On This Day

What Happened on June 24, 1997

Historical Events

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Despite an AL record 19-strikeout performance by Randy Johnson, A's first baseman Mark McGwire hits a massive 538 foot home run in Oakland's 4-1 defeat of Seattle Mariners

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Melissa Drexler, 18, charged with killing her baby during her prom
  • USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Famous Deaths

  • Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), commits suicide at 75
  • Jacques Van der Schueren, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 75
1997 Highlights

About June 24, 1997

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 3 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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