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
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama is the first person to successfully sail around the Cape of Good Hope.
Garrett Morgan, the son of two former slaves, patents the three-way traffic signal. He is also the inventor of the gas mask
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson leads the prosecution at the Nuremberg war crimes trial.
The queen of daytime talk, Oprah Winfrey, announces that she will end her show in 2011 at the close of her 25th season.
Bert Convy stars as Cliff in the debut of Cabaret on Broadway and earns rave reviews.
At the young age of 7, Drew Barrymore delights TV audiences as the host of Saturday Night Live.
Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki becomes the second player in MLB history to win both MVP and rookie of the year in the same season.
Born on This Day
U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative / 1942 -
Former Delaware Senator Joe Biden was elected the 47th U.S. vice president with President Barack Obama in 2008. He earned a second term as vice president when Obama was re-elected to the presidency in 2012.
Born: November 20, 1942
Age: 71 years old
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: U.S. Vice President, ...
1975 | 38 years old
1936 | 77 years old
Born: November 20, 1925
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Government Official
1956 | 57 years old
1959 | 54 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress
Died on This Day
Died: November 20, 1910
Age: 82 years old
Place: Astapovo , Russia
2006 | 81 years old
1996 | 64 years old
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