On this day...

Posted April 14, 2010 2:33pm


4 of 5 bars
  • PRICE: Free
  • EASE OF USE: 5
SUMMARY: View a list of historical events that happened on whatever date you've chosen

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“On this day…” is an application that allows you to discover interesting facts about events that happened on the date you have selected. You can view events as recent as the late nineties, or as far back as the years before Christ. The facts are plentiful, but the features are just not there.

Upon opening the application you will be presented with the current date and a list of historical events. The events are grouped into three areas: general events, births and deaths. Each area will display only three events at first, but you can view the entire list by tapping on the “more” button. In some cases there are hundreds of events, so the list winds up being very long. With the events listed in chronological order, you’ll need to scroll to the bottom to see the most recent record.

Each event description also includes highlighted terms that may be tapped on to receive additional information. Tapping on a highlighted word will open a modified version of Wikipedia. The information opens up right inside the app, but the information is minimal and the interface is simple. To get the full, feature rich experience, the application will first try to convince you to purchase another app called “Articles.” That app will cost you an additional $2.99.

One of the more disappointing aspects of the app is that you can only use it with an Internet connection. I can understand the need for a network connection to view full articles on Wikipedia, but the app should at least be able to offer the list of events while offline. For this reason, the application is not as useful as it could be.

“On this day…” is definitely a great application for anyone who’s interested in history. It offers a large amount of historical data, and lists even that you probably have never heard about. It’s not only interesting to read for personal use, but it would probably be a fantastic educational supplement in schools. I just wish it had the features to really make it functional. All you can really do is read about facts. There are no options for saving favorite events or sharing them via email and social networking sites. It would be nice to have the ability to sort events by country and list them in reverse chronological order. Also, it would be amazing if you could view events by category, such as music or politics. This app has a ton of potential and I hope the developer keeps pumping out updates. Being a free application, there’s no risk, so go check it out.

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