What Happened in 1997 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 834

  • May 11th "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • May 11th NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 11th Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
  • May 11th Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic
  • May 11th Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • May 12th 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
  • May 12th Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox
  • May 12th Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict
  • May 12th Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • May 12th Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13th Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14th Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yank owner George Steinbrenner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • May 14th FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 15th ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com
  • May 15th STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • May 16th Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • May 16th Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Univ) as Miss USA
  • May 16th Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of US crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • May 16th Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • May 16th St Louis Cards Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits
  • May 16th A final agreement creating the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) is signed by project participants, inc. Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • May 17th 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54
  • May 17th WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
  • May 17th Troops loyal to Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
  • May 18th "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Sport awardGolf Major

May 18th 43rd LPGA Championship won by Christa Johnson

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • May 18th Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic
  • May 18th 50th Cannes Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry" directed by Abbas Kiarostami and "Unagi" directed by Shohei Imamura jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 19th "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

  • May 20th Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
  • May 20th Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful
  • May 20th White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20th US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 21st Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
  • May 22nd Kelly Flinn, US Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.
  • May 23rd "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 23rd Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24th Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Mich

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • May 24th STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
  • May 24th Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
  • May 25th David Frost wins Golf's Colonial Final in Fort Worth Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25th Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 25th Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Classic
  • May 25th Todd & Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father & son to win 100 games
  • May 25th A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
  • May 25th NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 26th Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • May 26th NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2
  • May 27th 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
  • May 27th Indianapolis 500: Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indy 500
  • May 27th Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • May 27th Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
  • May 27th Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

AgreementTreaty of Interest

May 27th Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28th Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • May 28th Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart attempted around-the-world flight
  • May 28th Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28
  • May 28th Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mt Everest for 3rd time
  • May 28th 5th UEFA Champions League Final: Borussia Dortmund beats Juventus 3-1 at Munich
  • May 29th 70th National Spelling Bee: Rebecca Sealfon wins spelling euonym
  • May 29th Jesse Timmedequas found guilty of rape/murder of Megan Kanka, 7
  • May 29th Span scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil
  • May 30th Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set on fire by 12-year old grandson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30th Ken Dryden becomes president of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • May 31st "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 perf
  • May 31st The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick.
  • Jun 1st 10th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $5,400,186
  • Jun 1st 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • Jun 1st 51st Tony Awards: Titanic & Last Night of Ballyhoo win
  • Jun 1st Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Michelob Light Classic
  • Jun 1st Donovan Bailey beats Michael Johnson in 150m race to settle who was the world's fastest man
  • Jun 1st LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • Jun 1st Vijay Singh wins Golf Memorial at Muirfield Village CC, 14 under par
  • Jun 1st Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
  • Jun 2nd Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
  • Jun 2nd Liberals beat Conservatives in France
  • Jun 2nd Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168
  • Jun 4th UN Security renews its "oilforfood" initiative whereby Iraq may sell $2 billion worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other necessities to alleviate civilian suffering under the sanctions imposed when it invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • Jun 7th 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 7th Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed
  • Jun 7th Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Jun 8th "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 8th Justin Leonard wins golf's Kemper Open at TPC at Avenel
  • Jun 8th Pat Hurst wins LPGA Oldsmobile Classic
  • Jun 8th 96th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Sergi Bruguera (6-3, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8th 96th Women's French Open: Iva Majoli beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jun 9th British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • Jun 9th Detroit Tigers baseball team bat out of order against Oakland A's in 1st inning
  • Jun 10th Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
  • Jun 10th Kevin Brown of Florida Marlins no hits SF Giants 9-0
  • Jun 10th Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold.
  • Jun 12th 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
  • Jun 13th 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
  • Jun 13th Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death
  • Jun 13th Red Wings Vladimir Konstantinov & Slava Fetisov hurt in car crash
  • Jun 13th American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years.
  • Jun 15th "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 15th 97th US Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 276 Congressional CC Bethesda Md

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15th British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell
  • Jun 15th Danielle Ammaccapane wins Edina Realty LPGA Classic

Famous Birthdays

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 400 of 542

  • Aug 2nd Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • Aug 3rd Pietro Rizzuto, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Aug 4th Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (Feb 21 1875), dies at 122
  • Aug 5th Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 7th Douglas Gray, archivist, dies at 74
  • Aug 7th Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • Aug 8th Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • Aug 10th Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • Aug 10th Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 12th Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 16th Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer, dies at 82
  • Aug 16th Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • Aug 20th Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 21st Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • Aug 21st Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • Aug 22nd Mary Louise Smith, chairman (Rep), dies at 82
  • Aug 23rd Eric Gairy, first PM of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • Aug 24th Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • Aug 25th Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • Aug 25th James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker, dies at 70
  • Aug 25th Robert Pinget, novelist/Playwright, dies at 78
  • Aug 27th Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • Aug 27th Jeep Swenson, actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 31st Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Sep 2nd Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • Sep 2nd Viktor Frankl, psychotherapist (Man's Search for Meaning), dies at 92
  • Sep 4th Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • Sep 4th Aldo Rossi, Italian architect (b. 1931)
  • Sep 5th Georg Solti, conductor, dead, dies at 84
  • Sep 5th Leon Edel, biographer, dies at 89

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 5th Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Albanian born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize, 1979), dies of cardiac arrest at 87

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 6th Philippe Rossillon, administrator, dies at 66
  • Sep 6th P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)
  • Sep 7th Alex Macintosh, broadcaster/actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • Sep 7th Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 7th Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko
  • Sep 9th Myra McCulloch, teacher academic/administrator, dies at 48
  • Sep 9th Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 9th Burgess Meredith, actor (Penguin-Batman, Rocky), dies at 88

  • Sep 10th Jack Adkisson, professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • Sep 11th Camille Henry, National Hockey League player (b. 1933)
  • Sep 11th Hannah Weiner American experimental poet (b. 1928)
  • Sep 12th Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • Sep 12th Judith Merril [Grossman], science fiction writer, dies at 74
  • Sep 12th Stikkan Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur (Polar), dies at 66
  • Sep 16th Antony Kearey, television producer, dies at 77
  • Sep 17th Jan Peder Syse, PM of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • Sep 17th John Seldon Whale, theologian, dies at 100
  • Sep 17th Red Skelton, comedian (Red Skelton Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 18th Harry Brian Boyne, journalist, dies at 87
  • Sep 18th Jimmy Witherspoon, singer, dies at 65
  • Sep 19th Clive Brain, educationalist, dies at 57
  • Sep 19th Kathy Keeton Guccione, CEO (General Media Intl), dies at 58
  • Sep 19th Malcolm Hughes, artist, dies at 77
  • Sep 19th Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
  • Sep 20th Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer, dies at 59
  • Sep 21st Tommy Cecil, ferryman, dies at 51
  • Sep 21st Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Sep 22nd Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk, dies at 76
  • Sep 22nd Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister, dies at 77
  • Sep 22nd George Bryan Ingham, artist, dies at 61
  • Sep 22nd Ruth Picardie, journalist, dies at 33
  • Sep 22nd Shoichi Yokoi, Jap WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • Sep 22nd George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), dies at 97
  • Sep 23rd Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • Sep 23rd Murray Burnett, writer (Everybody Goes to Rick-Casablanca), dies at 86
  • Sep 23rd Shirley Clarke, actress (Cool World), dies at 78
  • Sep 24th Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron, dies at 47
  • Sep 25th Sayed Mutawli ad Imam scholar/broadcaster-Darsh, dies at 66
  • Sep 25th Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
  • Sep 25th Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist (b. 1916)
  • Sep 27th Walter Trampler, American violist (b. 1915)
  • Sep 29th Milner Connorton Gray, designer, dies at 97
  • Sep 29th Robert Arthur Thornbury Campbell, journalist/musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 29th Roy Lichtenstein, pop artist, dies of pneumonia at 73
  • Sep 30th Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65
  • Sep 30th Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, dies at 86
  • Oct 1st Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • Oct 1st Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
  • Oct 3rd Alfred Leslie Rowse, historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 5th Andrew Keir, actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt), dies at 71
  • Oct 5th Dave Marr, golfer/commentator, dies at 63
  • Oct 5th Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Oct 6th Johnny Vander Meer, pitched consecutive no-hitters, dies at 82
  • Oct 8th Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 8th Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8th Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Oct 9th Arthur Tracy, radio personality (Street Singer), dies at 98

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 12th John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Oct 13th Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania (1982-91), dies
  • Oct 13th Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), dies at 78
  • Oct 14th Harold Robbins, salacious novelist, dies at 81
  • Oct 16th Audra Lindley, actress (Helen Roper-3's Company, Ropers), dies at 79
  • Oct 16th James Mitchner, author (Hawaii), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • Oct 16th James Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
  • Oct 17th Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Oct 18th Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • Oct 18th Nancy Dickerson, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • Oct 18th Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Oct 19th Glen Buxton, guitarist (Alice Cooper), dies of pneumonia at 49