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What Happened in September 1997

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 "Doll's House" closes at Belasco Theater
  • Sep 1 Cartoon Channel premieres in Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 32nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $50,500,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 1 Two-time defending US Open champion Pete Sampras has his 17-match winning streak, the 4th-longest of the Open Era in men’s singles, snapped in a 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 loss to Petr Korda of Czech Republic

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Sep 2 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Montreal Canada on CHOM 97.7 FM and in Toronto Canada on CILQ 107.1 FM
  • Sep 3 A Vietnam Airlines Tupolev TU-134 crashes on approach into Phnom Penh airport, killing 64.
  • Sep 4 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Louisville KY on WTFX 100.5 FM
  • Sep 4 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win
  • Sep 5 Athens in Greece, selected to host 2004 Olympics
  • Sep 5 Orioles beat Yankes 13-9 in longest 9 inning game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 6 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales held at Westminster Abbey in London

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis wins her first US title; outclasses Venus Williams 6-0, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Sep 7 The first test flight of the F-22 Raptor takes place.
  • Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: Patrick Rafter of Australia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Canadian Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
  • Sep 9 Sinn Fein accepts Mitchell Principles on para-military disarmament
  • Sep 10 Discovery buys Travel Channel for $20 million

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 10 Mark McGwire joins Babe Ruth as only the players to hit 50 HRs in 2 consecutive years

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Sep 11 After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.
  • Sep 12 NY Met John Olerud hits for the cycle
  • Sep 12 The UN passes a resolution allowing Iraq to reach the $2.14 billion oil sales limit under its oil-for-food program
  • Sep 13 Carolina Hurricane's 1st exhibition game beat NY Islanders 4-1
  • Sep 13 Katherine Shindle (Ill), 24, crowned 71st Miss America 1998

Music releaseMusic Release

Sep 13 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the UK

Singer Elton John
Elton John
Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Mother Teresa's State Funeral held in India

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 13 22nd Toronto International Film Festival: "The Hanging Garden" directed by Thom Fitzgerald wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 13 "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" single is released in the UK by Elton John
  • Sep 14 Chicago Whites Sox retire Carlton Fisk's #72
  • Sep 14 49th Emmy Awards: Law & Order, Frasier, Dennis Franz & Gillian Anderson win
  • Sep 15 Edison Intl purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Sep 15 Google.com is registered as a domain name
  • Sep 16 ABL MVP Nikki McCray signs with WNBA

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Sep 16 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Sep 16 Mark McGwire signs with the St Louis Cardinals for $26M
  • Sep 17 Dr Sam Sheppard's body (Fugitive) is exhumed for DNA test

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Sep 18 Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

United <b>Nations</b>United Nations

Sep 18 Ted Turner gives $1 billion to the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Sep 18 Voters in Wales vote yes (50.3%) in a referendum on Welsh autonomy.
  • Sep 19 Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria; 53 killed.
  • Sep 20 Yanks clinch 37th appearance in post season, 3rd consecutive
  • Sep 21 Mike Piazza is 2nd to hit a HR out of Dodger Stadium
  • Sep 21 NY Yankee Cecil Fielder hits his 300th HR
  • Sep 22 Marv Albert pleads not guilty to sexual charges
  • Sep 22 Bentalha massacre in Algeria; over 200 villagers killed
  • Sep 22 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the US
  • Sep 23 Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 24 31st Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Sep 24 Drug kingpin Ramon Arellano Felix placed on FBI's 10 most-wanted list
  • Sep 25 "ER" is performed live on TV
  • Sep 25 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (714 mph)
  • Sep 25 Marv Albert plea bargains in assault case
  • Sep 25 STS 86 (Atlantis 20) launches into orbit
  • Sep 25 WNBA announces it will add Detroit & Washington, D.C. franchises
  • Sep 26 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 56th HR of 1997
  • Sep 26 An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse
  • Sep 28 Ryder Cup Golf, Valderrama GC, Spain: Europe wins 14½-13½ to retain the Cup; first time event contested in continental Europe; first of 6 consecutive victories at home by Europe
  • Sep 28 Newscaster David Brinkley, 74, retires after 54 years in broadcasting
  • Sep 28 St Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire hits his 58th HR of 1997 (34 with Oak A's)
  • Sep 29 Jury selection in Terry Nichols Oklahoma bombing trial begins

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 29 Robbie Williams releases his first solo album "Life thru a Lens" features single "Angels"

  • Sep 30 1st time 3 cons HRs in post season-Raines, Jeter, O'Neill (NY Yankees)
  • Sep 30 Hooters agrees to pay $2 million in discrimination suits
  • Sep 30 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 30 Yanks Tim Raines, Derek Jeter & Paul O'Neill are 1st to hit 3 consecutively homers in post season (Yanks beat Indians 8-6)

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • Sep 30 "Too Close" single released by Next (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 John Howard's Australian government gun buy back scheme ends with more than 640,000 firearms compulsorily acquired, including many newly illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns

25th Australian Prime Minister John Howard
25th Australian Prime Minister
John Howard

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Jungkook [Jeon Jung-kook], South Korean singer (BTS), born in Busan, South Korea
  • Sep 8 Kimberlea Berg, English actress (My Friends Tigger & Pooh), born in London
  • Sep 10 Brooke Henderson, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2016), born in Smiths Falls, Ontario

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 5 TV and radio host Larry King (64) weds singer Shawn Southwick (38) at the hospital room in Los Angeles, California

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • Sep 6 "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman (34) weds "Fargo" actor William H. Macy (47) in Woody Creek, Colorado
  • Sep 20 "CHiPs" actor Erik Estrada (48) weds Nanette Mirkovich

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Grammy Award winning singer-rapper Coolio (34) weds Los Angeles DJ Josefa Salinas (37) in Las Vegas

Rapper Coolio
  • Sep 27 "The Cosby Show" actress Erika Alexander (28) weds screenwriter Tony Puryear (40) on outdoor ceremony in Malibu

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 28 Actor Chad Lowe (29) weds actress Hilary Swank (23)

Actress Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • Sep 2 Viktor Frankl, psychotherapist (Man's Search for Meaning), dies at 92
  • Sep 4 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • Sep 4 Aldo Rossi, Italian architect (b. 1931)
  • Sep 4 Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 4 Jeffrey Bernard, British writer (Spectator Magazine - Low Life), dies at 65
  • Sep 5 Georg Solti, conductor, dead, dies at 84
  • Sep 5 Leon Edel, biographer, dies at 89

Person of interestMother Teresa

Sep 5 Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Albanian born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize, 1979), dies of cardiac arrest at 87

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 6 Philippe Rossillon, administrator, dies at 66
  • Sep 6 P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)
  • Sep 7 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • Sep 7 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65

Person of interestMobutu Sese Seko

Sep 7 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko
  • Sep 7 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), dies at 78

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

Sep 9 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn

Person of interestBurgess Meredith

Sep 9 Burgess Meredith, American actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), dies at 88

  • Sep 10 Jack Adkisson, professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • Sep 11 Camille Henry, National Hockey League player (b. 1933)
  • Sep 11 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, dies at 68
  • Sep 12 Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • Sep 12 Judith Merril [Grossman], sci-fi writer, dies at 74
  • Sep 12 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Sep 16 Antony Kearey, television producer, dies at 77
  • Sep 16 Terence Cooper, British actor (Casino Royale), dies at 64
  • Sep 17 Jan Peder Syse, Prime Minister of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • Sep 17 John Seldon Whale, theologian, dies at 100
  • Sep 17 Red Skelton [Richard], American comedian (Red Skelton Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 18 Harry Brian Boyne, journalist, dies at 87
  • Sep 18 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), dies at 77
  • Sep 19 Kathy Keeton Guccione, CEO (General Media Intl), dies at 58
  • Sep 19 Malcolm Hughes, artist, dies at 77
  • Sep 19 Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
  • Sep 20 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer, dies at 59
  • Sep 21 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, dies at 51
  • Sep 21 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Sep 22 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk, dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister, dies at 77
  • Sep 22 Bryan Ingham, English artist, dies at 61
  • Sep 22 Ruth Picardie, journalist, dies at 33
  • Sep 22 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • Sep 22 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), dies at 97
  • Sep 23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • Sep 23 Murray Burnett, writer (Everybody Goes to Rick-Casablanca), dies at 86
  • Sep 23 Shirley Clarke, American film director, dies at 78
  • Sep 24 Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron, dies at 47
  • Sep 24 Larry Hall, American rocker (Sandy), dies at 57
  • Sep 25 Sayed Mutawli ad Imam scholar/broadcaster-Darsh, dies at 66
  • Sep 25 Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
  • Sep 25 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist, dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter, dies at 87
  • Sep 27 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 82
  • Sep 29 Milner Gray, British graphic designer, dies at 97
  • Sep 29 Bobby [Robert Arthur Thornbury] Campbell, Scottish journalist and musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 29 Roy Lichtenstein, American pop artist, dies of pneumonia at 73
  • Sep 29 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 30 Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65
  • Sep 30 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, dies at 86