On This Day

March 1997 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 5th annual ESPY Awards shown on TV
  • Mar 2 Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal acquires 5% of Apple
  • Mar 2 Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)
  • Mar 3 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM
  • Mar 3 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
  • Mar 4 Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
  • Mar 4 Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)

Historic Event

Mar 4 US President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research

  • Mar 4 Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)

Historic Event

Mar 6 Picasso's painting TĂȘte de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.

  • Mar 7 5 sue Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life

Historic Event

Mar 10 The PalmPilot, as developed by Jeffrey Hawkins, is released

  • Mar 13 India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader
  • Mar 14 68 year old Gordie Howe signs AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch
  • Mar 14 Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80
  • Mar 14 President Clinton trips & injures his knee requiring surgery
  • Mar 14 The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.
  • Mar 16 Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
  • Mar 18 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs won by Mandy Woetzel & Ingo Steuer (GER)
  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court hears Internet indecency arguments
  • Mar 20 Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive
  • Mar 20 World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Elvis Stojko of Canada
  • Mar 22 Comet Hale-Bopp Closest Approach to Earth (1.315 AU)
  • Mar 24 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law
  • Mar 26 Thirty-nine bodies found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides

Meeting of Interest

Mar 27 Martin Luther King's son meets James Earl Ray, his father's killer

  • Mar 29 PBA National Championship Won by Rick Steelsmith
  • Mar 30 TV network Channel 5 begins broadcasting in the UK
  • Mar 31 NASA's Pioneer 10 ends its mission

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Stanislav Shatalin, Russian economist (500 Days), dies
  • Mar 4 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 5 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Anthony Hopkins, English clinical neurologist and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal College of Physicians, dies at 59
  • Mar 6 Cheddi Jagan, Guyanese politician, 'Father of the Nation' Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • Mar 7 Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist (Nobel 1952), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
  • Mar 7 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), dies at 73
  • Mar 8 Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Raymond Edwards, American doo-wop bass (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies of cancer at 72
  • Mar 9 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7) at 66
  • Mar 11 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), dies at 81
  • Mar 14 Fred Zinnemann Austrian-American director (From Here to Eternity, Julia), dies of heart attack at 89
  • Mar 14 John Curtis Jr, pres/CEO (Luby's Cafe), commits suicide at 58
  • Mar 14 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), dies at 59
  • Mar 14 Lucy Kroll, American talent agent, dies at 87
  • Mar 15 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), dies at 90
  • Mar 19 Willem De Kooning, Dutch artist (Abstract), dies of Alzheimer at 92
  • Mar 20 Carlo Fassi, figure skating coach (Fleming, Hamill), dies at 67
  • Mar 20 Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101
  • Mar 21 Wilbert Awdry, English Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), dies at 85
  • Mar 24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer, dies at 69
  • Mar 25 Roberto Sanchez Vilella, governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69), dies
  • Mar 26 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (Heaven's Gate), dies leading a mass suicide at 65
  • Mar 31 Edwin Alberian, TV celebrity (Clarabell), dies at 76
  • Mar 31 Laxmishankar Pathak, food retailer, dies at 62