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This Is What The World Was Like In 1997

It was one hell of a crazy year.

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4. Tyra Banks was the first black model to have a solo Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover.

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The previous year she had become the first black model to appear on the cover, but she shared it with Valeria Mazza.

6. Elton John rewrote his 1973 single "Candle in the Wind" in tribute to his friend Princess Diana. The rewritten version went on to become the second best-selling single of all time.


12. Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow announced that they were calling off their engagement.

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They had been together for two and a half years and had gotten engaged the previous year.


14. LeAnn Rimes, who was then 14 years old, became the youngest person to ever win a Grammy.

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LeAnn Rimes won two Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.


34. And finally, for better or for worse, George Lucas released the Star Wars special editions.

The movies were updated and re-released in theaters to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope. The reworked ending of Return of the Jedi also gave everyone a peek at what the prequels would look like, as it featured a small glimpse of the city of Coruscant.


The Lost World: Jurassic Park was one of the biggest films of 1997. An earlier version of this post misstated the name of the film.

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