On This Day

What Happened on April 15, 1997

Historical Events

  • America On Line begins service in Japan

Sports History

Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

  • Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
  • Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM

Film Premier

The disaster film "Volcano" directed by Mick Jackson starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche premieres in South Korea

Famous Birthdays

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in Bristol, England

Famous Deaths

  • Sam Moskowitz, American writer & historian of science fiction, dies at 76
  • Zdenek Mlynar, Czech politician (secretary of the Czechoslovak communist party, 1968–70), dies at 66
1997 Highlights

About April 15, 1997

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 7 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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