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
Nat Turner leads a slave rebellion in Virginia in which 160 people are killed. He is later captured and executed.
An amateur painter discovers the theft of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris.
Artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera wed in Mexico.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an order granting statehood to Hawaii, making the cluster of islands the 50th U.S. state.
Abraham Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer and Senate candidate, begins the first of seven public debates with Senator Stephen Douglas on the issue of slavery.
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein goes on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. He refuses to enter a plea.
Casey Anthony is released from Orange County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Eight days later she will be back in jail on forgery charges.
Born on This Day
Born: August 21, 1952
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
Occupation: Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Track and Field Athlete / 1986 -
Usain Bolt became the first man in Olympic history to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter races in world record times in 2008. Four years later, at the London Olympics, he became the first man to win gold medals in both the 100 and 200 at consecutive Olympic Games and the first man in history to set three world records in a single Olympic Games competition.
1986 | 26 years old
Track and Field Athlete
1989 | 23 years old
Animal Rights Activist, Film Actress, ...
Born: August 21, 1956
Age: 56 years old
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress
1973 | 39 years old
Entrepreneur, Computer Programmer, ...
1938 | 74 years old
Died on This Day
Died: August 21, 1994
Age: 40 years old
1940 | 60 years old
Activist, Political Leader
1798 | 55 years old
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