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
General Charles Cornwallis and his 8,000 men surrender to General George Washington at Yorktown, thereby losing the Revolutionary War.
Presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson is accused of having an affair with an enslaved African American woman.
Elizabeth Blackwell is the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.
Actress Patty Duke makes her Broadway debut at age 12 in The Miracle Worker. The play runs for 719 performances.
Dances With Wolves premieres in Washington, D.C. Directed by and starring Kevin Costner, the film about Native American life will win seven Oscars.
American Idol producer Simon Cowell signs a three-year television contract with ITV for The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
Born on This Day
Boxer / 1962 -
Boxer Evander Holyfield fought in the Olympics and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1990 to 1992, and again from 1993 to 1994. In an infamous bout in 1996, Holyfield's ear was bitten by Mike Tyson.
Born: October 19, 1962
Age: 51 years old
Birthplace: Atmore, Alabama, United States
1931 | 82 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, Director, Producer, Television Producer, Academic Author, Screenwriter / 1977 -
Son of director Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman is a filmmaker as well, with Academy Award nominations for his works Juno and Up in the Air.
1977 | 36 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
Born: October 19, 1945
Age: 68 years old
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
1944 | 42 years old
1969 | 44 years old
Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Died on This Day
Died: October 19, 2010
Age: 83 years old
Place: Rancho Mirage, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Theater Actor, ...
1745 | 77 years old
1937 | 66 years old
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