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
Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution in the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London.
Italian climber Reinhold Messner makes the first solo ascent of Mount Everest without the use of supplementary oxygen.
Lyle and Erik Menendez murder their parents in the den of the family's Beverly Hills home.
Lou Gehrig becomes the first major league baseball player to hit 23 grand slam home runs in an 11-3 New York Yankees victory over the Philadelphia A's.
Exiled Russian communist leader Leon Trotsky is stabbed with an ice pick at his home in Mexico City. He will die the following day.
Frank Langella stars as Sherlock Holmes in the Broadway premiere of Sherlock's Last Case, for which he also serves as a producer.
Dallas Friday wins the Best Women's Rider trophy at Wakeboarding magazine's Wake Awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida.
Born on This Day
Born: August 20, 1948
Age: 65 years old
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England
Occupation: Songwriter, Singer
1954 | 59 years old
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1942 | 65 years old
Born: August 20, 1992
Age: 21 years old
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Occupation: Television Actress, Singer
1947 | 66 years old
1890 | 46 years old
Died on This Day
Died: August 20, 2012
Age: 95 years old
Place: Los Angeles, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actress, Comedian, Pianist
2007 | 87 years old
1915 | 61 years old
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