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
Gangster Al Capone goes to prison.
Albert Einstein, a refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives in the United States.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her extensive humanitarian work.
First lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a mastectomy at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
Thomas Edison files a patent for his latest invention, the optical phonograph, otherwise known as the first movie.
Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are forced to return their awards for raising their fists in a black power salute during the medal ceremony.
The film Sylvia opens in theaters, starring Gwyneth Paltrow as mid-20th century writer Sylia Plath, who suffered deeply from depression.
The Dalai Lama receives the Congressional Gold Medal for promoting peace, understanding and harmony.
Born on This Day
Born: October 17, 1972
Age: 41 years old
Birthplace: St. Joseph, Missouri, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Music Producer, Rapper
1918 | 68 years old
Film Actress, Dancer, Pin-up
1956 | 57 years old
Astronaut, Doctor, Scientist
Born: October 17, 1969
Age: 44 years old
Birthplace: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
Occupation: Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
1915 | 89 years old
1938 | 69 years old
Died on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Talk Show Host / 1918 - 2007
Entertainer Joey Bishop starred in his own TV sitcom, and hosted his own late-night talk show. He was a member of the Rat Pack, along with Frank Sinatra.
Died: October 17, 2007
Age: 89 years old
Place: Newport Beach, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1740 | 47 years old
1991 | 72 years old
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