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

The Battle of North Point

September 12


  • 1814 – The Battle of North Point took place at North Point in Maryland, it was part of the War of 1812. Tactically the British forces were victorious but the battle delayed the advance on Baltimore which resulted in the American forces building a greater defense of the city. The Americans were then victorious over the British in the forthcoming Battle of Baltimore, a victory of greater importance when looking at the War of 1812.
  • 1953 – The then congressman John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier whom he met a year earlier at a dinner party.
  • 2005 – Disneyland opens in Penny’s Bay on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.


  • 1913 – Jesse Owens born in Oakfield, Alabama was a track and field athlete who specialised in the sprint events. He won 4 gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
  • 1940 – Linda Gray born in Santa Monica, California is an actress who is most famous for playing the role of Sue Ellen Ewing in the long running TV series “Dallas”.
  • 1944 – Barry White born in Galveston, Texas was an award winning American singer/songwriter. He had hits including “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”.

Readers Digest first published

February 5


  • 1782 – The Spanish take Minorca, as now part of the Balearic islands located in the Mediterranean from the English.
  • 1922 – The Reader’s Digest magazine was first published, it was first started by Dewitt Wallace while he recovered from shrapnel wounds from the first world war.
  • 1973 – The Comic strip of Hagar the Horrible debuts, it was created by cartoonist Dik Browne and nicknamed by his sons.


  • 1788 – Sir Robert “Bobbie” Peel was born in Lancashire, England. He became British Prime Minister twice and helped to create the British police force, hence the nickname given to the constabulary as Bobbies.
  • 1878 – André-Gustave Citroën was born Paris, France. He became an industrialist and is famed for the make of car named after him. He founded the Citroën auto company in 1919.
  • 1958 – Jennifer Jason Leigh born as Morrow in Los Angeles. She became an actress and starred in Single White Female.