Category Archives: On This Day in History

January 22 – On This Day In History

22 January

What happened today in history?

  • 1901 – Edward VII is proclaimed King of England following the death of Queen Victoria, his mother.
  • 1924 – Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of the UK.
  • 1927 – The first ever radio commentary of a football (soccer) match is broadcast on radio. The match was Arsenal against Sheffiled United and the commentator was Teddy Wakelam.
  • 2006 – Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a single NBA basketball match, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Toronto Raptors.

Who was born today?

  • 1552 – Walter Raleigh – English explorer and soldier.
  • 1561 – Francis Bacon – English philosopher.
  • 1645 – William Kidd – Scottish sailor and privateer.
  • 1788 – Lord Byron – English poet.
  • 1907 – Dixie Dean – English footballer.
  • 1920 – Alf Ramsey – English footballer and manager.

Who died today?

  • 1901 – Queen Victoria – Queen of the United Kingdom.
  • 1973 – Lyndon B. Johnson – 36th President of the United States.
  • 2008 – Heath Ledger – Australian actor (The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain)

January 23 – On This Day In History

23 January What happened today in history? 1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi Earthquake, hits China. 1855 –  The first bridge over the Mississippi River is opened in Minnesota. 1967 – Milton Keynes in England is founded as a new town. Who was born today? 1745 – William Jessop – English enginner 1832… Continue Reading

September 2 – On This Day In History

2 September What happened today in history? 1666 – The Great Fire of London starts, and it continues to burn for three days. 1945 – World War 2 combat in the Pacific ends as Mamoru Shigemitsu (the Japanese Foreign Minister) signs surrender documents. 2013 – A new portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is opened. At… Continue Reading

September 1 – On This Day In History

1 September What happened today in history? 1914 – Martha, the world’s last passenger pigeon, dies in the Cincinnati Zoo. 1939 – Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War 2. 1952 – Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is first published. 1997 – Buckingham Palace announces the death Diana, Princess… Continue Reading

August 21 – On This Day In History

21 August What happened today in history? 1770 – James Cook claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, calling it New South Wales. 1959 – Hawaii is admitted to the United States as the 50th state of the union. Who was born today? 1936 – Wilt Chamberlain –  American basketball player. 1952 – Joe Strummer – English singer-songwriter (The Clash). 1986… Continue Reading

August 17 – On This Day In History

17 August What happened today in history? 1668 – 8000 are killed by an earthquake in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire. 1771 – The first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis is completed by James Robertson, a Scottish botanist. 1982 – First compact discs (CDs) are released to the public. 2008 – Michael Phelps becomes the first winner of 8… Continue Reading

August 16 – On This Day In Hisotry

16 August What happened today in history? 1513 – Battle of the Spurs (Battle of Guinegate). King Henry VIII  and his allies defeat French forces. 1819 – Peretloo Massacre -17 people are killed and hundreds injured when cavalry charge at a public meeting at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England. 1960 – Cyprus gains its independence form… Continue Reading

August 15 – On This Day In History

15 August What happened today in history? 1519 – Panama City is founded in Panama. 1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark. 1914 – The first ship (SS Ancon) passes through the Panama Canal. 1914 – Battle of Cer starts (the first Allied victory of World War 1).… Continue Reading

March 29 – On This Day In History

29 March What happened today in history? 1461 – Battle of Towton (Wars of the Roses). 1871 – Royal Albert Hall in London is opened by Queen Victoria. 1945 – Final day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England. Who was born today? 1957 – Christopher Lambert – American-French actor. 1959 – Perry Farrell – American… Continue Reading

March 28 – On This Day in History

28 March What happened today in history? 845 – Paris is attacked by Viking raiders. 1930 – Constantinople changes its name to Istanbul. Who was born today? 1921 – Dirk Bogarde – English actor and writer. 1981 – Julia Stiles – American actress. 1986 – Lady Gaga – American singer-songwriter.   Who died today? 1584 – Ivan the Terrible –… Continue Reading