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
French president Charles de Gaulle and his wife narrowly escape an assassination attempt when their car is targeted by machine gun fire.
Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher in major league history to register 5,000 career strikeouts.
Actress and writer Amy Sedaris teaches kids about counting to seven when she plays Snow White on Sesame Street.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC's West Potomac Park opens to the public.
Al Capone and 52 other inmates are secretly transported to become some the first residents of a new federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
The U.S. Postal Service releases a 6-cent stamp in honor of American poet Edgar Lee Masters.
Chilean leader Salvador Allende is accused of violating the country's constitution after his Marxist policies incite a national crisis.
Jeffrey Dahmer is charged with an additional three murders in his killing spree, bringing the total charges to 15. He admits to killing 17 men.
Born on This Day
Born: August 22, 1920
Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Author, Poet
1917 | 83 years old
1973 | 40 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress, ...
Born: August 22, 1939
Age: 74 years old
Birthplace: Suffern, New York, United States
1946 | 67 years old
1893 | 73 years old
Civil Rights Activist, Journalist, Poet
Died on This Day
Died: August 22, 1989
Age: 86 years old
1989 | 47 years old
Civil Rights Activist
1967 | 64 years old
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