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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 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? 23 years, 6 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus