On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1997

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win second straight title with a 23-7 victory over ACT Brumbies; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 2 conversions for the winners
  • The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick

Famous Deaths

  • Anton Zischka, Austrian writer (Lebendiges Europa), dies at 92
  • James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)
  • Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76