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
Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà. It is the only piece that he ever signs.
Norma Jeane Baker signs a contract with 20th Century FOX and officially changes her name to Marilyn Monroe.
Betty Friedan, founder of the National Organization for Women, leads the Women's Strike for Equality in New York.
French general Charles de Gaulle enters a newly liberated Paris during World War II.
Jimi Hendrix celebrates the opening of his New York recording studio, Electric Lady Studios.
Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John hits number one with “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from the soundtrack for Grease, a film in which she stars.
Track star Michael Johnson breaks the 400-meter world record, completing it in just 43.18 seconds.
Born on This Day
Women's Rights Activist, Lawyer, Diplomat, U.S. Representative / 1935 - 2011
Geraldine A. Ferraro was a member of Congress and the first woman to run for the U.S. vice presidency on a major party platform.
Born: August 26, 1935
Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, United States
Occupation: Women's Rights Activist, Lawyer, ...
1910 | 87 years old
1980 | 33 years old
Born: August 26, 1970
Age: 43 years old
Birthplace: Plainfield, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Actress, Comedian, Producer, Writer
1956 | 57 years old
Songwriter, Music Producer, Saxophonist / 1960 -
Known for his skills on the saxophone, Branford Marsalis is a jazz musician who has won three Grammy Awards, worked on acclaimed albums and toured around the world.
1960 | 53 years old
Songwriter, Music Producer, Saxophonist
Died on This Day
Died: August 26, 1974
Age: 72 years old
Place: Maui, Hawaii , United States
Occupation: Inventor, Pilot, Writer
Producer, Television Personality, Journalist, Author / 1925 - 2009Novelist and journalist Dominick Dunne wrote fiction and nonfiction about the rich, famous, and corrupt. He covered the O. J. Simpson trial for Vanity Fair.
2009 | 83 years old
Producer, Television Personality, ...
1981 | 97 years old
Civil Rights Activist, ...
Died: August 26, 1930
Age: 47 years old
Place: Los Angeles, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor
1850 | 76 years old
1937 | 82 years old
Economist, Government Official
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