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
Ottawa is designated Canada's capital by Queen Victoria.
Thomas Edison holds a public demonstration of the first practical incandescent electric lamp at Menlo Park, New Jersey.
Duke Ellington plays to a standing room only crowd at the Stevens Hotel in Chicago.
Calvin and Hobbes, a comic strip created by Bill Watterson about a boy and his tiger, ends its run in newspapers.
Vince Lombardi leads his Green Bay Packers to an NFL championship in the coldest game on record (-13 degrees with a wind chill as low as -37 degrees).
Bernhard Goetz turns himself in to police nine days after shooting four unarmed black teenagers on an NYC subway.
Appearing in front of a sold-out crowd in Las Vegas, Barbra Streisand performs her first paid concert in 22 years.
Born on This Day
Born: December 31, 1937
Age: 76 years old
Birthplace: Margam, Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom
Occupation: Film Actor
1869 | 84 years old
Fashion Designer / 1946 -
Diane von Fürstenberg is one of the world's most successful fashion designers. Once married to Austro-Italian Prince Egon von Furstenberg, she designed her iconic wrap dress for the working woman.
1946 | 67 years old
Gymnast / 1995 -
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is best known as the first African American to win the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Born: December 31, 1995
Age: 18 years old
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
1948 | 63 years old
1943 | 53 years old
Environmental Activist, Songwriter, ...
Died on This Day
Died: December 31, 1972
Age: 38 years old
Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico , United States
Occupation: Baseball Player
Film Actor, Television Actor, Songwriter, Guitarist, Television Personality / 1940 - 1985
American singer and songwriter Ricky Nelson was an early teen idol who acted out his real-life childhood on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
1985 | 45 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1994 | 80 years old
Film Actor, Football Player
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