March 27 – On This Day In History

27 March

What happened today in history?

  • 1625 – Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • 1854 – England declares war on Russia (Crimean War)
  • 1886 – Geronimo (an Apache leader) surrenders to the U.S. Army

Who was born today?

  • 1963 – Randall Cunningham – American football player.
  • 1963 – Quentin Tarantino – American director and screenwriter.
  • 1970 – Mariah Carey – American singer-songwriter.

 

Who died today?

  • 1625 – King James I – (King of England and Scotland).
  • 1968 – Yuri Gagarin (Russian cosmonaut).
  • 1972 – M.C. Escher – Dutch artist.
  • 2000 – Ian Dury – English singer-songwriter (The Blockheads).
  • 2002 – Dudley Moore – English actor.
  • 2002 – Billy Wilder – Polish-American director.

January 12 – On This Day In History

12 January

 

What happened today in history?

  • 1895 – The National Trust is founded in the UK.
  • 1932 – Hattie Caraway becomes the first women elected to the Senate of the United States.
  • 2010 – An earthquake in Haiti kills more than 300,000 people.

Who was born today?

  • 1729 – Edmund Burke – Irish philosopher and politician.
  • 1876 – Jack London – American writer (author of Call of the Wild and White Fang).
  • 1944 – Joe Frazier – American boxer.
  • 1963 – David Mitchell – English author.

 

Who died today?

  • 1960 – Nevil Shute – English author.

January 10 – On This Day In History

10 January

 

What happened today in history?

  • 1776 Common Sense published by Thomas Paine.
  • 1863London Underground opens (between Paddington and Farringdon)
  • 1920World War 1 officially ended by the Treaty of Versailles taking effect.
  • 1929The Adventures of Tintin is published for the first time (in Belgium).

Who was born today?

  • 1945 – Rod Stewart – English-Scottish singer-songwriter.
  • 1949 – George Foreman – American boxer.

 

Who died today?

  • 1778 – Carolus Linnaeus – Swedish botanist.
  • 1862 – Samuel Colt – American businessman.
  • 1917 – Buffalo Bill – American soldier and hunter.
  • 1971 – Coco Chanel – French designer (founder of Chanel).
  • 1976 – Howlin’ Wolf – American singer-songwriter.

January 9 – On This Day In History

9 January

 

What happened today in history?

  • 1806 – Admiral Horatio Nelson is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral following a state funeral.
  • 1909Ernest Shackleton plants a British flag 97 nautical miles from the South Pole. At the time, this was the closest anyone had ever been to the South Pole.
  • 2007 – First iPhone is unveiled by Steve Jobs.

Who was born today?

  • 1913 – Richard Nixon – 37th President of the United States.
  • 1920 – Clive Dunn – English actor (Jones in Dad’s Army)
  • 1933 – Wilbur Smith – Zambian-English author.
  • 1943 – Scott Walker – American singer-songwriter (The Walker Brothers)

 

Who died today?

  • 1995 – Peter Cook – English comedian.

January 1 – On This Day In History

1 January

Today is New Year’s day – the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar.

What happened today in history?

  • 1772 – The world’s first traveller’s cheques went on sale in London.
  • 1778The Times (UK) newspaper is published for the first time.

  • 1877Queen Victoria becomes Empress of India.
  • 1880 – Construction of the Panama Canal is started by Ferdinand de Lesseps.
  • 1892 – Ellis Island in Upper New York Bay starts to process immigrants to the United States.
  • 1934 – Alcatraz becomes a United States federal prison.
  • 1973 – The United Kingdom, Denmark and Ireland join the EEC (European Economic Community).
  • 1999 – The Euro currency is introduced.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1735 – Paul Revere – American military officer.
  • 1879 – E. M. Forster – English author (A Passage to India, Howard’s End)
  • 1895 – J. Edgar Hoover – 1st director of the FBI.
  • 1919 – J. D. Salinger – American author (The Catcher in the Rye)

 

Who died today?

  • 1953 – Hank Williams – American singer-songwriter.
  • 1965 – Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson – founded National Allied Publications which became DC Comics.

December 4 – On This Day In History

4 December

What happened today in history?

  • 1791 The Observer is published for the first time. It is the first newspaper to be published on a Sunday.
  • 1872 – The Mary Celeste ship is discovered crewless and hardly damaged.

  • 1937The Dandy comic is published for the first time.
  • 1954 – The first Burger King restaurant opens in Miami, Florida.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1930 – Ronnie Corbett – British actor and comedian (one of the Two Ronnies)
  • 1949 – Jeff Bridges – American actor (The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart, Tron and Iron Man)

 

Who died today?

  • 1993 – Frank Zappa – American singer-songwriter.
  • 2011 – Socrates – Bazilian footballer.

August 3 – On This Day In History

3 August

What happened today in history?

 

Who was born today?

  • 1803 – Joseph Paxton – British gardener, architect and designer of The Crystal Palace.
  • 1867 – Stanley Baldwin – Prime Minister of England.
  • 1887 – Rupert Brooke – English poet.
  • 1920 – P.D. James – English author.
  • 1938 – Terry Wogan – Irish broadcaster and presenter.
  • 1940 – Martin Sheen – American actor (The West Wing).
  • 1977 – Tom Brady – American football player.

 

Who died today?

  • 1792 – Richard Arkwright – English inventor and entrepreneur.
  • 1924 – Jospeh Conrad – Polish/English author (Heart of Darkness).
  • 1954 – Colette – French writer.

August 2 – On This Day In History

2 August

What happened today in history?

  • 1776 – The United States Declaration of Independence was signed.

  • 1923 – Calvin Coolidge becomes the 20th President of the United States.
  • 1934Adolf Hitler is named Fuhrer of Germany.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1820 – John Tyndall – British scientist.
  • 1932 – Peter O’Toole – Irish actor.
  • 1970 – Kevin Smith – American director and actor.

 

Who died today?

  • 1100 – William II of England – son of William the Conqueror.
  • 1997 – William S. Burroughs – American author.

August 1 – On This Day In History

1 August

Today is Yorkshire Day, celebrated since 1975 to promote the historic English county.

It is also World Scout Scarf Day. On August 1 every year scouts (both old and new) are encouraged to wear their neckerchiefs to promote the spirit of scouting. This event has taken place since 2007.

What happened today in history?

  • 1831 – A new London Bridge opens.
  • 1834 – The Slavery Abolition Act comes into force, abolishing slavery in the British Empire.
  • 1855 – The summit of Mount Rosa (the second highest mountain in the Alps) is reached for the first time.
  • 1981 – MTV starts broadcasting in the United States.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1819 – Herman Melville – American writer (Moby Dick).
  • 1942 – Jerry Garcia – American singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead).
  • 1948 – David Gemmell – British writer.

 

Who died today?

  • 30 BC – Mark Antony – Roman politician and general (supporter of Julius Caesar).
  • 1903 – Calamity Jane – American frontierswoman and scout.