What's New at On This Day

New Famous People


New Historical Events

  • 1987-08-21 "Dirty Dancing" film directed by Emile Ardolino, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey opens in the US
  • 1997-10-01 Zimbabwe and New Zealand tie their One Day International cricket match in Bulawayo; Black Cap tail-ender Gavin Larson is run out on last ball at 9/233 amidst crowd surging onto field; 13th ODI tie
  • 1998-10-01 LA's Mauricio Cienfuegos and Martin Machon equal the MLS playoff record of 3 assists each as the Galaxy roll to a 6-1 win over the Dallas Burn at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
  • 1999-10-01 Sourav Ganguly smashes 11 fours and 5 sixes for a blistering 139 as India (277/6) dominates Zimbabwe (170) in the 6th cricket LG Cup ODI in Nairobi
  • 1999-10-01 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the Houston Rockets move All Star forward Scotty Pippen to Portland Trail Blazers for Kelvin Cato, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Carlos Rogers, Ed Gray and Brian Shaw
  • 2000-10-01 German canoeist Birgit Fischer teams with Katrin Wagner to win the K2 500m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; becomes first woman to win 2 or more medals at 4 Summer Olympics; only 4th woman to win 7 career gold
  • 2002-10-01 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat
  • 2015-10-01 NY Yankees record the 10,000th win in their illustrious history, and also clinch wild card slot; beat the Red Sox, 4-1, at a rainy New Yankee Stadium; NY bullpen ties MLB record with their 589th victim of the season
  • 2017-05-21 BTS wins the Top Social Artist at the Billboard Awards, becoming the first Kpop group to win any Billboard Award
  • 2018-08-31 19-year old Indonesian boy rescued after 49 days afloat when his floating fish trap became adrift
  • 2018-09-04 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 91
  • 2018-09-04 400-year old sunken Portuguese spice trade ship discovered near port of Cascais, Portugal
  • 2018-09-21 Fossil of Dickinsonia, “the Holy Grail of palaeontology” proven to be oldest known animal fossil, 558 million years old from White Sea, Russia
  • 2018-09-23 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches "Modicare", free heathcare for 500 million, world'd biggest healthcare program
  • 2018-09-23 Mud volcano, the Otman-Bozdag, erupts 300m (980ft) high, near Baku, Azerbaijan

New Famous Birthdays

  • 1869-04-02 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, manager (Detroit Tigers manager 1907-20), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1928)
  • 1920-06-26 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)
  • 1941-05-29 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946-10-17 Michael Hossack, American drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1949-09-14 Edward "Ed" King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • 1953-09-11 Renée Geyer, Australian singer (It's A Man's Man's World, Stares and Whispers), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1955-09-14 Steve Berlin, American saxophonist, keyboardist and record producer (Los Lobos, Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955-09-16 Janet Ellis, English television presenter (Blue Peter, Jigsaw), born in Kent
  • 1957-01-08 Ron Cephas Jones, American actor (This is Us), born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • 1965-12-07 Jeffrey Wright, American actor (Angels in America, Westworld), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-09-02 Katt [Micah Sierra] Williams, American comedian, actor, rapper, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1979-12-03 Tiffany Haddish, American comedian and actress (Girls Trip), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980-08-11 Merrit Weaver, American actress (Nurse Jackie, Godless), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1985-09-22 Tatiana Maslany, Canadian actress (Orphan Black), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1987-02-05 Darren Criss, American actor and singer-songwriter (Glee), born in San Francisco, California

New Famous Weddings

  • 1597-04-27 Astronomer Johannes Kepler marries widow Barbara Müller
  • 1613-10-30 Astronomer Johannes Kepler marries his second wife Susanna Reuttinger
  • 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
  • 2018-07-31 Actor David Hasselhoff (66) marries third wife Hayley Roberts (38) in Italy

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

  • 1991-10-27 Andrzej Panufnik, Polish composer (Tragic Overture), dies at 77
  • 1992-08-01 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), dies at 76
  • 1994-01-24 Yves Navarre, French writer (Le Jardin d'acclimatation), dies at 53
  • 1994-11-28 Ian Serraillier, English children's books author (The Silver Sword), dies at 82
  • 1995-09-21 John Lapsley, British air marshal, dies at 78
  • 1996-03-22 Václav Nelhýbel, Czech-American composer (Everyman), dies at 76
  • 1998-11-10 Svetlana Beriosova, Lithuanian-British ballerina, dies at 66
  • 1998-11-16 David Lane, British Conservative politician and CEO (Commission for Racial Equality), dies at 76
  • 2000-10-06 William Putnam Bundy, American attorney and intelligence expert (9th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), dies at 83
  • 2004-11-06 Robert Lang, English actor (Night Watch), dies at 70
  • 2013-03-01 Sammy Guillen, West Indian cricketer (wicket-keeper for West Indies & NZ), dies at 88
  • 2014-04-10 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), dies at 95
  • 2014-12-10 Catherine Hughes [Pestell] British principal (Somerville College Oxford), dies at 81
  • 2016-02-29 Edward M. Lawson, Canadian trade unionist and politician, dies at 86
  • 2018-07-03 Richard Swift, American singer and songwriter, dies at 41