Historical Events in 1997 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 815

  • Apr 4 STS 83 (Columbia 22), launches
  • Apr 5 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)

Film & TV History

Apr 5 Steve Irwin's "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts

  • Apr 6 "3 Sisters" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Apr 6 Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)
  • Apr 6 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Gil Morgan wins first of 3 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Isao Aoki
  • Apr 7 150th Grand National: Tony Dobbin aboard New Zealand bred Lord Gyllene wins at 14/1 by 25 lengths; race postponed 2 days because of IRA bomb threat
  • Apr 7 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers FL on WRXK 96.1 FM
  • Apr 8 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4 Beta
  • Apr 8 STS 83 (Columbia 22) lands
  • Apr 9 Cleveland Indians pitcher Jose Mesa is acquitted of rape
  • Apr 9 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • Apr 9 NFL announces it will give $3M to CFL & possible "World Classic Bowl"
  • Apr 13 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 13 48th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes

US Masters Golf

Apr 13 61st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his first major title, a record 12 strokes ahead of Tom Kite; 4-round total 270 (−18) is tournament record

  • Apr 13 Hartford Whalers last NHL game

Sports History

Apr 13 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game

  • Apr 13 Rare double doubleheader played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY after rain previous day
  • Apr 15 America On Line begins service in Japan

Sports History

Apr 15 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

Film Premiere

Apr 15 Disaster film "Volcano" directed by Mick Jackson, and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche premieres in South Korea

  • Apr 15 Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
  • Apr 15 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte NC on WXRC 95.7 FM
  • Apr 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • Apr 17 John Bell aged 115 receives a new pacemaker

Sports History

Apr 17 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

  • Apr 19 NFL Draft: Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • Apr 19 Renee Slaughter crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
  • Apr 19 San Diego Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • Apr 20 "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • Apr 20 "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Apr 20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • Apr 20 27th Easter Seal Telethon raises $47,392,682
  • Apr 20 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games

Sports History

Apr 20 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

Sports History

Apr 20 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Defending champion Hale Irwin wins his second of 3 straight Senior PGA C’ships by streeting runners-up Dale Douglass and Jack Nicklaus by 12 strokes

  • Apr 21 101st Boston Marathon: Lameck Aguta of Kenya wins men's event in 2:10:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia women's champion in 2:26:23
  • Apr 21 Ashes of Timothy Leary & "Star trek" creator Gene Roddenberry launched into space orbit
  • Apr 21 I. K. Gujral sworn in as Prime Minister of India
  • Apr 22 Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria - 93 villagers killed.
  • Apr 22 The Japanese embassy hostage crisis ends in Lima, Peru.
  • Apr 23 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win
  • Apr 23 Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers are killed.
  • Apr 24 Kandor and Ebb's musical "Steel Pier" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater,NYC; runs for 76 performances

Sports History

Apr 25 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 250th HR

  • Apr 26 "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC
  • Apr 27 "Little Foxes" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • Apr 27 "Stanley" closes at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC
  • Apr 27 Frank Nobilo wins Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic at Forest Oaks
  • Apr 28 "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC

Music Concert

Apr 28 Ringo Starr's fourth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce, Gary Brooker, Simon Kirke, and Mark Rivera

  • Apr 29 "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Apr 29 43rd British Academy Television Awards: "Only Fools and Horses" Best Comedy, "EastEnders" Best Drama
  • Apr 29 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The English Patient" Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director
  • Apr 29 Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories
  • Apr 29 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • Apr 30 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances

Film & TV History

Apr 30 42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres publicly declare she is gay

  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 19 games in April
  • Apr 30 Big Ben stops at 12:11 PM for 54 minutes
  • Apr 30 President Clinton's daughter Chelsea chooses to attend Stanford College

Music Concert

Apr 30 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Lyle Lovett, Bobby McFerrin, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin and Zucchero

  • Apr 30 Tajik Prest Imomali Rakhmonov wounded in assassination attempt
  • Apr 30 Tino Martinez hits record 34 RBIs in April
  • May 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM
  • May 1 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality

Election of Interest

May 1 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Film Release

May 2 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

  • May 2 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber

Film & TV History

May 2 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

  • May 2 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • May 3 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3
  • May 3 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin

Sports History

May 3 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue

  • May 5 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV
  • May 5 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
  • May 6 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • May 6 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics

Hall of Fame

May 6 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Bee Gees; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills and Nash; The Jackson Five; Joni Mitchell; Parliament-Funkadelic; The (Young) Rascals; Mahalia Jackson; Bill Monroe; and Syd Nathan

  • May 6 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history
  • May 6 US Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence in military prison for 18 counts of rape, and other offenses (part of the Aberdeen Scandal)
  • May 7 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • May 7 Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)

Film Release

May 7 Science fiction film "The Fifth Element" written and directed by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich is released. Then the most expensive European film ever made.

  • May 9 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • May 9 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • May 10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)
  • May 11 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 61 performances
  • May 11 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • May 11 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

Music Single

May 12 "It's Your Love" single released by Time McGraw and Faith Hill

  • May 12 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
  • May 12 Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox
  • May 12 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • May 12 Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict
  • May 12 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami

Sports History

May 13 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

Sports History

May 14 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for his suing other team owners

  • May 14 FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 15 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com
  • May 15 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • May 16 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • May 16 Brandi Sherwood (Miss Idaho) replaces Brook Lee as Miss USA when Brook is crowned Miss Universe
  • May 16 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of USA crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • May 16 Final agreement creating Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) signed by project participants, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • May 16 MLB Montreal Expos trailing San Francisco Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • May 16 MLB St Louis Cardinal Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hit
  • May 17 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54
  • May 17 Troops loyal to Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
  • May 18 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 18 50th Cannes Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry" directed by Abbas Kiarostami and "Unagi" directed by Shohei Imamura jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

LPGA Championship

May 18 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Christa Johnson wins her only major title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff over Leta Lindley

Film Premiere

May 19 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

  • May 20 Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
  • May 20 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful

Historic Event

May 20 US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually

  • May 20 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time

Sports History

May 21 Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens beats the Yankees for his 200th win

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 21 Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time

  • May 22 "Closer" play by Patrick Marber starring Clive Owen, opens at the Royal National Theatre in London
  • May 22 Kelly Flinn, US Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial
  • May 23 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 23 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV

Film & TV History

May 24 Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Michigan

  • May 24 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
  • May 24 Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
  • May 25 A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah

Sports History

May 25 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 Todd and Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father and son to win 100 games of baseball
  • May 26 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2

Baseball Record

May 26 Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

  • May 27 1st all female (20 British women) team reach the North Pole
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dutchman Arie Luyendyk wins from pole position for his second Indy victory; Treadway Racing finishes 1-2 with Luyendyk's teammate Scott Goodyear runner-up
  • May 27 Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • May 27 Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
  • May 27 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

Treaty of Interest

May 27 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

  • May 28 5th UEFA Champions League Final: Borussia Dortmund beats Juventus 3-1 at Munich

Music History

May 28 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis (fungal lung infection)

  • May 28 Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart attempted around-the-world flight
  • May 28 Tornado in Jarrell, Texas kills at least 28
  • May 28 Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mt Everest for 3rd time
  • May 29 70th National Spelling Bee: Rebecca Sealfon wins spelling euonym
  • May 29 Jesse Timmedequas found guilty of rape and murder of Megan Kanka, 7
  • May 29 Span scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil

Historic Event

May 30 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set on fire by 12-year old grandson

Sports History

May 30 Ken Dryden becomes president of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

  • May 31 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
  • May 31 The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick
  • Jun 1 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Jun 1 10th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $5,400,186
  • Jun 1 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • Jun 1 51st Tony Awards: Titanic & Last Night of Ballyhoo win
  • Jun 1 After a huge 7-month buildup, Donovan Bailey of Canada beats American superstar Michael Johnson in 150m race in Toronto; disappointingly, Johnson pulls up at 110m mark with quadriceps injury
  • Jun 1 Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
  • Jun 1 LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • Jun 2 Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
  • Jun 2 Liberals beat Conservatives in France

Historic Event

Jun 2 Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168

  • Jun 4 UN Security renews its "oilforfood" initiative whereby Iraq may sell $2 billion worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other necessities to alleviate civilian suffering under the sanctions imposed when it invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • Jun 7 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 7 Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Iva Majoli of Croatia wins her 1st and only career Grand Slam singles title; upsets world #1 Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-2

  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings edge Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1 for a 4-0 series sweep; 8th title in Wings' franchise history and first since 1955
  • Jun 8 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins first of 3 French titles; beats Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jun 10 Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China) is successful
  • Jun 10 Kevin Brown of Florida Marlins no hits SF Giants 9-0

Historic Event

Jun 10 Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold

  • Jun 12 1st ever baseball regular season inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3

Globe Theatre Fire

Jun 12 Shakespeare's Globe theatre opens in London, England, replica of original Globe theatre (1599-1642) with performance of Henry V, after campaign by Sam Wanamaker

  • Jun 13 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
  • Jun 13 American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years
  • Jun 13 Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death
  • Jun 15 "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances

Film & TV History

Jun 15 British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

US Golf Open

Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Ernie Els wins his second Open title, the second of his 4 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Colin Montgomerie

Music City News Awards

Jun 16 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes win

  • Jun 16 The Dairat Labguer massacre in Algeria; 50 people are killed
  • Jun 17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • Jun 19 "Forever Tango!" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Jun 20 Negotiators announce agreement in principle with tobacco industry
  • Jun 21 "Defending the Caveman" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances

Sports History

Jun 21 NHL Draft: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) center Joe Thornton first pick by Boston Bruins

  • Jun 21 Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks
  • Jun 22 WLAF World Bowl 5, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona: Barcelona Dragons beat Rhein Fire, 38-24
  • Jun 23 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • Jun 23 In the Central African Republic, soldiers fire on foreign peacekeepers in the third major rebellion since May
  • Jun 24 Despite an AL record 19-strikeout performance by Randy Johnson, A's first baseman Mark McGwire hits a massive 538 foot home run in Oakland's 4-1 defeat of Seattle Mariners
  • Jun 24 Melissa Drexler, 18, charged with killing her baby during her prom
  • Jun 24 USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies

Historic Event

Jun 25 Christies auctions off some of the wardrobe of Diana, Princess of Wales, for $5.5 million

Historic Publication

Jun 25 Danielle Steel’s romantic novel “Special Delivery” is published

  • Jun 25 Galileo, 2nd Callisto Flyby (Orbit 9)
  • Jun 25 Intelsat 802 Ariane 4 Launch is successful
  • Jun 25 Jamaica issues warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop