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
American general Benedict Arnold commits treason when he hands over secret war plans to the British army.
The New York Sun publishes its classic reply to 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon's letter asking, "Is there a Santa Claus?"
J.R.R. Tolkien publishes the fantasy novel The Hobbit.
The Legislative Assembly of France votes to abolish the monarchy, a move that comes a year after Louis XVI approved a new constitution.
A little-known actor by the name of George Clooney makes his debut on the sitcom The Facts of Life, playing a handyman named George.
Colin Powell becomes the first African American to be appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Born on This Day
Born: September 21, 1947
Age: 66 years old
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
1866 | 79 years old
1945 | 68 years old
Producer, Television Producer
Film Actor, Television Actor, Radio Personality / 1950 -
Comedian and actor Bill Murray is best known for his roles on Saturday Night Live and in the classic comedies Caddy Shack and Stripes. More recently, he was cast as FDR in the film Hyde Park on Hudson.
Born: September 21, 1950
Age: 63 years old
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1967 | 46 years old
1931 | 81 years old
Theater Actor, Television Actor, ...
Died on This Day
Track and Field Athlete / 1959 - 1998
Olympic gold medalist Florence Joyner brought style to track and field with form-fitting bodysuits, six-inch fingernails and amazing speed. She still holds the world records in the 100- and 200-meter events.
Died: September 21, 1998
Age: 38 years old
Place: Mission Viejo, California , United States
Occupation: Track and Field Athlete
1904 | 64 years old
1974 | 80 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
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