action Figures
The PlayStation (PS1)
The PlayStation (PS1)
The Sega Saturn
The Sega Saturn
Styrofoam plane gliders
Styrofoam plane gliders
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Fisher-Price Great Adventures Castle
Dear Diary
Dear Diary
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in August 1997.

Porsche Challenge 1997
Porsche Challenge
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 1997
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Star Fox 64 1997
Star Fox 64
Harvest Moon 1997
Harvest Moon
War Gods 1997
War Gods
Theme Hospital 1997
Theme Hospital
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Tekken 3 1997
Tekken 3
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 1997
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Final Fantasy VII 1997
Final Fantasy VII
Soul Blade 1997
Soul Blade
Diablo 1996

Were you born on August 2, 1997?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1997.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out August 2, 2003, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 2.

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

Writer Deceased
Born on August 2, 1924
He was not alive on this date.

Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong

Born on August 2, 1977
He turned 20 on this day in 1997.



National holidays and famous events that fall on August 2:


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on August 2, 1997.


UK Prime Minister

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 2, 1997 was most likely conceived around November 9, 1996.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 2, 1997 is close to April 25, 1998.

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Stats for August 2, 1997


Here are some interesting statistics about August 2, 1997:

  • 9,815 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,402 weeks have passed.
  • 848,016,000 seconds have passed since August 2, 1997.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 989,352,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 437,576,256,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 141,336,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 72,929,376 steps. That's roughly 32,413 miles.
  • 10,176,192 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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