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
Columbus Day is first celebrated in the United States, some 300 years after Christopher Columbus reaches the Americas.
Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Broadway. It’s the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to become a professional production.
Tupac Shakur is released from New York's Clinton State Prison on $1.4 million bail, pending appeal, after being convicted of sexually abusing a fan.
Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change.
George "Machine Gun" Kelly is convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the kidnapping of a wealthy couple. He will die in Alcatraz.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, starring real-life couple George Burns and Gracie Allen as themselves, premieres on live TV.
7’1”-tall NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain dies from heart failure in his Los Angeles home. He routinely created records with his soaring score totals.
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is arrested for murder after the body of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, is found in their New York hotel room.
Born on This Day
Film Actor, Producer / 1968 -
Australian actor and producer Hugh Jackman is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men series. He's also known for parts in the films The Prestige, Australia and Les Miserables.
Born: October 12, 1968
Age: 44 years old
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Film Actor, Producer
Basketball Player, Track and Field Athlete / 1975 -Marion Jones is an American athlete who, at the 2000 Olympic Games, became the first woman to win five track-and-field medals at a single Olympics.
1975 | 37 years old
Basketball Player, ...
1935 | 71 years old
Born: October 12, 1932
Age: 80 years old
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist, Comedian
1928 | 76 years old
1929 | 77 years old
Game Show Host, Academic Author
Died on This Day
Environmental Activist, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer / 1943 - 1997
John Denver was one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the 1970s. His hits include "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy."
Died: October 12, 1997
Age: 53 years old
Place: Pacific Grove, California , United States
Occupation: Environmental Activist, Songwriter, ...
1999 | 63 years old
1870 | 63 years old
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