April 1997 calendar

April 1997

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1997.
The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Sir John Major (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1997: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1997?


  • 01 Apr 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion.
  • 03 Apr 1997 Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical, opens at Royale NYC for 109 performances
  • 04 Apr 1997 DMSP Titan 2 launched
  • 05 Apr 1997 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby
  • 06 Apr 1997 3 Sisters closes at Criterion Theater, New York City
  • 07 Apr 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Myers Florida on WRXK 96.1 FM
  • 08 Apr 1997 STS 83 (Columbia 22), lands
  • 09 Apr 1997 Cleveland Indians closer Jose Mesa found guilty of rape
  • 11 Apr 1997 Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, from Mecca 343 die.
  • 13 Apr 1997 American Daughter opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • 14 Apr 1997 Former S.S. Captain Erich Priebke is retried; on July 22 he is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • 15 Apr 1997 America On Line, begins service in Japan
  • 16 Apr 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis / St. Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • 17 Apr 1997 New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur is second NHL goalie to score in a playoff game.
  • 18 Apr 1997 The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$2 billion in damage.
  • 19 Apr 1997 Renee Slaughter, crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
  • 20 Apr 1997 Gin Game, opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • 21 Apr 1997 Ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit
  • 22 Apr 1997 Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria : 93 villagers killed.
  • 23 Apr 1997 Titanic, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, New York City
  • 24 Apr 1997 Steel Peer, opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • 25 Apr 1997 Seattle Mariners' player Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th homerun.
  • 26 Apr 1997 Life, opens at Barrymore Theater, New York City
  • 27 Apr 1997 Little Foxes, opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • 28 Apr 1997 Jekyll & Hyde opens at Plymouth Theater, New York City
  • 29 Apr 1997 Candide, opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • 30 Apr 1997 London Assurance, opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 04 Apr 1997 Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle is launched on STS-83. However, the mission is later cut short due to a fuel cell problem.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1997?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down
  2. - Hypnotizeyoutube
  3. - Wannabe
  4. - You Were Meant For Me
  5. - All By Myself

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Don't Speak
  2. - I Believe I Can Fly
  3. - Mama / Who Do You Think You Are?
  4. - Bellissima
  5. - Encore Une Fois


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1997?

Affair by Amanda Quick



Charlotte Arkendale knew everything there was to know on men. She had made a career of steering married-minded women away form untrustworthy men.

The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

The Runaway Jury



Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch

Conversations With God


Conversations with God Book 1 started a series that has impacted millions of lives over the past ten years. The bestselling series has been made into a movie starring Henry Czerny

The Gift Of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

The Gift Of Peace


Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's gentle leadership during his ministerial career had made him a beloved figure internationally. But the words he left about his final journey would change everything

Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz

Sole Survivor


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Three hundred thirty people were killed. No explanation. No survivors.