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
The Cosby Show, a sitcom created by and starring Bill Cosby, debuts. It becomes the third-longest running U.S. comedy with a predominantly African American cast.
President Barack Obama ends the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that had banned open homosexuality.
Navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Spain to look for a western sea route to Indonesia; the path he finds will be called the Strait of Magellan.
African American James Meredith is barred from entering the University of Mississippi, sparking riots and action by U.S. marshals.
Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken Jr. sits out a game after playing a record-setting 2,632 consecutive games for 16 seasons.
Born on This Day
Film Actress, Television Actress, Pin-up / 1934 -
Sophia Loren is an Academy Award-winning Italian actress. A striking beauty, Loren is often listed among the world's all time most attractive women.
Born: September 20, 1934
Age: 79 years old
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress, ...
1975 | 38 years old
Race Car Driver, Philanthropist
1963 | 50 years old
Born: September 20, 1948
Age: 65 years old
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
1878 | 90 years old
Activist, Journalist, Author
1941 | 72 years old
Died on This Day
Died: September 20, 1973
Age: 30 years old
Place: Natchitoches, Louisiana , United States
Occupation: Guitarist, Singer
2005 | 96 years old
1947 | 64 years old
Mayor, U.S. Representative
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