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
Giuseppe Verdi's first opera, Oberto, debuts in Milan; the next day he's commissioned to write three more works.
Douglas Engelbart makes computers user-friendly by patenting the first point-and-click computer mouse.
Richard Nixon addresses the nation about the Watergate break-in scandal and proclaims, "I am not a crook."
Jane Wyatt plays Spock's human mother, Amanda, in the Star Trek episode "Journey to Babel."
Author E. Annie Proulx wins the National Book Award for her novel The Shipping News.
John Allen Muhammad, an ex-soldier, is convicted for murder, terrorism and conspiracy in relation to the Washington, D.C., sniper killings.
Born on This Day
Born: November 17, 1942
Age: 71 years old
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Occupation: Director, Producer
1966 | 30 years old
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
1925 | 59 years old
Actor, Filmmaker / 1944 -
American actor Danny DeVito began his rise to fame on the TV show Taxi. Since then, he's starred in feature films such as Twins and Ruthless People, and on the popular show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Born: November 17, 1944
Age: 69 years old
Birthplace: Neptune, New Jersey, United States
Occupation: Actor, Filmmaker
1944 | 69 years old
1978 | 35 years old
Died on This Day
Died: November 17, 1917
Age: 77 years old
Place: Meudon , France
1998 | 78 years old
Film Actress, Theater Actress, ...
1558 | 42 years old
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