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
After two years of hiding from the Nazis, 15-year-old Anne Frank and her family are discovered by the Gestapo. All but her father die in concentration camps
Prime Minister Golda Meir announces Israel's acceptance of a U.S.-brokered peace initiative with the United Arab Republic, agreeing to a 90-day cease-fire.
President Jimmy Carter signs the Department of Energy Organization Act, which officially creates the U.S. Department of Energy.
Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player to reach 600 home runs. Exactly three years earlier, he had reached the 500 mark.
John Bartlett, an editor who amassed an extraordinary wealth of information while working in Harvard's bookstore, publishes "Familiar Quotations."
Phil Rizzuto is knocked over by a live cow, presented to him in honor of his catchphrase "Holy cow!" at the ceremony to retire his number 10 at Yankee Stadium.
The directorial debut of Steven Soderbergh, Sex, Lies and Videotape, opens in New York and Los Angeles theaters, helping to spur an indie film revolution.
Born on This Day
Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Representative / 1961 -
Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States, and the first African American to serve as U.S. president. First elected to the presidency in 2008, he won a second term in 2012.
Born: August 4, 1961
Age: 52 years old
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Occupation: Lawyer, U.S. President, ...
1955 | 58 years old
Film Actor, Director
1971 | 42 years old
Race Car Driver
Singer, Trumpet Player / 1901 - 1971
Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star and comedian. Considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history, he is known for songs like "Star Dust," "La Via En Rose" and "What a Wonderful World."
Born: August 4, 1901
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Occupation: Singer, Trumpet Player
1962 | 51 years old
1956 | 57 years old
Died on This Day
Died: August 4, 1875
Age: 70 years old
Place: Copenhagen , Denmark
Entrepreneur, Songwriter, Music Producer, Singer / 1929 - 2007American singer-songwriter and music producer Lee Hazlewood was a pioneer in the musical genre of country rock and wrote “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’".
2007 | 78 years old
Entrepreneur, Songwriter, ...
1938 | 49 years old
Women's Rights Activist, Film Actress
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