What Happened on March 20, 1997

Historical Events

Theater Premiere

Cheryl L. West and Shelden Epp's musical "Play On!", an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" set in 1940s Harlem, featuring music of Duke Ellington, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 61 performances

  • Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive

Event of Interest

World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Elvis Stojko of Canada

1997 History

Famous Deaths

  • Carlo Fassi, Italian figure skating coach (Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, John Curry, Robin Cousins, Jill Trenary) and skater (World C'ship bronze men's singles 1953), dies at 67
  • Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101
  • Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), dies at 83
  • V. S. Pritchett, British literary critic and writer (Myth Makers), dies at 96

About March 20, 1997

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 6 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Can't Nobody Hold Me Down - Puff Daddy (Featuring Mase)
  • UK #1 Song: Mama/Who Do You Think You Are - Spice Girls