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
Mary Ann Nichols, the first victim of London serial killer “Jack the Ripper,” is found murdered and mutilated in the Whitechapel section of London.
Michael Jackson releases his seventh studio album, Bad, nearly five years after his previous album.
The Walt Disney Company acquires comic book juggernaut Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.
Inventor Thomas Edison patents his Kinetograph, an early video camera used to create film for his Kinetoscope movie projector.
Born on This Day
Civil Rights Activist, Anti-War Activist, Film Actor, Theater Actor, Pianist, Philanthropist / 1949 -
Richard Gere is an American actor best known for his status as an American sex symbol and his leading film roles, including in Report to the Commissioner, American Gigolo, An Officer and A Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Chicago.
Born: August 31, 1949
Age: 64 years old
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist, ...
Women's Rights Activist, Business Leader, Political Leader, Queen / 1970 -
Queen Rania of Jordan is best known for her advocacy work in public health, education and as an outspoken opponent of the practice of "honor killings."
1970 | 43 years old
Women's Rights Activist, ...
1924 | 78 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian
Born: August 31, 1945
Age: 68 years old
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Occupation: Songwriter, Singer
1970 | 43 years old
1870 | 81 years old
Educator, Academic Author
Died on This Day
Children's Activist, Princess / 1961 - 1997
Princess Diana was Princess of Wales while married to Prince Charles. One of the most adored members of the British royal family, she died in a 1997 car crash.
Died: August 31, 1997
Age: 36 years old
Place: Paris , France
Occupation: Children's Activist, Princess
1997 | 42 years old
2002 | 94 years old
Died: August 31, 1969
Age: 45 years old
Place: near Newton, Iowa , United States
1973 | 79 years old
2005 | 96 years old
Activist, Physicist, Journalist
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