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  • 1997

    • January

      • January 1, 1997
        • Date of letter mentioned in letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Herbert dated February 8, 1997. "My Lord, My last from this place to your Lordship, was of December the sixteenth; and I have since, pursuant to your commands, given Mr. Secretary the trouble of two Letters, of the first and thirteenth of last Month. I now return, because you are pleased to have it so, to go on with the long account of Affairs here, since I have sufficiently answered all other particulars, relating to our Negotiations at this Court, in those two former ones."
        • KGB Agent Nikolai Karpov and CIA Agent Martin Glasscock negotiate an arms agreement in Harry's office that will get rid of every existing nuclear warhead by January 1, 1997. It Nikolai proposes it go into effect on July 4, but Martin tells him, "Better make that the 5th - that's a three day weekend." (Season 2 episode World War III)

      • January 3, 1997
        • Date mentioned in Clare's letter to the Lord High Treasurer dated January 27, 1997. "My Lord, I Have the Pleasure of your Command by Mr. Secretary of January the 3d, and am highly delighted that I have in some measure answer'd your Expectations by mine of the 29th of November last; and as I shall faithfully pursue my Instructions, and particularly the Hints in Cypher, so if any thing new arises, I shall use my best Diligence to give the earliest Intelligence, and in the mean time shall act as my present Lights shall direct me."

      • January 13, 1997
        • Date of letter mentioned in letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Herbert dated February 8, 1997. "My Lord, My last from this place to your Lordship, was of December the sixteenth; and I have since, pursuant to your commands, given Mr. Secretary the trouble of two Letters, of the first and thirteenth of last Month. I now return, because you are pleased to have it so, to go on with the long account of Affairs here, since I have sufficiently answered all other particulars, relating to our Negotiations at this Court, in those two former ones."

      • January 17, 1997
        • Date mentioned in letter to the Lord High Treasurer in letter from N----m dated February 2, 1997. "My Lord, I Am ashamed to acknowledge so late, that through a load of affairs of importunate People, that engross my time and thoughts, I have so long referred you to Mr. Secretary, and am but now returning my thanks for two of yours Excellency's Letters from Rome, one of November the seventh, and another of January the seventeenth; for both which I am indebted to your care and goodness, beyond all possibility of repaying you."

      • January 21, 1997
        • Date of Lora Ducat's newspaper obituary: Woman Dies in Two-Car Crash - one of the young women in kidnapped teenager Tyler Carson's search history that Astrid and Olivia find, from the search for his mother. (Season 2 episode Of Human Action)

      • January 27, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Clare. "My Lord, I Have the Pleasure of your Command by Mr. Secretary of January the 3d, and am highly delighted that I have in some measure answer'd your Expectations by mine of the 29th of November last; and as I shall faithfully pursue my Instructions, and particularly the Hints in Cypher, so if any thing new arises, I shall use my best Diligence to give the earliest Intelligence, and in the mean time shall act as my present Lights shall direct me."

    • February

      • February 2, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from N----m. "My Lord, I Am ashamed to acknowledge so late, that through a load of affairs of importunate People, that engross my time and thoughts, I have so long referred you to Mr. Secretary, and am but now returning my thanks for two of yours Excellency's Letters from Rome, one of November the seventh, and another of January the seventeenth; for both which I am indebted to your care and goodness, beyond all possibility of repaying you."

      • February 8, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Herbert. "My Lord, My last from this place to your Lordship, was of December the sixteenth; and I have since, pursuant to your commands, given Mr. Secretary the trouble of two Letters, of the first and thirteenth of last Month. I now return, because you are pleased to have it so, to go on with the long account of Affairs here, since I have sufficiently answered all other particulars, relating to our Negotiations at this Court, in those two former ones."

      • February 12, 1997
        • Date of photo in Trinity file - homicide victim Lorette Kellerman in Louisville, Kentucky. (Season 4 episode If I Had a Hammer)

      • February 24, 1997
        • Date of letter mentioned in Herbert's letter to the Lord High Treasurer dated March 4, 1997. "My Lord, I Was honour'd with your Lordship's of February the 24th from London yesterday, which brought me new proofs, of that undeserved affection and regard, with which you have ever honour'd me."

      • February 25, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Philip Dormer Stanhope, the Earl of Chesterfield. "My Lord, I Can never sufficiently thank you for the pleasure I received from your Lordship's of Novemb. 29. from London Chelsea, and the agreeable accounts you gave me in it, that my little Services here are acceptable to his Majesty and your Lordship; and above all, that the King condescends to entertain himself with the imperfect accounts I am able to send from hence."

      • February 26, 1997
        • Date of letter mentioned in Clare's letter to the Lord High Treasurer, mentioned in letter dated March 8, 1997. "My Lord, Since mine of the 29th of November and 17th of January, I have receiv'd but one short one from your Lordship of the 26th of February, in which you acknowledge the receipt of mine, and are so good as to desire the continuance of my correspondence, and to express some satisfaction in the accounts I have hitherto had the happiness to send you."

      • February 28, 1997
        • Hertford writes a letter to the Lord High Treasurer on February 28, 1997: "My Lord, By the last Courier by the way of Lyons, I was made happy in the receipt of your Lordship's of the 2d instant, for which I return you my most sincere thanks; and as I hope I shall never forget the friendship and kindness you have express'd for me in it, so I shall make it the study of my life to deserve them more and more, by all the little services I am capable of rendring you and my royal Master."

    • March

      • March 4, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Herbert. "My Lord, I Was honour'd with your Lordship's of February the 24th from London yesterday, which brought me new proofs, of that undeserved affection and regard, with which you have ever honour'd me."
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        • Date of violation on murder suspect Lyle Sussman’s criminal record. (Season 8 episode Every Silver Lining)

      • March 8, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Clare. "My Lord, Since mine of the 29th of November and 17th of January, I have receiv'd but one short one from your Lordship of the 26th of February, in which you acknowledge the receipt of mine, and are so good as to desire the continuance of my correspondence, and to express some satisfaction in the accounts I have hitherto had the happiness to send you."

      • March 9, 1997
        • Christopher George Latore Wallace / Biggie Smalls / The Notorious B.I.G. is not murdered in Los Angeles. J1, also known as nut-face Josh, travels back in time, rescuing his heroes that died prematurely and taking them to Haven, A town that exists outside of time and space. (Season 3 episode Haven is for Real)

      • March 12, 1997
        • Date that young women Margaret Farren and Susan Cahill were last seen, as listed on missing persons flier "HAVE YOU SEEN US?" On the vampire world, seen at Stoker concerts before she disappeared. (Season 3 episode Stoker)

      • March 17, 1997
        • Birthdate of Vladimir S. Boris, tracked outside Soldier Field following the Unity Rally bombing by the police's implant recognition program.

    • April

      • April 1, 1997
        • Date Reported Since for the Bayridge Savings account on machine number and lawyer Andrea Gutierrez's Equian Union Credit Agency credit report. (Season 1 episode Legacy)

      • April 10, 1997
        • After cyber terrorist Henry Gupta - working for media baron Elliot Carver - manipulates the British vessel HMS Devonshire's GPS system, sending it into Chinese waters, a stealth ship owned by Carver launches a sea drill at the ship, causing it to sink. The survivors are killed with Chinese ammunition, and one of the Devonshire's cruise missiles is used to shoot down a Chinese plane, bringing China and the UK to the brink of war.

      • April 11, 1997
        • Tomorrow newspaper headline: BRITISH SAILORS MURDERED. M sends Bond to investigate media baron Elliot Carver in Hamburg. Bond seduces Carver's wife Paris.

      • April 13, 1997
        • James Bond and Chinese agent Wei Lin infiltrate media baron Ellit Carver's stealth ship. Wei Lin is captured while planting explosives. Bond captures Gupta, but Carver kills him. Bond kills Carver and destroys his ship, averting war between China and the UK.

      • April 15, 1997
        • Date of letter from Columbian law firm Omani y Rosario to Cyrus Grissom that Vince Larkin finds in Grissom's cell.
        • Bishop Public Library librarian Barbara Russell receives a copy of Flowers for Algernon in the mail. When Reese and Detective Carter search her house, they find 16 copies of Flowers for Algernon hidden in her bedroom, the book that machine number and missing girl Hanna Frey checked out the night she disappeared. According to Barbara, she has received one every year on the same date every year since Hanna's disappearance. (Season 2 episode Bad Code)

    • May

      • May 1, 1997
        • Birthdate of Rosalind Y. Morgan, tracked outside Soldier Field following the Unity Rally bombing by the police's implant recognition program.

      • May 7, 1997
        • Date of one of the files containing notes on one of her patients that Dexter discovers on Dr. Evelyn Vogel's computer. (Season 8 episode Scar Tissue)

    • June

      • June 13, 1997
        • Date of Incident and Arrest on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Subject Pedigree forms for Daniel Burnside and Christopher Vaughn - Lloyd Pruitt's former cohorts that were busted for robbing the Perfect Cat Jewelry Store. (Season 2 episode The High Road)

      • June 28, 1997
        • Nick Webber travels back in time to replace Evander Holyfield in his boxing match against Mike Tyson, also known as The Bite Fight, and gets his ear bitten off.

      • July 14, 1997
        • Poe's daughter Casey's birthday, and the day Cameron's going home to see her in person for the first time.

    • August

      • August 4, 1997
        • Skynet goes online. Terminator: In three years Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterward, they fly with a perfect operational record. The Skynet funding bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn, at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

      • August 19, 1997
        • Date on an index card thumbtacked to Mother's Milk's obsession wall, with information about superhero Oh Father. (Season 3 episode Payback)

      • August 29, 1997
        • Skynet becomes self-aware. Terminator: In three years Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterward, they fly with a perfect operational record. The Skynet funding bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn, at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
        • In 48 hours, Amélie's life will change forever when, startled by the news of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Amélie will drop a plastic perfume-stopper, which will dislodge a wall tile and accidentally reveal an old metal box which contains childhood memorabilia hidden by a boy who lived in her apartment decades earlier.
        • Date that Skynet was originally supposed to strike back, mentioned in flashback footage from T2. Dr. Silberman: I'm sure it feels very real to you. Sarah Connor: On August 29th, 1997, it's gonna feel pretty fucking real to you too. Anybody not wearing two million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day. Get it?

      • August 30, 1997
        • Startled by the news of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Amélie drops a plastic perfume-stopper, which dislodges a wall tile and accidentally reveals an old metal box which contains childhood memorabilia hidden by a boy who lived in her apartment decades earlier. Amélie resolves to track down the boy and return the box to him. She promises herself that if it makes him happy, she will devote her life to bringing happiness to others.

    • September

      • September 7, 1997
        • Jill Risk dies in a car crash, from her obituary published September 9, 1997 - one of the young women in kidnapped teenager Tyler Carson's search history that Astrid and Olivia find, from the search for his mother. (Season 2 episode Of Human Action)

      • September 9, 1997
        • Date of Jill Risk's newspaper obituary: WOMAN DIES IN CAR CRASH - one of the young women in kidnapped teenager Tyler Carson's search history that Astrid and Olivia find, from the search for his mother. (Season 2 episode Of Human Action)
        • Birthdate of Isaiah J. Bluntson, tracked outside Soldier Field following the Unity Rally bombing by the police's implant recognition program.

      • September 17, 1997
        • Date of Birth for Brody Avenir, one of Arthur Mitchell's victims in Omaha, Nebraska. (Season 4 episode Lost Boys)
        • Date of one of the files containing notes on one of her patients that Dexter discovers on Dr. Evelyn Vogel's computer. (Season 8 episode Scar Tissue)

    • October

      • October 5, 1997
        • 35 years after Adam's parents lock themselves in their fallout shelter when they mistake a plane crash for nuclear war, the fallout shelter door unlocks.

      • October 15, 1997
        • Birthdate of Luis P. Gomez, tracked outside Soldier Field following the Unity Rally bombing by the police's implant recognition program.

      • October 16, 1997
        • The Robinson family heads out into deep space aboard the Gemini 12 spaceship, determined by Alpha Control to to have either been destroyed or presumed lost in space. (Pilot episode No Place to Hide)
        • Date of newspaper clipping in Jacob Danko's file, headline: "Civilain Deaths Reported in Angola Coup” Civilian misspelled in headline. (Season 3 episode Trust and Blood)

      • October 19, 1997
        • Castor Troy as Sean Archer visits Sean’s son’s grave on his birthday, while Sean Archer as Castor Troy escapes from prison.

    • November

      • November 3, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Philip Dormer Stanhope, the Earl of Chesterfield. "My Lord, I Have, according to the Commands your Lordship honour'd me with by Captain Milton, by the way of Vienna in September last, so far press'd the Conclusion of the Treaty grounded on the new Stipulations, that I think it is as good as finished, and that our Trade shall be as much favour'd here, as by his Majesty's Authority and Influence and your Lordship's Care, it has been in all other parts of the World."

      • November 7, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Hertford. "My Lord, Your second Express which followed close on the Heels of the first, found me here just settled in a most handsome and convenient House, assign'd by his Holiness a Day or two after my first Audience, on the 3d Instant, which past to my entire Satisfaction."

      • November 18, 1997
        • Date of Christine Lavat's The Henniker Messenger newspaper obituary: Teacher Killed in Roadway Accident - one of the young women in kidnapped teenager Tyler Carson's search history that Astrid and Olivia find, from the search for his mother. (Season 2 episode Of Human Action)

      • November 25, 1997
        • Date of Clare's previous letter to the Lord High Treasurer, mentioned in letter dated November 29, 1997. "My Lord, In my last of September 25, which carried my sincere Compliments on your happy Advancement, and being declar'd Prime Minister and Treasurer; I sent you the fullest Accounts I was able of the State of Things here, and the good Condition they stand in, by our last Treaty of Commerce."
        • Date of one of the files containing notes on one of her patients that Dexter discovers on Dr. Evelyn Vogel's computer. (Season 8 episode Scar Tissue)

      • November 29, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Clare. "My Lord, In my last of September 25, which carried my sincere Compliments on your happy Advancement, and being declar'd Prime Minister and Treasurer; I sent you the fullest Accounts I was able of the State of Things here, and the good Condition they stand in, by our last Treaty of Commerce."

      • November 30, 1997
        • Aside from a small pocket of resistance in an isolated area of the African Congo, the alien threat has been neutralized - and the world begins to rise from the ashes. Reconstruction begins immediately as the big cities, monuments and landmarks of the world are slowly restored to their former glory. (Promotional website: The War of 1996)

      • December 16, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from Herbert. "My Lord, Your last Dispatch of the 8th, found me just return'd from visiting our Sea-Ports, and their Garrisons in this Kingdom, all which I left in perfect good Order. The new Works at Calais to the Seaward, have much improv'd that Port, and in the lowest nepe Tides at Dunkirk, our Ships of War of forty Guns can go out and come in without any Hazard; the Benefit of which I need not mention to your Lordship."

      • December 19, 1997
        • Date of letter to the Lord High Treasurer from N - - m. "My Lord, I Had the Pleasure of your Dispatches, of Nov. 3d, some Days since, and am thus early in returning my Thanks, where I hold my self so much oblig'd, both for your Care of the Publick and of me."

      • December 23, 1997
        • After going back to work at H&H Bagels following a 12 year strike, Kramer tells his boss he needs the 23rd off for Festivus, the annual anti-Christmas holiday at the Constanza residence, consisting of a dinner, an unadorned aluminum pole instead of a Christmas Tree, an Airing of Grievances, and a demonstration of Feats of Strength. (Season 9 episode The Strike)

      • December 25, 1997
        • When Bart accidentally causes a fire that engulfs and melts the family's plastic Christmas tree and presents, he hides the evidence in the snow. When the family comes downstairs to find the tree and presents gone, Bart makes up a story about how he caught a burglar taking off with their tree and presents. (Season 9 episode Miracle on Evergreen Terrace)
        • Date that Phoebe's new boyfriend Kyle's ex-wife Whitney certainly knew what she was doing, according to Phoebe when she and Ross argue about what went wrong with Kyle and Whitney's marriage. (Season 7 episode The One With the Engagement Picture)

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