What's New at On This Day

New Famous People


New Historical Events

  • 1968-01-13 NHL player Bill Masterson, player for the Minnesota Northstars suffers head injuries during a game and dies two days later. First player to die as result of a game.
  • 1980-09-20 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United Kingdom
  • 1981-03-27 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United States
  • 2019-01-01 Level at 1-1 in Hopman Cup tennis tie, Roger Federer and Serena Williams (combined 43 major singles titles) matchup in deciding mixed doubles; with team mate Belinda Bencic, Federer wins 4-2, 4-3 for 2-1 Swiss victory over US
  • 2019-01-14 Spinning disk of ice 300m wide, resembling the moon, forms in the Presumpscot river, Westbrook, Maine
  • 2019-01-16 Houston guard James Harden becomes first player to score 55+ points in back-to-back NBA games since Wilt Chamberlain (1962); scores 58 in 145-142 OT loss to Brooklyn; 18 straight games with 30+ points
  • 2019-01-16 Golden State guard Stephen Curry first player in NBA history to hit 8+ three-point FGs in 3 consecutive games; goes 9-of- 17 three's in Warriors' 147-140 win over New Orleans; teams combine for NBA record 43 3-pointers
  • 2019-01-16 UN says at least 890 killed in ethnic violence in the western Democratic Republic of Congo in December, with 465 building destroyed, delaying the presidential election
  • 2019-01-16 Explosion by a suicide bomber aimed at US-led coalition forces at a market in Manjib, Syria, kills about 18 including four Americans
  • 2019-01-16 Egyptian city Cairo is engulfed by a sandstorm turning it orange
  • 2019-01-16 UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins vote of no confidence in her government 325 to 306
  • 2019-01-16 Australian Bureau of Meteorology tweets last four days were the country's hottest on record with Tarcoola, South Australia, reaching 49 C (120 F), Port Augusta 48.5 C (119 F)
  • 2019-01-17 China executes Cai Dongjia, the country's "godfather of crystal meth" from Boshe, Guangdong
  • 2019-01-17 Indian spiritual leader Ram Rahim Singh and two aides sentenced to life in prison for murdering journalist who exposed sexual abuse at the sect
  • 2019-01-17 Car bomb in Bogota, Colombia, outside the National Police Academy kills at least 8 and injures 41

New Famous Birthdays

  • 1904-11-01 Laura La Plante, American actress (Show Boat, Scandal) known for her work in the silent film era, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1908-01-18 Lillian Bond, English-American actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1924-03-29 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1925-02-25 Shehu Shagari, Nigerian politician, President of Nigeria (1979-83), born in Sokoto, Nigeria (d. 2018)
  • 1925-09-15 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • 1927-03-17 Roberto Suazo Córdova, President of Honduras (1982-86), born in La Paz, Honduras (d. 2018)
  • 1930-02-25 Wendy Beckett, South African British nun and TV art critic, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1931-10-06 Riccardo Giacconi, Italian American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize for Physics 2002 for X-ray astronomy, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1934-01-05 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), born in Cape Town
  • 1935-02-20 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1941-10-07 John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1943-05-20 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d 2018)
  • 1949-05-28 Steve King, American politician (Rep (R) Iowa 2003-) rebuked for racist comments, born in Storm Lake, Iowa
  • 1956-09-13 Oribe Canales, Cuban American celebrity hairdresser, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2018)
  • 1995-12-06 A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie [Julius Dubose], American rapper (Hoodie SZN), born in The Bronx, New York

New Famous Weddings

  • 1963-09-07 Future US politician Nancy D'Alesandro marries Paul Pelosi in Baltimore
  • 1971-04-10 Actress Penny Marshall marries actor and director Rob Reiner
  • 1978-05-20 Soldier and later politician Lee Hsien Loong marries first wife doctor Wong Ming Yang
  • 2018-12-30 Singer Miley Cyrus (26) marries actor Liam Hemsworth (28) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2019-01-01 Austrian women Nicole Kopaunik (37) and Daniela Paier (37) become the 1st same-sex couple to be officially married in the predominantly Catholic country, in a ceremony in Velden, southern Austria, shortly after midnight

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

  • 2018-11-03 Sondra Locke, American actress and director (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter), dies at 74
  • 2018-12-03 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), dies at 75
  • 2018-12-06 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, dies at 94
  • 2018-12-12 Meng Lang, Chinese poet and activist, dies at 57
  • 2018-12-13 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), dies at 81
  • 2018-12-16 John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), dies at 77
  • 2018-12-16 Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), dies at 89
  • 2018-12-16 Oribe Canales, Cuban American celebrity hairdresser, dies of cancer at 62
  • 2018-12-16 Colin Kroll, American co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, dies of a drug overdose at 34
  • 2018-12-17 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, dies at 83
  • 2018-12-17 Galt MacDermot, Canadian musician and composer (Hair), dies at 89
  • 2018-12-17 Penny Marshall, American actress and director (Laverne & Shirley, Big), dies at 75
  • 2018-12-20 Donald Moffat, British actor (Logan's Run), dies at 87
  • 2018-12-22 Roberto Suazo Córdova, President of Honduras (1982-86), dies at 91
  • 2018-12-26 Wendy Beckett, South African British nun and TV art critic, dies at 88