On This Day

May 1997 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 1 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • May 1 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality
  • May 2 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber
  • May 2 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • May 5 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
  • 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 6 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history
  • May 7 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • May 7 Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)
  • May 9 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • May 12 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
  • May 12 Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict
  • May 12 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • May 12 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami
  • May 15 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • May 16 Final agreement creating Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) signed by project participants, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
  • May 17 Troops loyal to Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
  • May 20 Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
  • May 20 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 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 22 "Closer" play by Patrick Marber starring Clive Owen, opens at the Royal National Theatre in London
  • 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.
  • May 27 1st all female (20 British women) team reach the North Pole
  • May 27 Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • May 27 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

AgreementTreaty of Interest

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

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • May 31 The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • May 2 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, dies at 75
  • May 2 Queen Mother Moore, African-American civil rights activist and humanitarian, dies at 98
  • May 4 Vijayananda Dahanayake, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies
  • May 8 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies
  • May 10 Joan [Joanie] Weston, American roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • May 13 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82
  • May 14 Harry Blackstone, Jr., American stage magician (Blackstone Book of Magic & Illusion), dies of cancer at 62
  • May 14 Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco, descendant of Dracula, dies at 76
  • May 16 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • May 19 Millie, dog of US President George H. W. Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12
  • May 20 Virgilio Boat, president of Colombia (1986-90), dies
  • May 22 A. D. Hershey, American biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969), dies at 88
  • May 25 Muhammad Fadhel, Prime Minister of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • May 26 Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90
  • May 29 John Sengstacke, publisher (Defender), dies at 84
  • May 31 Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • May 31 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, dies at 92
  • May 31 Anton Zischka, Austrian writer (Lebendiges Europa), dies at 92