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
President Woodrow Wilson signs the Sedition Act, severely restricting speech that opposes the government or its armed forces.
Leonel Fernández Reyna is elected president of the Dominican Republic for the second time, after previously serving from 1996 to 2000.
French writer Voltaire is imprisoned in the Bastille for his satirical attack on political and religious institutions.
Military leader Joan of Arc is canonized as a saint.
Britney Spears's second album, Oops! … I Did it Again, is released, debuting at No. 1 and selling more than 1 million copies in its first week.
Born on This Day
Born: May 16, 1905
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
Animal Rights Activist, Environmental Activist, Anti-War Activist, Film Actor, Television Actor, Producer / 1953 -
Irish actor Pierce Brosnan is best known for his recurring role as British spy James Bond in the popular James Bond film series.
1953 | 60 years old
Animal Rights Activist, ...
1919 | 67 years old
Born: May 16, 1986
Age: 27 years old
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress, Model
1973 | 40 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress
1966 | 47 years old
Dancer, Producer, Singer
Died on This Day
Died: May 16, 1990
Age: 53 years old
Place: New York City, New York , United States
Occupation: Filmmaker, Inventor, Screenwriter
1703 | 75 years old
1955 | 45 years old
Author, Poet, Screenwriter
Died: May 7, 1957
Age: 54 years old
Place: Coudersport, Pennsylvania , United States
Occupation: Police Officer
Civil Rights Activist / 1889 - 1979
A. Philip Randolph was a labor leader and social activist who fought for the rights of African-American laborers, including better wages and working conditions.
1979 | 90 years old
Civil Rights Activist
1984 | 35 years old
Television Actor, Comedian
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profile name: Eliot Ness profile occupation: Police Officer
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profile name: Marie Antoinette profile occupation: Queen
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profile name: Louis XVI profile occupation: King
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profile name: Woodrow Wilson profile occupation: Educator
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profile name: George Lucas profile occupation: Filmmaker
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profile name: Leonel Fernández Reyna profile occupation: World Leader
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profile name: Voltaire profile occupation: Philosopher
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profile name: Joan of Arc profile occupation: Warrior
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profile name: Charlie Chaplin profile occupation: Comedian
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profile name: Britney Spears profile occupation: Television Personality
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profile name: Erik Satie profile occupation: Songwriter
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profile name: Peter Carl Fabergé profile occupation: Artist
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profile name: Nora Ephron profile occupation: Screenwriter
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profile name: Cindy McCain profile occupation: Political Leader
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