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
Sarah Bernhardt stars in the first feature-length movie to premiere in America. The French-made Queen Elizabeth lasts 40 minutes and costs $1 to view.
19-year-old singer Elvis Presley quits his job at Crown Electric after he sets his musical dream in motion by signing a contract with Sun Records.
Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman to run on a major party ticket when she is named Walter Mondale's vice presidential candidate.
Classic Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart makes his film debut in The Murder Man.
Switzerland denies extradition of director Roman Polanski to the United States. This makes him a free man again; Polanski fled the United States on rape charges in 1978.
Born on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Television Producer / 1937 -
Bill Cosby is an American comedian, actor and producer, who has played a major role in the development of more positive portrayal of African-Americans on television.
Born: July 12, 1937
Age: 76 years old
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Radio Personality, Television Personality / 1908 - 2002
Milton Berle was a Jewish-American comedian who started in vaudeville acts, and was a success in the early days of TV, becoming known as "Uncle Miltie."
1908 | 93 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1995 | 18 years old
Born: July 12, 1948
Age: 65 years old
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Occupation: Activist, Athlete, Dancer, ...
1817 | 44 years old
Philosopher, Journalist, Poet
1917 | 91 years old
Died on This Day
Died: July 12, 1973
Age: 71 years old
Place: San Clemente, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor
2001 | 84 years old
Musician, Television Producer, ...
1849 | 81 years old
U.S. First Lady
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