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October 31, 1997 Halloween

October 31, 1997, was a Friday. It was the 304th day of 1997. The decade was the nineties.

26 years, 4 months, and 5 days have passed since October 31, 1997.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

Events

Notable events that occurred on October 31, 1997:

  • NBA player Tim Duncan makes his debut for the San Antonio Spurs.
  • The game Duke Nukem 64 is released.
  • Irish politics: Mary McAleese is elected as the new President of Ireland.
Birthdays

Born on October 31, 1997

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On October 31, 1997, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Candle In The Wind 1997" by Elton John
  • United Kingdom: "Barbie Girl" by Aqua

The music charts on October 31, 1997

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight - Elton John
  • You Make Me Wanna... - Usher
  • How Do I Live - LeAnn Rimes
  • 4 Seasons Of Loneliness - Boyz II Men
  • All Cried Out - Allure Featuring 112
Play the top singles 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.
I Know What You Did Last Summer

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "I Know What You Did Last Summer".

Facts

Halloween 1997 occurred 9,622 days ago. Approximately 321 months have passed. It was the 304th day of 1997, in week 44. The decade was the nineties. People who were born on October 31, 1997, are now 26 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 107 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to October 31, 1997

Let's go back to the nineties.

The date is October 31, 1997, and it's a Friday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Scorpio. Many people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

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. It's Halloween, so kids are trick-or-treating and adults are watching horror movies.

In America, the song "Candle In The Wind 1997" by Elton John is at the top of the singles charts, while "Barbie Girl" by Aqua is the number-one song in the UK. Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, and the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer is at the top of the box office. Tony Blair is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Frasier", "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", "Stargate SG-1", and "Ally McBeal". 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.

In baseball, the Florida Marlins have just won the 1997 World Series after defeating the Cleveland Indians 4-3. The final game was decided in extra innings. This marks the first time that a wild card team has ever won the World Series. 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. People are playing video games such as "The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall", "Wipeout 2097", "Star Fox 64", and "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Rugrats", "Brotherly Love", "Arthur", and "Daria". Children are playing with toys such as G.I. Joe (figures), Super Soaker (water gun), the Tamagotchi, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 31, 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.

    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

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around October 31, 1997.

  • 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.
  • October 20, 1997: The first episode of "Bear in the Big Blue House" airs on TV.
  • 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.
  • This date: October 31, 1997
  • 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".
  • November 20, 1997: It is reported that child pornography was found at the home of rock singer Gary Glitter.
  • November 22, 1997:
    • Boxing: George Foreman has his last fight in a loss against Shannon Briggs.
    • INXS singer Michael Hutchence commits suicide at the age of 37.
  • November 23, 1997: A four-month-old toddler called Sabrina Aisenberg goes missing from her crib in Valrico, Florida.
  • November 26, 1997: Alien: Resurrection (1997) is released.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 31, 1997, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1997 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 31, 1997 falls under the Snake.
  • 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

Television shows in October 1997

In October 1997, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from October 1997.

Ally McBeal
Ally McBeal
Stargate SG-1
Stargate SG-1
Oz
Oz
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
JAG
JAG
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena: Warrior Princess
Father Ted
Father Ted
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Friends
Friends
Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel
ER
ER
Party of Five
Party of Five
Ellen
Ellen
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
The Nanny
The Nanny
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger
Frasier
Frasier
The X-Files
The X-Files
Beavis and Butt-Head
Beavis and Butt-Head
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in October 1997

If you were a kid on October 31, 1997, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

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

Recess
Recess
City Guys
City Guys
USA High
USA High
Cow And Chicken
Cow And Chicken
The Angry Beavers
The Angry Beavers
Smart Guy
Smart Guy
Pokemon
Pokemon
Teletubbies
Teletubbies
Daria
Daria
KaBlam!
KaBlam!
Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!
Arthur
Arthur
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Bruno the Kid
Bruno the Kid
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Clueless
Clueless
Blue's Clues
Blue's Clues
Superman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series
7th Heaven
7th Heaven
Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel
Moesha
Moesha
Little Bear
Little Bear
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Wishbone
Wishbone
Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love
Hang Time
Hang Time
Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
In the House
In the House
Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo
Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
The Secret World of Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack
Friends
Friends
Street Sharks
Street Sharks
All That
All That
Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister
Weird Science
Weird Science
The Nanny
The Nanny
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Tales from the Cryptkeeper
Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Living Single
Living Single
Home Improvement
Home Improvement
Doug
Doug
Rugrats
Rugrats
Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210
Art Attack
Art Attack
Round the Twist
Round the Twist
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Toys

Toys in 1997

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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
Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop
Super Soaker (water gun)
Super Soaker (water gun)
G.I. Joe (figures)
G.I. Joe (figures)
Fear Street books
Fear Street books
Yo-yo
Yo-yo
Lego Pirates
Lego Pirates
Polly Pocket
Polly Pocket
Jenga
Jenga
Sylvanian Families
Sylvanian Families
Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in October 1997.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back 1997
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Age of Empires 1997
Age of Empires
Grand Theft Auto 1997
Grand Theft Auto
Fallout 1997
Fallout
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
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
Diablo
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 1996
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1996
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain

Were you born on October 31, 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 31, 2003, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 31.

John Candy

John Candy

Actor Deceased
Born on October 31, 1950
He was not alive on this date.

Larry Mullen Jr

Larry Mullen Jr

U2
Born on October 31, 1961
He turned 36 on this day in 1997.

Rob Schneider

Rob Schneider

Actor
Born on October 31, 1963
He turned 34 on this day in 1997.

Ad-Rock

Ad-Rock

Beastie Boys
Born on October 31, 1966
He turned 31 on this day in 1997.

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

Rapper
Born on October 31, 1967
He turned 30 on this day in 1997.

Emiliano Sala

Emiliano Sala

Argentine soccer player Deceased
Born on October 31, 1990
He turned 7 on this day in 1997.

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright

Actress
Born on October 31, 1993
She turned 4 on this day in 1997.

Willow Smith

Willow Smith

Singer
Born on October 31, 2000
She was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on October 31:

  • Halloween
  • Reformation Day
USA

US President

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on October 31, 1997.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 31, 1997 was most likely conceived around February 7, 1997.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 31, 1997 is close to July 24, 1998.

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Stats for October 31, 1997

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 31, 1997:

  • 9,622 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,374 weeks have passed.
  • 831,340,800 seconds have passed since October 31, 1997.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 969,897,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 428,971,852,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 138,556,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 71,495,309 steps. That's roughly 31,776 miles!
  • Since this date, 9,976,090 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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