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

Boston UFO sighting in 1664

January 18


  • 1644 – Baffled Pilgrims reported seeing a UFO in Boston, although a similar experience was spoken about by a reputable and sober chap called James Everell and two companions in March 1639 of a bright hovering light, they were also in Boston.
  • 1896 – The first demonstration of an x-ray machine was in New York.
  • 1974 – The $6 Million Man series premieres on ABC TV starring Lee majors as Steve Austin a former astronaut with bionic implants.


  • 1779 – Peter Roget - was born in London, UK. He created the thesaurus and invented the sliding rule, along with inventing the pocket chessboard.
  • 1892 – Oliver Hardy - was born in Harlem, Georgia, US. He became part of the hit comedy team of Laurel & Hardy.
  • 1955 – Kevin Costner - was born in Los Angeles, California, US. He became an actor and has starred in numerous films including Dances with Wolves, JFK, Field of Dreams, The Bodyguard and many more.

King Henry VI was born

December 6


1492 - Haiti was discovered by Christopher Columbus at Môle Saint Nicolas
1963 – The Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
1933 – The ban, in the USA of the novel “Ulysses” by Irish author James Joyce was lifted. The ban was imposed due to objections about obscenity.


1421 – Henry VI – Also known as Henry of Windsor this former King of England was born.
1932 – Don King – Was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Famed for being a boxing promoter for Muhammud Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.
1948 – JoBeth Williams – Born in Houston Texas became an actress and starred in the well known and classic films such as Kramer vs Kramer and Poltergeist.