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
Albert Einstein is granted a visa, allowing him to travel to the United States.
The soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? is released, with production by T-Bone Burnett.
William Lyon Mackenzie leads an uprising in Toronto in an effort to overthrow the government of Upper Canada.
Charles de Gaulle is reelected as the president of France, the first of the Fifth Republic to be elected by popular vote.
Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for the way Facebook introduced Beacon, an advertising feature that tracks members' Internet usage.
Born on This Day
Born: December 5, 1901
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
U.S. Representative / 1902 - 2003
Strom Thurmond served as a U.S. senator for South Carolina from 1956 to 2003, during which time he switched from Democrat to Republican due to his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He resigned from the Senate at age 100—becoming the oldest congressman in U.S. history.
1902 | 100 years old
1946 | 66 years old
Born: December 5, 1932
Age: 80 years old
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
1839 | 36 years old
Governor, U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative / 1782 - 1862
Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States. His shrewd dealings laid the foundations for the Democratic Party and the modern political machine.
1782 | 79 years old
Governor, U.S. President, ...
Died on This Day
Died: December 5, 1791
Age: 35 years old
Place: Vienna , Austria
Occupation: Songwriter, Pianist
1926 | 86 years old
1784 | 31 years old
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