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
A delegation led by Benjamin Franklin signs the Treaty of Alliance in Paris, making France the first foreign nation to recognize America's sovereignty.
Astronaut Alan Shepard is the first human to hit a golf ball on the moon.
Hockey great Wayne Gretzky's number 99 is retired throughout the NHL.
Robert E. Lee is appointed general-in-chief of the Confederate Army.
Future Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck publishes Of Mice and Men.
Frank Sinatra makes his radio debut on Your Hit Parade.
Born on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor, U.S. President, U.S. Governor / 1911 - 2004
President Ronald Reagan helped redefine the purpose of government and pressured the Soviet Union to end the Cold War. He solidified the conservative agenda for decades after his presidency.
Born: February 6, 1911
Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1940 | 74 years old
News Anchor, Journalist
1950 | 64 years old
Songwriter, Singer / 1945 - 1981
Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter Bob Marley served as a world ambassador for reggae music and sold more than 20 million records throughout his career—making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World.
Born: February 6, 1945
Birthplace: St. Ann Parish, Jamaica
Occupation: Songwriter, Singer
1895 | 53 years old
1917 | 97 years old
Died on This Day
Activist, Tennis Player / 1943 - 1993
Arthur Ashe is the first African American to win the men's singles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and the first black American to be ranked No. 1 in the world.
Died: February 6, 1993
Age: 49 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
Occupation: Activist, Tennis Player
1918 | 55 years old
1685 | 54 years old
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