- January 7: Apple Computer CEO Gil Amelio gives his last keynote address at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, where Steve Jobs appears on behalf of Apple for the first time in years. Mac OS 7.6 is released.
- February 7: Apple Computer completes its acquisition of NeXT.
- April 7: Mac OS 7.6.1 is released.
- May 13-16: The 1997 Worldwide Developers Conference is held in San Jose, California, with Steve Jobs.
- June 26: Apple Computer's market valuation reaches a 12-year low after a $1.6 billion quarterly loss and an anonymous shareholder dumps 1.5 million shares of stock.
- July 6: The Apple Board of Directors votes to remove Gil Amelio as CEO. Board member Steve Jobs threatens to fire everyone in the room if the news leaks.
- July 8: Gil Amelio resigns from Apple Computer; CFO Fred Anderson becomes acting CEO.
- August 6: Steve Jobs announces at Macworld Expo in Boston that Apple Computer has reached a deal with Microsoft, and announces new members of the Apple Board of Directors.
- September 16: Steve Jobs officially becomes interim CEO (iCEO) of Apple Computer.
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