Category: On this day

Selected anniversaries : On this day

Simon Pegg (41)

In 1970, Simon Pegg was born on this date in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Don Roberts

In 1999, Don Roberts died on this date in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Patty Duke (64)

In 1946, Patty Duke was born on this date in Elmhurst, New York, USA

October 28: Chetco River

The Chetco River is a 56-mile (90 km) long stream located in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Oregon. It drains approximately 352 square …

Gene Therapy May Cure Depression

Gene therapy may one day be a viable treatment for depression. In a recent study, researchers were able to correct a genetic defect in mice …

Agnès Jaoui (46)

In 1964, Agnès Jaoui was born on this date in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France

October 19: Leonard Harrison State Park

Leonard Harrison State Park is a 585-acre (237 ha) Pennsylvania state park near Wellsboro in Tioga County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It is on …


Whipcracking, producing a cracking sound with the use of a whip, originated with cattle herding and horse riding but has since become an art that …

October 12: CFM International CFM56

The CFM International CFM56 series is a family of high-bypass turbofan aircraft engines made by CFM International with a thrust range of 18,500 to 34,000 pound-force …

John Vulich (49)

In 1961, John Vulich was born on this date in Fresno, California, USA

Yul Brynner

In 1985, Yul Brynner died on this date in New York City, New York, USA.

Plague of Justinian

The Plague of Justinian was a pandemic that afflicted the Byzantine Empire during and after the rule of Emperor Justinian I, who himself contracted the …

Laptops Toasting Users’ Skin

Laptop computers are compact enough to be operated while resting on a user’s lap, but it turns out that doing so for long periods can …


One of the world’s oldest religious sites, the Mnajdra temple complex is found on the southern coast of the Mediterranean island of Malta, located just …

Child Soldiers

Children have been used extensively in military campaigns as direct combatants, porters, spies, and sex slaves throughout history, even in societies where such involvement is …

Bob Spiers

In 1945, Bob Spiers was born on this date in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Anthony Mackie (31)

In 1979, Anthony Mackie was born on this date in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Popular People First to Get Flu

Being popular may have its perks, but according to researchers, it also has at least one drawback—popular people tend to get the flu about two …

Lack of Ice Leads Walruses Ashore

Tens of thousands of walruses in northwest Alaska have moved ashore because the sea ice they typically rest on between dives has melted. This sort …

September 19: Terry Fox

Terry Fox (1958–1981) was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete and cancer research activist. He was a distance runner and basketball player, and continued both pursuits after …

Robert Blake (77)

In 1933, Robert Blake was born on this date in Nutley, New Jersey, USA

Bryan Singer (45)

In 1965, Bryan Singer was born on this date in New York City, New York, USA

Tom Hardy (33)

In 1977, Tom Hardy was born on this date in Hammersmith, London, England, UK

Virgil Calotescu

In 1991, Virgil Calotescu died on this date in Bucharest, Romania.