On This Day

August 1997 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 3 Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria; 40-76 villagers killed.
  • Aug 4 185,000 Teamsters union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
  • Aug 4 In Colombia, international oil company Occidental Petroleum declare force majeure on all oil exports from the Cano Limon field after a series of attacks knocked out a major oil pipeline
  • Aug 5 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • Aug 5 Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
  • Aug 5 Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched
  • Aug 6 Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple Computer Inc
  • Aug 7 STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
  • Aug 7 Ung Huot appointed Cambodia's 1st premier
  • Aug 8 The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • Aug 9 Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
  • Aug 11 Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
  • Aug 13 South Park's first episode is aired.

Historic Event

Aug 14 Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death by Oklahoma Court of Appeals

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh
  • Aug 14 Soyuz TM-25 lands
  • Aug 15 Dow Jones drops 247.37 pts
  • Aug 19 STS 85 (Discovery 23) lands
  • Aug 20 Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people are killed and 15 kidnapped.
  • Aug 21 Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
  • Aug 21 US government forces closure of Hudson Foods due to E Coli break out
  • Aug 24 Gordon Spence discovers 2^2976221 - 1 (36th known Mersenne prime)
  • Aug 25 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
  • Aug 26 Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed
  • Aug 28 Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
  • Aug 29 At least 98 villagers are killed by the GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
  • Aug 31 Last episode of Rolanda airs

Historic Event

Aug 31 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Weddings in History

Salman Rushdie

Aug 28 British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Ngiratkel Etpison, president of Palau (1989-92), dies

William S. Burroughs

Aug 2 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, dies of a heart attack at 83

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
  • Aug 3 Pietro Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian politician (Senator for Repentigny, Quebec, 1976-97), dies at 83
  • Aug 4 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (born Feb 21, 1875), dies at 122 years, 164 days
  • Aug 5 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 5 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), dies at 85
  • Aug 7 Douglas Gray, Scottish record and film producer, dies at 74
  • Aug 7 Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • Aug 20 Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 21 Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • Aug 22 Mary Louise Smith, American political organizer, 1st female chair of the Republican party, dies at 82
  • Aug 23 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • Aug 24 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • Aug 24 Louis Essen, British physicist (time measurement, speed of light determination), dies at 88
  • Aug 25 Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • Aug 25 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, dies at 78

Diana Spencer

Aug 31 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Aug 31 Dodi Fayed, Egyptian businessman, died in a car crash in Paris with Princess Diana at 42