On This Day

What Happened on August 16, 1997

Historical Events

  • For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • New Zealand beats Australia, 36-24 in Dunedin to retain the Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer lands 5 penalties and 3 conversions; halftime NZ, 36-0
  • The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Famous Deaths

  • Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), dies at 82
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani qawwal (Sufi devotional music) vocalist, and composer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing, dies of Leukemia at 24
1997 Highlights

About August 16, 1997

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 2 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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