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
Thomas Edison applies for a patent for the phonograph, a device that laid down the groundwork for future music-playing technology.
Gone with the Wind, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta. The film went on to win the Academy Award for best picture—making it the first color movie to do so—among several other Oscars.
An Israeli court sentences former S.S. officer Adolf Eichmann to death for organizing the deportation of Jews to Nazi concentration camps.
President Jimmy Carter recognizes the People's Republic of China and cuts off official relations with Taiwan.
YMCA physical education teacher James A. Naismith drafts 13 rules for a game he developed for students, essentially inventing modern basketball.
Big band leader Glenn Miller, a member of the U.S. Army Air Force Band during World War II, disappears while on a plane en route to France. He was never found.
Superman is released nationwide. Christopher Reeve stars as Clark Kent, America's most famous caped superhero.
Senator Strom Thurmond's family acknowledges that he sired an illegitimate daughter with an African American household employee.
Born on This Day
Born: December 15, 1949
Age: 64 years old
Birthplace: Flat Creek, Missouri, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor
Art Collector, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist / 1892 - 1976
Billionaire businessman J. Paul Getty became president of the Getty Oil Company after his father George Getty’s death. His Getty Foundation funds the J. Paul Getty Museum and other artist endeavors.
1892 | 83 years old
Art Collector, Entrepreneur, ...
Civil Rights Activist, Music Producer / 1910 - 1987Record producer John Hammond crusaded for racial integration in the music business, and is regarded as the most important nonmusician in the history of jazz.
1910 | 76 years old
Civil Rights Activist, Music Producer
Born: December 15, 1933
Age: 80 years old
Birthplace: Willoughby, Ohio, United States
37 | 30 years old
Theater Actor, Musician, ...
1979 | 34 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
Died on This Day
Died: December 15, 1966
Age: 65 years old
Place: Burbank, California , United States
2009 | 91 years old
1890 | 59 years old
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