September 12, 1997

September 12, 1997, was a Friday. It was 26 years and 10 months ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

What happened on September 12, 1997?

  • The thriller film "The Game", starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, is released in movie theaters.
  • Irish politics: Mary Robinson resigns as the President of Ireland.

Born on September 12, 1997

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on September 12, 1997:

  • United States: "Honey" by Mariah Carey
  • United Kingdom: "The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve

The Billboard Hot 100 on September 12, 1997

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

  • Mo Money Mo Problems - The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Puff Daddy & Mase
  • Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) - Backstreet Boys
  • I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112
  • 2 Become 1 - Spice Girls
  • How Do I Live - LeAnn Rimes
Play the top songs from 1997
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1997. Take a trip back to the days of the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, Dario G, The Prodigy and Daft Punk.
The Game

Top movie at the box office

The movie "The Game" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date was 9,800 days ago. Approximately 327 months have passed. It was the 255th day of 1997, in week 37. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 26 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. We have gone through approximately 109 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to September 12, 1997

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It is Friday, September 12, 1997. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

Schools and colleges are starting again, and fall has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool, and trees are starting to shed their leaves. In America, the song "Honey" by Mariah Carey is at the top of the singles charts, while "The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie The Game 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.

The United Kingdom is in mourning following the recent death of Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as John Denver, Chris Farley, Sonny Bono, and Fat Pat would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Baywatch", "Xena: Warrior Princess", "3rd Rock from the Sun", and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Theme Park", "Resident Evil", "Super Mario 64", and "Soul Blade". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Tales from the Cryptkeeper", "Boy Meets World", "Weird Science", and "Clueless". Popular toys at the moment include Dear Diary, the Sega Saturn, Street Sharks Action Figures, and the Tamagotchi.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 12, 1997.

  • Princess Diana dies in a car crash.

    Princess Diana dies in a car crash

    On August 31st, 1997, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris while attempting to flee the paparazzi.
  • GoldenEye 007 is released.

    GoldenEye 007 is released

    The popular first-person shooter game "GoldenEye 007" was released for the Nintendo 64 at the end of August 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 September 12, 1997.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to September 12, 1997.

  • 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.
  • September 4, 1997: Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity" wins Video of the Year at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • September 5, 1997: Mother Teresa passes away.
  • September 6, 1997: The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place in London.
  • September 11, 1997:
    • Boxer Ricky Hatton makes his professional debut.
    • Scottish devolution referendum: Scotland votes to have its own devolved parliament within the United Kingdom.
  • This date: September 12, 1997
  • September 13, 1997:
    • The song Candle in the Wind 1997 is released by Elton John.
    • The first episode of Recess is aired.
  • September 15, 1997: The website domain name for Google is first registered.
  • September 18, 1997: The video game "Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee" is released on the PlayStation.
  • September 19, 1997: The film L.A. Confidential (1997) is released.
  • September 28, 1997: Golf: Europe wins the 1997 Ryder Cup at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain.
  • September 29, 1997: Former "Take That" member Robbie Williams releases his debut studio album "Life thru a Lens".
  • October 4, 1997:
    • WWF: The New Age Outlaws make their tag team debut.
    • $17.3 million in cash is stolen from a "Loomis, Fargo & Co." office vault in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • October 5, 1997:
    • WWF: Kane makes his debut at "Badd Blood: In Your House".
    • The website Slashdot is launched.
  • October 11, 1997: The animated show "Men in Black: The Series" airs on TV.
  • October 12, 1997: American singer John Denver dies after his light homebuilt aircraft crashes into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 12, 1997, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1997 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 12, 1997 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

Late 1990s fashion

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV series on September 12, 1997

TV audiences were watching the following shows on September 12, 1997:

TV shows from September 1997.

Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal
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

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 September 12, 1997

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

City Guys
City Guys
USA High
USA High
Cow And Chicken
Cow And Chicken

The Angry Beavers
The Angry Beavers
Smart Guy
Smart Guy
Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!

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 September 1997.

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee 1997
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
GoldenEye 007 1997
GoldenEye 007
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

Were you born on September 12, 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 September 12, 2003, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 12.

Barry White

Barry White

Singer Deceased
Born on September 12, 1944
He turned 53 on this day in 1997.

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern

Irish Prime Minister
Born on September 12, 1951
He turned 46 on this day in 1997.

Joe Pantoliano

Joe Pantoliano

Born on September 12, 1951
He turned 46 on this day in 1997.

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer

Film composer
Born on September 12, 1957
He turned 40 on this day in 1997.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Actor Deceased
Born on September 12, 1973
He turned 24 on this day in 1997.

Yao Ming

Yao Ming

Basketball player
Born on September 12, 1980
He turned 17 on this day in 1997.



Internet personality
Born on September 12, 1994
He turned 3 on this day in 1997.



BTS member
Born on September 12, 1994
He turned 3 on this day in 1997.


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on September 12, 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 September 12, 1997 was most likely conceived around December 20, 1996.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 12, 1997 is close to June 5, 1998.

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Stats for September 12, 1997


Here are some interesting statistics about September 12, 1997:

  • 9,800 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,400 weeks have passed.
  • 846,720,000 seconds have passed since September 12, 1997.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 987,840,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 436,907,520,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 141,120,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 72,817,920 steps. That's roughly 32,364 miles.
  • 10,160,640 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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