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
Irish writer James Joyce goes on his first date with his future wife, Nora, in Dublin. The entirety of his novel Ulysses is set on this day.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the first of the New Deal initiatives, a recovery program from the Great Depression.
Bob Dylan records "Like a Rolling Stone" at Columbia Records in New York. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named it the greatest rock song of all time.
Athlete Jim Thorpe marks his pro baseball pitching debut with a win. His participation in the game causes him to forfeit his Olympic medals.
Author Willa Cather receives an honorary doctor of letters from Princeton, making her the first woman to get a degree from the Ivy League school.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film Psycho premieres and goes on to become a cinematic classic.
Dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union to the West while his ballet troupe is in Paris.
Born on This Day
Born: June 16, 1971
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Occupation: Actor, Rapper
Educator, Philosopher, Scholar, Economist, Political Scientist, Journalist / 1723 - 1790
Scottish social philosopher and political economist Adam Smith wrote The Wealth of Nations and achieved the first comprehensive system of political economy.
1723 | 67 years old
Educator, Philosopher, Scholar, ...
1970 | 43 years old
Died on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor / 1914 - 1959
Actor George Reeves was best known as Superman on the popular 1950s television show The Adventures of Superman. The series made him a household name, but brought an end to his film career.
Died: June 16, 1959
Age: 45 years old
Place: Beverly Hills, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor
Radio Personality, Television Personality / 1913 - 1996
Mel Allen was a sportscaster and lead announcer for the New York Yankees baseball team from 1940 to 1964. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.
1996 | 83 years old
Radio Personality, ...
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer / 1899 - 1970
Lonnie Johnson was a musician, singer and songwriter, and one of the first major blues and jazz guitarists. His innovative style has influenced many blues, jazz and rock musicians.
1970 | 71 years old
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
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