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
President Abraham Lincoln announces his plan for rebuilding the country after the Civil War with his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. starts his service as a Supreme Court justice.
Brooklyn Dodger Roy Campanella wins his third American League MVP award.
Frank Sinatra’s 19-year-old son is kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel room in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and held for a ransom of $240,000.
Whitney Houston wins a record-breaking 11 awards at the 4th Annual Billboard Music Awards for The Bodyguard soundtrack and her song "I Will Always Love You."
Born on This Day
Born: December 8, 1943
Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States
Occupation: Songwriter, Singer, Poet
Comedian / 1953 - 1992
Sam Kinison was an American comedian best known for his crass humor and trademark scream. The Grammy-nominated comedian received his first break from fellow comedian Rodney Dangerfield.
1953 | 38 years old
1964 | 48 years old
Born: December 8, 1886
Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico
1953 | 59 years old
Animal Rights Activist, Film Actress
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Dancer, Singer / 1925 - 1990
Sammy Davis Jr. was an actor, comedian, singer and dancer, and part of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, with whom he starred in several films.
1925 | 64 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
Died on This Day
Died: December 8, 1980
Age: 40 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
1978 | 80 years old
Diplomat, Prime Minister
2003 | 84 years old
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