World Events of 1997
- Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule.
- Israel gives up large part of West Bank city of Hebron.
- Israeli government approves establishment of Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, thus creating a lot of ill-will.
- Khmer Rouge hold trial of long-time leader Pol Pot.
- The so-called "Big Three" banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.
- The comet Hale-Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth.
- Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He replaces outgoing John Major.
- The remains of Che Guevara are returned to Cuba for burial, alongside some of his comrades.
- Princess Diana, dies in Paris after a car crash.
- After 290 years of being under England, Scotland votes to get its own parliament.
- In Ottawa, 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, and Russia, do not sign the treaty.
- The Kyoto Protocol is adopted by a United Nations committee.
- A large fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.
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