What's New at On This Day

New Famous People

New Historical Events

  • 1795-01-23 War of the First Coalition: French cavalry captures 14 Dutch ships and 850 guns near the port of Den Helder - rare instance of cavalry capturing a fleet
  • 1993-03-13 Australian Federal elections: Australian Labor Party headed by Paul Keating re-elected for a fifth term
  • 2002-05-05 Jacques Chirac wins the French Presidential election for a second term defeating Jean-Marie Le Pen leader of the far-right National Front
  • 2011-12-15 Former French President Jacques Chirac is convicted of diverting public funds, receives a two-year suspended prison sentence
  • 2019-05-17 Taiwan's parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage, the first Asian country
  • 2019-05-21 Protests across American cities defending abortion rights after several US states pass new abortion laws
  • 2019-05-21 Omani author Jokha Alharthi is the first Arabic writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" with her translator Marilyn Booth
  • 2019-05-22 UN General Assembly votes for a motion condemning UK occupation of the Chagos Islands in the Inidian Ocean and for them to reunite with nearby Mauritius
  • 2019-05-22 Protests break out in Jakarta, Indonesia against the re-election of President Joko Widodo, killing six people and injuring 200
  • 2019-05-23 The last slave ship to smuggle slaves to America from Africa, the Clotilda (sunk 1860), is found in Mobile river, Alabama
  • 2019-05-23 Brazilian cosmetics group Natura buys UK's Avon for $2 billion, creating the world's fourth-largest cosmetics company
  • 2019-05-23 Six migrant children have now died in US custody in eight months prompting calls for an investigation
  • 2019-05-23 Fifty children rescued from an international paedophile ring on the dark web in Thailand, Australia and the US by Interpol under Operation Blackwrist, main organizer sentenced to 146 years
  • 2019-05-23 More than 170 tornadoes reported in a week in US states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa, killing seven and causing widespread damage
  • 2019-05-23 Indian general election results announced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party projected to win in a landslide, world's largest-ever democratic election with over 600 million voters

New Famous Birthdays

  • 1833-06-30 Willie Park Sr., Scottish golfer (British Open 1860, 63, 66, 75), born in Wallyford, East Lothian (d. 1903)
  • 1836-10-22 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), born in Inveresk, East Lothian (d. 1904)
  • 1837-03-01 Andrew Strath, Scottish golfer (British Open 1865), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1868)
  • 1842-06-27 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1905)
  • 1855-05-07 Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1924)
  • 1859-12-29 Jack Simpson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1884), born in Earlsferry, Fife (d. 1895)
  • 1870-02-06 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), born in Earlsferry, Fife (d. 1950)
  • 1884-06-06 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1977)
  • 1908-07-12 Paul Runyan, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1934, 38), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1910-10-19 Vic Ghezzi, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1941), born in Rumson, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1911-02-03 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1911-04-05 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1916-01-10 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1918-03-17 Józef Franczak, Polish soldier and anti-communist resistance fighter who was the last cursed soldiers, born in Kozice Górne, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1963)
  • 1926-04-27 Ernest McCulloch, Canadian stem cell research pioneer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)

New Famous Weddings

  • 1353-06-03 Peter of Castile [Peter the Cruel] (18) marries Blanch of Bourbon (14) in Valladolid, Spain. Peter abandons her 2 days later for his secret wife Maria de Padilla.
  • 1371-09-21 English Prince John of Gaunt marries Constance of Castile, heir of Peter of Castile and Leon
  • 1927-11-26 Future Sound of Music matriarch and folk star Maria Augusta Kutschera (22) marries naval captain Georg von Trapp (47) in Salzburg
  • 2014-12-21 Singer Elton John marries producer David Furnish
  • 2019-05-01 Actress Sophie Turner (23) and singer Joe Jonas (29) are married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas

New Famous Divorces

  • 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
  • 2019-04-04 Amazon's Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos agree record-breaking $35 billion divorce settlement

New Famous Deaths

  • 1932-02-18 Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxony (1904-18), dies at 66
  • 1945-01-21 Rash Behari Bose, Indian revolutionary leader against the British Raj in India, dies at 58
  • 1956-05-14 Robert Willem Pieter Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper), dies at 64
  • 1987-11-05 Jan Nicolaas Bakhuizen van den Brink, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 91
  • 1993-08-08 Lou van Rees, Dutch impresario, dies at 77
  • 1995-06-10 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 76
  • 1999-05-22 Alfred Kubel, German politician, dies at 89
  • 2002-10-03 John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), dies at 79
  • 2006-11-08 Lyudmila Buldakova, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), dies at 68
  • 2007-03-07 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • 2007-08-30 Roef Ragas, Dutch actor (Missing Link, Red Rain, Juju, Mykosch), dies at 42
  • 2008-04-15 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), dies at 65
  • 2010-07-10 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott , Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), dies at 54
  • 2010-10-29 George Hickenlooper, American documentary filmmaker, dies at 47
  • 2017-04-08 Georgy Grechko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), dies at 85