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

France First To Go Metric

August 1


  • 1793 – France becomes the first country to use the metric system.
  • 1834 – Slavery is abolished by the British Empire with an emacipation bill.
  • 1936 – Adolf Hitler opened the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.


  • 10 BC – Claudius born in Lugdunum, Gaul was the 4th Emporer of the Roman Empire.
  • 1744 – Jean-Baptiste Lamarck born in Paris was a French naturalist.
  • 1963 – Coolio born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Monessen, Pennsylvania is an American rapper, actor and record producer. One of his big hits was Gangsta’s Paradise released in 1995.

The Battle of Papudo

November 26


  • 1865 – The naval Battle of Papudo took place near Valparaiso in Chile in which the Chileans were victorious over the Spanish.
  • 1941 – Lebanon gained its independence from France.
  • 1998 – In an historic move, Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of Great Britain became the first PM to address the Parliament of the Republic of Ireland.


  • 1731 – William Cowper born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire was an English poet.
  • 1922 – Charles M. Schulz born in Santa Rosa, California was an American cartoonist who created the Peanuts comic strip.
  • 1939 – Tina Turner born in Nutbush, Tennessee is an American singer, author and actress. Her career has spanned over 50 years.