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20 Pop Culture Gems Turning 20 In 2017

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It's almost hard to believe that 1997 was two decades ago!

I mean, it really doesn't feel like it was that long ago that Julia Roberts was Dermot Mulroney's "best man" in My Best Friend's Wedding or that J.K. Rowling debuted Harry Potter.

Feeling old yet? 1997 was an eventful year so there are a lot of things turning the big 2-0 this year.

Join me in taking a trip down memory lane with 20 things that will be celebrating a twentieth anniversary this year.

1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

On June 26, 1997 J.K. Rowling made her debut with the iconic Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. What started out as a children's literature book turned into a series of 7 novels that defined a generation.

2) Titanic

The award-winning film about the infamous shipwreck was released on December 19 and made Leonardo DiCaprio and his co-star Kate Winslet household names.

3) Spiceworld (Album)

The Spice Girls made 'girl power' even cooler with their second album release on November 3rd. This gem of an album gave us some sweet guilty pleasures including "Spice Up Your Life" and "Stop."


4) Phish Food by Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's introduced Phish Food, a chocolate ice cream with gooey marshmallow swirls, caramel swirls & fudge fish, on March 18. The ice cream experts collaborated with jam band Phish to create this flavor. They also held a special one-off show and ice cream bash in Vermont to celebrate the launch. You can even download the show's EP here

5) Men In Black

It will be 20 years this July 2nd that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones joined forces to protect the earth from aliens. The movie still holds the record for the highest-grossing action buddy film ever! Also I can't be the only one that thinks that for a late 90s movie, the CGI effects were out of this world, right?


6) Hercules

Disney's Hercules was released on June 27, 1997 and I personally think it has one of the best soundtracks ever, it's the gospel truth.


7) Princess Diana's Death

Unfortunately, the world lost a gem when Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Read the rest of the list on the next page.

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