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
Francis Drake sets sail for the Pacific Ocean and the New World with five ships and 164 men.
Emily Brontë, writing under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, publishes the Victorian classic Wuthering Heights.
Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits goes to number one. The album would become a multiplatinum bonanza propelled by the hit “Lady,” penned by Lionel Richie.
George Gershwin's An American in Paris is performed for the first time by the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The first Susan B. Anthony one-dollar coin is struck at the Philadelphia Mint. She is the first woman to appear on a United States coin.
Kofi Annan is selected as the seventh secretary general for the United Nations by the organization's security council.
Born on This Day
Singer / 1989 -
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is one of country music's top recording artists, having crossed over into pop and winning many awards.
Born: December 13, 1989
Age: 23 years old
Birthplace: Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, United States
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Director, Screenwriter / 1957 -
Steve Buscemi is a popular character actor, director and screenwriter. He's known for his role on the critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire.
1957 | 55 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
1818 | 63 years old
U.S. First Lady
Born: December 13, 1967
Age: 45 years old
Birthplace: Terrell, New Jersey, United States
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor / 1929 -Regarded as one of the most brilliant Canadian actors of his generation, Christopher Plummer played Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music.
1929 | 83 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Television Actor, Comedian, Talk Show Host, Television Producer, Writer / 1925 -
Dick Van Dyke is an American actor and comedian best known for hosting The Dick Van Dyke Show. He's also known for starring on Diagnosis Murder and for roles in films like Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy and Night at the Museum.
1925 | 87 years old
Television Actor, Comedian, ...
Died on This Day
Died: December 13, 1961
Age: 101 years old
Place: Hoosick Falls, New York , United States
1944 | 77 years old
Educator, Painter, Lawyer
1990 | 77 years old
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