On This Day

What Happened on March 14, 1997

Historical Events

  • 68 year old Gordie Howe signs AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch
  • Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80
  • Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

President Clinton trips & injures his knee requiring surgery

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestSimone Biles

Simone Biles, American gymnast (Olympic gold floor, team, vault, all-round 2016), born in Columbus, Ohio

Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles

Famous Deaths

  • Fred Zinnemann Austrian-American director (From Here to Eternity, Julia), dies of heart attack at 89
  • John Curtis Jr, pres/CEO (Luby's Cafe), commits suicide at 58
  • Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), dies at 59
  • Lucy Kroll, American talent agent, dies at 87
1997 Highlights

About March 14, 1997

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 23 years, 8 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces