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
Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor while suffering from depression. He later depicts the event in a self-portrait.
President Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Reserve Act, which created the central banking system of the United States.
President Harry S. Truman considers the cases of conscientious objectors who were jailed for refusing to serve during World War II.
General Benedict Arnold is court-marshaled for treasonous acts against the American Revolutionary army.
The magazine Nouvelle Revue Francaise rejects an excerpt from writer Marcel Proust's future classic Remembrance of Things Past.
Prince Philip is hospitalized after suffering heart pains. He is later successfully treated for a blocked coronary artery.
Born on This Day
Born: December 23, 1964
Age: 48 years old
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
1971 | 38 years old
1946 | 66 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress
Civil Rights Activist, Entrepreneur / 1867 - 1919
Madam C.J. Walker was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. Her business was worth more than $1 million at the time of her death.
Born: December 23, 1867
Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana, United States
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist, Entrepreneur
Professional Swimmer / 1981 -
In 2004, athlete Maritza Correia made history as the first African-American woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. She later became the first African-American woman to break an American record.
1981 | 31 years old
1805 | 38 years old
Died on This Day
Died: December 23, 2000
Age: 91 years old
Place: Greenwich, Connecticut , United States
Occupation: Comedian, Pianist
1973 | 68 years old
2000 | 76 years old
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