Welcome to This Day in History


This Day in History aims to bring the past to life, reliving events and famous Birthdays of days gone by. History has been made every day since the dawn of time so we have trawled through the old newspapers and archives to find those poignant moments that live long in the memory.

What was happening in the world in past years on the day you were born? Who do you share your Birthday with? We have events and Birthdays listed for every day of the year including historical events on 29 February.

Just choose your month below then all the dates are listed in order:

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Random Historical Events

Coca Colas Wrong Formula

April 23


  • 1348 - King Edward III founded the Order of the Garter and it is announced on St George’s Day. It is the highest order of Knighthood.
  • 1927 – Turkey becomes the first country to celebrate Children’s Day as a national holiday. The day is to honour children.
  • 1985 – Coca-Cola makes a big mistake and changes its formula, they release New Coke. The response was staggeringly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months.


  • 1939 – Lee Majors was born in Michigan, US. He became an actor and is famed for playing the Bionic Man, Steve Austin he also acted in the series, The Fall Guy.
  • 1962 – John Hannah was born in Scotland. He became an actor and has starred in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sliding Doors and he also appears in adverts.
  • 1977 – John Cena was born in Massachusetts. He became a wrestler and has won 19 championships and 10 World titles.

The US Declaration of Independence

July 4


  • 1776 – John Hancock approves and signs the ammended declaration of independance giving the United States independance from Britain. July 4 is now a celebrated holiday, Independence Day.
  • 1960 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the 50 star US flag debuts.
  • 1976 – The US celebrated 200 years of independence and its bicentenial.


  • 1872 – Calvin Coolidge born in Windsor county, Vermont became the 30th President of the United states. He was a Replubican.
  • 1965 – Jo Whiley born in Northamton, England is a succesful British radio DJ.
  • 1971 – Koko is a Gorilla born in San Francisco Zoo who is apparently able to understand more than 1000 signs in American sign language.