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
Samuel Colt saves his gun business when he wins a contract to provide the U.S. government with 1,000 .44-caliber revolvers.
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle, a group started by Patti LaBelle, enters the Billboard Hot 100 and hits No. 1 12 weeks later.
Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as the first female Speaker of the House in Congress.
Born on This Day
Born: January 4, 1960
Age: 53 years old
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, United States
Occupation: Activist, Songwriter, ...
1809 | 43 years old
1935 | 71 years old
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Physicist / 1643 - 1727
English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton, most famous for his law of gravitation, was instrumental in the scientific revolution of the 17th century.
Born: January 4, 1643
Birthplace: Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Philosopher, Mathematician, ...
1930 | 83 years old
1890 | 57 years old
Died on This Day
Journalist, Author, Playwright / 1913 - 1960
Albert Camus was a French-Algerian writer best known for his absurdist works, including The Stranger (1942) and The Plague (1947). He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
Died: January 4, 1960
Age: 46 years old
Place: Burgundy , France
Occupation: Journalist, Author, Playwright
1821 | 46 years old
1965 | 76 years old
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