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
Still reeling from his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British. He spends his final years in exile on the island of Saint Helena.
Eight-year-old Gladys Knight takes home a $2,000 prize after she wows the audience on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour with her song “Too Young.”
President Richard Nixon announces on national television his plan to visit China. The trip will be a successful achievement of foreign policy strategies.
John Lennon's estranged mother, Julia, dies when an off-duty policeman hits her with his car. The trauma inspires Lennon to write the songs "Mother" and "Julia."
Pro golfer Arnold Palmer wins his first British Open tournament when he sinks a birdie through the crowd on the 18th hole.
Born on This Day
Singer / 1946 -
Linda Ronstadt is a 11-time Grammy Award winner and superstar of both pop and country music. Her 1974 album, Heart Like a Wheel, sold more than 1 million copies.
Born: July 15, 1946
Age: 67 years old
Birthplace: Tuscon, Arizona, United States
1953 | 60 years old
World Leader, Priest
1850 | 67 years old
Film Actor, Filmmaker / 1961 -
Actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker won an Academy Award for his portrayal of dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He's also known for films like Bird, Ghost Dog and The Butler.
Born: July 15, 1961
Age: 52 years old
Birthplace: Longview, Texas, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Filmmaker
1606 | 63 years old
1951 | 62 years old
Film Actor, Athlete, Governor
Died on This Day
Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer / 1946 - 1997
A designer to celebrities and royalty such as Princess Diana, Gianni Versace brought vitality and art to an industry considered out of touch with the street.
Died: July 15, 1997
Age: 50 years old
Place: Miami, Florida , United States
Occupation: Fashion Designer
Children's Activist, Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist, Journalist / 1865 - 1951
Mary White Ovington was a civil rights activist and one of the white reformers who helped found the NAACP.
1951 | 86 years old
Children's Activist, ...
1904 | 44 years old
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