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
The first edition of Walt Whitman’s book of poetry Leaves of Grass is published. The title will become an American literary landmark.
Booker T. Washington opens the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, the first school of higher learning for African Americans in the United States.
Lou Gehrig tells fans at Yankee Stadium that he's "the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act, guaranteeing access to data held by the state.
To escape “overcivilization,” writer Henry David Thoreau begins his two-year living experiment at Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
Lewis Carroll's first edition of Alice in Wonderland is published. Carroll wrote the children's tale after meeting his muse, Alice Liddel.
NASCAR driver Richard Petty earns his 200th career victory at the Firecracker 400 race in Daytona. His record is yet to be broken.
Born on This Day
Born: July 4, 1946
Age: 67 years old
Birthplace: Encino, California, United States
Occupation: Business Leader, White Collar Criminal
1930 | 80 years old
1920 | 87 years old
Born: July 4, 1804
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts, United States
1927 | 86 years old
Writer / 1918 - 2013
Pauline Phillips, best known by the pen name "Abigail Van Buren," was one of America's most adored advice columnists as the author of "Dear Abby." She was the twin sister of columnist Ann Landers.
1918 | 94 years old
Died on This Day
Diplomat, U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Governor, Government Official / 1743 - 1826
Thomas Jefferson was a draftsman of the Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. president (1801-09). He was also responsible for the Louisiana Purchase.
Died: July 4, 1826
Age: 83 years old
Place: Monticello (near Charlottesville), Virginia , United States
Occupation: Diplomat, U.S. President, ...
1623 | 80 years old
1995 | 52 years old
Painter, Television Personality
Died: July 4, 1934
Age: 66 years old
Place: Passy , France
2003 | 58 years old
Music Producer, Singer
1995 | 76 years old
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