On This Day

What Happened on June 26, 1997

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 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

Person of interestDon Hutson

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

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate (Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World), dies at 38