June 1997 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
  • 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 Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed
  • Jun 9 British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • Jun 10 Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
  • 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 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 16 The Dairat Labguer massacre in Algeria; 50 people are killed.
  • Jun 20 Negotiators announce agreement in principle with tobacco industry
  • Jun 23 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • Jun 23 In the Central African Republic, soldiers fire on foreign peacekeepers in the third major rebellion since May
  • Jun 24 Melissa Drexler, 18, charged with killing her baby during her prom
  • Jun 24 USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies
  • Jun 24 Seat Mariner Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Oakland A's but loses
  • Jun 25 Christies auctions off Princess Di's clothing for $5.5 million
  • Jun 25 Galileo, 2nd Callisto Flyby (Orbit 9)
  • Jun 25 Intelsat 802 Ariane 4 Launch, Successful
  • Jun 25 Progress M-34 Collides with & damages Mir Space Station
  • Jun 26 Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Internet indecency law
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds doctor-assisted suicide ban
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published, the first instalment of the best selling series by J. K. Rowling

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jun 28 TV evangelist Robert Schuller attacks a flight attendant
  • Jun 29 Progress M-35 Soyuz Launch (Russia)
  • Jun 29 Tyrenda Williams, 18, of Alabama, crowned 40th America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 30 Leap Second to synchronize atomic clocks

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85), dies at 92
  • Jun 4 Kurt Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • Jun 5 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • Jun 8 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • Jun 9 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (b. 1908)
  • Jun 11 Thalassa Cruso, gardening expert (PBS), dies of Alzheimer's at 87
  • Jun 14 Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71
  • Jun 14 Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)
  • Jun 18 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • Jun 21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese entertainer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 21 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labour leader (b. 1900)
  • Jun 23 "Wino" Willie Forkner, biker (Wild One), dies of heart attack at 77
  • Jun 23 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, suffering from burns, dies at 63

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jun 25 William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz at 51