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
While serving in the Illinois General Assembly, a 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln makes one of his first public statements against slavery.
Social activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett marches in Washington, D.C., with 5,000 suffragettes in a protest supporting women's voting rights.
Rodney King is brutally beaten by Los Angeles police officers, and the incident is captured on videotape.
Cab Calloway makes music history when he records "Minnie the Moocher," which becomes the first jazz song to sell 1 million copies.
Steve Fossett sets a world record for a non-stop solo flight around the globe—without refueling his aircraft.
Born on This Day
Educator, Linguist, Inventor, Scientist / 1847 - 1922
Alexander Graham Bell was one of the primary inventors of the telephone, did important work in communication for the deaf and held more than 18 patents.
Born: March 3, 1847
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation: Educator, Linguist, Inventor, Scientist
1911 | 26 years old
Film Actress, Pin-up
1962 | 51 years old
Track and Field Athlete
Born: March 3, 1982
Age: 31 years old
Birthplace: Ely, Minnesota, United States
Occupation: Activist, Film Actress, ...
White Collar Criminal / 1882 - 1949
Charles Ponzi was best known for the financial crimes he committed when he conned investors into giving him millions of dollars, and paid them returns with other investors' money.
1882 | 66 years old
White Collar Criminal
Died on This Day
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Dancer, Singer, Philanthropist, Television Personality / 1913 - 1987
Actor and comedian Danny Kaye was enormously popular across stage, radio, TV and movie venues for his singing, dancing, impersonations and improvisations.
Died: March 3, 1987
Age: 74 years old
Place: Los Angeles, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
1955 | 96 years old
1959 | 52 years old
Died: March 3, 1991
Age: 95 years old
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii , United States
Occupation: Educator, Dancer
Philosopher, Scholar, Mathematician, Architect, Illustrator, Astronomer, Physicist, Academic Author / 1635 - 1703
Robert Hooke was an English philosopher, mathematician and architect who discovered the law of elasticity, now known as Hooke's law.
1703 | 67 years old
Philosopher, Scholar, Mathematician, ...
1706 | 52 years old
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