Search Help

Our on this day in history search engine has been designed to be both simple to use and powerful. Below we explain some of the power features.

General Search Tips

  • Searches are not case sensitive. e.g. orange and Orange return the same results.
  • To search for all years, leave the year field blank.
  • A maximum of 300 results are shown per page. To view more results click on the "< Previous", 1, 2 etc or "Next >" links below each section.
  • You can narrow your search by selecting only a single type. e.g. Famous Birthdays
  • All result pages are unique and thus can be bookmarked and linked to. When clicked the links will deliver the same results you previously searched for.

Boolean Operators

You can use boolean operators in a search in the same way you can on Google and other search engines.

  • ""
    Quotes can be used to search for a phrase. e.g. "World Record"
  • *
    A star can be used as a wildcard operator in a search to return all results starting with the letters entered. e.g. Reco*
  • -
    Minus signs can be used to exclude a term from the results. e.g. World -Record
  • +
    Plus signs can be used to include a term in the results. e.g World +Record, note though that this gives the same results as a search for Record by itself.
  • ( )
    Brackets can be used to group words into subexpressions. Bracketed groups can also be nested. e.g. ("World Record") -runs

Multiple boolean operators can also be used togther in a search.

Search Restrictions

  • You must select more than just a day
  • You must select more than just a month.
  • All keyword(s) searches must be at least 4 characters long.

Famous People and Topics

When a keyword(s) with no date information is entered and the keyword(s) match a famous person or a topic exactly our search engine will re-direct you to the topic page. To get around this you can place a plus sign in front of one of the keywords. e.g. +New Zealand

Searching by Channel has four channels that can be searched for channel specific results.

Search On This Day in Film & TV

Search On This Day in History

Search On This Day in Music

Search On This Day in Sport

Habla EspaƱol? has a sister site in Spanish, called Hoy en la Historia.

On This Day in SpanishHoy en la Historia
(Spanish Language)