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
Vincent van Gogh is recognized as an important painter when his work is shown in Paris, more than 10 years after his death.
Rocky Marciano wins his first professional fight. He will remain undefeated for his entire career.
The Dalai Lama flees Tibet on foot over the Himalayan mountains and escapes to India.
Jay Leno hosts 224 leprechauns on The Tonight Show, setting a Guinness World Record.
Born on This Day
Soccer Player / 1972 -
Mia Hamm is a former American soccer player who competed with the U.S. women's national soccer team for 17 years. She won the Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999, and took Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.
Born: March 17, 1972
Age: 41 years old
Birthplace: Selma, Alabama, United States
Occupation: Soccer Player
1964 | 49 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1951 | 62 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, Pianist, Singer, Television Personality / 1919 - 1965
Nat King Cole became the first African-American performer to host a variety TV series in 1956. He's best known for his soft baritone voice and for singles like "The Christmas Song," "Mona Lisa" and "Nature Boy."
Born: March 17, 1919
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
Fashion Designer / 1969 - 2010
Alexander McQueen was a London-based, English fashion designer who was head designer of the Louis Vuitton Givenchy fashion line, before starting his own line.
1969 | 40 years old
1955 | 58 years old
Film Actor, Director, Producer
Died on This Day
Died: March 17, 1993
Age: 92 years old
Place: Nyack, New York , United States
1974 | 73 years old
Scholar, Military Leader, Political Leader, Emperor / 121 - 180
As Emperor of Rome from 161-180, Marcus Aurelius kept the empire safe from the Parthians and Germans, but is best known for his intellectual pursuits.
180 | 58 years old
Scholar, Military Leader, ...
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