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
Walt Disney's 160-acre, $17 million Disneyland park has its grand opening in Anaheim, California.
Grace Kelly's final film, High Society, premieres. She retires from acting shortly afterward to become the princess consort of Monaco.
Mary Leakey finds a rare hominid skull in Africa believed to be a human ancestor. The artifact leads to new theories about the origin of civilization.
Due to anti-German sentiment during World War I, King George V officially changes the name of the royal house of the commonwealth from Saxe-Coburg to Windsor.
Ronald Reagan accepts the Republican nomination for president at the national convention in Detroit.
Pro golfer Tom Watson wins the tightest ever British Open Championship after breaking a three-way tie on the 16th hole.
Born on This Day
Born: July 17, 1947
Age: 65 years old
Birthplace: London, England
1954 | 58 years old
1899 | 86 years old
Born: July 17, 1952
Age: 60 years old
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Occupation: Television Actor
1917 | 95 years old
Film Actress, Comedian, Pianist
Radio Personality, Television Personality, Author / 1912 - 2010Art Linkletter was a family-friendly radio and television personality who incorporated ordinary people into his broadcasts with comic results.
1912 | 97 years old
Radio Personality, ...
Died on This Day
Died: July 17, 1959
Age: 44 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
2006 | 88 years old
1967 | 40 years old
Died: July 17, 2009
Age: 92 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
Occupation: News Anchor, Journalist
1961 | 74 years old
1974 | 63 years old
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