On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1997

Day of the Week: Sunday

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
  • Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees
  • 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