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
The Atomic Age begins when physicist Enrico Fermi and colleagues successfully execute a nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro officially announces he is a Marxist-Leninist.
Benazir Bhutto becomes the first female prime minister elected to lead a Muslim nation.
People form a mile-long line to see Charles Dickens read in New York City. Scalped tickets are sold for $20.
Dodgers player Fernando Valenzuela is the National League's Rookie of the Year.
Actor Leslie Nielsen stars in the premiere of the slapstick comedy Naked Gun.
Heidi Fleiss is convicted by a jury of running a call-girl ring.
Born on This Day
Singer, Television Personality / 1981 -
Britney Spears has been one of the most successful—and sometimes controversial—solo acts in popular music. More recently, she began hosting The X Factor.
Born: December 2, 1981
Age: 32 years old
Birthplace: Kentwood, Louisiana, United States
Occupation: Singer, Television Personality
1973 | 40 years old
1978 | 35 years old
Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer / 1946 - 1997
A designer to celebrities and royalty such as Princess Diana, Gianni Versace brought vitality and art to an industry considered out of touch with the street.
Born: December 2, 1946
Birthplace: Reggio di Calabria, Italy
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer
1968 | 45 years old
1954 | 59 years old
Died on This Day
Died: December 2, 1986
Age: 69 years old
Place: Del Mar, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, Musician
Civil Rights Activist, Songwriter, Singer / 1930 - 2008Folk singer Odetta's music has been called the "soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement." Her work inspired musicians from Bob Dylan to Joan Baez.
2008 | 77 years old
Civil Rights Activist, Songwriter, ...
1990 | 90 years old
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