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
Harriet Tubman and her brothers, Ben and Henry, escape from slavery. Though she and her brothers return a few weeks later, Harriet escapes again without them later that fall.
Vanessa Williams makes history when she is crowned the first African American Miss America.
Oprah Winfrey launches her national book club, with many of her picks eventually going on to sell more than one million copies.
Francis Scott Key finishes the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which becomes America's national anthem.
The Doors are banned from The Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison sings the word "higher" during a performance of "Light My Fire."
Baseball star Barry Bonds becomes the third player to reach 700 career home runs in major league baseball history.
Born on This Day
Born: January 17, 1971
Age: 43 years old
Birthplace: Romeo, Michigan, United States
Occupation: Guitarist, Rapper, Singer
1948 | 54 years old
Television Actor, Philanthropist
1935 | 66 years old
Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress / 1931 - 2005
Anne Bancroft was an Oscar Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress famous for her roles in The Miracle Worker and The Graduate. She was married to comedian and film director Mel Brooks.
Born: September 17, 1931
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Occupation: Film Actress, Theater Actress, ...
1962 | 51 years old
1951 | 62 years old
Television Actress, ...
Died on This Day
Film Actor, Television Actor, Painter, Comedian, Radio Personality, Television Personality / 1913 - 1997
Son of a circus clown, Red Skelton was a radio and television comedian and host best known for his emotionally complex routines.
Died: September 17, 1997
Age: 84 years old
Place: Rancho Mirage, California , United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
Governor, U.S. Vice President / 1918 - 1996
Spiro Agnew was twice elected U.S. vice president under Richard Nixon, but resigned from his second term after being charged with bribery, conspiracy and tax fraud.
1996 | 77 years old
Governor, U.S. Vice President
1869 | 45 years old
Civil Rights Activist / 1795 - 1858
Dred Scott was a slave and social activist who served several masters before suing for his freedom. His case made it to the Supreme Court (Dred Scott v. Sandford) prior to the American Civil War.
Died: September 17, 1858
Age: 63 years old
Place: St. Louis, Missouri , United States
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist
1911 | 67 years old
1877 | 77 years old
Photographer, Astronomer, Chemist, ...
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profile name: Jim Morrison profile occupation: Songwriter
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profile name: Barry Bonds profile occupation: Baseball Player
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