Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
      - Al Capp (1909-1979)


Today is Tuesday - October 17th, 2017

On This Day In History:

Island of Lost Toys

1989 - Earthquake rocks San Francisco

The deadliest earthquake to hit the San Francisco area since 1906 struck at 5:04 p.m. on this day in 1989.

The quake lasted 15 seconds, measured 7.1 on the Richter scale, and its aftermath was witnessed on live television by millions of people watching Game Three of the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

The tremor hit moments before the start of the game, and sportscasters were soon performing the duties of news anchors as they reported on the resulting pandemonium in the stadium.

The earthquake killed a total of 63 people, while more than 3,000 others were injured and more than 100,000 buildings were damaged.

Celebrating Birthdays Today:


Shinichi Suzuki
Born in 1898




Arthur Miller
Born in 1915




Montgomery Clift
Born in 1920




Evel Knievel
Born in 1938



What Happened on Your Special Day?

I became a fan of "today in history" information when I was very young. My father had a calendar that he had put together of "reasons to celebrate". If anybody asked "what are we celebrating?" my father could check his book and come up with a reason to celebrate for any day of the year. Charlie Chaplin's birthday, Buster Keaton's birthday, the anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, for every day of the year, my father's calendar had some interesting historical event that had occurred.

With this page I have tried to continue the tradition. Generally, I prefer to include birthdays and anniversaries of positive, uplifting, life affirming people and events that have had particular significance in my life. It's here because it was important to me.

I am trying to continually update with links from stories to other relevant sites. Check back regularly for a story on something interesting that happened on this day in history.

There are many, many, sites out there that have a lot of "this day in history" information. Many are not so great, full of inaccurate information and "negative vibes". However, there are a few that are really fabulous. Here are links to a few of my favorites. These sites feature "Today in History" stories for today, and some include archives that will enable you to look up information for any other date in history that is special to you:

This Day in History
The History Channel tells you what happened in Automotive, Civil War, Cold War, Crime, Entertainment, General Interest, Literary, Old West, Vietnam War, Wall Street, and World War II history for today or any day.

Life Magazine Covers
Life offers a look at covers from this day in history.

New York Times: On This Day
Lists events which occurred on each month and day of the year throughout history. Links to New York Times articles on the events when available.

Today in History
Stories and pictures from the American Memory historical collections of the U.S. Library of Congress.

The Internet Movie Database
The Internet Movie Database claims itself to be the biggest, best, most award-winning movie site on the planet. I'm not sure if it really is, but it is huge and has TONS of info on even the most obscure films, movies stars, directors, producers, etc. If it is motion picture related, you can probably find out something about it at this site.