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
Janis Joplin performs at Harvard in what turns out to be her last concert before her death. Only 10,000 fans were to be allowed in; nearly 40,000 showed up.
Jack Nicklaus wins the Professional Golfers' Association championship, his 14th major title, setting a new record.
The Last Temptation of Christ, a film directed by Martin Scorsese, opens amid demonstrations and protestations by religious groups.
Bertha Benz, wife of German engineer Karl Benz, takes a spin with her sons in one of her husband's newly designed motorwagens. The trip's 55 miles is notable for the time.
Joseph Stalin orders the execution of 13 leaders of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee.
Born on This Day
Born: August 12, 1971
Age: 41 years old
Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States
Occupation: Tennis Player
1910 | 96 years old
Theater Actress, Television Actress
Actor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter / 1881 - 1959
Cecil B. DeMille was an actor, director and producer who became a giant of the 20th century film industry, known for epics like The Ten Commandments.
1881 | 77 years old
Actor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter
Film Actor, Television Actor, Entrepreneur, Talk Show Host / 1939 -Actor George Hamilton has appeared in more than 80 movies and television shows during his career, including the film Light in the Piazza in 1962.
Born: August 12, 1939
Age: 73 years old
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1975 | 37 years old
Animal Rights Activist, Film Actor
1959 | 53 years old
Died on This Day
Died: August 12, 1988
Age: 27 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
1982 | 77 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Entrepreneur, Singer, Talk Show Host, Television Producer / 1925 - 2007
Merv Griffin was an American television host, singer and business magnate. He created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and Click.
2007 | 82 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Died: August 12, 1964
Age: 56 years old
Place: Canterbury, Kent , England
Artist, Poet / 1757 - 1827
William Blake was a 19th century writer and artist who is regarded as a seminal figure of the Romantic Age. His writings have influenced countless writers and artists through the ages, and he has been deemed both a major poet and an original thinker.
1827 | 69 years old
1922 | 51 years old
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