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
Inventor Granville T. Woods is awarded a patent for the electric railway. He would have more than 60 patents by the time of his death in 1910.
While on their honeymoon in Montreal, singers John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their second "bed-in," a 10-day event promoting peace from their hotel bed.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb becomes the first baseball player to earn 1,000 career extra-base hits. He would finish his career with a total of 1,139.
The last of Henry Ford's Model T cars rolls off the assembly line. By this time, Ford has produced more than 15 million Model T's.
A riot at a David Cassidy concert kills a 14-year-old fan and injures 650 others. Cassidy refuses to tour for 11 years afterward.
Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is found guilty of all counts and convicted of 161 counts of first-degree murder.
Born on This Day
Born: May 26, 1926
Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Songwriter, Trumpet Player
1949 | 64 years old
1975 | 38 years old
Television Actress, Songwriter, ...
Educator, Astronaut, Physicist / 1951 - 2012
In 1983, astronaut and astrophysicist Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Ride died on July 23, 2012 at the age of 61, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born: May 26, 1951
Birthplace: Encino, California, United States
Occupation: Educator, Astronaut, Physicist
1907 | 72 years old
1948 | 65 years old
Died on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor, Director, Producer / 1934 - 2008
Sydney Pollack is an Oscar-winning film director, producer and actor. His director credits include Tootsie and Three Days of the Condor.
Died: May 26, 2008
Age: 73 years old
Place: Pacific Palisades, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1976 | 86 years old
Radio Personality, Television Personality, Author / 1912 - 2010
Art Linkletter was a family-friendly radio and television personality who incorporated ordinary people into his broadcasts with comic results.
2010 | 97 years old
Radio Personality, ...
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