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
Johannes Gutenberg prints the Bible, the first mass-produced book that leads to a boom in the production of texts in Europe.
The new polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is administered to more than 5,000 elementary school students from 19 Pittsburgh schools.
Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first NBA player to score more than 25,000 points.
Marvin Gaye wins the first Grammy Awards of his career for the single "Sexual Healing."
Born on This Day
Educator, Civil Rights Activist, Journalist / 1868 - 1963
W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP and supported Pan-Africanism.
Born: February 23, 1868
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Educator, Civil Rights Activist, ...
1889 | 59 years old
1685 | 74 years old
Born: February 23, 1994
Age: 19 years old
Birthplace: Conyers, Georgia, United States
Occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress
1965 | 48 years old
1954 | 59 years old
Died on This Day
Died: February 23, 1848
Age: 80 years old
Place: , United States
Occupation: Lawyer, Diplomat, U.S. President, ...
1821 | 25 years old
Medical Professional, Author / 1916 - 1995
James Herriot was a British veterinarian and author best known for his books detailing life as a country vet. Two films and a TV series were based on his book All Creatures Great and Small.
1995 | 78 years old
Medical Professional, Author
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