1997

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August 12, 2022

1997 is a normal year starting on a Wednesday.

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February 12 – Hwang Jang-yop, secretary of the international affairs department of the Workers' Party of Korea, fled to South Korea. February 21 - The Korean professional basketball team is launched. February 25 - Lee Han-young, the nephew of Kim Jong-il's ex-wife, Seong Hye-rim, and broadcast producer, was assassinated and killed. March 6 - The stranded LST Munsan was found off the coast of Jangsa-dong. April 1 - The founding day of the Republic of Uzpis. The Republic of Uzupis is only open one day a year. April 17 - The Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea sentences former President Chun Doo-hwan to life imprisonment and a fine of 220.5 billion won, and former President Roh Tae-woo to 17 years in prison and a fine of 262.8 billion won. April 22 - Jinro Group went bankrupt. The occupation of the Japanese embassy in Lima, Peru by the Tupac Amaru rebels ends. May 1 - Britain holds general elections and Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister the next day. May 15 - Channel tunnel is fully restored. May 17 - Rebels from Zaire enter the capital, Kinshasha. The unconditional surrender of the Zaire government forces. May 18 - Zaire rebels take control of the country. Renamed to Democratic Republic of Congo. June 2 - Hanshin Public Group goes bankrupt. July 1 - Hong Kong is returned from Britain to China. July 4 - The Pathfinder Mars rover lands on Mars, sending photos and information back to Earth until September 27, 1997. July 15 - Ulsan, Gyeongsangnam-do is promoted to Ulsan Metropolitan City. August 6 - Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in Guam, killing 228 and injuring 26 others. August 15 - President Kim Young-sam of the Republic of Korea announces the four principles for the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula in a commemorative memoir on Liberation Day. August 19 The Democratic People's Republic of Korea begins construction of a light water reactor. According to the United Nations Statistics Office, the world population is 5.75 billion people. August 31 – Former British Crown Princess Diana Spencer dies in a car accident in Paris, France with her lover, Dodi Alphaed. September 3 - Nuclear power plant Wolsong Unit 2 completed. Vietnam Airlines plane crashes near Phnom Penh, killing 65 people, including 21 Koreans. September 12 - Park Chorong Chorong Bit Nari (Park Na Ri), a victim of the kidnapping case, was found dead after 13 days. The suspect is a woman in her 20s who confessed to killing her girl for ransom. US President Bill Clinton appointed Stephen Bosworth, Secretary General of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), as US Ambassador to Korea. September 13 - Gyeonggi Governor Lee In-je officially announced his candidacy for the presidential election with the departure of the New Korea Party. Mother Teresa dies at the age of 86. September 19 - The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea prepares an amendment to the Nationality Act, focusing on the principle of poultry pedigree. October 1 - Korea Telecom, converted to a government-funded institution. October 3 - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution calling for full cooperation from the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in relation to the inspection of nuclear facilities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. October 8 - The Korean Central Broadcasting System of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea announces the official appointment of Kim Jong-il as the party's general secretary. October 12 - 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Empire. October 15 - Application of double drop grouping. Cassini-Haygens launches towards Saturn. November 7 - President Kim Young-sam withdrew from the New Korea Party and became an independent, entering the Republic of Korea's ruling party system. November 10 - The US, WorldCom and MCI telecommunications companies announce a massive $37 billion merger. It was the largest merger in US history. November 17 - 62 tourists are killed by Islamic fundamentalists in Luxor, Egypt. John Denver died in a plane crash while flying. November 21 - The Korean government requested a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the New Korea Party changed its name to the Grand National Party. November 26 - Re