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 addresses Americans over the radio in his first fireside chat during the lowest point of the Great Depression.
Dr. Seuss' beloved children's book The Cat in the Hat is published.
Elizabeth Smart is found alive, nine months after she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home.
Disgraced investor Bernard Madoff pleads guilty in New York court.
Mahatma Gandhi begins his march to the sea to protest Britain's monopoly on salt, which inspires acts of civil disobedience across India.
The Boston Celtics retire Bill Russell's number, raising number six to the rafters of the Boston Garden.
Serial killer John Wayne Gacy is convicted of murdering 33 people.
At age 78, Yoko Ono becomes the oldest artist to achieve a number one dance hit with "Move On Fast."
Born on This Day
Born: March 12, 1922
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Journalist, Author, Poet
Drug Dealer, Organized Crime Boss / 1945 -
Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, a mobster turned government witness, is best known for testifying against his mafia associates in exchange for government protection.
1945 | 68 years old
Drug Dealer, Organized Crime Boss
1948 | 65 years old
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Governor / 1947 -
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made a run for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election, losing to John McCain. He made another run for the presidency in 2012, but was defeated by President Barack Obama.
Born: March 12, 1947
Age: 66 years old
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
1946 | 67 years old
Theater Actor, Television Actor, Songwriter, Singer / 1940 -
Al Jarreau is the quintessential contemporary jazz artist, and the first vocalist in music history to receive Grammy Awards in three separate categories (jazz, pop and R&B).
1940 | 73 years old
Theater Actor, Television Actor, ...
Died on This Day
Died: March 12, 1955
Age: 34 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
Occupation: Songwriter, Saxophonist
2001 | 73 years old
Theater Actor, Television Actor, Author
1914 | 67 years old
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