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
Guglielmo Marconi sends the first radio message across the Atlantic ocean. The message? The letter "S" in Morse code.
Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting is recovered in Florence, Italy, after being missing for two years.
Under the leadership of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya achieves its independence from Great Britain.
Rookie running back Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears ties an NFL record by scoring six touchdowns in a single game.
George Michael's single "Faith" hits number one on the charts and remains there for four weeks.
Leona Helmsley is sentenced to prison for tax evasion. During her trial, a former housekeeper testified that Helmsley once said, "Only the little people pay taxes."
Baseball pitcher Pedro Martínez signs a six-year contract with the Boston Red Sox for $75 million, making him the highest paid player.
Born on This Day
Born: December 12, 1915
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Singer
1863 | 80 years old
1940 | 72 years old
Born: December 12, 1970
Age: 42 years old
Birthplace: Catskill Mountains, New York, United States
Occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress
1938 | 74 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress, ...
1923 | 89 years old
Animal Rights Activist, Game Show Host
Died on This Day
Died: December 12, 2007
Age: 76 years old
Place: San Marcos, California , United States
1889 | 0 years old
1999 | 76 years old
Anti-War Activist, Author
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