On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1997

Historical Events

  • Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
  • Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful

Historic Event

US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually

  • White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time

Famous Deaths

  • Virgilio Boat, president of Colombia (1986-90), dies
1997 Highlights

About May 20, 1997

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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