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
Michelangelo's David statue is unveiled at the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy.
The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcast nationally for the first time, paving the way for its host to become a media mogul and leading personality.
Louisiana Senator Huey Long, aka the Kingfish, is shot at the state capitol building. The leftist politician will die from his injuries two days later.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that Italy has surrendered to the Allied Forces.
Venus and Serena Williams compete in the U.S. Open, becoming the first sisters to meet in a Grand Slam event since 1884. Venus defeats her sister.
Dorothy Dandridge, the trailblazing African-American actress who starred in Carmen Jones, is found dead from a drug overdose in her Hollywood home.
Born on This Day
Animal Rights Activist, Dancer, Singer / 1979 -
Contrasting her edgy, tomboyish style with that of her female popstar peers, Pink has had huge success with hits like "You Make Me Sick" and "There You Go."
Born: September 8, 1979
Age: 34 years old
Birthplace: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Animal Rights Activist, Dancer, Singer
Actor, Comedian / 1925 - 1980
British actor Peter Sellers was incredibly versatile, playing Chief Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films with as much ease as Clare Quilty in Lolita.
1925 | 54 years old
1954 | 59 years old
Civil Rights Activist
Born: September 8, 1932
Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, United States
Occupation: Pianist, Singer
1922 | 91 years old
1971 | 42 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
Died on This Day
Film Actress, Pin-up, Singer / 1922 - 1965
Dorothy Dandridge was an American actress and popular singer. She is the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress.
Died: September 8, 1965
Age: 42 years old
Place: West Hollywood, California , United States
1977 | 62 years old
Film Actor, Theater Actor
1954 | 74 years old
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profile name: H.L. Mencken profile occupation: Journalist
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