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
Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol. The classic tale has been adapted for stage, film and television nearly 200 times.
The Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville, succeed in the first powered flight. Orville pilots a plane for 12 seconds and 120 feet.
The Return of the King, the final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels, opens in theaters.
Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger are married on The Tonight Show in the most-watched event in late-night history.
Elvis Costello and the Attractions perform on Saturday Night Live as a last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols.
The Simpsons, an animated series created by Matt Groening, debuts on the Fox network.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide wins the first free Haitian election.
Born on This Day
Born: December 17, 1973
Age: 39 years old
Birthplace: Northwich, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Track and Field Athlete
1930 | 79 years old
1929 | 79 years old
Died on This Day
Died: December 17, 1830
Age: 47 years old
Place: Santa Marta , Colombia
Occupation: Military Leader, Political Leader
2009 | 90 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress
1957 | 64 years old
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