On This Day

What Happened on September 7, 1997

Historical Events

  • The first test flight of the F-22 Raptor takes place.
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), dies at 78
  • Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65

Person of interestMobutu Sese Seko

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

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko

1997 Highlights

About September 7, 1997

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 23 years, 5 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Virgo