On This Day in History

for Saturday 23rd May, 2015

Historical Events

Events 1 - 5 of 193

1618 - 2nd Defenestration of Prague; beginning of 30 Years War. Two Catholic Lords Regent and their secretary thrown out of window - they were not seriously injured by the 70 foot fall.
1785 - Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
1813 - South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator")
1958 - Mao Zedong starts "Great leap forward" movement in China
1998 - The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 4 of 257

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 5 of 7

1942 - Comic book artist Jack Kirby (24) weds Roz Goldstein
1953 - John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
1970 - US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)
1992 - "Once and Again" actress Sela Ward (35) weds actor Howard Sherman (42)
1992 - Actress Anjelica Huston (40) weds sculptor Robert Graham (54)

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 2 of 2

1533 - King Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon's marriage declared null & void by authority English clergy not the Pope
1934 - First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 4 of 118

Tomorrow's Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 3 of 247


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