A day-by-day collection of over 8000 events, trivia, quotations, news items, anniversaries and birthdays for every day of the year. Packed full of historical information, this is a book that can be read from cover to cover or dipped into for fascinating facts or special dates such as anniversaries or birthdays. With a whole page for each day of the year and more than 700 illustrations, this newly revised and updated edition of ON THIS DAY covers events throughout history day by day. Newspaper style articles recount all the main stories of the day in a lively way, from the Roman Empire to Mikhail Gorbachev, from the discovery of gravity to landing on the moon, from Beethoven to the Beatles. ON THIS DAY also includes extracts from diaries, letters and speeches, amusing events and trivia that maybe didnt quite make the headlines, famous peoples birthdays and a news-in brief column.