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
Rex Harrison recreates his greatest stage triumph with a revival of My Fair Lady at New York's Uris Theater.
George H.W. Bush, in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, promises "a kinder, gentler nation" and (read his lips) "no new taxes.
The U.S. Postal Service releases a 78-cent stamp in honor of suffragette Alice Paul.
John Jacob Astor's yacht, the Noma, rescues five men from a sinking ship in Long Island Sound. Less than a year later, Astor will perish on the Titanic.
After an 18-month battle to attend the University of Mississippi, James Meredith becomes the first African American man to graduate from the school.
Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird retires from the NBA after 13 years in the game.
Pervez Musharraf resigns as the president of Pakistan after threats of impeachment.
Born on This Day
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Rapper, Writer / 1978 -
Andy Samberg is a comedian, actor, singer and a star of Saturday Night Live. His comedy troupe "The Lonely Island" is known for its humorous digital shorts.
Born: August 18, 1978
Age: 34 years old
Birthplace: Mill Valley, California, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Environmental Activist, Film Actor, Director, Producer / 1936 -
Robert Redford is a Hollywood legend, starring in several blockbuster films in his day, and producing and directing many others. He also helped start the Sundance Film Festival in the late 1970s.
1936 | 76 years old
Environmental Activist, Film Actor, ...
1969 | 43 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Singer / 1952 - 2009Patrick Swayze was a Golden-Globe winning, beloved actor, as well as a singer, songwriter, and dancer, who died of pancreatic cancer in September of 2009.
Born: August 18, 1952
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
1957 | 55 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
1965 | 47 years old
Reality Television Star
Died on This Day
Died: August 18, 1850
Age: 51 years old
Place: Paris , France
Occupation: Author, Playwright
2004 | 82 years old
1990 | 86 years old
Academic, Academic Author
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