What's New at On This Day

New Famous People


New Historical Events

  • 1653-12-29 Dutch painter Jan Vermeer becomes a member of the Guild of Saint Luke for painters in Delft
  • 1806-12-29 Thomas Dibdin's pantomime "Harlequin and Mother Goose" starring Joseph Grimaldi, in his most famous clown performance, opens at the Covent Garden Theatre, London
  • 1829-03-17 Final performance by famous clown Joseph Grimaldi at a benefit performance at Sadler's Wells, London
  • 1930-07-19 Western Open Women's Golf, Acacia CC: Lucia Mida beats June Beebe 6 & 5 win win the inaugural event and first women's major championship ever played
  • 1931-07-26 Western Open Women's Golf, Midlothian CC: June Beebe beats Mrs. Melvin Jones, 3 & 2 for golf's only major title
  • 1932-07-15 Western Open Women's Golf, Ozaukee CC: Jane Weiller beats June Beebe 5 & 4 for golf's only major title
  • 1933-06-30 Western Open Women's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: June Beebe beats Jane Weiller, 3 & 2 for golf's only major title
  • 1934-10-13 Western Open Women's Golf, Portland G & CC: Marian McDougall outclassed Mrs Guy Riegel, 9 & 7 to win golf's only major title
  • 1935-06-29 Western Open Women's Golf, Sunset Ridge CC: Opal Hill scores an easy, 9 & 7 win over Mrs. S.L. Reinhart to claim her first of 2 consecutive major titles
  • 1936-06-12 Western Open Women's Golf, Topeka CC: Opal Hill scores a 3 & 2 win over Mrs. Charkes Dennehy to claim her second consecutive major title
  • 1960-09-19 "LIFE" magazine celebrates artist Grandma Moses's 100th birthday by putting her on their cover
  • 2006-11-30 American folk artist Grandma Moses' "Sugaring Off" sells for a record $1.3 million for the artist by Christie in New York
  • 2009-07-19 British Open Golf, Turnberry: American Stewart Cink wins his only major championship by 6 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with 5-time champion Tom Watson
  • 2018-11-15 Art experts in England authenticate two bronzes of men riding panthers as Michelangelo's only surviving bronze works
  • 2018-11-17 Ireland beats Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand, 16-9 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin; first victory over the All Blacks ever on home soil; flyhalf Johnny Sexton kicks 3 penalties and a conversion

New Famous Birthdays

  • 1892-11-07 Edward Sedgwick, American film director (The Flaming Frontier, Let 'er Buck), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1943-10-18 Elena Ferrante, pseudonymous Italian novelist (Neapolitan Novels), born in Naples, Italy (claimed)
  • 1944-03-31 Tomohiro Nishikado, Japanese video gamer developer (Space Invaders), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1945-11-03 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in New York (d. 1992)
  • 1947-11-03 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", born in Ybor City, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1951-09-03 Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lankan politician, President of Sri Lanka (2015-), born in Yagoda, Sri Lanka
  • 1953-10-01 Grete Waitz, Norwegian marathon runner and former world record holder who in 1979 became the 1st woman to run the marathon in under 2 1/2 hours, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2011)
  • 1962-08-10 Suzanne Collins, American author (The Hunger Games Trilogy), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1962-11-03 Gaben "Gabe" Newell, American computer programmer, businessman and co-founder of "Valve Corporation", born in Colorado
  • 1963-11-07 Elizabeth "Liz" Mikel, American actress and jazz singer (Friday Night Lights), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965-01-26 Kevin McCarthy, American politician (Rep-R-California 2007-), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1969-01-12 David Mitchell, English novelist (Cloud Atlas), born in Southport, England
  • 1969-10-29 Matthew Whitaker, American lawyer and politician (Acting Attorney General 2018-), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1971-04-17 Jim Acosta, American journalist (CNN White House correspondent), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-08-30 Amy Sherald, American painter (portrait of Michelle Obama), born in Columbus, Georgia

New Famous Weddings

  • 1653-04-05 Dutch painter Jan Vermeer marries Catharina Bolenes in Schipluiden
  • 1950-12-16 Former child actress Shirley Temple marries 2nd husband naval officer Charles Alden Black
  • 1968-10-26 Czech 7-time Olympic champion gymnast Věra Čáslavská (26) weds middle distance runner Josef Odložil (29) at the Mexico City Cathedral, Mexico City
  • 2018-09-29 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow marries TV producer Brad Falchuk in the Hamptons
  • 2018-10-12 Britain's Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England

New Famous Divorces

  • 1769-03-23 Augustus FitzRoy, English Duke of Grafton divorces the Duchess of Grafton, (formerly Hon. Anne Liddell) by an Act of Parliament
  • 2001-08-08 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman divorce after 10 years of marriage
  • 2015-07-20 County singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage

New Famous Deaths

  • 1930-04-21 Alex Smith, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1906, 10), dies at 56
  • 1967-09-02 Francis Quimet, American amateur golfer (US Open 1913, US Amateur 1914, 31), dies at 74
  • 1992-12-24 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), dies from terminal colon cancer at 47
  • 1993-09-19 András Mihály, Hungarian composer, dies at 75
  • 1995-09-20 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), dies of prostate cancer at 79
  • 1997-10-20 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), dies of heart and respiratory failure at 52
  • 2011-04-19 Grete Waitz, Norwegian marathon runner and former world record holder who in 1979 became the 1st woman to run the marathon in under 2 1/2 hours, dies of cancer at 57
  • 2012-05-20 Robert Nix, American musician (founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section), dies at 67
  • 2013-12-23 Ricky Lawson, American musician, dies at 59
  • 2014-03-18 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", dies from complications of lung cancer at 66
  • 2014-04-03 Tommy Lynn Sells, American serial killer, executed for murder at 49
  • 2018-10-27 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thai businessman, sports team owner (Leicester City FC), dies in helicopter crash at 60
  • 2018-10-30 James "Whitey" Bulger, American mob boss, killed in prison at 89
  • 2018-10-31 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6-time All Star), dies of an infection at 80
  • 2018-11-01 Amal Hussain, Yemeni famine victim who raised world's awareness, dies aged 7