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

Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali

February 15


  • 1971 – Great Britain replaces the shilling and the penny with the new penny, after 1981 the word new was dropped.
  • 1973 – USSR launches Prognoz 3 to study solar activity, later Prognoz missions turned from solar study to the Big Bang and the Earth’s magnetosphere.
  • 1978 – Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 rounds for the world heavyweight title, however in a re-match Ali claimed victory with a unanimous decision.


  • 1564 – Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy. He became an astronomer and physicist he played a major role in scientific revolution.
  • 1812 – Charles Lewis Tiffany was born in Killingly, Conneticut. He became a jeweller and founded the store, Tiffany & Co in New York.
  • 1929 – Graham Hill was born in London. He became racing car driver and won the Formula One championship twice, he is the only driver to win the The Triple Championship – Le Mans and Indianapolis 500 and F1

Apple 1 is Released by Apple Computer Company

Apr 11


  • 1689 - William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain. The period of joint reign was often referred to as ‘William and Mary’.
  • 1775 – The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place. The peak of the witch hunts occurred in south-west Germany between 1561 to 1670.
  • 1976 – The Apple 1 is released by the Apple Computer Company, now Apple Inc. They were designed by Steve Wozniak.


  • 1908 – Dan Maskell was born in London, UK. He became a tennis player and won the British Tennis Championship sixteen times and then a commentator and was known as the voice of tennis.
  • 1930 – Anton Szandor LaVey was born as Howard Stanton Levey in Chicago. He is best known as founding the Church of Satan, he was the author of the Satanic Bible.
  • 1969 - Cerys Matthews was born in Cardiff, Wales. She became a singer and formed a band called Catatonia and has sung with Tom Jones.