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
William Shakespeare's Sonnets are published for the first time.
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a patent for blue jeans.
Pilot Charles Lindbergh takes off in The Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt Field, near New York City, on the first transatlantic flight.
Singer/dancer (and future American Idol judge) Paula Abdul scored a No. 1 hit with her single "Forever Your Girl," from the album of the same name.
Explorer Vasco da Gama reaches India.
Historic Harlem, New York, music hall the Apollo Theater reopens after a $10 million rehabilitation, with rock duo Hall & Oates as the first headliners.
Born on This Day
Born: May 20, 1946
Age: 67 years old
Birthplace: El Centro, California, United States
Occupation: Film Actress, Singer
Educator, Business Leader, Philanthropist, Political Leader / 1954 -
Cindy McCain is an Arizona businesswoman, a philanthropist who works with international nonprofit organizations, and the wife of U.S. Senator John McCain.
1954 | 59 years old
Educator, Business Leader, ...
1954 | 59 years old
Born: May 20, 1908
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor
1768 | 81 years old
U.S. First Lady
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.
1806 | 66 years old
Philosopher, Scholar, Economist, ...
Died on This Day
Died: May 20, 1989
Age: 42 years old
Place: Los Angeles, California , United States
Occupation: Television Actress, Comedian
1506 | 54 years old
2005 | 92 years old
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