What's New at On This Day

New Famous People

New Historical Events

  • 1777-01-26 Captain James Cook stops in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) with Resolution, for supplies, on his 3rd trip to Pacific Ocean
  • 1777-02-12 Captain James Cook arrives at Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand, aboard Resolution, on his 3rd trip to Pacific Ocean
  • 1897-05-14 Oldest continuously operating movie theater in the world, the State Theatre first opens in Washington, Iowa (Guinness World Records)
  • 1907-05-22 Plaza Cinema opens in Ottawa, Kansas, the world's oldest purpose-built movie theatre
  • 1975-12-08 Radio station 4ZZZ begins transmitting in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia at 105.7 FM; frequency changes to 102.1 FM in 1978
  • 1976-07-30 Future TV personality ('Keeping Up with the Kardashians') and transgender figure, Bruce Jenner (now Caitlin Jenner) sets WR 8,618 points to win decathlon gold at Montreal Olympics
  • 1988-08-08 Rap group N.W.A. release their debut studio album "Straight Outta Compton"
  • 1991-07-02 Film "Boyz n the Hood" directed by John Singleton, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube is released
  • 2004-11-30 RCA releases "Breakaway", Kelly Clarkson's 2nd studio album; wins 2 Grammy Awards and becomes her best selling album to date with over 12 million units sold
  • 2021-11-23 Egypt reopens its 3000 year old Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor with a grand ceremony
  • 2021-11-27 Jack Dorsey announces he is stepping down as CEO of Twitter, to be replaced by Parag Agrawal
  • 2021-11-28 Barbados becomes a Republic, removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state in a ceremony with Sandra Mason sworn in as the first President, with Rihanna declared a national hero
  • 2021-11-29 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Argentina and PSG forward Lionel Messi wins his record 7th award from Robert Lewandowski; FC Barcelona attacking midfielder Alexia Putellas is Women's World Player of the Year
  • 2021-11-30 Josephine Baker becomes the first black woman to be honored at Paris’ Panthéon, France's highest honor
  • 2021-11-30 El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years in the US for helping run her husband's drug cartel and aid his escape from prison

New Famous Birthdays

  • 1905-05-24 George Nakashima, American furniture maker and architect, born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1935-09-12 Richard Hunt, American sculptor (1st African American to have major retrospective at MOMA), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-07-20 John Sillett, English soccer defender (Chelsea, Coventry City, Plymouth Argyle) and manager (Coventry City FA Cup 1987), born in Southampton, England (d. 2021)
  • 1938-06-08 Martin Lee, Hong Kong politician (Democratic Party: 1985-2008) and barrister known as the "Father of Democracy" in Hong Kong, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1940-03-05 Tetsuya Noda, Japanese artist, photographer and printmaker (Diary series), born in Uki, Japan
  • 1940-11-20 Erwin Wilczek, Polish soccer midfielder, forward (16 caps; Górnik Zabrze), born in Wirek, Poland (d. 2021)
  • 1945-06-30 Sean Scully, Irish-born British American artist (Opulent Ascension), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1945-09-07 Vic Pollard, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 2 x 100s, 40 wickets) and soccer midfielder (7 caps; Rangers AFC), born in Burnley, England
  • 1951-07-28 Ray Kennedy, English soccer midfielder, forward (17 caps; Arsenal, Liverpool), born in Seaton Delaval, England (d. 2021)
  • 1960-08-08 Cheyne Horan, Australian surfer (World C'ship runner-up 1978, 79, 81, 82), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1974-12-01 Salva Dut, Sudanese American activist (Water for South Sudan) and former 'Lost Boy of Sudan', born in Southwestern Sudan
  • 1984-12-01 Yolandi Visser, South African rapper (Die Antwoord), born in Port Albert, South Africa
  • 1990-12-01 Chanel Iman, American model (Victoria's Secret Angel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2000-12-01 Truitt Battin, American soccer player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 2003-12-01 Robert Irwin, Australian TV personality and photographer, born in Buderim, Australia

New Famous Weddings

  • 1817-11-04 German composer Carl Maria von Weber (30) weds opera singer Caroline Brandt
  • 1969-02-18 Scottish pop singer Lulu (20) weds British rock musician Maurice Gibb (19); divorce in 1973
  • 2017-02-04 American singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett (59) weds April Kimble in Harris County, Texas
  • 2018-03-25 "The View" former co-host Star Jones (56) weds attorney Ricardo Lugo on a cruise ship in the Bahamas
  • 2021-11-09 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai ties the knot with Asser Malik in an Islamic Nikkah ceremony in Birmingham, England

New Famous Divorces

  • 1977-06-06 Former Beatle George Harrison (33) and British model Pattie Boyd (32) divorce after 11 years of marriage
  • 2014-12-03 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (44) and Broadway actress Idina Menzel (43) file for divorce after 11 years of marriage
  • 2021-08-03 Singer Kelly Clarkson divorces talent manager Brandon Blackstock after 7 years of marriag

New Famous Deaths

  • 1922-11-06 Morgan Bulkeley, American politician (US Senator - Connecticut 1905-11) and Baseball HOF administrator (NL President 1876), dies at 84
  • 2001-04-20 Bert Sutcliffe, New Zealand cricket batsman (42 Tests, 5 x 100s, TS 230no; Otago CA), dies at 77
  • 2002-07-05 Grant Beglarian, American composer, dies at 74
  • 2005-05-31 Jaime Mendoza-Nava, Bolivian-American composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 2008-02-22 Maurice Laing, English builder (John Laing & Son) dies at 90
  • 2008-07-24 Robert T. Herres, American air force officer (Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff), dies at 75
  • 2008-12-15 Geraldine McCullough, American painter and sculptor (Phoenix), dies at 91
  • 2011-08-15 Eric Dempster, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, TS 47, 2 wickets; Wellington CA), dies at 86
  • 2019-12-27 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), dies at 88
  • 2020-10-10 Leon Biriotti, Uruguayan composer and oboist, dies at 90
  • 2021-11-06 Peter Aykroyd, Canadian actor, comedian, and writer (SNL, 1980; PSI Factor), dies of septicemia caused by an untreated abdominal hernia at 65
  • 2021-11-30 Erwin Wilczek, Polish soccer midfielder, forward (16 caps; Górnik Zabrze), dies at 81
  • 2021-11-30 John Sillett, English soccer defender (Chelsea, Coventry City, Plymouth Argyle) and manager (Coventry City FA Cup 1987), dies at 85
  • 2021-11-30 Ray Kennedy, English soccer midfielder, forward (17 caps; Arsenal, Liverpool), dies from Parkinson's disease at 70
  • 2021-11-30 (Chembolu) Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, Indian poet and film and theater lyricist ("Vidhata Thalapuna"), dies of lung cancer at 66