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
Jonas Salk announces he has succeeded in developing a polio vaccine.
The bodies of Marshall Herff Applewhite and 38 other men and women of the Heaven's Gate cult are discovered after their mass suicide.
Phil Collins wins an Academy Award for best original song for "You'll Be in My Heart," from the movie Tarzan.
Born on This Day
Born: March 26, 1931
Age: 82 years old
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor
1911 | 71 years old
1968 | 45 years old
Born: March 26, 1985
Age: 28 years old
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Film Actor
Supreme Court Justice / 1930 -
Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. A Republican, she was considered a moderate conservative and served for 24 years.
1930 | 83 years old
Supreme Court Justice
Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor / 1940 -
Actor James Caan gave an Oscar-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in Coppola’s The Godfather and played a writer held hostage in Stephen King’s Misery.
1940 | 73 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Died on This Day
Women's Rights Activist, Lawyer, Diplomat, U.S. Representative / 1935 - 2011
Geraldine A. Ferraro was a member of Congress and the first woman to run for the U.S. vice presidency on a major party platform.
Died: March 26, 2011
Age: 75 years old
Place: Boston, Massachusetts , United States
Occupation: Women's Rights Activist, Lawyer, ...
1959 | 70 years old
Entrepreneur, Author, Screenwriter
Film Actress, Theater Actress / 1844 - 1923
Perhaps the most famous actress of all time, Sarah Bernhardt is regarded as one of the finest actors of the 19th century, appearing on the stage and in some of the earliest films ever produced.
1923 | 78 years old
Film Actress, Theater Actress
Died: March 26, 1973
Age: 73 years old
Place: Blue Harbour, Port Maria , Jamaica
1892 | 72 years old
1827 | 56 years old
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
profile name: Leonard Nimoy profile occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor
profile id: 9532952
profile name: Tennessee Williams profile occupation: Playwright
profile id: 12985738
profile name: Kenny Chesney profile occupation: Songwriter, Singer
profile id: 15508372
profile name: Keira Knightley profile occupation: Film Actor
profile id: 9426834
profile name: Sandra Day O'Connor profile occupation: Supreme Court Justice
profile id: 9542410
profile name: James Caan profile occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
profile id: 9293789
profile name: Geraldine A. Ferraro profile occupation: Women's Rights Activist, Lawyer, ...
profile id: 9244073
profile name: Raymond Chandler profile occupation: Entrepreneur, Author, Screenwriter
profile id: 9210057
profile name: Sarah Bernhardt profile occupation: Film Actress, Theater Actress
profile id: 9259629
profile name: Noel Coward profile occupation: Playwright
profile id: 9530126
profile name: Walt Whitman profile occupation: Journalist, Poet
profile id: 9204862
profile name: Ludwig van Beethoven profile occupation: Songwriter, Pianist
profile id: 9470147
profile name: Jonas Salk profile occupation: Scientist
profile id: 37331
profile name: Menachem Begin profile occupation: Prime Minister
profile id: 9469060
profile name: Anwar el-Sadat profile occupation: World Leader
profile id: 236006
profile name: Marshall Herff Applewhite profile occupation: Cult Leader
profile id: 17178742
profile name: Phil Collins profile occupation: Singer
profile id: 37135
profile name: Ben Webster profile occupation: Saxophonist
profile id: 37161
profile name: Mario Vargas Llosa profile occupation: Author
profile id: 39643
profile name: Teófilo Stevenson profile occupation: Boxer
profile id: 39611
profile name: Brooke Astor profile occupation: Philanthropist
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.