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
Short on the cash needed to fund the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln imposes the country's first federal income tax.
Dick Clark makes his debut as host of the music variety show American Bandstand, which broadcasts nationally for the first time.
Nelson Mandela is arrested in South Africa for anti-apartheid activities. He remains in prison for more than 30 years.
Sealed in an airtight metal box and lowered into a pool of water, Harry Houdini stuns onlookers when he is submerged and then surfaces alive after 91 minutes.
The Rocket Man himself, Elton John, performs hits including “Tiny Dancer” and “Daniel” on MTV Unplugged program, which airs today.
Mark McGwire hits his 500th home run for the Cardinals in St. Louis, reaching the milestone in the least amount of time in major league history.
Casey Anthony, a young mother whose daughter disappears, is charged with a felony count of child neglect.
Born on This Day
Born: August 5, 1930
Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
Occupation: Astronaut, Explorer, Pilot
1906 | 81 years old
Film Actor, Director
1964 | 47 years old
Born: August 5, 1946
Age: 67 years old
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress, ...
Actress, Pin-up / 1961 -
Tawny Kitaen is best known for appearing in music videos in the 1980s, including Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" video. She later starred on reality televison series like The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab.
1961 | 52 years old
Died on This Day
Died: August 5, 1962
Age: 36 years old
Place: Los Angeles, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actress, Pin-up
2000 | 86 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
2006 | 51 years old
Died: August 5, 1984
Age: 58 years old
Place: Céligny , Switzerland
Occupation: Film Actor
1638 | 58 years old
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