October 20, 1997

October 20, 1997, was a Monday. It was 26 years, 7 months, and 29 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on October 20, 1997:

  • The first episode of "Bear in the Big Blue House" airs on TV.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 20, 1997:

  • United States: "Candle In The Wind 1997" by Elton John
  • United Kingdom: "Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 20, 1997

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight - Elton John
  • 4 Seasons Of Loneliness - Boyz II Men
  • You Make Me Wanna... - Usher
  • How Do I Live - LeAnn Rimes
  • Honey - Mariah Carey
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.
Kiss the Girls

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Kiss the Girls".


This date was 9,738 days ago. Approximately 325 months have passed. It was the 293rd day of 1997, in week 43. The decade was the nineties. People born on this day are currently 26 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 108 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.


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Joshua Coleman

Bear in the Big Blue House premiered that day
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Joshua Coleman

On that day, Season 2 of Arthur premiered with the episode "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers"
Posted on February 13, 2024 01:10

Joshua Coleman

Did any of you watch Bear in the Big Blue House when it first premiered
Posted on June 1, 2024 12:52

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Take me back to October 20, 1997

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Monday, October 20, 1997. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Libra. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker. There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. Halloween 1997 is quickly approaching and stores are selling costumes and decorations.

In America, the song "Candle In The Wind 1997" by Elton John is at the top of the singles charts, while "Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie Kiss the Girls 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 Chris Farley, Sonny Bono, Fat Pat, and Rob Pilatus would all still be alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Mad About You", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", "Beavis and Butt-Head", and "The X-Files". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Duke Nukem 3D", "Fade to Black", "War Gods", and "Porsche Challenge". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Rugrats", "Living Single", "7th Heaven", and "Daria".

Popular toys at the moment include Dear Diary, Styrofoam plane gliders, Street Sharks Action Figures, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 20, 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 October 20, 1997.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to October 20, 1997.

  • 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.
  • October 15, 1997: The game "Age of Empires" is released.
  • October 17, 1997: The slasher film "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is released in movie theaters.
  • This date: October 20, 1997
  • October 25, 1997: Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona plays his final professional game.
  • October 27, 1997: Natalie Imbruglia releases the song "Torn".
  • October 29, 1997: Soccer player Diego Maradona announces his retirement.
  • October 31, 1997:
    • The game Duke Nukem 64 is released.
    • Irish politics: Mary McAleese is elected as the new President of Ireland.
    • NBA player Tim Duncan makes his debut for the San Antonio Spurs.
  • November 4, 1997: Shania Twain releases her best-selling album Come On Over.
  • November 7, 1997:
    • The movie Starship Troopers (1997) is released.
    • Irish politics: Dick Spring announces that he will be resigning as the leader of the Labour Party.
  • November 9, 1997:
    • The WWF begins its Attitude Era.
    • WWF: The Montreal Screwjob occurs when WWF employees manipulate the outcome of the match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.
  • November 10, 1997: Girl group "All Saints" release their song "Never Ever".
  • November 11, 1997:
    • Mary McAleese is inaugurated as the new President of Ireland.
    • The website domain name for Netflix is registered.
  • November 13, 1997: Irish politics: Ruairi Quinn becomes the new leader of the Labour Party.
  • November 14, 1997: Celine Dion releases the album "Let's Talk About Love.".
  • November 17, 1997:
    • A rhythm video game called "PaRappa the Rapper" is released on the PlayStation.
    • English rave group the Prodigy release their single "Smack My Bitch Up".
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20, 1997, will have the star sign Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1997 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 20, 1997 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

Late 1990s fashion

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 1990s fashion

Television shows

TV series on October 20, 1997

People in October 1997 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from October 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 October 20, 1997

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

Bear in the Big Blue House
Bear in the Big Blue House
Men in Black: The Series
Men in Black: The Series
Teen Angel
Teen Angel

Mummies Alive!
Mummies Alive!
City Guys
City Guys
USA High
USA High
Cow And Chicken
Cow And Chicken
The Angry Beavers
The Angry Beavers
Smart Guy
Smart Guy

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 October 1997.

Age of Empires 1997
Age of Empires
Grand Theft Auto 1997
Grand Theft Auto
Fallout 1997
PaRappa the Rapper 1997
PaRappa the Rapper
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

Were you born on October 20, 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 October 20, 2003, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 20.

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle

Baseball player Deceased
Born on October 20, 1931
He was not alive on this date.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Musician Deceased
Born on October 20, 1950
He turned 47 on this day in 1997.

Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Wrestler Deceased
Born on October 20, 1958
He turned 39 on this day in 1997.

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

Born on October 20, 1958
He turned 39 on this day in 1997.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

US Vice President
Born on October 20, 1964
She turned 33 on this day in 1997.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Born on October 20, 1971
He turned 26 on this day in 1997.

John Krasinski

John Krasinski

Born on October 20, 1979
He turned 18 on this day in 1997.

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel

Born on October 20, 1988
She turned 9 on this day in 1997.


US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on October 20, 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 October 20, 1997 was most likely conceived around January 27, 1997.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20, 1997 is close to July 13, 1998.

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Stats for October 20, 1997


Here are some interesting statistics about October 20, 1997:

  • 9,738 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,391 weeks have passed.
  • 841,363,200 seconds have passed since October 20, 1997.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 981,590,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 434,143,411,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 140,227,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 72,357,235 steps. That's roughly 32,159 miles.
  • 10,096,358 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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