What's New at On This Day

New Famous People

New Historical Events

  • 1856-11-13 The Great Bell of Big Ben first chimes at the foot of the still unfinished clock tower outside the Palace of Westminster
  • 1859-07-11 Big Ben's second and current bell first chimes from inside the Clock Tower
  • 1972-04-20 Virgil Thomson's final opera, "Lord Byron", with libretto by Jack Larson, first performance at Lincoln Center, New York City
  • 2003-04-16 Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan plays his final NBA game, in Philadelphia, where he receives a 3 minute standing ovation.
  • 2020-11-21 Texas National Guard mobilized to help El Paso County, deal with a morgue crisis as COVID-19 cases and deaths surge
  • 2020-11-22 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gives Tigrayan forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins offensive on regional capital of Mekelle
  • 2020-11-23 US President-elect Joe Biden introduces his new cabinet including Alejandro Mayorkas 1st Latino head of homeland security, Avril Haines 1st female director of national intelligence
  • 2020-11-23 China launches Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon from Wenchang space site, Hainan Island, to collect lunar rock and soil samples
  • 2020-11-24 Covid-10 surge in the US gathers further pace with death toll of 2,200 highest since May and new cases averaging 175,000 a day
  • 2020-11-24 US General Services Administration officially begins Joe Biden's transition, declaring him the "apparent winner" although Donald Trump vows to continue challenging the result
  • 2020-11-24 Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 30,000 points for the first time after formal transition to Joe Biden administration begins
  • 2020-11-24 Scotland's parliament votes to become the first country to make period products free
  • 2020-11-25 Dead and buried mink reported rising from the ground due to bloating, after a hurried cull of millions of COVID-19 infected animals in Denmark
  • 2020-11-25 US President Donald Trump pardons former security advisor Michael Flynn, guilty of lying to the FBI
  • 2020-11-26 Turkey gives life sentences to 337 military officers and others involved in 2016 coup

New Famous Birthdays

  • 1602-11-27 Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Italian Baroque music composer, singer and Benedictine nun, born in Milan, Habsburg Spain (now Italy) (d. ca. 1676–1678)
  • 1632-11-28 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (d. 1687)
  • 1668-11-27 Pantaleon Hebenstreit, German musician, composer, and instrument inventor, born in Eisleben (d. 1750)
  • 1883-03-19 Sir Walter Norman Haworth, British chemist (Nobel Prize, 1937) born at Chorley, Lancashire, England (d. 1950)
  • 1888-05-13 Inge Lehmann, Danish geophysicist and seismologist and geophysicist, born in Østerbro, Denmark (d. 1993)
  • 1924-11-26 Michael Holliday [Norman Milne], British pop singer ("The Story of My Life"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1963)
  • 1924-11-26 Irwin Hoffman, American conductor, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1935-12-25 Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudanese politician and Imam, Prime Minister of Sudan (1966-67, 1986-89), born in Omdurman, Sudan (d. 2020)
  • 1936-05-22 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1939-11-26 David White, American singer and songwriter (Danny And The Juniors - "At The Hop": Leslie Gore - "You Don't Own Me"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1944-11-25 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, born in Moscow (d. 2012)
  • 1949-03-18 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), born in Carvin, France (d. 2020)
  • 1953-01-01 Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), born in Zwierzyn, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1967-11-26 John Stirratt, American bassist (Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1981-11-25 Jenna Bush Hager, American author, news personality (Today with Hoda & Jenna) and twin daughter of US President George W. Bush, born in Dallas, Texas

New Famous Weddings

  • 1708-08-01 Future Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI (32) marries Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (16) at the church of Santa María del Mar, Barcelona
  • 1895-06-27 Journalist Ida B. Wells marries attorney Ferdinand L. Barnett at Bethel AME Church in Chicago
  • 1939-03-29 "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (37) weds actress Carole Lombard (30) at the rectory of Saint John's Methodist Episcopal Church in Kingman, Arizona
  • 2005-08-02 Singer Brandon Flowers (Killers), 24, weds fashion designer Tana Mudkowsky, 23 in O'ahu, Hawaii
  • 2014-08-22 California Attorney General Kamala Harris marries lawyer Douglas Emhoff in Santa Barbara

New Famous Divorces

  • 1952-04-21 American actor Clark Gable (50) and socialite Sylvia Ashley (47) divorce
  • 2006-12-04 American tennis player Chris Evert (51) divorces American alpine skier Andy Mill (52) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, citing irreconcilable differences
  • 2020-01-20 Actor Liam Hemsworth and singer Miley Cyrus divorce after a year of marriage

New Famous Deaths

  • 1750-11-15 Pantaleon Hebenstreit, German musician, composer, and instrument inventor, dies at 81
  • 1950-03-19 Sir Walter Norman Haworth, British chemist (Nobel Prize, 1937), dies of a heart attack on his 67th birthday
  • 1975-10-01 Al Jackson Jr., American session drummer (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "Green Onions"), murdered by an intruder in his home at 39
  • 1976-11-27 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio) dies on his 61st birthday
  • 1993-02-21 Inge Lehmann, Danish geophysicist and seismologist and geophysicist, dies at 104
  • 2001-06-13 Siegfried Naumann, Swedish conductor (Musica Nova ensemble, 1962-77), teacher, and composer (Risposte), dies at 81
  • 2002-07-14 Carlos Fariñas, Cuban avant-garde composer, dies at 67
  • 2008-09-25 (Gerrit Cornelis) "Kees" Otten, Dutch flautist and recorder player, dies at 83
  • 2011-05-22 1918-11-27 - Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, dies at 92
  • 2013-04-07 Les Blank, American documentary filmmaker, dies at 77
  • 2016-09-07 Ken Higgs, English cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 71 wickets, 1 x 50), dies at 79
  • 2019-01-01 Juan Guinjoan, Catalan composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • 2019-02-17 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), dies of a stroke at 86
  • 2019-12-18 Hugh McKenna, British rock keyboardist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2020-09-15 Sadashiv Patil, Indian cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 2 wickets; Maharashtra), dies at 86