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
One day after Germany surrendered to the Allied forces, President Harry S. Truman announces "Victory in Europe" Day.
Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a comedy about a slave in ancient Rome, opens in New York and runs for two years.
Actress Betty White becomes the oldest host of sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live after fans campaigned for the Golden Girl on Facebook.
Mary Cassat's painting "The Mandolin Player" is selected for exhibition at the Paris Salon.
Irving Berlin registers a copyright for "White Christmas," one of the best-selling songs of all time.
Gary Hart withdraws from the Democratic presidential nomination race over questions about his personal life.
Julie Andrews refuses to accept her Tony nomination for best actress for her performance in the musical Victor/Victoria because her colleagues were overlooked.
Born on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor, Songwriter, Guitarist, Television Personality / 1940 - 1985
American singer and songwriter Ricky Nelson was an early teen idol who acted out his real-life childhood on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Born: May 8, 1940
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1932 | 38 years old
1928 | 82 years old
Born: May 8, 1884
Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, United States
Occupation: U.S. President
1964 | 49 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress
1911 | 27 years old
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Died on This Day
Died: May 8, 1999
Age: 34 years old
Place: , United States
Occupation: Television Actress
1903 | 54 years old
Philosopher, Scholar, Economist, Political Scientist, Author / 1806 - 1873
John Stuart Mill, who has been called the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the 19th century, was a British philosopher, economist, and moral and political theorist. His works include books and essays covering logic, epistemology, economics, social and political philosophy, ethics, and religion, among them A System of Logic, On Liberty, and Utilitarianism.
1873 | 66 years old
Philosopher, Scholar, Economist, ...
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