" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 16, 2017

1997: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?

This is a follow up to my last post in the series -
1987: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?
All of which were inspired by Chris Knowles post -
The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past
"1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (dominical letter E) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1997th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 997th year of the 2nd millennium, the 97th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1990s decade."
January 1, 1997The Emergency Alert System begins operation, having been approved in 1994.
January 17 , 1997– A Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload explodes, shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.
January 19, 1997Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years, and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
Released 1997
January 20, 1997Bill Clinton is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.
Born May 15th, 1937
January 22, 1997Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.
 The February 4, 1997 helicopter crash
February 4, 1997 On their way to Lebanon, 2 Israeli troop-transport helicopters collide, killing 73.
After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
British Home Secretary Michael Howard informs Moors Murderer Myra Hindley that she will never be released from prison.
Mr. Howard has made the decision in agreement with a recommendation made by his predecessor David Waddington in 1990.
And today May 16th2017 -
Ian Brady: 'Moors Murders' child-killer dies in high-security hospital at age 79
"One of Britain's most notorious killers, Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who murdered five children with his lover and accomplice Myra Hindley in the 1960s has died, aged 79.
Brady and Hindley were jailed for life in 1966 for abducting, torturing, sexually abusing and then murdering the children before burying their young victims on the bleak Saddleworth Moor near the northern city of Manchester.
was convicted of three of the murders and later confessed to two more."

Released February 12th, 1997
The cloning process that produced Dolly
February 22, 1997 – In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, and was born in July 1996.
Released 1997
Released 1997
Released 1997
February 27, 1997Divorce becomes legal in the Republic of Ireland.
Released 1997
February 28, 1997North Hollywood shootout: Two robbers wearing kevlar body armor armed with AK-47s containing armor-piercing bullets injure 17 police officers and civilians in a gun battle. The incident sparks debate on the appropriate firepower for United States patrol officers to have available in similar situations in the future.
March 4, 1997 – U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federal funding for any research on human cloning.
March 6, 1997 Pablo Picasso's Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery (recovered a week later).
 Mother Teresa
(26 August 1910 – 5 September
March 13, 1997 India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China creates a new Chongqing Municipality, out of part of Sichuan.
The Phoenix Lights, a series of UFOs, are seen over Phoenix, Arizona.
Released 13 March 2005 (USA)
Released 1997
March 22nd, 1997 The Comet Hale–Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth.
The Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997
March 24, 1997 – The 69th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with The English Patient winning Best Picture.
March 26, 1997 In San Diego, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their compound.
March 30, 1997 Channel 5 began broadcasting and was the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue network in the United Kingdom.
March 31, 1997 – The popular children's television show Teletubbies debuts on BBC 2.
Hale–Bopp at perihelion on April 1, 1997
April 1, 1997 Comet Hale–Bopp meets or exceeds most predictions when it passes perihelion.
Pokémon, a popular animated television series based on the videogame franchise of the same name, premieres on TV Tokyo.
April 11, 1997 – Fire damages the Turin Cathedral in Italy.
April 14, 1997 Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, 7 miles (11 km) from Mecca; 343 die.
The Red River drainage basin, with
Red River highlighted
April 18, 1997 – The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$2 billion in damage.
Released 1997
Space burials launch cremated remains
 out of the
April 21, 1997 – A Pegasus rocket carries the remains of 24 people into earth orbit, in the first space burial.
"Space burial refers to the blasting of cremated remains into outer space.
Missions may go into orbit around the Earth, to other planetary bodies (such as the Moon), or into deep space.
The cremated remains are not actually scattered in space, and thus do not contribute to space debris 
Instead, the ashes remain sealed inside their spacecraft until the spacecraft either: re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and burns up upon re-entry (Earth orbit missions); reaches its final, extraterrestrial destination (e.g. the Moon); or escapes the solar system (deep space missions).
To a lesser extent, suborbital flights provide the opportunity to briefly fly ashes into space and return them back to Earth for recovery.
Only a sample of remains is launched so as to make the service affordable.
Private companies such as Celestis, Inc., Elysium Space, Ascending Memories and Orbital Memorials offer space burial services.
The first space burial occurred in 1992 when the NASA space shuttle Columbia (mission STS-52) carried a portion of Gene Roddenberry's cremated remains into space and returned them to Earth."
Released 1997
April 27, 1997Andrew Cunanan murders Jeffrey Trail, beginning a murder spree that lasts until July and ends with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
April 29, 1997 The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), CWC treaty enters into force.
Two trains crash at Hunan, China; 126 are killed.

Released 1997
Tony Blair In office
2 May 1997 – 27 June 2007
May 2, 1997 – The Labour Party of the United Kingdom returns to power for the first time in 18 years, with Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister, in a landslide majority in the 1997 general election.
May 8, 1997Playhouse Disney launches.
May 10, 1997 – The 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake shakes eastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme)
At least 1,567 were killed and 2,300 were injured.
Released 1997
May 11, 1997IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World champion in a match.
May 12, 1997 – The RussianChechen Peace Treaty is signed.
May 15, 1997 – The United States government acknowledges existence of the "Secret War" in Laos (19531975) during the Vietnam War, and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
Released 1997
May 16th, 1997 U.S. President Bill Clinton issues a formal apology to the surviving victims of the 
Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male and their families.
Released 1997
May 22, 1997Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court-martial.
Released 1997
May 27, 1997 The second-deadliest tornado of the 1990s hits in Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people.
May 29, 1997 Jeff Buckley Drowns.
Jeff Buckley
(November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997)
Released 1997
The bridge viewed from Prince Edward Island
May 31, 1997 – The 13-kilometer Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge spanning ice-covered waters, opens between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada.
Released 1997
June 2, 1997 – In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Released (Canada) 1997
June 7, 1997– A computer user known as "_eci" publishes his Microsoft C source code on a Windows 95 and Windows NT exploit, which later becomes WinNuke. The source code gets wide distribution across the internet, and Microsoft is forced to release a security patch.
Released 1997
June 11, 1997 – In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
June 13, 1997 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Released 1997
June 19, 1997 – The fast food chain McDonald's wins a partial victory in its libel trial, known as the McLibel case, against two environmental campaigners.
June 22, 1997 Swedish musician Ted Gärdestad commits suicide by jumping in front of a train (he is found dead later that morning).
Released 1997
June 25, 1997 A massive eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat leads to evacuation and eventual abandonment of the capital, Plymouth.
The Coat of arms of Montserrat
An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir.
The Coat of arms of the Republic of Ireland
June 26, 1997Bertie Ahern is appointed as the 10th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and Mary Harney is appointed as the 16th, and first female, Tánaiste, after their parties, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats respectively, win the 1997 General Election.
July 1, 1997 – The United Kingdom hands sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
July 4, 1997NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
July 7, 1997 – The Great Flood begins in southern Poland.
July 8th, 1997 NATO invites the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance in 1999.
July 10, 1997 In London, scientists report their DNA analysis findings from a Neanderthal skeleton, which support the out of Africa theory of human evolution, placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
Released 1997
July 11, 1997 Thailand's worst hotel fire at Pattaya kills 90.
July 13, 1997 – The remains of Che Guevara are returned to Cuba for burial, alongside some of his comrades. Guevara and his comrades were executed on 9 October 1967 in Bolivia.
July 17, 1997 – The F. W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
July 21, 1997 – On her 200th birthday, the fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") sets sail for the first time in 116 years and the first genetically modified 3 parent baby is born.
July 23, 1997Digital Equipment Corporation files antitrust charges against chipmaker Intel.
 The Thredbo debris slope 1997
July 30, 199718 people are killed in the Thredbo landslide in the Snowy Mountains resort in Australia. Stuart Diver is the only survivor.
Steve Jobs 
August 1, 1997 Boeing and McDonnell Douglas complete a merger and Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer, Inc at Macworld in Boston.
August 6, 1997 Microsoft buys a $150 million share of financially troubled Apple Computer and Korean Air Flight 801 crash lands west of Guam International Airport, resulting in the deaths of 228 people.
August 13, 1997 The controversial animated sitcom South Park debuts on Comedy Central.
August 21, 1997Be Here Now, the third album from English rock band Oasis, becomes the fastest selling album in UK history.
August 31, 1997Death of Diana, Princess of Wales: Diana, Princess of Wales is taken to a hospital after a car accident shortly after midnight, in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris
She is pronounced dead at 3:00 am.
Released 1997
1957 Ford Thunderbird
September 4, 1997– In Lorain, Ohio, the last Ford Thunderbird for 3 years rolls off the assembly line.
September 5, 1997 The International Olympic Committee picks Athens, Greece, to be the host city for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
September 6, 1997 The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place at Westminster Abbey, watched by over 2 billion people worldwide and a Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene in Moscow concert, celebrating the city's 850th anniversary, draws 3.5 million people.
September 7 1997 – The F-22 Raptor makes its first test flight.
September 11, 1997Scotland votes to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
Released 1997 in the UK
September 13, 1997 Iraq disarmament crisis: An Iraqi military officer attacks an UNSCOM weapons inspector on board an UNSCOM helicopter, while the inspector attempts to take photographs of unauthorized movement of Iraqi vehicles inside a site designated for inspection.
September 17, 1997Iraq disarmament crisis: While waiting for access to a site, UNSCOM inspectors witness and videotape Iraqi guards moving files, burning documents, and dumping waste cans into a nearby river.
September 26, 1997 Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 crashes while on approach to Medan, North Sumatra, during the 1997 Southeast Asian haze, killing all 234 people on board. This becomes the deadliest aviation accident in Indonesian history and an earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
Released 1997
The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.
October 4, 1997 One million men gather for Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" event in Washington, D.C.
Released 1997
Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery: The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history ($17.3 million, mostly in small bills) occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Wells Fargo. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the stolen cash.
Released 1997
A group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion.
October 11, 1997 – The mixed martial arts organization Pride Fighting Championships holds its inaugural event at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan
In the main event Rickson Gracie defeats Nobuhiko Takada by armbar.
Released 1997
John Denver
(December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997)
October 12, 1997 John Denver dies in a plane crash.
October 15, 1997 Andy Green sets the first supersonic land speed record for the ThrustSSC team, led by Richard Noble of the UK. ThrustSSC goes through the flying mile course at Black Rock Desert, Nevada at an average speed of 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mph).
NASA launches the Cassini–Huygens probe to Saturn.

October 16, 1997 – The first color photograph appears on the front page of The New York Times.
October 17, 1997 – The remains of Che Guevara are laid to rest with full military honours in a specially built mausoleum in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, where he had won the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution 39 years before.
November 11, 1997 Telecom companies WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a US$37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom (the largest merger in U.S. history).
Mary McAleese
November 12, 1997 Mary McAleese is elected the 8th President of Ireland in succession to Mary Robinson, the first time in the world that one woman has succeeded another as elected head of state.
Underground damage after the
1993 World Trade Center bombing
November 13, 1997 Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Hatshepsut's Temple
November 17, 1997 – In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut.
November 19, 1997 – In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all 7 babies are born alive, and the first in which all survive infancy.
Michael Kelland John Hutchence
(22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997

November 22, 1997 Michael Hutchence of INXS found dead.
Released November 21st1997
Artist conception of the TRMM satellite
November 27, 1997NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission is launched, the start of the satellite component of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System.
Released 1997
December 3, 1997 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. However, the United States, the People's Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and 32 other nations do not sign and/or ratify the treaty.
Released 1997
Released 1997
December 8, 1997Myra Hindley, one of the Moors murderers, arrives at the High Court of Justice, to contest a recent Home Secretary's decision that she should remain in prison until she dies.
Released 1997
December 11, 1997The Kyoto Protocol is adopted by a United Nations committee.
Released 1997
December 12, 1997 Demonstrations occur in the state capitals of Australia against the WTO and IMF.
December 16, 1997 – "Dennō Senshi Porygon", an episode of the Pokémon TV series, is aired in Japan, inducing seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.
December 191997 James Cameron's Titanic, the then highest-grossing film of all time, premieres in the U.S.
And on the subject of the Titanic I was listening to a podcast the other day at the 'Mysterious Universe' site and in the members extension (which you have to pay for, sorry) was an excellent summary of why the Titanic may have been sunk on purpose.
It's well worth a listen, and it's what I believe happened with the Titanic, too.
And yes, I know in a few posts back I said I would never pay to listen to a podcast, but curiosity will kill a cat, as they say. 
But I don't mind paying if a podcast delivers the goods. 
17.11 – MU Podcast
December 29, 1997Hong Kong begins to kill all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
... and 20 years later?-)
December 30, 1997Wilaya of Relizane massacres of December 30, 1997: In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, 400 are killed from four villages in the wilaya of Relizane.
The Toyota Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to go into full production, is unveiled in Japan on October 24, 1997, and goes on sale in Japan on December 9
It comes to U.S. showrooms on July 11, 2000
Released 1997
Released 1997
We certainly can learn a lot from going back and revisiting the past it seems;-)
Published in 1997
Although Eckhart Tolle might not agree?-)
"The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book by Eckhart Tolle. The book is intended to be a guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past or future."
Published in 1997
Although I like to dig into the past and try to see it with new eyes myself.
"DeLillo said that the novel's title came to him as he thought about radioactive waste buried deep underground and about Pluto, god of death.
The waste and byproducts of history, dissected and discussed throughout the novel, constantly resurface from the underworld (or, subconscious) of the American population despite their best attempts to repress and bury things they would rather forget.
Further connections and connotations about the title can be made between part of the novel's subject matter (mafia criminals in New York who Nick Shay fantasizes may have had his father killed), and the 1927 gangster film of the same name."
TV series (1997–2000)
Julian Priest: "You can run to any country in the world -- or beyond -- and you'll find nothing new, nothing changed, you'll make no discoveries. For the only undiscovered country left to explore is inside you."
The Hunger TV series was based off the Whitley Strieber novel that was made into a movie starring David Bowie.
David Bowie used to give intros to the later shows in The Hunger TV series.
The movie released in 1983 
Bowie performing during the
Glass Spider Tour,
David Robert Jones
(8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)
You may remember that Whitley Strieber dominated my last post in the series about 1987 with the release of his book 'Communion' -
1987: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?
Published in 1997
Maybe those owls aren't what they seem after-all?-)


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