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

Westminster Abbey opens

December 28


  • 1065 -¬†Westminister Abbey opens in London, it started to be built in 1042.
  • 1942 – Robert Sullivan becomes the first pilot to fly the Atlantic 100 times.
  • 1968 – The Beatles¬†White Album goes to number 1 & stays there for 9 weeks.


  • 1934 – Dame Maggie Smith – Was born in Ilford, Uk, she became an actress and starred inDeath on Nile and Clash of Titans, plus many more.
  • 1954 – Denzel Washington – Was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He became a famous actor playing Dr Chandler in St Elsewhere and playing Malcolm X.
  • 1956 – Nigel Kennedy – The English violinist was born.

First Colour Film Shown

April 9


  • 1914 – The First full colour film was shown in London.
  • 1963 – Winston Churchill became the first honorary US citizen
  • 2003 – A famous image shown throughout the world, US marines pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.


  • 1926 – Hugh Heffner was born and most famously known as the founder and publisher of the Playboy magazine.
  • 1954 – Dennis Quaid the Hollywood actor was born.
  • 1978 – Rachel Stevens was born, singer with S Club 7 and also solo after.