On This Day in History

Today in History for Saturday 20th December 2014

Our today in history archives contain 200,000 events, birthdays, weddings, divorces and deaths.

Historical Events

Events 1 - 5 of 181

1522 - Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
1606 - Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia
1803 - French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark formal transfer of Louisiana Purchase from France to US for $27M
1812 - "Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is published
1917 - Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 4 of 211

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 5 of 8

1832 - Inventor William Henry Fox Talbot (32) weds Constance Mundy
1919 - Actress Gloria Swanson (20) weds businessman Herbert K. Somborn
1949 - "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (48) weds socialite Sylvia Ashley (45)
1964 - Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (25) weds Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in NYC, New York
1989 - Business magnate Richard Branson (39) weds Joan Templeman in British Virgin Islands

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 2 of 2

1984 - Actress Kate Jackson (36) divorces business executive David Greenwald after 2 years of marriage
2007 - "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 2 of 116

Tomorrow's Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 4 of 224


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