On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
The Wright Brothers are granted a patent for a "flying machine," the first controlled aircraft that made fixed-wing flight possible.
Controversy erupts when rocker Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London with his 13-year-old bride, who is also his cousin. The scandal adversely affects his career.
Robert Metcalfe invents Ethernet, the local-area networking (LAN) standard. "Ethernet is plumbing for the Internet," Metcalfe said years later.
After nearly 30 years as host, comedian Johnny Carson bids farewell to The Tonight Show.
New Yankee and home-run hitter Roger Maris is intentionally walked four times in a single game, setting a league record.
The film Winning premieres, starring Paul Newman as a race-car driver. The actor launches his own racing career shortly after.
Michael Moore is awarded the Palme d'Or at the 57th Cannes Film Festival for Fahrenheit 9/11, a critique of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Born on This Day
Born: May 22, 1970
Age: 43 years old
Birthplace: London, England
1982 | 31 years old
1946 | 59 years old
Actor, Filmmaker / 1907 - 1989
Laurence Olivier was one of the most acclaimed actors of the 20th century, known for his numerous Shakespeare roles on stage and screen as well as memorable turns in more modern classics.
Born: May 22, 1907
Birthplace: Dorking, South England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Actor, Filmmaker
1859 | 71 years old
Doctor, Journalist, Author
Activist, Political Leader / 1930 - 1978
Harvey Milk became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Tragically, he was killed the following year.
1930 | 48 years old
Activist, Political Leader
Died on This Day
Died: May 22, 1967
Age: 65 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
Occupation: Playwright, Poet
1802 | 70 years old
U.S. First Lady
1885 | 83 years old
Author, Playwright, Poet
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