1997 (MCMXCVII) was a normal year, beginning on Wednesday according to the Gregorian calendar.
March 17, Vila-seca de Solcina and Salou, Tarragona: Port Aventura inaugurates the Stampida roller coaster.
September 13, Sueca, Horta de Valencia: The tomb of Joan Fuster is desecrated.
September 9, Girona: The Image Research and Dissemination Center is set up
September 26, Barcelona: The plenary session of the City Council elects Joan Clos mayor of the city, after the resignation of Pasqual Maragall i Mira who wanted to run for the presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
October 27, Barcelona: the first issue in Catalan of the edition of "El Periódico de Catalunya" is published.
December 4: UNESCO declares the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, both in Barcelona (Catalonia), a World Heritage Site.
Inauguration of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, in Barcelona.
Launch of the Manresa group Boogie Dreams.
Rest of the world
February 23, Edinburgh, Scotland: A group of geneticists at the Roslin Institute, led by Ian Wilmut, announce that on July 5, 1996 they succeeded in giving birth to the first clonal mammal, named Dolly the Sheep.
May 2, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain: The Atapuerca scientific team wins the Prince of Asturias Research Award.
May 8: The burst of gamma rays GRB 970508 is detected, the first of which can determine its origin.
Hong Kong goes from being a British colony to being Chinese territory after 150 years.
United Kingdom: The first book in the Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone saga is published.
July 21, Erketx-Tam Pass: The pass is temporarily reopened.
October 15, United States: Launch the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft to the planet Saturn.
October 25, Congo-Brazzaville: By order of the Supreme Court re-established, invest Denis Sassou-Nguesso president of the country.
December 30, Algeria: Insurgents cause four hundred deaths in four different towns.
The Mayumana dance company is founded
Reopening of Ace Cafe London.
Premiere of the movie Bloodsuckers
Juan Calzadilla received the National Prize for Fine Arts of Venezuela.
Barbie Pasta is marketed.
June 28, Ulldecona: Aleix García Serrano, Catalan footballer
Rest of the world
March 3, Cojímar, Cuba: Camila Cabello, singer and former member of the American group Fifth Harmony.
March 10, Cehegín: Ana Carrasco Gabarrón, Spanish motorcyclist.
March 14, Columbus, Ohio, Simone Biles, American artistic gymnast; in 2019, the most lauded of all time.
March 17, Washington DCː Katie Ledecky, American distance swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder.
June 19: Estelle Maskame, Scottish writer.
June 22, Santa Ana, California: Dinah-Jane Hansen, singer and member of the American group Fifth Harmony.
July 12, Mingora (Pakistan): Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist, 2013 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
November 10, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Igor Szpakowski, actor.
Main category: Died in 1997
January 2, Pineda de Mar, Maresme: Joan Coromines i Vigneaux, Catalan linguist (91 years old).
March 12, Esplugues de Llobregat, Baix Llobregat: Angelina Alòs i Tormo, Catalan ceramist (b. 1917).
April 3, Palma: Maria Dolors Cortey de Ribot, Catalan writer
August 13, Barcelonaː Regina Sáinz de la Maza Lasoli, prominent Catalan historian and medievalist (b. 1945).
August 24, Barcelona: Tete Montoliu, Catalan pianist (64 years old).
November 29, Barcelona: Mercè Llimona i Raymat, Catalan illustrator specializing in children's literature (b. 1914).
December 21, Santanyí, Mallorca: Blai Bonet i Rigo, poet and novelist.
Vic, Osona: Antoni Barniol i Verdaguer, s