On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1997

Historical Events

  • "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Eddie George runs for 216 yards on 35 carries and scores a touchdown as the Oilers, playing their first NFL game in Tennessee, beat Oakland 24-21 in overtime at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis
  • Last episode of Rolanda airs

Famous Deaths

Person of interestDiana Spencer

Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Dodi Fayed, Egyptian businessman, died in a car crash in Paris with Princess Diana at 42
1997 Highlights

About August 31, 1997

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 24 years and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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