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
Geoffrey Chaucer, one of England's greatest poets, recites The Canterbury Tales for the first time before the court of Richard II.
A jury finds Los Angeles police officers Koon and Powell guilty of civil rights violations in connection to the arrest and beating of Rodney King.
Ford General Manager Lee Iacocca champions the Mustang, unveiled at the New York World's Fair. Ford sells more than one million Mustangs in the car's first 18 months.
New York's oldest library reveals that George Washington owes $300,000 in late fees for two books borrowed in 1789. "We're not actively pursuing the overdue fines," says the head librarian.
Born on This Day
Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Model, Singer / 1974 -
Victoria Beckham is a fashion designer and singer chiefly known for her work with the Spice Girls and for being the wife of soccer star David Beckham.
Born: April 17, 1974
Age: 39 years old
Birthplace: Hertfordshire, England
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, ...
1959 | 54 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
1897 | 78 years old
Born: April 17, 1894
Birthplace: Kalinovka, Russia
Occupation: World Leader
1918 | 63 years old
Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress / 1972 -
American Actress Jennifer Garner earned notice for her role on the hit show Felicity, and was subsequently cast as the star of the ABC television drama Alias.
1972 | 41 years old
Film Actress, Theater Actress, ...
Died on This Day
Died: April 17, 1998
Age: 56 years old
Place: Tucson, Arizona , United States
Occupation: Animal Rights Activist, Photographer
Civil Rights Activist, Pastor / 1926 - 1990
Ralph D. Abernathy was a Baptist minister who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a close adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.
1990 | 64 years old
Civil Rights Activist, Pastor
1790 | 84 years old
Inventor, Political Leader, ...
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