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

Pittsburgh Gazette Newspaper Published

July 29


  • 1567 – James VI is coronated as King of Scots succeeding his mother, Mary Queen of Scots.
  • 1786 – The Pittsburgh Gazette newspaper is published. Now known as The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • 1957 – The International Atomic Energy Agency was formed, four years after the proposal by Dwight D. Eisenhower.


  • 1883 – Benito Mussolini is born in Forli, Italy and went on to become a Fascist Italian dictator.
  • 1972 – Wil Wheaton born in Burbank, California is an actor best known for playing the role of Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • 1983 – Alexei Kaigorodov born in Chelyabinsk within the old Soviet Union is a Russian Professional Ice Hockey player.

Sydney Opera House Opens

October 20


  • 1634 – King Charles I of England disbanded the controversial “Ship Money” which was a non Parliament approved tax he levied against coastal towns during times of war.
  • 1973 – Queen Elizabeth II of England opened the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
  • 1991 – A devastating earthquake strikes the Uttarkashi region of India with a magnitude of 6.8.


  • 1632 – Christopher Wren born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire is one of the most influential architects in British history.
  • 1971 – Snoop Dogg born Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, California is a successful American rap artist record producer and actor.
  • 1971 – Dannii Minogue born in Melbourne, Australia is a singer, actress and sister to Kylie Minogue.