Events concerning the Grand Theft Auto series in 1997.
- Debut of the Grand Theft Auto series, the original Grand Theft Auto is released in Europe for the PlayStation and PC.
- The events of Grand Theft Auto 1 take place.
- El Burro is killed in Vice City.
- Johnny Zoo is arrested on Hello Sushi Bar Massacre, and is released on $2 million bail.
- Danny Zoo is arrested and charged of multiple murders in a gambling den. He is released on a technicality.
- Jerkov is arrested on possession of heroin. He is acquitted when the evidence is lost.
- Kov-Kov is suspected of causing an explosion at the police headquarters.
- Lodov massacres a rival gang in broad daylight. The only witness dies.
- The Triads starts operating in Liberty City after the Hong Kong handover in July 1997.
- Mayor Roger C. Hole is involved in yet another scandal. This time, Hole is accused of securing drugs for city officials in exchange for sanitation contracts.
- Momma's Restaurante is voted one of Liberty City's top 100 Sicilian-American Restaurants.
- Barry Harcross was falsely charged by the FBI for money laundering for the mob in his construction company.
- Johnny was taught to clean the bathroom by his father, Bob.
- RAILS cereal was introduced.
- El Burro is being under observation by the LCPD.
- Mayor Roger C. Hole is again narrowly reelected Mayor for a third term, defeating candidate Miles O'Donovan.
- Charles Martin is arrested for embezzlement, aged 40.
- Jermaine Andrews is arrested for Grand Theft Auto, aged 22.
- Gavin Finkle is arrested for prostitution, aged 30.
- Anthony Corrado is arrested for manslaughter, aged 17.
- Manny Escuela is arrested for possession controlled substance; Heroin, aged 24.
- Patrick McReary is arrested for Grand Theft Auto, aged 18.
- Terry Thorpe is arrested for Grand Theft Auto, aged 20.
- Luca Silvestri is arrested for manslaughter, aged 19.
- Isaac Roth is arrested for possession stolen property, aged 21.
- Frank Garone is arrested for manslaughter, aged 20.
- Zhou Ming is arrested for Armed Robbery, aged 27.
- Johnny Klebitz, Jason Michaels and Terry Thorpe all join The Lost MC.
- Jason Michaels is arrested for grand larceny, aged 18.
- Wing It was first created by FACADE.
- Zachary Tyler is born.
- The daughter of Jock Cranley is born.
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