What's New at On This Day

New Famous People

New Historical Events

  • 1072-06-29 Former Byzantine Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes blinded by rivals and exiled
  • 1832-02-29 Charles Darwin walks through the tropical forests of Bahia in Brazil, describing the experience as being in "transports of pleasure"
  • 2006-10-23 "The Black Parade" 3rd studio album by My Chemical Romance is released
  • 2018-02-01 Archaeologists announce discovery of thousands of undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation, Guatemala, using Lidar, suggests population of 10 million
  • 2018-02-07 Angel Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party reaches a coalition deal with Social Democrats after four months
  • 2018-02-12 Oxfam deputy director resigns over charity's failure to deal with sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti and Chad
  • 2018-02-12 Tropical cyclone Gita strikes Tonga as a category four cyclone causing widespread damage
  • 2018-02-13 Israeli Police report recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges
  • 2018-02-13 South Africa declares a three-year drought a National Disaster, though pushes Cap Town's "Day Zero" to June 4
  • 2018-02-13 South African President Jacob Zuma is ordered to step down by the A.N.C.
  • 2018-02-14 Ex-student Nikolas Cruz guns down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, before being captured
  • 2018-02-14 South African President Jacob Zuma resigns from office
  • 2018-02-15 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns in a surprise move
  • 2018-02-15 First known case of transgender woman breastfeeding reported in "Transgender Health Journal" in US
  • 2018-02-15 Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as South African President, replacing Jacob Zuma

New Famous Birthdays

  • 1839-09-17 Ira Erastus Davenport, American magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1911)
  • 1920-04-27 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), born in Starokostiantyniv, Ukraine (d. 1997)
  • 1924-02-22 Martin Engelman, Dutch cartoonist, painter and graphic artist, born in Hoenkoop, the Netherlands
  • 1930-05-04 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, born in Hackney, England (d. 1991)
  • 1936-10-19 Sylvia Browne, American author and self-proclaimed medium dubbed "America's most controversial psychic," born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1953-02-14 Carmine Rojas, American composer, musical director and bass guitarist (Joe Bonamassa), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1954-08-23 Charles Busch, American actor, screenwriter, playwright and drag queen (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), in Hartsdale, New York
  • 1955-04-24 John Epperson [Lypsinka], American drag artist and actor, born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • 1959-11-08 Larry David Paciotti [Chi Chi LaRue], American gay alternative film director and drag queen, born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • 1960-07-11 Ariel Castro, Puerto Rican-born American criminal famous for kidnapping 3 women between 2002-4, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • 1962-08-14 Lady Bunny [Jon Ingle], American drag queen, promoter and founder of the annual Wigstock event, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1972-02-12 Latrice Royale [Timothy Wilcots], American drag queen and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Compton, California
  • 1981-03-20 BeBe Zahara Benet [Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa], Cameroonian male model and drag queen (S1 winner: America's Next Drag Superstar), born in Cameroon
  • 1982-06-30 Willam Belli, American drag queen, model, reality television personality (Nip/Tuck, RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1988-11-06 Conchita Wurst [Thomas Neuwirth], Austrian singer and drag queen (Eurovision Song Contest winner: 2014), born in Gmunden, Austria

New Famous Weddings

  • 1914-07-21 Fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (23) marries Wilhelm Frederick Wendt de Kerlor (30) in London
  • 1925-04-02 Lawyer Hans Frank (24) weds secretary Brigitte Herbst (29) in Munich, Germany
  • 1938-10-23 SS Officer Amon Göth (29) weds Anny Geiger on a civil ceremony
  • 1978-12-17 Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (26) weds dental hygienist Marilou York (23) on a civil ceremony
  • 2013-12-29 YouTube star Casey Neistat (32) weds Candice Pool in Cape Town, South Africa

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
  • 1987-01-29 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry
  • 2001-08-08 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman divorce after 10 years of marriage

New Famous Deaths

  • 1919-07-02 Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette, dies at 72
  • 1954-09-29 William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet and scholar, dies at 73
  • 1958-04-08 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), dies at 76
  • 1965-06-21 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen), dies at 72
  • 1970-12-24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, dies at 41
  • 1974-04-22 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer and journalist (Tong Tong), dies at 63
  • 1991-02-13 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, dies after a heart bypass operation at 60
  • 1995-02-14 Israël "Ischa" Meijer, Dutch journalist, critic and author (Een Dik Uur Ischa, Boezemvriend), dies of a myocardial infarction at 52
  • 2005-06-18 J.J. Pickle, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1963-95), dies at 91
  • 2006-05-30 Marius van Amelsvoort, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 75
  • 2008-02-27 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), dies at 79
  • 2011-07-11 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, dies at 88
  • 2013-05-04 Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician, dies at 98
  • 2013-07-02 Sef Imkamp, Dutch politician, dies at 88
  • 2013-11-12 Aleksandr Serebrov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17), dies at 69