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
Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, the first device capable of both recording and reproducing sound.
A teenage Ella Fitzgerald wins Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, and her singing career takes off.
Oliver North shreds documents related to his participation in the Iran-Contra scandal.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Eddie Murray is named the American League rookie of the year.
More than 350 million people worldwide tune in to Dallas to find out who shot J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman.
Born on This Day
Born: November 21, 1985
Age: 28 years old
Birthplace: Mission, British Columbia, Canada
Singer / 1965 -
Björk is an Icelandic singer-songwriter and founding member of the band the Sugarcubes. She went on to a strong solo career with songs like "I've Seen It All" and "Human Behaviour," as well as acting success.
1965 | 48 years old
1937 | 76 years old
Born: November 21, 1971
Age: 42 years old
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Occupation: Football Player, Talk Show Host
Actress / 1945 -
Goldie Hawn began her career as a dancer, but switched to acting on television and then film. She won an Academy Award for her performance in Cactus Flower, and later received an Oscar nomination for Private Benjamin.
1945 | 68 years old
1898 | 68 years old
Died on This Day
Died: November 21, 1993
Age: 59 years old
Place: Century City, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor
1999 | 90 years old
Anti-War Activist, Film Actor, Comedian, Literary Critic, Journalist / 1889 - 1945
Robert Benchley was an American humorist, drama critic and film actor who is best known for his small roles in more than 40 films, including How To Sleep.
1945 | 56 years old
Anti-War Activist, Film Actor, ...
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