On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1997

Historical Events

  • 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch
  • Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)
  • Shell Oil confirms it will declare force majeure at its Nigerian Bonny terminal due to local protests which disrupted 210 million barrels per day of the company's oil production

Famous Deaths

  • Jolie Gabor, Hungarian-American jeweler and mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 100 (birth date disputed)
  • Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • Norman Carr, British conservationist working in Central and Southern Africa, dies at 84
1997 Highlights

About April 1, 1997

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 6 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aries