On This Day Podcast
On This Day Podcast
A time capsule of stories of the significant, intriguing or just plain forgotten events of history that all occurred on this day.
July 4th - Independence Day & the Declaration of Independence
Jul 4 • 18 min
Independence Day in America & the story behind the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Second Continental Congress On This Day in 1776. Plus, a full reading of the Declaration of Independence following the episode. (repeat)
June 28th - Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Canadian runner Terry Fox (repeat)
Jun 28 • 10 min
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that creates a ripple effect of conflict throughout the 20th century, beginning with the Great War, World War I. And Canadian runner and activist Terry Fox, who’s Marathon of Hope for cancer…
June 27th - The Last Will & Testament of James Smithson (repeat)
Jun 27 • 6 min
The Last Will & Testament of English mineralogist James Smithson, who passes away On This Day in 1829 and leaves his entire fortune to the United States of America for the creation of Smithsonian Institution “for the increase and diffusion of…
June 26th - The Berlin Airlift (repeat)
Jun 26 • 11 min
The Berlin Airlift begins On This Day in 1948, Operation Vittles and Operation Little Vittles. (repeat)
June 25th - The Murder of Stanford White (repeat)
Jun 25 • 10 min
The sensational murder of architect Stanford White On This Day in 1906 and the trial of the century that follows. (repeat)
June 17th - The Watergate Burglary (repeat)
Jun 17 • 9 min
The Watergate burglars are caught On This Day in 1972.
June 16th - Ghost Story Challenge in the Year Without A Summer & Katherine Graham (repeat)
Jun 16 • 9 min
The ghost story challenge of 1816 during the Year Without A Summer, and Washington Post Publisher Katherine Graham born On This Day in 1917. (repeat)
June 14th - Flag Day & Margaret Bourke-White (repeat)
Jun 14 • 8 min
Flag Day, and documentary photographer Margaret Bourke-White, born On This Day in 1904. (repeat)
June 8th - George Orwell’s “1984” published (repeat)
Jun 8 • 8 min
George Orwell’s “1984” published On This Day in 1949, and two American Journalists found guilty of illegally entering North Korea On This Day in 2009 (repeat)
June 6th - D-Day, the invasion of Normandy (repeat)
Jun 6 • 11 min
June 6th - D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, On This Day in 1944 (repeat)
June 5th - The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (repeat)
Jun 5 • 7 min
The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, On This Day in 1968.
April 8th - Jane Harrison & BOAC Flight 712
Apr 8 • 6 min
BOAC Flight 712 makes an emergency crash landing…On This Day in 1968. Stewardess Barbara Jane Harrison is posthumously awarded the George Cross for heroism.
April 4th - the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Apr 4 • 11 min
The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr…On This Day in 1968.
March 25th - The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Mar 25 • 6 min
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire…On this day in 1911
March 18th - The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist
Mar 18 • 9 min
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist…On This Day in 1990. Additional Music by Bernard Herrmann
March 16th - The Lebanon Hostage Crisis & Iran Contra Scandal
Mar 16 • 8 min
William Buckley, Terry Anderson, the Lebanon Hostage Crisis and the Iran Contra Scandal…On This Day. Additional Music: 06 Ghosts l by NIN
March 8th - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Mar 8 • 10 min
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370…On This Day in 2014. Outro music: 02 Ghosts l by NIN
Mar 1 • 10 min
A show announcement!, the Salem Witch Trials begin, and the bombing of the US Capitol Building…On This Day
Feb 28 • 6 min
Scientists at DuPont create nylon, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is assassinated, ATF agents raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX, and Pope Benedict XVI steps down…On This Day
Feb 27 • 7 min
Polite People Day in Russia, the Reichstag Building is set on fire, and the standoff at Wounded Knee…On This Day
Feb 26 • 7 min
Napoleon escapes his island exile on Elba, Rogue trader Nick Leeson brings the 233 year old Barings Bank to its knees, and Levis Strauss…On This Day
Feb 25 • 6 min
The Battle of Los Angeles, and Jim Backus…On This Day
Feb 24 • 9 min
Marbury v. Madison establishes the precedent of judicial review, Larry Flynt & Jerry Falwell go to court over the 1st Amendment, and Steve Jobs…On This Day
Feb 23 • 8 min
Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, US Marines raise the flag on Iwo Jima, the first mass inoculation of children with the Polio Vaccine, and the start of the Persian Gulf ground war…all On This Day!
Feb 22 • 9 min
Samuel Byck tries to fly a plane into the White House, the Miracle On Ice, and Don Pardo…On This Day
Feb 21 • 8 min
The Washington Monument, Edwin Land & the Instant Camera, and the assassination of Malcolm X…On This Day
Feb 20 • 5 min
Feb 19 • 9 min
Day of Remembrance & the internment of Japanese Americans, Aaron Burr arrested, the Battle of Iwo Jima begins…On This Day
Feb 18 • 6 min
Russian mole Robert Hanssen arrested, and the Brussels Brinks heist…On This Day
Feb 17 • 9 min
The International Red Cross is founded, the submarine HL Hunley sinks USS Housatonic, Robert Preston steals a helicopter for a joy ride over DC, and Rene Laennec inventor of the stethoscope…On This Day
Feb 16 • 8 min
The first 911 call, and the trial of John Demjanjuk…On This Day
Feb 15 • 9 min
Susan B Anthony Day, USS Maine explodes in Havana Harbor, the attempted assassination of president-elect Franklin Roosevelt, Soviets withdraw from Afghanistan, and a meteor in Chelyabinsk…On This Day
Feb 14 • 8 min
Valentine’s Day, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Jackie Kennedy gives her televised tour of the White House, and Maceo Parker…On This Day
Feb 13 • 8 min
Strawberry Fields Forever
Feb 12 • 7 min
The Lincoln Memorial, the murder of Sal Mineo, and the theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream…On This Day
Feb 11 • 6 min
The Beatles record their first album Please Please Me in 10 1/2 hours…On This Day
Feb 10 • 8 min
Gary Kasparov defeated by Deep Blue, Alexander Pushkin dies in a duel, and Shirley Temple Black…On This Day
Feb 9 • 10 min
William Morgan invents volleyball, The Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan, Wilhelm Maybach inventor of the modern automobile, and Fred Morrison inventor of the Frisbee…On This Day
Feb 8 • 6 min
The Devil’s Footprints, Stasi the East German secret police, and the kidnapping of prized racehorse Shergar…On This Day
Feb 7 • 7 min
Bob Timm & John Cook break the endurance record for the longest manned refueled flight, President Kennedy bans Cuban cigars, Lisa Leslie scores 101 points in 16 minutes, and James Murray…On This Day
Feb 6 • 7 min
The Treaty of Alliance between America and France, King Charles II & King James II, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II, and Minoru Yamasaki…On This Day
Feb 5 • 7 min
Bill Haley and The Comets arrive in England and inspire a generation of future rock’n’rollers, Byron De La Beckwith convicted of the murder of Medgar Evers, and Betty Ong…On This Day
Feb 4 • 7 min
Emperor Taizu of Song, Harry Longabaugh, George Romero, and Karen Carpenter…On This Day
Feb 3 • 8 min
Norman Rockwell, Frank Serpico is shot in a 4th floor walkup in Brooklyn, and the Day The Music Died - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper…On This Day
Feb 2 • 6 min
The Bottle Cap, Balto hero of the Iditarod Trail, and the Dyatlov Pass incident…On This Day
Feb 1 • 7 min
Combat photographer Eddie Adams takes his Pulitzer Prize winning photograph on the streets of Saigon, and the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster…On This Day
Jan 31 • 4 min
Ham the Chimp is launched into space…On This Day!
Jan 30 • 6 min
The 47 Ronin avenge their master’s death, and The Beatles perform together for the last time on the roof of the Apple Records Building in London…On This Day
Jan 29 • 5 min
Jan 28 • 6 min
Jackson Pollock, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster…On This Day
Jan 27 • 6 min
The Apollo I launchpad fire that takes the lives of NASA Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee…On This Day
Jan 26 • 7 min
Australia Day, Audie Murphy, and Wayne Gretzky & TPOH…On This Day
Jan 25 • 6 min
Burns Night & the celebration of Robert Burns, National Poet of Scotland…On This Day
Jan 24 • 5 min
One of the last Japanese Holdouts from World War 2 discovered hiding in the jungles of Guam…On This Day
Jan 23 • 7 min
Nobel Laureate Gertrude Elion…On This Day
Jan 22 • 7 min
Apple’s 1984 ad introducing the Macintosh airs for the first and only time on national television during the Superbowl…On This Day
Jan 21 • 6 min
National Hug Day, and the launch of the DeLorean DMC-12 aka the Back To The Future time machine…On This Day!
Jan 20 • 8 min
The Inauguration of the President of the United States of America…On This Day
Jan 19 • 6 min
Edgar Allen Poe & the Poe Toaster, Patricia Highsmith, and a pardon for Tokyo Rose…On This Day
Jan 18 • 8 min
Albert DeSalvo sentenced to life in prison, but not for the Boston Strangler murders…On This Day
Jan 17 • 5 min
The Doomsday Clock is set forward, and beware the military-industrial complex…On This Day
Jan 16 • 6 min
National Nothing Day, and Frank Zamboni inventor of the Zamboni…On This Day
Jan 15 • 6 min
Wikipedia Day, and the construction of The Pentagon…On This Day
Jan 14 • 7 min
Churchill & Roosevelt meet in Casablanca, and Elvis’ Aloha From Hawaii…On This Day!
Jan 13 • 8 min
The crash of Air Florida Flight 90 and the heroes of the Potomac - Lenny Skutnik, Roger Olian, Don Usher, Gene Windsor and Arland D Williams Jr…On This Day.
Jan 12 • 5 min
John Singer Sargent
Jan 11 • 6 min
14-year old Leonard Thompson receives the first insulin injection…On This Day
Jan 10 • 5 min
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense is published…On This Day
Jan 9 • 5 min
The Star Of The West comes under fire in Charleston Harbor, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge…On This Day
Jan 8 • 8 min
America is debt free! (for a brief moment in time), and David Bowie…On This Day!
Jan 7 • 5 min
Captain Thomas Mantell chases a UFO across Kentucky…On This Day
Jan 6 • 8 min
Mother Teresa arrives in India, and Nancy Kerrigan gets clubbed in the knee…On This Day.
Jan 5 • 6 min
Whipped Cream Day, and Nixon announces the development of the Space Shuttle program…On This Day
Jan 4 • 6 min
Jan 3 • 8 min
The surrender of Panama’s Manuel Noriega…On This Day
Jan 2 • 9 min
The Duquesne Spy Ring, the national speed limit lowered to 55mph, and Judith Miller…On This Day.
Jan 1 • 7 min
New Year’s Day, Public Domain Day, National Blood Donor Month, John Newton performs his hymn Amazing Grace for the first time, and the first Tournament of Roses…On This Day!
Dec 31, 2016 • 6 min
New Year’s Eve, Times Square ball drop, and Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease on a brewery in Dublin…On This Day!
Dec 30, 2016 • 7 min
The Gadsden Purchase, Wayne Gretzky scores 50 goals in 39 games, and Rudyard Kipling, Russ Tamblyn, James Burrows, Mike Nesmith & Davy Jones, Lloyd Kaufman, Patti Smith and Tracey Ullman - all born On This Day.
Dec 29, 2016 • 7 min
The 1975 LaGuardia Airport bombing, and Mary Tyler Moore…On This Day
Dec 28, 2016 • 7 min
Construction begins on Yonge Street in Toronto, Kim Il-Sung named President of North Korea, and Stan Lee…On This Day!
Dec 27, 2016 • 4 min
FDR’s OPA initiates the first rationing program during World War II…On This Day
Dec 26, 2016 • 6 min
Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s Day, Wren Day, Kwanzaa, Junkanoo, and the Indian Ocean Tsunami…On This Day.
Dec 25, 2016 • 6 min
Washington crosses the Delaware, Jesus, Isaac Newton, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Buffet, Annie Lennox, Sissy Spacek, Justin Trudeau, and James Brown wishing you a Soulful Christmas…On This Day!
Dec 24, 2016 • 5 min
The Christmas Truce of World War I…On This Day
Dec 23, 2016 • 7 min
Admiral James Stockdale: Aviator, POW, Medal of Honor recipient, Vice Presidential Candidate
Dec 22, 2016 • 6 min
General McAuliffe tells the German commander “Nuts!” at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge…On This Day!
Dec 21, 2016 • 8 min
Pan Am Flight 103 - the Lockerbie Disaster…On This Day.
Dec 20, 2016 • 5 min
Queen Elizabeth II urges Prince Charles and Princess Diana to seek an early divorce…On This Day
Dec 19, 2016 • 7 min
Valley Forge (plus my favorite resource forvo.com)
Dec 18, 2016 • 6 min
The 18th Amendment & Prohibition, Steven Spielberg & Ray Liotta (who doesn’t love Ray Liotta!)…On This Day!
Dec 17, 2016 • 10 min
The Wright Brothers and the first powered/controlled flight…On This Day!
Dec 16, 2016 • 8 min
The Boston Tea Party, and Ludwig van Beethoven…On This Day!
Dec 15, 2016 • 6 min
International Tea Day, Zamenhof Day/Esperanto Literature Day, and Tim Conway!…On This Day!
Dec 14, 2016 • 7 min
Monkey Day, and Roald Amundsen & his expedition of Norwegian polar explorers become the first people to reach the South Pole…On This Day!
Dec 13, 2016 • 6 min
The fall & Rape of Nanking…On This Day
Dec 12, 2016 • 7 min
Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic wireless transmission…On This Day!
Dec 11, 2016 • 8 min
International Mountain Day, and Big Mama Thornton…On This Day!
Dec 10, 2016 • 5 min
The last will and testament of Alfred Nobel.
Dec 9, 2016 • 5 min
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper - the Mother of Computing
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