1997 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on May 20, 2019
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Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1997.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1997.

Quick History Facts From 1997

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from 1997? For openers, Diana Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris, Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State, Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing, and Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to ever win the Masters History of Golf.

In 1997, Woolworths closed its remaining stores after more than 100 years in business, Microsoft became the world’s most valuable company, and 185,000 UPS Teamsters went on strike for 18 days. Beanie Babies were the toy craze of the year, the TV sitcom Seinfeld was in its last season, and 14-year-old LeAnn Rimes became the youngest person to ever win a Grammy.

Back in 1997, The Spice Girls were the biggest pop music group in the world, the cost of a new PC from Compaq dropped below $1,000 for the first time, and DVD players, digital cameras, and flavored vodka first appeared in the marketplace. Microsoft released Internet Explorer 4.0, The Simpsons became the longest-running animated television series, and Lipitor, the cholesterol-lowering drug, was approved for medical use.

In 1997, unemployment was 5.4%, inflation averaged 2.5%, and a new home cost $176,000. Median household income was $37,000, one ounce of gold was $287.05, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.22. Heinz Catsup cost 89 cents for a 14-ounce bottle, eggs were $1.05 per dozen, and one pound of ground beef cost 89 cents.

Back in 1997, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 73.6 years, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Andy Grove, and Tara Holland (Kansas) won the Miss America crown. The Green Bay Packers were the Super Bowl Champs, the Florida Marlins won the World Series, and the Detroit Red Wings clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 1997, Titanic was the most popular film, The Partner was the best-selling fiction book, and Seinfeld (NBC) was the top TV show. The English Patient won an Oscar for Best Picture, Geoffrey Rush (Shine) won an Oscar for Best Actor, Frances McDormand (Fargo) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and Frasier (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Here are some more quick facts from 1997: Michael and Emily were favorite baby names, platform shoes and ball chain necklaces were all the rage, and a movie ticket cost $4.59. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan wed NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell, Charlie Sheen and Donna Peele parted ways after five months of marriage, and Mother Teresa died in Calcutta.

On the international stage, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule from UK rule, Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg was the wealthiest country in the world.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts and trivia from 1997. Find out fast about popular TV shows, movies, songs, books, foods, and other pop culture trends and historical events for your 1990s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in 1997

  2. History Facts From the USA and World

  3. Quick Sports Facts From 1997

  4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  5. Computer History

  6. Bestselling Fiction & Non-Fiction Books

  7. Most Popular Movies

  8. 1997/1998’s Most Popular Television Shows (according to Nielsen)

  9. Broadway Shows That Opened in 1997

  10. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  11. Number One Music Hits for the Year

  12. Heartthrobs

  13. Famous People Born in 1997

  14. Famous People Who Died in 1997

  15. Popular Foods & Beverages

  16. America’s Biggest Companies

  17. Retailers from 1997 That No Longer Exist

In 1997, a popular Christmas gift was “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.”
In 1997, a popular Christmas gift was “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.”

1. Grocery Prices in 1997

These history facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples - $0.99 per pound
  2. Bananas - $0.49 per pound
  3. Chicken fryers - $1.05 per pound
  4. Coffee - $3.70 per pound
  5. Clementines - $5.99 for five pounds
  6. Coca-Cola - Six cans for $0.99
  7. Eggs - $1.05 per dozen
  8. Grapefruit - Four for $1.00
  9. Ground beef - $0.89 per pound
  10. Ground chuck - $1.82 per pound
  11. Heinz Ketchup - $0.89 for a 14-ounce bottle
  12. Margarine - $0.49 per pound
  13. Milk - $1.90 per gallon
  14. Onions - $0.69 for three pounds
  15. Oranges - Two dozen for $1.99
  16. Peaches - $0.79 per pound
  17. Plums - $0.89 per pound
  18. Pork chops - $2.99 per pound
  19. Sirloin steak - $2.99 per pound
  20. Sliced bacon - $1.29 per pound
  21. Sugar - $0.99 for a five-pound bag
  22. Tomatoes - $1.31 per pound
  23. Tuna - $0.50 per can
  24. Weiners - $1.39 per pound
  25. White bread - $1.17 per loaf

In 1997, the Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated television series.
In 1997, the Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated television series.

2. History Facts From the USA and World

Domestic news:

  1. Bill Clinton was President and Al Gore was Vice President.
  2. Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State.
  3. The U.S. population was 267,743,595.
  4. The Dow Jones high for the year was 8,250 and the low was 6,300.
  5. Federal spending was $1,635.33 billion and the federal debt was $5,498.9 billion.
  6. Unemployment was 5.4% and inflation was 2.5%.
  7. The Consumer Price Index was 160.5.
  8. Median household income was $37,000.
  9. A new home cost $176,000.
  10. The average monthly rent was $576.00.
  11. The average cost of new car was $16,900.
  12. Gas was $1.22 per gallon.
  13. A movie ticket cost $4.59.
  14. An ounce of gold was $287.05.
  15. Alaska had an “insanely” warm December and saw more ground ice melting than usual.
  16. 185,000 UPS Teamsters went on strike for 18 days.
  17. Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Oklahoma was the first person to be struck by re-entering space debris. On January 22, 1997, Williams was walking through a park when she saw what looked like a shooting star. A little while later, she felt a tap on her shoulder that turned out to be a small piece of burned mesh. Further analysis revealed that the mesh was part of a returning Delta II rocket.
  18. The overall inflation rate between 1997 and 2018 was 2.14%. However, college tuition experienced an average inflation rate of 5.07% per year for the same period. Since the Federal Reserve aims for two percent inflation over time, this was an exceptionally high rate of inflation. In other words, college tuition costing $10,000 in 1997 would cost $28,257.60 in 2018, a difference of $18,257.60.
  19. Woolworths closed its remaining stores after more than 100 years in retail.
  20. Microsoft became the world’s most valuable company.
  21. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 7,000 for the first time.
  22. After quitting 12 years earlier, Steve Jobs returned to Apple as its CEO.
  23. Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma bombing.
  24. Fen-Phen, the weight loss drug, was pulled from the market because of problems relating to heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.

International news:

  1. In the early morning hours of August 31, Diana Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris while being pursued by paparazzi. Cydney Adams of CBSNews.com tells us that “Diana . . . was traveling through Paris in a limo with boyfriend Dodi Fayed, the son of an Egyptian millionaire. They were being chased by photographers, and crashed in a tunnel under the Place de l’Alma. Fayed and their driver . . . were killed at the scene. The Princess was rushed to a local hospital, and died after two hours of emergency surgery. She was 36.”
  2. An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world watched Diana's funeral.
  3. Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  4. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule from UK rule.
  5. Mother Teresa died in Calcutta at the age of 87.
  6. Because of torrential rains, many rivers in Europe flooded causing mass destruction to towns and villages. Countries affected were Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
  7. Luxembourg was the wealthiest country in the world with an average per capita income of $41,210. Switzerland and Japan were in second and third place respectively.
  8. Bird flu appeared in Hong Kong for the first time
  9. Scientists in Scotland performed the first successful cloning of an adult mammal.

3. Quick Sports Facts From 1997

  • World Series Champions - Florida Marlins
  • NFL Champions - Green Bay Packers
  • NBA Champions - Chicago Bulls
  • Stanley Cup Champs - Detroit Red Wings
  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Arizona
  • U.S. Open Golf - Ernie Ells
  • U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Patrick Rafter/Martina Hingis
  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Pete Sampras/Martina Hingis
  • Kentucky Derby - Golden Charm

In 1997, flavored vodka became increasingly popular in the United States.
In 1997, flavored vodka became increasingly popular in the United States.

4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. At 21 years of age, Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to ever win the Masters History of Golf.
  2. Internet Explorer version 4.0 was released.
  3. Elton John’s rewritten version of his 1973 single Candle in the Wind sold over 33 million copies worldwide.
  4. A public service ad stated: “Nuclear Weapons, May They Rust in Peace."
  5. TV ads for prescription drugs showed up everywhere.
  6. Beanie Babies became the latest must-have toys for adults and children, and people snapped up armfuls of the $5.00 bean-bag animals. CNN reported that the demand for Hippity, Hoppity, Floppity, Wrinkles, Radar, and Spooky far exceeded supply. There were more than six dozen different bean-bag animals to collect. The manufacturer, Ty Inc., was based in Oakbrook, Illinois.
  7. DVD players, digital cameras, and flavored vodka appeared in the marketplace for the first time.
  8. The new Barbie doll had a larger waistline, smaller breasts, and more modest clothing.
  9. The cost of a new PC from Compaq and Hewlett-Packard dropped below $1,000 for the first time.
  10. The final season of Seinfeld started.
  11. Ellen DeGeneres publicly came out.
  12. People Magazine named George Clooney the “sexiest man alive” for its November 17, 1997 issue.
  13. O.J. Simpson was found guilty in a wrongful death suit filed by the Brown and Goldman families.
  14. Bill Cosby’s son Ennis was murdered and a teenage Russian immigrant was arrested.
  15. A 15-year-old Ivanka Trump graced the cover of Seventeen Magazine.
  16. The Spice Girls were the biggest pop group in the world.
  17. 14-year-old LeAnn Rimes became the youngest person to ever win a Grammy.
  18. Madonna won a Golden Globe for her performance in Evita.
  19. Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was Andrew Stephen “Andy” Grove, a Hungarian-born American who was a pioneer in the semiconductor industry.
  20. Miss America was Tara Holland of Overland Park, KS.
  21. The Miss USA title was shared between Brook Mahealani Lee of Hawaii and Brandi Sherwood of Idaho.
  22. Popular Christmas gifts included Nintendo 64, Tamagotchi, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Spiceworld by Spice Girls, Spider-Man Web Blaster, Ride-On Batmobile, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Sony PlayStation, Ella Enchanted, and Disney's Hercules.
  23. Popular baby names in 1997 included Michael, Emily, Jacob, Jessica, Matthew, Ashley, Christopher, Sarah, Joshua, Hannah, Nicholas, and Samantha.
  24. The Simpsons became the longest-running animated television series.
  25. 1997 fashion trends included baggy overalls, track attire, flower hair clips, platform shoes, butterfly clips, mood rings, baggy pants, ball chain necklaces, and short sleeves over long sleeves.
  26. An estimated 3,500,000 people attended a Jean-Michel concert in Moscow. The number matched the attendance at a Rod Stewart concert in Rio de Janeiro in 1994.
  27. Purell became a consumer product. Since 1988, it had only been used by health-care workers.
  28. James Cameron’s Titanic, released on December 19, 1997, was the second-highest-grossing film of all time. It won 11 Oscars.

  29. A Super Bowl ad cost $1,200,000.
  30. Lipitor was launched.
  31. 10.7% of a family’s income went to food.
  32. ToyFare Magazine, AllRecipes.com, and Maxim all began publishing.
  33. WebMD.com went online.
  34. Absolut Vodka was launched.
  35. In 1997, the following films were added to the National Film Registry:

Ben-Hur (1925)

Cops (1922)

Czechoslovakia 1968 (1969)

Grass (1925)

Harold and Maude (1972)

Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937)

How the West Was Won (1962)

Knute Rockne, All American (1940)

Little Fugitive (1953)

Mean Streets (1973)

Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)

Rear Window (1954)

Republic Steel Strike Riot Newsreel Footage (1937)

Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980)

The Big Sleep (1946)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The Great Dictator (1940)

The Hustler (1961)

The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra (1927)

The Music Box (1932)

The Naked Spur (1953)

The Thin Man (1934)

Tulips Shall Grow (1942)

West Side Story (1961)

Wings (1927)

In 1997, the top three computer companies were Dell, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard.
In 1997, the top three computer companies were Dell, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard.

5. Computer History

1. In 1997, the web browsers of choice were Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc. weren’t around yet.

2. There were only about 100,000 websites.

3. Most people used dial-up Internet connections. More sophisticated 56k modems didn’t arrive until 1997.

4. You had to disconnect from the Internet so that your mom, dad, cat, mother-in-law, or Uncle Fred could make a phone call.

5. Search engines back then included Yahoo!, WebCrawler, AltaVista, Lycos, Excite, Infoseek, Inktomi, and Ask Jeeves. (No, the venerable Google wasn’t around yet.)

6. People began switching to 800×600 screen resolutions.

7. In 1997, the Ultimate Band List was a popular music database that provided information about artists, record labels, concerts, etc.

8. Go Daddy was founded.

9. According to ComputerHope.com:

The domain Facebook.com came online on March 28, 1997.

The domain Craigslist.com came online on September 24, 1997.

The domain Netflix.com came online on November 10, 1997.

10. Yahoo Mail was introduced.

11. The video game Constructor was released.

12. Microsoft released Office 97.

13. Adobe Dreamweaver, a web development tool, was introduced.

14. Microsoft released Internet Explorer version 4.0 in September 1997.

15. The “dancing baby” became one of the Internet’s first fads.

16. The Slashdot website was launched.

17. Microsoft acquired Hotmail, a free email provider.

In 1997, molten chocolate cake was a crowd-pleaser.
In 1997, molten chocolate cake was a crowd-pleaser.

6. Bestselling Fiction & Non-Fiction Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Bestselling fiction:

1. The Partner by John Grisham

2. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

3. The Ghost by Danielle Steel

4. The Ranch by Danielle Steel

5. Special Delivery by Danielle Steel

6. Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell

7. The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon

8. Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins Clark

9. Cat & Mouse by James Patterson

10. Hornet’s Nest by Patricia Cornwell

11. The Letter by Richard Paul Evans

12. Flood Tides by Clive Cussler

13. Violin by Anne Rice

14. The Matarese Countdown by Robert Ludlum

15. Plum Island by Nelson DeMille

Bestselling non-fiction:

1. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

2. Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

3. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

4. The Royals by Kitty Kelley

5. Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer

6. Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton

7. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

8. Conversations with God, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch

9. Men are From Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray

10. Eight Weeks to Optimum Health by Andrew Weil, M.D.

11. Just as I Am by Billy Graham

12. The Man Who Listens to Horses by Monty Roberts

13. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

14. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

15. Kids Are Punny by Rosie O’Donnell

7. Most Popular Movies

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com

  1. Titanic

  2. Men In Black

  3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park

  4. Liar Liar

  5. Air Force One

  6. As Good As It Gets

  7. Good Will Hunting

  8. Star Wars (special edition)

  9. My Best Friend's Wedding

  10. Tomorrow Never Dies

  11. Face/Off

  12. Batman and Robin

  13. George of the Jungle

  14. Scream 2

  15. Con Air

  16. Contact

  17. Hercules

  18. Flubber

  19. Conspiracy Theory

  20. I Know What You Did Last Summer

  21. The Empire Strikes Back (special edition)

  22. Dante’s Peak

  23. Anaconda

  24. L.A. Confidential

  25. In & Out

James Cameron’s “Titanic,” released on December 19, 1997, was the second-highest-grossing film of all time.
James Cameron’s “Titanic,” released on December 19, 1997, was the second-highest-grossing film of all time.

8. 1997/1998’s Most Popular Television Shows (according to Nielsen)

  1. Seinfeld (NBC)
  2. E.R. (NBC)
  3. Veronica's Closet (NBC)
  4. Friends (NBC)
  5. Monday Night Football (ABC)
  6. Touched By An Angel (CBS)
  7. 60 Minutes (CBS)
  8. Union Square (NBC)
  9. CBS Sunday Movie (CBS)
  10. Frasier (NBC)
  11. Home Improvement (ABC)
  12. Just Shoot Me (NBC)
  13. Dateline (NBC)
  14. NFL Monday Showcase (ABC)
  15. The Drew Carey Show (ABC)
  16. Fox NFL Sunday Post-Game Show (Fox)
  17. 20/20 (ABC)
  18. NYPD Blue (ABC)
  19. Primetime Live (ABC)
  20. The X-Files (Fox)

9. Broadway Shows That Opened in 1997

This information has been made available courtesy of BroadwayWorld.com.

1776, A Doll's House, A View From the Bridge, An American Daughter, Annie, Barrymore, Candide, Dream, Eugene Onegin, Forever Tango, Into the Woods, Ivanov, Jackie, Jekyll & Hyde, King David, London Assurance, Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus, Proposals, Side Show, Stanley, Steel Pier, Street Corner Symphony, The Cherry Orchard, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Gin Game, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Life, The Lion King, The Little Foxes, The Old Neighborhood, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Sunshine Boys, The Three Sisters, The Young Man from Atlanta, Titanic, and Triumph of Love.

10. Biggest Pop Music Artists

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

Aaliyah, Erykah Badu, Blackstreet, Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child, Dru Hill, Elton John, En Vogue, Faith Evans, Foxy Brown, Hanson, Jagged Edge, Jewel, Keith Sweat, LeAnn Rimes, Lil Kim, Lonestar, Mase, Mariah Carey, Martina McBride, Mase, Matchbox Twenty, MC Lite, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, R. Kelly, Savage Garden, Sheryl Crow, Spice Girls, Sugar Ray, Third Eye Blind, The Wallflowers, Will Smith, Whitney Houston, and Jean Wyclef

11. Number One Music Hits for the Year

These fun history facts have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • December 7, 1996 - February 21, 1997: Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart
  • February 22, 1997 - March 21, 1997: Spice Girls - Wannabe
  • March 22, 1997 - May 2, 1997: Puff Daddy featuring Mase - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
  • May 3, 1997 - May 23, 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
  • May 24, 1997 - June 13, 1997: Hanson - MMMBop
  • June 14, 1997 - August 29, 1997: Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 - I'll Be Missing You
  • August 30, 1997 - September 12, 1997: The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mase - Mo Money Mo Problems
  • September 13, 1997 - October 3, 1997: Mariah Carey - Honey
  • October 4, 1997 - October 10, 1997: Boyz II Men - 4 Seasons of Loneliness
  • October 11, 1997 - January 16, 1998: Elton John - Candle in the Wind '97

In 1997, Friends was a popular television sitcom.
In 1997, Friends was a popular television sitcom.

12. Heartthrobs

This celebrity trivia has been made available courtesy of IMDB.com.

  1. Sharon Stone

  2. Claudia Schiffer

  3. Cindy Crawford

  4. Brad Pitt

  5. Kim Basinger

  6. Demi Moore

  7. Heather Locklear

  8. Madonna

  9. Sherilyn Fenn

  10. Kristy Swanson

  11. Tanya Roberts

  12. Jennifer Lopez

  13. Milla Jovovich

  14. Erika Eleniak

  15. Pamela Anderson

  16. George Clooney

  17. Lucy Lawless

  18. Tia Carrere

  19. Johnny Depp

  20. David Duchovny

  21. Salma Hayek

  22. Casper Van Dien

  23. Yasmine Bleeth

  24. Bridget Fonda

  25. Keanu Reeves

13. Famous People Born in 1997

  1. Kylie Jenner - reality star

  2. Jake Paul - YouTube star

  3. Nash Grier - YouTube star

  4. Camila Cabello - pop singer

  5. Bella Thorne - TV actress

  6. Jungkook - pop singer

  7. Becky G. - rapper

  8. Colby Brock - Instagram star

  9. Tayler Holder - Instagram star

  10. Simone Biles - gymnast

  11. Chloe Grace Moretz - movie actress

  12. Park Ji-min - pop singer

  13. Jacob Elordi - movie actor

  14. Jacob Whitesides - pop singer

  15. Cody Simpson - pop singer

  16. Kevin Quinn - TV actor

  17. Leo Howard - TV actor

  18. Jake Short - TV actor

14. Famous People Who Died in 1997

  1. Richard Berry composed Louie Louie, a rhythm and blues song.
  2. Clyde W. Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto in 1930.
  3. Jacques-Yves Cousteau was an ocean explorer, marine biologist, and co-inventor of the aqualung.
  4. Victor Mills was a chemical engineer who improved Duncan Hines cake mixes.
  5. Karl August Folkers was a biochemist who was the first to isolate vitamin B12.
  6. James Stewart - actor
  7. Robert Mitchum - actor
  8. Chris Farley - actor
  9. Brian Keith - actor
  10. Joanna Moore - actress
  11. Burgess Meredith - actor
  12. Marjorie Reynolds - actress
  13. Toshiro Mifune - actor
  14. Richard Jaeckel - actor
  15. Denver Pyle - actor
  16. Sheldon Leonard - producer
  17. Red Skelton - writer

In 1997, Beanie Babies were the toy craze of the year.
In 1997, Beanie Babies were the toy craze of the year.

15. Popular Foods & Beverages

  1. Cosmopolitan - A cocktail that combines vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and lime juice. Sarah Jessica Parker and Sex and the City made it popular.
  2. Dinosaur Eggs Oatmeal
  3. Dippin' Dots
  4. Dunkaroos
  5. Ellio’s Pizza
  6. Fla-Vor-Ice
  7. French Toast Crunch
  8. Fudge Stripes
  9. Gummy Hamburgers
  10. Gushers/Fruit Roll-Ups/Fruit By The Foot
  11. Handi-Snacks
  12. Jell-O Pudding Bites
  13. Kudos
  14. Linden's Cookies
  15. Lunchables
  16. Molten chocolate cake - Paula Kashtan tells us that “Known for its warm, runny center, this dessert started popping up on restaurant menus all over the country throughout the '90s, but in 1997 it made its first appearance in the all-time classic Joy of Cooking.”
  17. Oreo O's
  18. Ouch! Gum
  19. Red Bull Energy Drink - A caffeinated soft drink that came to the USA from Europe in 1997.
  20. Rice Krispies Treats Cereal
  21. Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks
  22. Sprinkl'ins Yogurt
  23. Toaster Strudel
  24. Uncrustables
  25. Wonder Balls

16. America’s Biggest Companies

  1. General Motors

  2. Ford Motor

  3. Exxon

  4. Walmart

  5. General Electric

  6. IBM

  7. AT&T

  8. Mobil

  9. Chrysler

  10. Altria Group

  11. Texaco

  12. State Farm Insurance

  13. Prudential Insurance

  14. DuPont

  15. Chevron Texaco

  16. Hewlett-Packard

  17. Sears Roebuck

  18. Procter & Gamble

  19. Amoco

  20. Citicorp

  21. Pepsi

  22. Kmart

  23. American International Group

  24. Motorola

  25. Chase Manhattan

17. Retailers from 1997 That No Longer Exist

  1. Discovery Channel Store: 1996–2007
  2. Discovery Zone: 1989–1999
  3. Gadzooks: 1983–2005
  4. Imaginarium: ?-1999
  5. KB Toys: 1922–2009
  6. Media Play: 1992–2006
  7. Natural Wonders: 1986–2004
  8. Noodle Kidoodle: 1931–2001
  9. Sam Goody: 1951–2006
  10. Sharper Image: 1977–2008
  11. Steve & Barry's: 1985–2009
  12. Waldenbooks: 1933–2011
  13. Warner Bros. Studio Store: 1991–2001
  14. Zany Brainy: 1991–2001

In 1997, Internet Explorer version 4.0 was released.
In 1997, Internet Explorer version 4.0 was released.

Questions & Answers

  • How much did houses cost 1997?

    According to Census.gov, in January 1997, the median price of a home in the United States was $145,000. By April 1997, the price had increased to $150,000. In December, the median price had fallen to $145,900.

    The “median price” of a home for the month tells us that half the home prices are above the median and half are below. In January 1997, half the home prices were above $145,000 and half were below.

    According to Census.gov, in January 1997, the average price of a home in the United States was $171,900. By April 1997, the price had increased to $179,500. In December, the average price had fallen to $175,800.

    The “average price” of a home for the month is calculated by adding up the prices of every home in the U.S. and dividing the sum by the total number of homes. For example, suppose there were 100 homes in the U.S. during January 1997. To calculate the average price, you would add up the prices of all 100 homes and divide the sum by 100.

    Please note that the price differences are due in part to seasonal adjustments.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor

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