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
President Jimmy Carter fulfills one of his campaign promises by offering unconditional pardons to Vietnam draft evaders.
"Only the Lonely" singer Roy Orbison is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
American tennis player John McEnroe is disqualified from the Australian Open for misconduct.
Kobe Bryant becomes only the 15th—and the youngest—NBA player to score 25,000 career points.
U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss is found guilty on charges of perjury after denying his involvement with Soviet espionage.
Lorena Bobbitt is found not guilty of malicious wounding after cutting off her husband's penis.
Susan Boyle blows the judges away on Britain's Got Talent with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream."
Born on This Day
Born: January 21, 1905
Birthplace: Granville, France
Occupation: Fashion Designer
1941 | 72 years old
1941 | 72 years old
Women's Rights Activist, Film Actress, Television Actress / 1956 -
Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis played Thelma in the 1991 cult classic Thelma & Louise, starring opposite Susan Sarandon.
Born: January 21, 1956
Age: 57 years old
Birthplace: Wareham, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Women's Rights Activist, ...
1940 | 73 years old
1955 | 58 years old
Illustrator, Painter, Sculptor
Died on This Day
Actor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter / 1881 - 1959
Cecil B. DeMille was an actor, director and producer who became a giant of the 20th century film industry, known for epics like The Ten Commandments.
Died: January 21, 1959
Age: 77 years old
Place: Hollywood, California , United States
Occupation: Actor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter
1984 | 49 years old
2002 | 81 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress, ...
Political Leader, Political Scientist, Journalist / 1870 - 1924
Vladimir Lenin was founder of the Russian Communist Party, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution and architect and first head of the Soviet state.
Died: January 21, 1924
Age: 53 years old
Place: Gorki , Russia
Occupation: Political Leader, ...
1950 | 46 years old
1985 | 81 years old
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