Historical Events in 1997 (Part 2)

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  • Apr 3 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance
  • Apr 3 Thalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but 1 of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
  • Apr 4 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • Apr 4 Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
  • Apr 4 DMSP Titan 2 launched
  • Apr 4 STS 83 (Columbia 22), launches
  • Apr 5 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 Steve Irwin's "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • Apr 6 "3 Sisters" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Apr 6 9th Seniors Golf Tradition: Gil Morgan wins
  • Apr 6 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge
  • Apr 6 Brad Faxon wins Freeport-McDermott Golf Classic
  • Apr 6 Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)
  • Apr 7 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers FL on WRXK 96.1 FM
  • Apr 7 150th Grand National: Tony Dobbin aboard Lord Gyllene wins
  • Apr 8 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4 Beta
  • Apr 8 STS 83 (Columbia 22) lands
  • Apr 9 Cleve Indians closer Jose Mesa found guilty of rape
  • Apr 9 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • Apr 9 NFL announces it will give $3M to CFL & possible "World Classic Bowl"
  • Apr 13 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 13 48th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 61st Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods at 21 (270 18 under par)

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 13 Hartford Whalers last NHL game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Apr 13 Travis Fryman homers off R Hernandez in both games of double header 1st time since 1961 that 2 doubleheaders are played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY
  • Apr 15 America On Line begins service in Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 15 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM
  • Apr 15 Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
  • Apr 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • Apr 17 John Bell, 115, recieves new pacemaker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • Apr 19 Renee Slaughter crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • Apr 19 SD Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • Apr 19 1997 NFL Draft: Orlando Pace from Ohio State first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • Apr 20 "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • Apr 20 "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Apr 20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • Apr 20 27th Easter Seal Telethon raises $47,392,682
  • Apr 20 58th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • Apr 20 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games
  • Apr 20 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Susan G Komen International

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 20 Nick Price wins golf MCI Classic

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Price
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Price
  • Apr 20 PGA Seniors Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Apr 21 101st Boston Marathon: Lameck Aguta of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:26:23
  • Apr 21 Ashes of Timothy Leary & Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit
  • Apr 22 Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria - 93 villagers killed.
  • Apr 22 The Japanese embassy hostage crisis ends in Lima, Peru.
  • Apr 23 "Titanic," opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 23 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Apr 23 Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers are killed.
  • Apr 24 "Steel Peer" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Apr 25 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th HR

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 25 The disaster film "Volcano", starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche, is released

Actress Anne Heche
Anne Heche
  • Apr 26 "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC
  • Apr 27 "Little Foxes" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • Apr 27 "Stanley" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Apr 27 Frank Nobilo wins Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic at Forest Oaks
  • Apr 27 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship
  • Apr 28 "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 29 "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Apr 29 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • Apr 29 The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories.
  • Apr 29 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The English Patient" Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director
  • Apr 29 43rd British Academy Television Awards: "Only Fools and Horses" Best Comedy, "EastEnders" Best Drama
  • Apr 30 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres admit she is gay

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 19 games in April
  • Apr 30 Big Ben stops at 12:11 PM for 54 minutes
  • Apr 30 President Clinton's daughter Chelsea chooses to attend Stanford College
  • Apr 30 Tajik Prest Imomali Rakhmonov wounded in assassination attempt
  • Apr 30 Tino Martinez hits record 34 RBIs in April
  • May 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM
  • May 1 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of UK
  • May 1 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 2 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

  • May 2 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders

Film release premierFilm Release

May 2 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

  • May 3 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3
  • May 3 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen
  • May 3 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
  • May 3 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin
  • May 4 Phil Blackmar wins 50th Houston golf Open
  • May 4 Tammie Green wins LPGA Sprint Titlehoders Championship
  • May 5 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV
  • May 5 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
  • May 6 Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape

Hall of fameHall of Fame

May 6 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • May 6 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • May 6 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
  • May 6 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.
  • May 7 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • May 7 Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)
  • May 9 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • May 9 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • May 10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)
  • May 11 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • May 11 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 11 Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
  • May 11 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic
  • May 11 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • May 12 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
  • May 12 Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox
  • May 12 Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict
  • May 12 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • May 12 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 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 14 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yank owner George Steinbrenner

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

Sport awardGolf Major

May 18 43rd LPGA Championship won by Christa Johnson

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • May 18 Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic
  • May 18 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 19 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 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 21 Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
  • May 22 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 23 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 23 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Mich

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

AgreementTreaty of Interest

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

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 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 31 "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 perf
  • May 31 The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick.
  • Jun 1 10th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $5,400,186
  • Jun 1 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • Jun 1 51st Tony Awards: Titanic & Last Night of Ballyhoo win
  • Jun 1 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Michelob Light Classic
  • Jun 1 Donovan Bailey beats Michael Johnson in 150m race to settle who was the world's fastest man
  • Jun 1 LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • Jun 1 Vijay Singh wins Golf Memorial at Muirfield Village CC, 14 under par
  • Jun 1 Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
  • Jun 2 Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
  • Jun 2 Liberals beat Conservatives in France
  • Jun 2 Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168
  • Jun 4 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 7 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 7 Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed
  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Jun 8 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 8 Justin Leonard wins golf's Kemper Open at TPC at Avenel
  • Jun 8 Pat Hurst wins LPGA Oldsmobile Classic
  • Jun 8 96th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Sergi Bruguera (6-3, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 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 9 British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • Jun 9 Detroit Tigers baseball team bat out of order against Oakland A's in 1st inning
  • Jun 10 Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
  • Jun 10 Kevin Brown of Florida Marlins no hits SF Giants 9-0
  • Jun 10 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 12 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
  • Jun 13 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
  • Jun 13 Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death
  • Jun 13 Red Wings Vladimir Konstantinov & Slava Fetisov hurt in car crash
  • Jun 13 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 15 "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 15 97th US Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 276 Congressional CC Bethesda Md

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

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