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
Benjamin Franklin purchases the Pennsylvania Gazette. Under his direction, it becomes the most popular newspaper in the American colonies.
Scientist Charles Darwin returns to England aboard the HMS Beagle after several years of exploring the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
The first Peanuts cartoon strip, created by Charles Schulz, is published in newspapers, introducing audiences to Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang.
Rod Stewart earns his first number one hit song with "Maggie May."
Edward R. Murrow begins hosting the popular television program Person to Person.
Soul Train, a weekly dance and music show with an African-American focus hosted by Don Cornelius, becomes a nationally syndicated broadcast
Professional cyclist Lance Armstrong is diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer.
Born on This Day
Born: October 2, 1951
Age: 62 years old
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
1890 | 86 years old
Film Actor, Comedian
1970 | 43 years old
Television Actress, Talk Show Host
Born: October 2, 1869
Birthplace: Porbandar, Kathiawar, India
Occupation: Anti-War Activist
1949 | 64 years old
1954 | 59 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress
Died on This Day
Died: October 2, 1985
Age: 59 years old
Place: Beverly Hills, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor
1994 | 85 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress
Film Actor, Television Actor, Guitarist, Singer / 1907 - 1998
Actor Gene Autry, also known as the "Singing Cowboy," starred in Western movies from the 1930s to the early '60s. He won two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards for his work.
1998 | 91 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
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