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
Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph, a precursor to the photocopier. This low-cost printing press revolutionizes the independent publishing industry.
Photographer Iain MacMillan captures the Beatles crossing the street outside of their Abbey Road studio. The photo becomes one of music's most iconic album covers.
In light of his participation in the Watergate Scandal, Richard M. Nixon announces his resignation as President of the United States.
Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice.
Drake's popular hip-hop track “Best I Ever Had” reaches number one on Billboard's Hot Master Ringtones chart.
Born on This Day
Born: August 8, 1937
Age: 76 years old
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
1952 | 61 years old
Radio Talk Show Host, Talk Show Host
Tennis Player, Philanthropist / 1981 -
Tennis pro Roger Federer was the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title. In 2012, he became a seven-time Wimbledon champion, tying with Pete Sampras for the world No. 1 ranking record of 286 weeks.
1981 | 32 years old
Tennis Player, Philanthropist
Thief / 1929 -
Involved in the "Great Train Robbery" of 1963, Ronnie Biggs became one of the world's most famous fugitives. He avoided capture for more than 30 years, living as a fugitive in Brazil and Australia.
Born: August 8, 1929
Age: 84 years old
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
1980 | 33 years old
Died on This Day
Died: August 8, 1975
Age: 46 years old
Place: Gary, Indiana , United States
2010 | 84 years old
Film Actress, Theater Actress
2004 | 82 years old
Anti-War Activist, Painter
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