On This Day

1997 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

Events 201 - 300 of 363

  • Jul 14 Bomb in Algiers kills 21 & wounds 40
  • Jul 17 STS 94 (Columbia 23), lands
  • Jul 21 The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday, setting sail for the first time in 116 years
  • Jul 22 Fire breaks out at Palais de Chaillot in Paris
  • Jul 22 The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario
  • Jul 22 The first shipments of oil produced from Kazakhstan's Tengiz field arrive at terminals on the Black Sea for subsequent export through the Bosphoros Strait
  • Jul 22 "One Piece", world's best-selling manga and comic series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda first appears serialized in "Weekly Shōnen Jump" in Japan
  • Jul 23 The US State Department rules that Turkey's agreement to purchase $23 billion worth of natural gas from Iran does not violate the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act
  • Jul 25 Carroll O'Connor found not guilty of slandering Harry Perzigian
  • Jul 25 Howard Stern is fired from radio station, KEGL Dallas
  • Jul 25 Vincent "The Chin" Gigante found guilty of racketeering in NYC
  • Jul 25 K. R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit, formerly called "untouchable" to hold the office
  • Jul 25 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos
  • Jul 27 Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria; about 50 people killed.
  • Jul 28 Peter Graf, father of Steffi, enters German jail for tax evasion
  • Jul 28 Guatemala becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

  • Jul 30 Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14
  • Jul 30 Eighteen lives are lost in the Thredbo Landslide in New South Wales, Australia
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Sep 2 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Montreal Canada on CHOM 97.7 FM and in Toronto Canada on CILQ 107.1 FM
  • Sep 3 A Vietnam Airlines Tupolev TU-134 crashes on approach into Phnom Penh airport, killing 64.
  • Sep 4 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Louisville KY on WTFX 100.5 FM
  • Sep 6 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales held at Westminster Abbey in London
  • Sep 7 The first test flight of the F-22 Raptor takes place.
  • Sep 9 Sinn Féin accepts Mitchell Principles on para-military disarmament
  • Sep 10 Discovery buys Travel Channel for $20 million
  • Sep 11 After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.
  • Sep 12 The UN passes a resolution allowing Iraq to reach the $2.14 billion oil sales limit under its oil-for-food program

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Mother Teresa's State Funeral held in India

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 13 22nd Toronto International Film Festival: "The Hanging Garden" directed by Thom Fitzgerald wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 Chicago Whites Sox retire Carlton Fisk's #72
  • Sep 15 Edison Intl purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Sep 15 Google.com is registered as a domain name

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Sep 16 Apple Computer Inc names co-founder Steve Jobs interim CEO

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Sep 17 Dr Sam Sheppard's body (Fugitive) is exhumed for DNA test

United <b>Nations</b>United Nations

Sep 18 Ted Turner gives $1 billion to the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Sep 18 Voters in Wales vote yes (50.3%) in a referendum on Welsh autonomy.
  • Sep 19 Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria; 53 killed.
  • Sep 22 Marv Albert pleads not guilty to sexual charges
  • Sep 22 Bentalha massacre in Algeria; over 200 villagers killed
  • Sep 24 Drug kingpin Ramon Arellano Felix placed on FBI's 10 most-wanted list
  • Sep 25 "ER" is performed live on TV
  • Sep 25 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (714 mph)
  • Sep 25 Marv Albert plea bargains in assault case
  • Sep 25 STS 86 (Atlantis 20) launches into orbit
  • Sep 26 An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse
  • Sep 29 Jury selection in Terry Nichols Oklahoma bombing trial begins
  • Sep 30 Hooters agrees to pay $2 million in discrimination suits
  • Sep 30 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 John Howard's Australian government gun buy back scheme ends with more than 640,000 firearms compulsorily acquired, including many newly illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns

25th Australian Prime Minister John Howard
25th Australian Prime Minister
John Howard
  • Oct 1 Spice Hot premieres on cable
  • Oct 3 Gordie Howie, 69, plays in 7th decade, with IHL'S Detroit Vipers
  • Oct 3 Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record at 280.3 mph
  • Oct 4 Second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company with $17.3 million in cash taken
  • Oct 5 STS 86 (Atlantis 20) lands
  • Oct 9 ABL players allowed to own stock in the league
  • Oct 9 Hurricane kills 123 in Acapulco Mexico
  • Oct 9 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Italian playwright Dario Fo
  • Oct 10 Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74
  • Oct 12 Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria; 43 killed at a fake roadblock
  • Oct 13 Andy Green's Jet-powered car reaches record 749.69 MPH
  • Oct 15 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)
  • Oct 15 Former rep Dan Rostenkowski released from custody for mail fraud
  • Oct 15 US launches nuclear powered Cassini to Saturn
  • Oct 15 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Jens Christain Skou, Paul D. Boyer and John E. Walker for their work on enzymes in the body

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 The groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is inaugurated by King Juan Carlos I in Bilbao, Spain

Architect Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry
King of Spain Juan Carlos I
King of Spain
Juan Carlos I
  • Oct 20 US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 Larry Flynt sells Hustler in a non-zoned area of Cincinnati

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Oct 22 Yahoo completes purchase of Four11
  • Oct 22 Compaq testifies Microsoft threaten to break Windows 95 agreement if they showcased a Netscape icon
  • Oct 23 At 6:11 AM San Francisco experiences a power blackout due to sabotage
  • Oct 23 Dow Jones drops 186.88 pts
  • Oct 24 Marv Albert sentenced in assault case

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Divorces in History

Deaths in History

Deaths 201 - 300 of 330

  • 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 25 Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • Aug 25 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, dies at 78

Person of interestDiana 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
  • Sep 2 Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (Man's Search for Meaning) and founder of logotherapy, dies at 92
  • Sep 4 Aldo Rossi, Italian architect (b. 1931)
  • Sep 4 Jeffrey Bernard, British writer (Spectator Magazine - Low Life), dies at 65
  • Sep 5 Leon Edel, biographer, dies at 89

Person of interestMother Teresa

Sep 5 Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Albanian born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize, 1979), dies of cardiac arrest at 87

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 6 Philippe Rossillon, administrator, dies at 66
  • Sep 6 P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)

Person of interestMobutu Sese Seko

Sep 7 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko
  • Sep 11 Camille Henry, National Hockey League player (b. 1933)
  • Sep 11 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, dies at 68
  • Sep 12 Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • Sep 12 Judith Merril [Grossman], sci-fi writer, dies at 74
  • Sep 17 Jan Peder Syse, Prime Minister of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • Sep 17 John Seldon Whale, theologian, dies at 100
  • Sep 18 Harry Boyne, British parliamentary journalist, dies at 87
  • Sep 19 Kathy Keeton Guccione, CEO (General Media Intl), dies at 58
  • Sep 19 Malcolm Hughes, artist, dies at 77
  • Sep 21 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, dies at 51
  • Sep 22 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk, dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister, dies at 77
  • Sep 22 Bryan Ingham, English artist, dies at 61
  • Sep 22 Ruth Picardie, journalist, dies at 33
  • Sep 22 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • Sep 22 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), dies at 97
  • Sep 23 Murray Burnett, writer (Everybody Goes to Rick-Casablanca), dies at 86
  • Sep 24 Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron, dies at 47
  • Sep 27 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 82
  • Sep 29 Milner Gray, British graphic designer, dies at 97
  • Sep 29 Roy Lichtenstein, American pop artist, dies of pneumonia at 73
  • Sep 30 Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65
  • Sep 30 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, dies at 86
  • Oct 1 Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • Oct 1 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), dies at 74
  • Oct 3 A. L. Rowse, British author and historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 8 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 8 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • Oct 13 Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania (1982-91), dies
  • Oct 13 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), dies at 78

Person of interestHarold Robbins

Oct 14 Harold Robbins, salacious novelist, dies at 81

  • Oct 16 James A. Michener, American author (South Pacific; Sayonara), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • Oct 17 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Oct 18 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • Oct 18 Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Oct 23 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen, longest personal name, dies at possibly 83 (birth date disputed)
  • Oct 28 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • Oct 29 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • Oct 31 Wilfrid Oulton, British Royal Air Force officer, dies at 86
  • Nov 2 G. Harry Stine, American science fiction writer, dies at 69
  • Nov 4 George Chambers, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago (1981-86), dies at 69
  • Nov 5 Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-British philosopher, dies at 88
  • Nov 6 Phillipo Seed, social work academic, dies at 67
  • Nov 6 Annie Llewelyn-Davies, Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe, British Labour Party politician, dies at 82
  • Nov 12 William Matthews, poet, dies at 55
  • Nov 13 John Elwyn, British painter, dies at 80
  • Nov 13 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American murderer (b. 1953)
  • Nov 16 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 Christina Corrigan, obese girl (680 lbs), dies at 13
  • Nov 19 Durlyn Eddmonds, murderer, executed at 45
  • Nov 19 Walter Stewart, murderer, executed at 42
  • Nov 20 Gary Burris, American murderer (Kenneth Chambers), executed in Indiana at 40
  • Nov 20 Robert Palmer, American rock critic, dies at 52
  • Nov 21 Ismail Fahmi, external minister of Egypt in (1973-77), dies
  • Nov 22 Tom Blackburn, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 22 Harry Kissin, Baron Kissin, British businessman and President (GPG), dies at 85
  • Nov 25 Hastings Kamuzu Band, PM/President of Malawi (1964-66/66-94), dies
  • Nov 27 Buck Leonard, Hall of Famer in Negro League, dies at 90
  • Nov 27 Henry Charnock, oceanographer, dies at 76
  • Nov 29 Coleman Young, 1st African American mayor of Detroit, dies at 79
  • Nov 29 Isabelle Kelley, American social worker credited with instigating the US Federal Food Stamp Program, dies at 80
  • Nov 30 Clare Lucy Madeleine Evans, historian, dies at 37
  • Nov 30 Kathy Acker, American experimental novelist (Blood and Guts in High School), dies at 54
  • Nov 30 Ronald Gulliford, English educationalist (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Birmingham University 1979-81), dies at 76
  • Dec 1 Denis Gerald Barrington, artist, dies at 67
  • Dec 1 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • Dec 1 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1920)
  • Dec 3 Marian Kratochwil, artist, dies at 91
  • Dec 4 David Abell Wood, priest, dies at 72
  • Dec 4 Joseph Wolpe, South African psychotherapist, dies at 82
  • Dec 5 Daphne Fielding, British socialite and writer, dies at 93
  • Dec 6 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Leon Poliakov, historian, dies at 87
  • Dec 8 Nicholas Polunin, British botanist and environmentalist, dies at 88
  • Dec 11 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • Dec 12 Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician, dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, dies at 70
  • Dec 13 Rafael Jose Fernandez de la Calzada y Ferrer, restaurateur, dies at 83
  • Dec 14 Owen Barfield, British philosopher of language, dies at 99
  • Dec 14 Robert Sutton, New Zealand electronics engineer, dies at 82
  • Dec 15 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, Middle Eastern scholar, dies at 69