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
Franklin D. Roosevelt is nominated by the Democratic convention for an unprecedented fourth term as president of the United States.
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first to walk on the moon. The "giant leap for mankind" occurs at 10:56 pm ET.
Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's exhibition opens at the Washington Project for the Arts amid controversy over the nature of his work.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. escapes from a drug rehab center in California. He’s found four hours later and taken back to jail for violation of his court order.
President George W. Bush signs an executive order banning the torture of terrorist subjects during the interrogation process.
Houston Rocket's 7’6” forward Yao Ming, the NBA's tallest active player at the time, announces his retirement.
Born on This Day
Born: July 20, 1938
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation: Film Actress
1973 | 40 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
1933 | 80 years old
Born: July 20, 1919
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation: Athlete, Explorer, Philanthropist
1947 | 66 years old
1971 | 42 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress
Died on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor, Martial Arts Expert / 1940 - 1973
Bruce Lee was a revered martial artist, actor and filmmaker known for movies like Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon as well as the technique Jeet Kune Do.
Died: July 20, 1973
Age: 32 years old
Place: Hong Kong , China
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
2005 | 85 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
Evangelist, Reality Television Star / 1942 - 2007
Tammy Faye Messner was the wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, with whom she hosted The 700 Club and the Praise the Lord Club. The couple split in 1992, after Jim Bakker's affair with a church secretary surfaced.
2007 | 65 years old
Evangelist, Reality Television Star
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
profile name: Natalie Wood profile occupation: Film Actress
profile id: 7284
profile name: Omar Epps profile occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor
profile id: 9390745
profile name: Cormac McCarthy profile occupation: Author, Playwright
profile id: 9339111
profile name: Edmund Hillary profile occupation: Athlete, Explorer, Philanthropist
profile id: 9542276
profile name: Carlos Santana profile occupation: Guitarist
profile id: 23212
profile name: Sandra Oh profile occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress
profile id: 9542095
profile name: Bruce Lee profile occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
profile id: 273647
profile name: James Doohan profile occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor
profile id: 9542346
profile name: Tammy Faye Messner profile occupation: Evangelist, Reality Television Star
profile id: 9485326
profile name: Sitting Bull profile occupation: Warrior
profile id: 9264128
profile name: George Custer profile occupation: General
profile id: 9463381
profile name: Franklin D. Roosevelt profile occupation: U.S. President
profile id: 9188943
profile name: Neil Armstrong profile occupation: Astronaut
profile id: 9398165
profile name: Robert Mapplethorpe profile occupation: Sculptor
profile id: 9277676
profile name: Tommy Dorsey profile occupation: Conductor
profile id: 9542052
profile name: Robert Downey Jr. profile occupation: Film Actor
profile id: 9232768
profile name: George W. Bush profile occupation: U.S. Governor
profile id: 507291
profile name: Yao Ming profile occupation: Basketball Player
profile id: 23018
profile name: Jon Lovitz profile occupation: Television Actor
profile id: 5446
profile name: Albert Brooks profile occupation: Television Actor
profile id: 177232
profile name: Philip Seymour Hoffman profile occupation: Television Actor
profile id: 37123
profile name: Cootie Williams profile occupation: Trumpet Player
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.