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
The Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, meeting in closed session, begin their hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur.
The Iron Lady and leader of Britain's Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher, becomes the first woman elected prime minister of England.
Tony Hayward, onetime CEO of British Petroleum, assures the public that his company will pay for the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Joe DiMaggio makes his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
Margaret Mitchell wins the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gone With the Wind, a Civil War drama that will later be made into a motion picture.
The last episode of Dallas airs on CBS. The soap opera ran for 14 seasons and starred Larry Hagman as conniving oil executive J.R. Ewing.
Born on This Day
Activist, Dancer, Songwriter, Singer / 1933 - 2006
James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul," was a prolific singer, songwriter and bandleader, as well as one of the most iconic figures in funk and soul music from 1956 to 2006.
Born: May 3, 1933
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Occupation: Activist, Dancer, Songwriter, Singer
Boxer / 1921 - 1989
Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and by 1958, he had become the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times.
1921 | 67 years old
Children's Activist, Civil Rights Activist, Environmental Activist, Anti-War Activist, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer / 1919 - 2014
Pete Seeger was an iconic singer-songwriter best known for his contributions to the American folk music revival and his political activism.
1919 | 94 years old
Children's Activist, ...
Born: May 3, 1903
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Songwriter, Singer
1975 | 38 years old
1898 | 80 years old
Diplomat, Prime Minister
Died on This Day
Died: May 3, 1758
Age: 83 years old
Place: Rome , Italy
1972 | 68 years old
1989 | 62 years old
Film, Theater, Television, Singer
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