On This Day

What Happened on June 26, 1997

Historical Events

  • Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)

Historic Publication

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 1st book in J. K. Rowling's best-selling series, is published

  • The U.S. Supreme Court upholds doctor-assisted suicide ban
  • U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Communications Decency Act, inconsistent with the 1st Amendment

Famous Deaths

  • Charlie Chester, English comedian (Never Say Die), dies at 83

Don Hutson

Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84

  • Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian singer, songwriter ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"), and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, dies from respiratory failure at 38
1997 Highlights

About June 26, 1997

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 7 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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