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December 19th, 1997.

December 19th, 1997, was a Friday. It was day 353 of 1997. The decade was the 1990s.

23 years, 7 months and 4 days have passed since December 19th, 1997.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On this day.

What happened on December 19th, 1997?

  • The movie Titanic (1997) is released in movie theaters.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 19th, 1997.

  • United States: Candle In The Wind 1997 - Elton John
  • United Kingdom: Teletubbies Say Eh-oh - Teletubbies
Play the top hits 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.
Scream 2

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Scream 2" was at the top of the box office on December 19th, 1997.

Take me back to December 19th, 1997!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 19th, 1997 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The Christmas season of 1997 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio. In America, the song Candle In The Wind 1997 by Elton John is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Teletubbies Say Eh-oh by Teletubbies is the number one hit song.

Bill Clinton is currently the President of the United States and the movie Scream 2 is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister. Meanwhile, in technology news, CDs have become the dominant format for music. People are buying CD players and the portable CD players such as the "Discman". As a result, the older cassette tape format is continuing to decline in sales.

In fashion, bright and metallic colors are all the rage. A contrast with the darker "grunge" colors that were popular at the beginning of the 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 sporting a more "dressy casual" look. Shorter hair on men is also becoming more popular. 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Rugrats", "Baywatch", "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Super Mario 64", "Wipeout 2097", "Diablo" and "Fallout". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Bill Nye the Science Guy", "Weird Science", "Pinky and the Brain" and "7th Heaven". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Sylvanian Families, Jenga, Lego Pirates and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 19th, 1997.

  • Titanic.

    Titanic.

    James Cameron's film "Titanic" was being played in movie theaters at this time. The movie went on to gross over $2.1 billion USD.

  • 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 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.

    Chairman and CEO of Intel, Andrew Grove, was named as the 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 common. Cargo pants and other military-inspired clothing also started to become more popular. Preppy looks became widespread amongst young men, as brands such as Old Navy and Abercrombie & Fitch became more and more favoured. The rave scene also inspired the comeback of more colours.

  • The Nintendo 64.

    The Nintendo 64.

    During this period, the Nintendo 64 was competing with Sony's PlayStation console. Popular games included the likes of 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 PlayStation.

    The PlayStation.

    The PlayStation (PS1) was released in September of 1995. It was one of the best-selling video game consoles of the 1990s.

  • CDs become the dominant music format.

    CDs become the dominant music format.

    From the mid-1990s onward, CDs became the dominant format for music. CD players and the "Discman" increased in popularity while sales of cassette tapes and vinyl records continued to peter out.

  • Kids are reading Goosebumps.

    Kids are reading Goosebumps.

    During the mid-1990s, 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 a common household item.

    VCRs are a common household item.

    During this period, people were 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.

    During the 1990s, pagers achieved mainstream popularity. 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.

  • The Scrunchie.

    The Scrunchie.

    During the 1990s, an elastic hair tie called the "scrunchie" was in fashion.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 23 years, 7 months and 4 days have passed since December 19th, 1997.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1997.
  • Leap Year: 1997 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 19th, 1997, will be 23 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1997 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 882489600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 19th, 1997.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 19th, 1997, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 19th, 1997 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

Photographs of late 1990s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 1990s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Ally McBeal - TV show about an attorney called Ally McBeal. Starring Calista Flockhart.
  • Recess - Cartoon series about a group of six fourth-graders.
  • Stargate SG-1 - A military team of scientists and soldiers travel to different planets in the universe.
  • Oz - TV series about a prison called Oswald State Correctional Facility.
  • Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction - Anthology series presented by Jonathan Frakes.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  • King of the Hill - Animated series about a family living in Texas.
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - TV show about a high school student with magical powers.
  • Clueless - TV show about a group of friends that live in the posh neighborhood of Beverly Hills.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond - TV show about a sports write called Raymond Barone.
  • 7th Heaven - Family drama series.
  • Kenan & Kel - Nickelodeon TV show about two friends called Kenan and Kel.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun - Show about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth.
  • JAG - TV series about the military's Judge Advocate General division.
  • Pinky and the Brain - Animated series about a pair of genetically enhanced laboratory mice.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess - TV series about a warrior princess who travels around fighting bad guys.
  • Father Ted - Irish comedy TV series about a group of Catholic priests.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - TV series.
  • Star Trek: Voyager - Kathryn Janeway is the captain of a starship that is lost in space and must find its way back home.
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack - Sitcom about a teenager with special powers.

Kid's TV shows on December 19th, 1997.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1997.

  • Bear in the Big Blue House
  • Teen Angel
  • City Guys
  • Recess
  • USA High
  • The Angry Beavers
  • Smart Guy
  • Pokemon
  • Teletubbies
  • Daria
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Arthur
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
  • Blue's Clues
  • 7th Heaven
  • Kenan & Kel
  • Moesha
  • Goosebumps
  • Hang Time
  • Pinky and the Brain
  • In the House
  • Dexter's Laboratory
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack
  • Friends
  • All That
  • Sister, Sister
  • Weird Science
  • The Nanny
  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper
  • Animaniacs
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Living Single
  • Home Improvement
  • Doug
  • Rugrats
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • The Simpsons

Popular toys and games in 1997.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1997.

  • Spice Girls dolls
  • The Pokémon Trading Card Game
  • Bop It
  • The Nintendo 64
  • The Tamagotchi
  • The PlayStation (PS1)
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Super Soaker (water gun)
  • G.I. Joe (figures)
  • Yo-yo
  • Lego Pirates
  • Polly Pocket
  • Jenga
  • Sylvanian Families

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Age of Empires - History-based RTS game by Ensemble Studios.
  • Grand Theft Auto - The first installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. Published by BMG Interactive.
  • Fallout - Open world role-playing game.
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - Platform video game that was published for the PlayStation.
  • GoldenEye 007 - A first person shooter game that was set in the James Bond universe. Released on the Nintendo 64.
  • Theme Hospital - Hospital strategy game that was developed by Bullfrog Productions. Released on the PC and PlayStation.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Release by Konami in 1997.
  • Diablo - Action role-playing game.
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain - Action-adventure game developed by Silicon Knights.
  • Wipeout 2097 - Futuristic racing game.
  • Super Mario 64 - Platform game for the Nintendo 64.
  • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall - Open world RPG developed by Bethesda Softworks.
  • Fade to Black - Action-adventure game.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out December 19th, 2003 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 19th.

Richard Hammond

TV host.
Born on December 19th, 1969
He turned 28 on this day in 1997.

Alyssa Milano

Actress.
Born on December 19th, 1972
She turned 25 on this day in 1997.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor.
Born on December 19th, 1980
He turned 17 on this day in 1997.

Karim Benzema

Soccer player.
Born on December 19th, 1987
He turned 10 on this day in 1997.

Weather on December 19th, 1997.

Historical weather information for December 19th, 1997.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 10.8 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. There were 2 hours of sunshine.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 40.7 degrees Fahrenheit. 4.83 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 8 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported.

US President.

Bill Clinton was the President of the United States on December 19th, 1997.

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 19th, 1997.

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 19th, 1997 was most likely conceived around the 11th of March, 1997.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 19th, 1997 is close to the 28th of September, 1998.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 19th, 1997.

  • A total of 8,618 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,231 weeks have passed.
  • 744,591,600 seconds have passed since the December 19th, 1997.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 868,690,200 times.
  • Since December 19th, 1997, the earth has travelled approximately 384,209,265,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 124,098,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 64,034,878 steps. That's about 28,460 miles!
  • Since this date, 8,935,099 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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