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
Benjamin Franklin establishes Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the United States.
Robert Fulton receives a U.S. patent for the steamboat.
Nelson Mandela is set free after serving a 27-year sentence for his anti-apartheid activities.
Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots a fellow hunting companion.
Feminist and activist Emma Goldman is arrested for distributing educational materials about birth control.
Margaret Thatcher is elected to the leadership of the Conservative Party in Britain.
Buster Douglas knocks out previously undefeated heavy-weight boxer Mike Tyson.
Football player Brett Favre announces he will retire from the New York Jets, 11 months after retiring the first time.
Born on This Day
Born: February 11, 1926
Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
1964 | 49 years old
U.S. Governor, Reality Television Star
1992 | 21 years old
Born: February 11, 1969
Age: 44 years old
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, California, United States
Occupation: Television Actress
Entrepreneur, Inventor / 1847 - 1931
Inventor Thomas Edison created such great innovations as the electric light bulb, the telephone and the phonograph. A savvy businessman, he held more than a 1,000 patents for his inventions.
1847 | 84 years old
1962 | 51 years old
Died on This Day
Died: February 11, 1963
Age: 30 years old
Place: London , England
Occupation: Academic, Editor, Author, Poet
Fashion Designer / 1969 - 2010
Alexander McQueen was a London-based, English fashion designer who was head designer of the Louis Vuitton Givenchy fashion line, before starting his own line.
2010 | 40 years old
Philosopher, Mathematician, Scientist, Academic Author / 1596 - 1650
Philosopher and mathematician René Descartes is regarded as the father of modern philosophy for defining a starting point for existence, “I think; therefore I am.”
1650 | 53 years old
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