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
Seventeen-year-old Joan of Arc relieves French forces at Orleans in their battle against the British.
President Richard Nixon announces on national television that he will make the Watergate tapes public and release the transcripts.
Louis Pasteur presents his germ theory of disease to the French Academy of Sciences.
The Broadway musical My Fair Lady, starring Julie Andrews, opens in London. The first month of its run was sold out before opening night.
Aretha Franklin debuts her single "Respect," which goes to No. 1 on the pop and R&B charts and earns her two Grammy Awards.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens strikes out 20 batters in a single regular-season game against the Seattle Mariners.
NBA basketball player Jason Collins comes out as the first active openly gay male athlete playing for a major American team sport.
Born on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Television Producer, Screenwriter / 1954 -
Jerry Seinfeld is an actor and comedian best known for his starring role in the hit television sitcom Seinfeld.
Born: April 29, 1954
Age: 59 years old
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1970 | 43 years old
Songwriter, Conductor, Pianist / 1899 - 1974
An originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his 50-year career.
1899 | 75 years old
Songwriter, Conductor, Pianist
Born: April 29, 1970
Age: 43 years old
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Film Actress
Film Actor, Theater Actor / 1957 -
Academy Award-winning English actor Daniel Day-Lewis is known for going to extreme lengths to prepare for a role. He has starred in several films, including Sunday, Bloody Sunday; My Beautiful Laundrette; My Left Foot; and Lincoln.
1957 | 56 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor
1951 | 49 years old
Race Car Driver
Died on This Day
Director, Producer, Television Personality, Screenwriter / 1899 - 1980
Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was nicknamed the "Master of Suspense" for employing a kind of psychological suspense in his films, producing a distinct viewer experience.
Died: April 29, 1980
Age: 80 years old
Place: Bel Air, California , United States
Occupation: Director, Producer, ...
1380 | 33 years old
Nun, Saint, Theologian
1998 | 79 years old
Choreographer, Director, ...
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