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
Boxer Jack Johnson, nicknamed the Galveston Giant, becomes the first African American world heavyweight champion.
Edwin Armstrong receives a patent for wideband frequency modulation (FM), an invention that delivers clearer radio broadcasts than AM radio.
The iconic Broadway musical Funny Girl has its closing night, having starred Barbra Streisand in the lead role.
Controversial former prime minister of India Indira Gandhi is released from prison.
William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is performed for the first time at the royal court of King James in England.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addresses the Senate and Congress to warn them of the danger of the growing Axis powers.
Born on This Day
Born: December 26, 1940
Age: 72 years old
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Occupation: Murderer, Musician
Actor, Songwriter, Talk Show Host, Writer / 1921 - 2000
American television personality Steve Allen is best known as the first host of The Tonight Show. He also starred on The Benny Goodman Show, and was an accomplished musician, composer, author and actor.
1921 | 78 years old
Actor, Songwriter, Talk Show Host, ...
1791 | 79 years old
Born: December 26, 1893
Birthplace: Shaoshan, China
Occupation: Military Leader, Political Leader
1956 | 56 years old
1955 | 57 years old
Educator, Lawyer, Governor, ...
Died on This Day
Died: December 26, 1985
Age: 53 years old
Place: Volcanoes National Park , Rwanda
2009 | 89 years old
Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer
2006 | 93 years old
Lawyer, U.S. President, ...
Died: December 26, 1974
Age: 80 years old
Place: Beverly Hills, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1972 | 88 years old
1999 | 57 years old
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