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
Sergeant Alvin C. York, separated from unit while on patrol in France, kills 25 enemy soldiers and captures 132 others, earning the U.S. Medal of Honor.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, starring real-life husband and wife Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, debuts on CBS radio. A TV version will premiere in 1952.
Che Guevara and his guerrilla soldiers are captured by the Bolivian army.
Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Babe Ruth's fifth-inning home run and a walk in the ninth help the New York Yankees' "Murderers' Row" sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the World Series.
Jerry Lee Lewis records his electrifying rock and roll classic “Great Balls of Fire.” Goodness gracious!
The Miami Dolphins' Dan Marino breaks Fran Tarkenton's record for career completions, besting his 3,686 during a 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Marion Jones gives up five Olympic track and field medals after admitting she used performance-enhancing drugs.
Born on This Day
Film Actor / 1970 -
Matt Damon is an American actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter for his work on Good Will Hunting. He's also known for playing Jason Bourne in the hit film series of the same name.
Born: October 8, 1970
Age: 43 years old
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Film Actor
1949 | 64 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, Screenwriter / 1943 -
Chevy Chase is a comedic actor who is best know for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and his starring roles in the films Caddyshack and Fletch.
1943 | 70 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
Born: October 8, 1985
Age: 28 years old
Birthplace: Honolulu, United States
Occupation: Songwriter, Singer
1941 | 72 years old
Civil Rights Activist, Minister, ...
1943 | 70 years old
Died on This Day
Died: October 8, 1793
Age: 56 years old
Place: Quincy, Massachusetts , United States
Occupation: U.S. Representative, U.S. Governor
1754 | 47 years old
Military Leader, U.S. President, U.S. Representative / 1804 - 1869
Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States, signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, prompting a bloody conflict over Kansas' slavery status.
1869 | 64 years old
Military Leader, U.S. President, ...
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