On This Day

On This Day

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By Michael Wender
A history microcast featuring notable events this day in history, entertainment, sports, and birthdays.
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On This Day - July 16, 2019
Today is a very special day in the history of space exploration. To commemorate it, I included some special audio at the top of today's episode. Listen to relive the moment.
03:50
July 16, 2019
On This Day - July 5, 2019
After an extended break, today we return with historical tidbits concerning a classic 90’s TV show and the birthday of a famous showman. Find out what they are and more when you listen.
02:38
July 5, 2019
On This Day - June 3, 2019
Space, The King of Rock-n-Roll, and baseball make the cut for today’s historical footnotes. Listen to find out the details.
02:21
June 3, 2019
On This Day - May 31, 2019
On this day a bicycle society with a really cool name was formed. Listen to find out the name and when it was founded.
02:48
May 31, 2019
On This Day - May 30, 2019
Exploration, stunts, baseball, and football make today’s list of historical footnotes. Listen to find out the details for each.
02:23
May 30, 2019
On This Day - May 29, 2019
What Christmas classic song was recorded on this day? Listen to find out.
02:18
May 29, 2019
On This Day - May 28, 2019
Important footnotes in automotive and recording arts history are a part of today’s episode.
02:30
May 28, 2019
On This Day - May 23, 2019
Two inventions, one optical, one musical, both receive mention in today’s episode.
02:05
May 23, 2019
On This Day - May 22, 2019
Today we have footnotes for the history of news, classic TV, Major League Baseball, and famous authors. Listen to find out about each.
02:25
May 22, 2019
On This Day - May 21, 2019
Today is the anniversary of a famous flight in aviation. Think you know what it is? Listen to today’s episode to find out if you got it right.
02:34
May 21, 2019
On This Day - May 20, 2019
Clothing, classic TV, an NBA MVP, and a famous singer/actress all make the list in today’s On This Day.
02:08
May 20, 2019
On This Day - May 17, 2019
Today marks some important dates in finance and horse racing. Find out what those were in today’s episode.
02:25
May 17, 2019
On This Day - May 16, 2019
Today we’ve got footnotes on famous canned Italian food, Broadway, baseball, and a singer’s birthday. Learn what each is in today’s episode.
02:23
May 16, 2019
On This Day - May 15, 2019
Today marks the introduction of a lady’s fashion item brought about by advances in the chemical industry during WWII. Know what that item is? Listen for the answer.
02:53
May 15, 2019
On This Day - May 14, 2019
What important meeting began on this day? Hint: George Washington presided over it. Listen to today’s episode for the details.
02:39
May 14, 2019
On This Day - May 13, 2019
Today’s show includes footnotes about early US frontier law, the first commercial FM station, baseball, and more. Listen to hear today’s historical footnotes.
02:43
May 13, 2019
On This Day - May 10, 2019
In today’s episode find out who is credited with being the first women nominated for US President. Think you know? Listen to find out.
02:42
May 10, 2019
On This Day - May 9, 2019
While researching today’s episode, I became acquainted with Mr. Punch. It was an “Ah Ha!” moment for me, and I bet it will be for you too.
02:38
May 9, 2019
On This Day - May 8, 2019
Today marks the establishment of an important government office, a presidential birthday, and more. Listen to the episode for the details.
03:01
May 8, 2019
On This Day - May 6, 2019
Lakehurst, New Jersey was written into the history books on this day in 1937 for the wrong reasons. Find out why in today’s episode.
01:57
May 6, 2019
On This Day - May 3, 2019
Edmond Halley made a prediction for this day back in 1715. Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer on this day. Find out the details in today’s On This Day.
02:26
May 3, 2019
On This Day - May 2, 2019
A popular magazine was first published on this day. The FCC allowed for the beginning of a popular cultural institution on this day too. Find out what these things were and more when you listen to today’s episode.
02:32
May 2, 2019
On This Day - May 1, 2019
We’ve got two famous singers celebrating birthdays today, a theme park opening, and more in today’s episode.
02:56
May 1, 2019
On This Day - April 30, 2019
Christopher Columbus, Bugs Bunny, Lou Gehrig, and Gal Godot all get featured in today’s podcast. Found out why in today’s episode of On This Day.
02:54
April 30, 2019
On This Day - April 29, 2019
A famous French heroine made her appearance on the scene on this day in history. Today also marks the debuts of an iconic musical and an iconic sports show. Listen to today's episode to find out who, what, where and when.
04:46
April 29, 2019
On This Day - April 26, 2019
Today marks an infamous milestone in the history of environmental disasters. We also have a famous pitcher reaching a career milestone along with other items from history. Find out what they are in today's episode.
02:31
April 26, 2019
On This Day - April 25, 2019
Know how many times heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano defended his title? How about when he retired? Answers to these questions and more in today’s On This Day.
02:36
April 25, 2019
On This Day - April 24, 2019
What was the United State's first federal cultural institution? Hint: It was rather bookish. Who coached the Celtics during their record eight consecutive NBA championships? We've got your answers to these questions along with more history from this day in today's episode.
03:01
April 24, 2019
On This Day - April 23, 2019
If you've ever watched a video online, today is a significant day in online video history. Today is also the anniversary of one of the most famous faux-pas in soft drink history. Learn these historical tidbits and more in today's On This Day.
02:51
April 23, 2019
On This Day - April 22, 2019
US coinage, TV memorabilia, major league baseball, and a famous country singer/songwriter/musician all received mention in today's episode. Listen to get an ear full of historical footnotes for April 22, 2019.
02:42
April 22, 2019
On This Day - April 21, 2019
Today is an important day in the history of Texas. This is also the day a famous photograph was published, and the Chicago Bulls reached a significant milestone. Find out what we're talking about when you listen to On This Day for April 21, 2019.
03:01
April 21, 2019
On This Day - April 20, 2019
Today's footnotes include a moon landing, a ballpark opening, and more. Today's episode has your historical footnotes for April 20, 2019. 
02:32
April 20, 2019
On This Day - April 19, 2019
On this day in the 18th century, fighting broke out in Lexington, Massachusetts. Know why? Find out in today's episode. Plus, for the first time ever, I have a special co-host joining me. 
02:37
April 19, 2019
On This Day - April 18, 2019
Clean clothes, Superman, ice hockey, and late night TV all factor into today’s episode. Listen to find out how.
02:31
April 18, 2019
On This Day - April 17, 2019
An American Classic was unveiled on this day. Find out what it was in today’s episode.
02:36
April 17, 2019
On This Day - April 16, 2019
What event marked the end of The First Jewish/Roman War? What famous letter did MLK pen on this day? Answers to these questions and more in today’s episode.
02:47
April 16, 2019
On This Day - April 15, 2019
Off the top of your head, know which century Leonardo da Vinci was born in? Find out in today’s episode.
02:42
April 15, 2019
On This Day - April 14, 2019
No need to look up when the first dictionary was published, we have your answer in today’s episode.
02:23
April 14, 2019
On This Day - April 13, 2019
Today is the birthday of which US Founding Father? Today’s episode has your answer to that and more.
02:28
April 13, 2019
On This Day - April 12, 2019
Today is the anniversary of a significant milestone in the US space program. Know what it was? Today’s episode has your answer.
02:33
April 12, 2019
On This Day - April 11, 2019
When did the Revolutionary War officially end? What sporting event was the first to be broadcast live on the radio? If you’d don’t know the answers, listen to today’s episode to find out.
03:12
April 11, 2019
On This Day - April 10, 2019
On this day one of the most infamous cruises of the 20th century set sail. Know what and when it was? Today’s episode has your answers.
02:37
April 10, 2019
On This Day - April 9, 2019
Today marks a very significant milestone in the American Civil War. Know what it is? Listen to today’s episode to find out.
02:26
April 9, 2019
On This Day - April 8, 2019
Today’s footnotes include the US House of Representatives, the last episode of an iconic TV show, and a famous musical artist celebrating his birthday.
02:05
April 8, 2019
On This Day - April 5, 2019
Which US President cast the first veto? When was "We Are the World" simultaneously broadcast around the world? Who is the NBA's all-time career scoring leader? Find out the answers when you listen to today's On This Day.
02:30
April 5, 2019
On This Day - April 4, 2019
When was the design of the United States flag made official? What song did Elvis Presley record on this day? Who tied Babe Ruth's homerun record on this day? Listen for the answers. During the show I mention Malcolm Gladwell's podcast episode about the song that Elvis Presley recorded on this day. You can find that episode here: Revisionist History Podcast - Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis
03:15
April 4, 2019
On This Day - April 3, 2019
What was the name of the first successful portable computer? When was the TV Guide first published? What NHL team was the first to win 60 games? Today's episode has your answers.
02:29
April 3, 2019
On This Day - April 2, 2019
Today marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's first non-violent civil rights campaign. In what city did this campaign commence? In what year did the NCAA institute a shot clock for men's basketball? What soulful singer was born on this day? If you don't know the answers, you will after you listen to today's episode.
02:12
April 2, 2019
On This Day - April 1, 2019
What famous symbol is Oliver Pollock credited with creating? When did the last episode of The Andy Griffith Show air? If you don't know the answers, you'd better listen to today's episode of On This Day.
02:24
April 1, 2019
On This Day - March 31, 2019
Know when the Eiffel Tower officially opened? Know when Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was released? Get answers to these questions and more when you listen to this episode of On This Day.
02:10
March 31, 2019
On This Day - March 30, 2019
On this day in history, the US got a great deal on Alaska. One of our favorite superheroes made his debut this day in history. Lend us your ear, and you'll also find out which famous artist was born on this day. All this and more in today's episode of On This Day.
02:29
March 30, 2019
On This Day - March 29, 2019
Did you know Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day for natural reasons? Who were the two NHL teams to play in the first US-only Stanley Cup Final? Get answers to these questions and more in today's episode.
02:40
March 29, 2019
On This Day - March 28, 2019
Know what the New York Jets were called before they were the Jets? What country musician has a birthday today? Get answers to these questions and more in today's On This Day.
02:26
March 28, 2019
On This Day - March 27, 2019
Who took over as lead singer of Van Halen on this day? What notable officiating tool was made a permanent part of the NFL by a vote of the owners on this day? We also have a famous singing diva celebrating her birthday today. Know who it is? Get your answers on today's episode.
02:24
March 27, 2019
On This Day - March 21, 2019
What famous Dallas TV show character was shot on this day? Who tied Gordie Howe's NHL goals record on this day? Today is also the birthday of a famous classical composer. Listen to find out the answers.
02:22
March 21, 2019
On This Day - March 20, 2019
The first AC power plant came online in the US in what year? On this day, drag racer Kenny Bernstein broke what speed barrier? What beloved children's television host was born on this day? Answers to these questions and more in today's episode.
02:58
March 20, 2019
On This Day - March 15, 2019
Beware the Ides of March! Do you know in what year Julius Caesar was assassinated? Or, in what year did professional baseball get its start, and what was the team? What state is celebrating its birthday/admittance into the Union today? If you don't know, you should listen to today's episode.
03:23
March 15, 2019
On This Day - March 14, 2019
Can you name the first US astronaut to ride into space aboard a Russian spacecraft? What precursor to the modern NFL draft got started on this day? Learn these facts and more in today's episode. Plus, at the end of the show, I share with you a couple news and notes from the show.  We published our first On This Day Extra this week. It's all about eyewitnesses to history. Visit the post for videos and audio of persons who've been on-hand for some of the most historical events in America's history: On This Day Extra - Witnesses to History
03:41
March 14, 2019
On This Day - March 11, 2019
The US Patent Office, a famous New York City Theater, bowling, and a famous musician's birthday comprise today's set of historical footnotes. Find out what each is by listening to today's episode.
02:37
March 11, 2019
On This Day - March 10, 2019
In what year did Alexander Graham Bell make his first telephone call? Who was the first PA announcer for a major league team? What famous martial artist was born on this day? Listen to the podcast to get your answers.
02:34
March 10, 2019
On This Day - March 9, 2019
In what year did the Barbie doll make its debut? When did "Gone With The Wind" become available for home video purchase? Who was the first athlete to throw the discus over 160ft? What country musician was born on this day? If you don't know the answers, listen to today's episode to find out.
02:27
March 9, 2019
On This Day - March 8, 2019
I had to do a bit of 'splaining in today's show since today is the anniversary of Johann Kepler's discovery of the third Law of Planetary Motion. Listen to today's episode to find out when Kepler discovered it, and what it is.
02:48
March 8, 2019
On This Day - March 7, 2019
"We Are the World" debuted on radio in what year on this day? Know where football great Lynn Swann was born? Who played in the first professional football game televised on *cable*? Press play to listen and find out.
02:33
March 7, 2019
On This Day - March 6, 2019
Remember the Alamo? Well, do you know which year the Battle of the Alamo was fought? Who was baseball's first designated hitter? Who does Publisher's Clearing House have to thank for being born on this day? Get your answers in today's episode.
02:31
March 6, 2019
On This Day - March 5, 2019
What song is musician Eddy Grant best known for? Who was the first bowler to bowl two perfect games in a row? Listen to today's episode for answers to these questions and more.
02:48
March 5, 2019
On This Day - March 4, 2019
When did the first US Congress meet? Know when Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" debuted? Who was the first MLB team to hold their spring practice outside the United States? The answers are in today's episode.
02:10
March 4, 2019
On This Day - March 3, 2019
Today's episode features footnotes from Madame Tussand's, the NHL, and more. Listen to find out what happened On This Day.
02:20
March 3, 2019
On This Day - March 2, 2019
What Hollywood classic film debuted on this day? When was Dr. Seuss born? You can find out the answers in today's episode.
02:26
March 2, 2019
On This Day - Mar 1, 2019
Which US President signed the resolution to annex the Republic of Texas? When did Wayne Gretzky become the NHL's all-time assists leader? Listen for the answers. Bonus: Did you notice I ran a sponsored segment with some of this week's episodes? Check out the On This Day blog for details about my experiment with ads.
03:08
March 1, 2019
On This Day - Feb 28, 2019
How many Grammys did Michael Jackson receive for his "Thriller" album? Know when the first basketball game was broadcast on TV? What famous auto racer celebrates his birthday today? Today's episode has your answers.
02:33
February 28, 2019
On This Day - Feb 27, 2019
When was the first Mardi Gras celebration held in New Orleans? Know when "People" magazine was introduced? What famous American writer was born on this day? Find out the answers in today's episode.
02:45
February 27, 2019
On This Day - Feb 26, 2019
What famous national park was established on this day? What famous frontiersman was born on this day? Think you know the answers? Check yourself in today's episode of On This Day.
02:57
February 26, 2019
On This Day - Feb 25, 2019
What important event with regards to the "taming of the West" happened today? What did Cassius Clay do on this day? Do you know what famous impressionist artist celebrates his birthday today? Get your answers in today's episode.
03:14
February 25, 2019
On This Day - Feb 24, 2019
Who was the last US Navy officer to attain the rank of fleet admiral? What was the first album to be certified platinum by the RIAA? When was the nylon bristle toothbrush introduced? Today's episode has your answers.
02:25
February 24, 2019
On This Day - Feb 23, 2019
What famous candy was introduced on this day? How old is actress Dakota Fanning on this day? Listen to find out.
02:03
February 23, 2019
On This Day - Feb 22, 2019
What was Elvis Presley's first hit record? What famous US statesman was born on this day? These nuggets and more in today's episode of On This Day.
02:22
February 22, 2019
On This Day - Feb 21, 2019
What device is Edwin Land famous for? What musical group made their TV debut on American Bandstand? Which two MLB teams played in the first night game on this day? Find out in today's episode.
02:32
February 21, 2019
On This Day - Feb 20, 2019
Do you know when the MET first opened? When did minor league baseball debut? What lead actor in To Sir, with Love celebrates his birthday today?
02:16
February 20, 2019
On This Day - Feb 19, 2019
What device did Thomas Edison patent on this day? What member of the royal family is celebrating a birthday today? Who was behind the creation of the AMA show? Learn the answers to each of these questions and more in today's episode of On This Day.
02:37
February 19, 2019
On This Day - Feb 18, 2019
When was Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" first published? What famous actor is celebrating his birthday today? Tune in for today's episode and find out.
02:13
February 18, 2019
On This Day - Feb 17, 2019
Care to guess when the first high school driver's ed class was introduced? What famous hall of fame opened on this day in Springfield, MA? What all-time great basketball player was born on this day? Get your answers in today's episode.
02:46
February 17, 2019
On This Day - Feb 16, 2019
What do Howard Carter and Egypt have to do with each other? What milestone did NBA great Wilt Chamberlain reach on this day? Find out in today's episode of the On This Day Podcast.
02:25
February 16, 2019
OnThisDay - February 15, 2019
What famous national flag debuted on this day in 1965? When did Dale Earnhardt win his first Daytona 500? What famous suffragist was born on this day? Get your answers to these questions and more in today's episode of On This Day.
03:44
February 15, 2019
OnThisDay - February 14, 2019
Happy Valentines Day! Do you know what was Oscar Wilde's final play and the year it opened? When was the first NHL All-Start Game held? What famous 20th century comedian was born on this day? Listen to today's episode, and you'll know the answers.
02:03
February 14, 2019
OnThisDay - February 13, 2019
Can you name the first magazine published in the US? Do you know what ASCAP stands for and when it was formed? What famous TV show host and mayor is celebrating his birthday today?
01:57
February 13, 2019
OnThisDay - February 12, 2019
Abraham Lincoln facts bookend today's four historical footnotes on history, entertainment, sports, and birthdays.
02:05
February 12, 2019
OnThisDay - February 11, 2019
Find out when the first bicycle club was formed in the US. When was the "Superbowl Shuffle" certified gold? These historical nuggets and more in today's episode.
02:06
February 11, 2019
On This Day - February 10, 2019
Ever received a singing telegram? Find out the first year you could have. Other topics in today's show: fire prevention, major league baseball, and a famous actor's birthday.
02:14
February 10, 2019
On This Day - February 9, 2019
Know when the Hollywood Walk of Fame was started? Learn some notable details about the 9th president of the United States. Those things and more in today's On This Day. Visit us on the web at onthisday.show.
02:48
February 9, 2019
On This Day - February 8, 2019
Today is the official "birthday" of what famous American organization? Do you know what "payola" is and why this day is important? What famous Civil War general was born on this day?
02:43
February 8, 2019
On This Day - February 7, 2019
In what year did the British Invasion begin? Who signed the first six-figure major league baseball contract? When was Charles Dickens born? Think you know the answers? Find out in today's episode of On This Day.
02:37
February 7, 2019
On This Day - February 6, 2019
Today is the anniversary of one of the most extraordinary golf shots ever. Find out which President of the United States was born on this day. Learn these facts and more in today's episode.
02:48
February 6, 2019
On This Day - February 5, 2019
Learn why it became safer to walk the streets of New York on this day. Do you recall what year the Pittsburg Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl? What home run hitting baseball player was born on this day? Answers to these and more in today's On This Day.
02:49
February 5, 2019
On This Day - February 4, 2019
What does this day in history have to do with the Revolutionary War? Do you know what year the first US Winter Olympics opened? What famous aviator has a birthday today? Get the answers in today's On This Day.
01:30
February 4, 2019
On This Day - February 3, 2019
With Tax Day coming up, do you know why this day is notable? Also, what does today have to do with baseballs, basketballs, tennis balls, golf balls, and footballs? Find out the answers to those questions and more in today's episode of On This Day.
01:27
February 3, 2019
On This Day - February 2, 2019
While recording today's episode, I referenced the "National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs". It sounded stilted when I read it, but I guess that's what happens when you refer to "baseball" as two words. Listen to the episode to find out when we got professional baseball here in the States.
01:27
February 2, 2019
On This Day - February 1, 2019
Without searching, do you know when the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published? How about when the National League released their first 162 game schedule? Find the answers and more in today's episode of On This Day.
01:10
February 1, 2019
On This Day - January 31, 2019
Your daily micro-dose of history. In this first episode of On This Day, I’m sharing historical tidbits about the Apollo program, the first daytime TV soap, a famous sports stadium, and the birthday of one of baseball’s all time greats.
03:08
January 31, 2019
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