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
John White returns to England, having failed to find any survivors from the "lost colony" of Roanoke.
Annie Edson Taylor is the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Leftist Salvador Allende is elected president of Chile.
President Abraham Lincoln receives the first transcontinental telegram via Western Union.
Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years imprisonment and fined $50,000 for tax evasion.
James Brown gives an electrifying performance at the Apollo Theater that is captured on his 1963 breakthrough record, Live at the Apollo.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year, starring heartthrob Zac Efron, debuts in the United States, breaking records for the biggest opening weekend for a musical film.
Born on This Day
Born: October 24, 1986
Age: 27 years old
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Television Actor, Rapper
1947 | 66 years old
1985 | 28 years old
Born: October 24, 1980
Age: 33 years old
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Occupation: Fashion Designer
1948 | 65 years old
Civil Rights Activist, ...
1903 | 56 years old
Died on This Day
Baseball Player / 1919 - 1972
Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues in 1947, signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1947, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.
Died: October 24, 1972
Age: 53 years old
Place: Stamford, Connecticut , United States
Occupation: Baseball Player
1957 | 52 years old
1994 | 54 years old
Died: October 24, 2005
Age: 92 years old
Place: Detroit, Michigan , United States
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist
1991 | 70 years old
Producer, Television Producer, ...
Fashion Designer / 1897 - 1981
Edith Head was one of the most prolific costume designers in 20th century film, winning a record eight Academy Awards. She's known for films such as All About Eve, Roman Holiday and The Sting.
1981 | 83 years old
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