What's New at On This Day


New Famous People


New Historical Events

  • 1515-08-25 Conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founds Havana in modern day Cuba, on the southern coast of the island. Moved to its current location in 1519.
  • 1720-08-01 South Sea bubble reaches a frenzy in London as the stock price of the South Sea Company peaks at £1,000, collapses soon after and falls to £124 by December
  • 1912-11-09 Ottoman garrison surrenders Thessaloniki / Salonika to the Greek army (OS Oct 27)
  • 1939-11-19 Comic superheros Flash (as Jay Garrick) and Hawkman (Carter Hall) first appear in "Flash Comics No. 1" published by DC
  • 2019-11-16 Samoa declares state of emergency over measles epidemic closing all schools after six deaths
  • 2019-11-17 21 year old Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) in London to become the youngest winner of the ATP Finals in 18 years
  • 2019-11-17 Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labels protesters "thugs" after unrest over higher gasoline prices brought Tehran to a standstill day before
  • 2019-11-18 World wind speeds have risen, 3x faster since 2010 than previous decades of decline, according to Princeton study published in "Nature Climate Change"
  • 2019-11-18 "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix is the 1st film R-rated film to earn $1 billion worldwide
  • 2019-11-18 Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon rainforest worst since 2008, has lost 9,762 sq km (3,769 sq miles) of vegetation in 12 months according to country's Space Agency
  • 2019-11-18 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, Cuba
  • 2019-11-18 Book written by Charlotte Bronte aged 14 for her toy soldiers bought by the Bronte Society for €600,000 at auction in Paris
  • 2019-11-18 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reverses US policy regarding Israeli West Bank settlements as illegal after 24 years
  • 2019-11-19 As many as 106 have died over five days in protests across 21 Iranian cities according to Amnesty International, just 12 deaths reported by the government
  • 2019-11-19 More than 1,000 protesters detained by police after 3-day battle at Hong King Polytechnic University

New Famous Birthdays

  • 1886-12-02 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), born in Broken Bow, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • 1919-11-06 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), born in Oporto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • 1927-12-02 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1927-12-02 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • 1938-12-02 Luis Artime, Argentine soccer striker and manager (25 caps; River Plate), born in Parque Civit, Argentina
  • 1941-11-18 Peter Pocklington, Canadian NHL team owner (Edmonton Oiler), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1947-12-02 Andy Rouse, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1981; British Saloon Car C'ship 1975, 83-85; Britcar 1985), born in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1948-06-15 Mike Holmgren, American NFL coach and executive (Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers; Seattle Seahawks; Cleveland Browns), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1955-12-02 Paul Holmgren, American NHL right wing, coach and executive (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1958-12-02 Randy Gardner, American pairs figure skater (World C'ships gold [with Tai Babilonia] 1979; US C'ships 1976–1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969-12-02 Paul Stankowski, American golfer (World Open 1996; Hawaiian Open 1997), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1970-12-02 Alex Čejka, Czech/German golfer (Volvo Masters 1995), born in Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic
  • 1997-03-10 Belinda Bencic, Swiss tennis player (Hopman Cup 2018-19 [with Roger Federer]), born in Flawil, Switzerland
  • 1997-04-20 Alexander Zverev, German tennis player (ATP Finals 2018), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1998-08-12 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek tennis player (ATP Finals 2019), born in Athens, Greece

New Famous Weddings

  • 0049-01-01 Roman Emperor Claudius marries his fourth wife and niece Agrippina the Younger
  • 1772-03-28 Charles Edward Stuart 'the Young Pretender' (52) marries by proxy Princess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern (20)
  • 1906-05-03 Waldof Astor marries fellow American Nancy Langhorne Shaw at All Souls Church in London, England
  • 2003-08-29 Comedian Amy Poehler (31) marries fellow comedian Will Arnett (33)
  • 2019-08-31 Singer Ellie Goulding (32) marries art dealer Caspar Jopling (27) at York Minister in York, England

New Famous Divorces

  • 1927-08-22 Actor Charlie Chaplin divorces his 2nd wife Lita Grey after 3 years of marriage in the largest divorce settlement at the time (US$600,000, plus trusts for children )
  • 2016-07-29 Comedians and actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett divorce after 12 years of marriage
  • 2019-08-11 Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth announce their separation and intention to divorce

New Famous Deaths

  • 1944-05-16 Ferdinand Alphons Marie van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter, dies at 27
  • 1963-09-27 Andy Coakley, American baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University, dies at 80
  • 1965-10-22 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), dies at 78
  • 1967-06-16 Reginald Denny, English actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman), dies at 75
  • 1990-06-21 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), dies at 64
  • 1998-03-11 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 86
  • 2003-10-12 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), dies at 90
  • 2004-02-12 Robert A. Bruce, American cardiologist and pioneer (exercise cardiology), dies at 87
  • 2005-04-18 Kenneth Schermerhorn, American conductor (Amer Ballet), dies at 75
  • 2007-07-29 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), dies at 79
  • 2007-11-29 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), dies at 79
  • 2008-02-13 Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director (Matatabi, Money Talks), dies at 92
  • 2008-04-22 Dora Ratjen, German man possing as woman high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), dies at 89
  • 2008-06-12 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, dies at 90
  • 2009-08-22 Beryl Sprinkel, American economist (Council of Economic Advisers), dies at 85