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
Galileo is the first person to observe the planet Neptune, though he mistakes it for a star.
Composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein's play On the Town has its Broadway premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in New York City.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s exposé of the police-state system in the Soviet Union, The Gulag Archipelago, is published in Paris, with a translated version reaching the United States months later.
Playwright Edmond Rostand's most famous play, Cyrano de Bergerac, premieres in Paris at the Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin.
The cinematic charmer Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, is selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Born on This Day
Film Actor / 1954 -
Former star of the hit TV drama St. Elsewhere, actor/director Denzel Washington has earned popular and critical acclaim for his roles in several feature films, including Training Day and American Gangster.
Born: December 28, 1954
Age: 58 years old
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Occupation: Film Actor
1978 | 34 years old
Actor, Songwriter, Singer
1973 | 39 years old
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
Actress / 1934 -
British actress Maggie Smith's distinguished career includes performing opposite Laurence Olivier in Othello to an Academy Award-winning performance in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, to a role in the Harry Potter series.
Born: December 28, 1934
Age: 78 years old
Birthplace: Ilford, England
1976 | 36 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
1932 | 80 years old
Actress, Music Producer, Singer
Died on This Day
Died: December 28, 2004
Age: 69 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
1734 | 63 years old
Scholar, Women's Rights Activist, Anti-War Activist, Academic Author, Journalist / 1933 - 2004
Susan Sontag was a critical essayist, cultural analyst, novelist and filmmaker. She wrote On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, The Volcano Lover and In America.
2004 | 71 years old
Scholar, Women's Rights Activist, ...
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