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
Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity trade union, is elected president of Poland in a landslide victory.
Rep. Kweisi Mfume of Maryland announces that he will vacate his congressional seat to become chief executive officer of the NAACP.
Noah Webster begins publication of New York City's first daily newspaper, The American Minerva.
A Charlie Brown Christmas premieres. It's the first TV special based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz.
Football player Jerry Rice begins a NFL streak of 274 consecutive game receptions that started in his rookie season and ended in 2004.
Born on This Day
Born: December 9, 1934
Age: 79 years old
Birthplace: York, United Kingdom
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Director, Producer / 1916 -
Actor Kirk Douglas brought his formidable chin and talent to movies like Spartacus and The Bad and the Beautiful. You may also know him as the father of Michael Douglas.
1916 | 97 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress / 1962 -Actress Felicity Huffman has worked on stage, film, and television. She is perhaps best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
1962 | 51 years old
Film Actress, Theater Actress, ...
Born: December 9, 1953
Age: 60 years old
Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Film Actor
1922 | 68 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian
1928 | 85 years old
Died on This Day
Anthropologist, Scientist / 1913 - 1996
Mary Leakey was a paleoanthropologist who, along with husband Louis, made several prominent scientific discoveries. Skull fossils found by the Leakeys advanced our understanding of human evolution.
Died: December 9, 1996
Age: 83 years old
Place: Nairobi , Kenya
Occupation: Anthropologist, Scientist
Diplomat / 1904 - 1971
Ralph Bunche was a Nobel Peace Prize–winning academic and U.N. diplomat known for his peacekeeping efforts in the Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean.
1971 | 67 years old
1964 | 77 years old
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