On This Day

What Happened on April 15, 1997

Historical Events

  • America On Line begins service in Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

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

Actress Anne Heche
Anne Heche

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestMaisie 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? 23 years, 7 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aries