On This Day

What Happened on September 18, 1997

Historical Events

  • Controversial art exhibition "Sensation" featuring works by Young British Artists from the collection of Charles Saatchi opens at the Royal Academy in London

United Nations

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

  • Voters in Wales vote yes (50.3%) in a referendum on Welsh autonomy

Famous Deaths

  • Harry Boyne, British parliamentary journalist, dies at 87
  • James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), dies at 77
1997 Highlights

About September 18, 1997

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 24 years, 8 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Honey - Mariah Carey
  • UK #1 Song: Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind 97 - Elton John