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
Columbia University professor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM radio in the United States.
A Philadelphia parks commission refuses to grant permission to erect a statue of Thomas Paine because “his writings indicated that he was an atheist.”
Steven Spielberg's film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is released in theaters. It went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as Britain's prime minister.
A 25-year-old Hank Williams sings at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.
True Grit opens in the United States. John Wayne's performance as the damaged U.S. marshall Rooster Cogburn earns him an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Born on This Day
Born: June 11, 1933
Age: 80 years old
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Occupation: Actor, Comedian, Author
1986 | 27 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Comedian / 1959 -
Hugh Laurie's portrayal of Dr. Gregory on the TV show House made him famous in the United States. For years prior, the comedian was making sitcoms in the United Kingdom.
1959 | 54 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Born: June 11, 1956
Age: 57 years old
Birthplace: New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Football Player
Photographer, Explorer, Filmmaker, Inventor, Military Leader, Scientist / 1910 - 1997
Jacques Cousteau was a French undersea explorer, researcher, photographer and documentary host who invented diving and scuba devices, including the Aqua-Lung. He also conducted underwater expeditions and produced films and television series, including the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.
1910 | 87 years old
Photographer, Explorer, Filmmaker, ...
Women's Rights Activist, U.S. Representative / 1880 - 1973
Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. She helped pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and was a committed pacifist.
1880 | 92 years old
Women's Rights Activist, ...
Died on This Day
Died: June 11, 1979
Age: 72 years old
Place: Los Angeles, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor
1967 | 80 years old
2003 | 78 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor
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