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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 1,298

1493-05-04 - Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain & Portugal
1493-09-25 - Columbus sails with 17 ships on 2nd voyage to the Americas
1494-06-07 - Treaty of Tordesillas, Spain & Portugal divide America
1497-05-02 - John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic
1497-08-06 - Italian explorer John Cabot returns to Bristol from North America (Newfoundland) - first European to do so since the Vikings
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus 1498-05-30 - Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America
1503-01-20 - Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) found (Spain) to deal with American affairs
1507-04-25 - German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller 1st to use the name America on his world map Universalis Cosmographia
1541-03-18 - Hernando de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)
1542-11-22 - Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America
1564-10-18 - John Hawkins begins 2nd trip to America
1598-04-30 - 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)
1607-04-26 - 1st British colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de SotoSpanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto 1607-06-21 - 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown
1619-08-20 - 1st known African Americans (appox. 20) land at Jamestown Virginia aboard Dutch vessel then sold or traded into servitude for supplies
1620-07-31 - Pilgrim Fathers depart Leiden for England before heading to America
1620-11-21 - Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Mass
1621-03-16 - Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth Mass
1622-03-22 - 1st American Indian (Powhattan) massacre of whites Jamestown Virginia, 347 slain
1623-03-05 - 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
1629-03-24 - 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia
1630-06-25 - Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop
1636-12-13 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.
1639-06-10 - 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington Delaware)
1639-09-25 - First printing press in America
1642-03-01 - Georgeana (York) Maine became the 1st incorporated American city
1642-06-14 - 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts
1644-01-18 - Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
1647-05-26 - Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
1652-06-10 - In Boston, John Hull opens the 1st mint in America
1662-01-27 - 1st American lime kiln begins operation (Providence RI)
1663-09-13 - 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
1664-03-12 - 1st naturalization act in American colonies
1668-03-25 - 1st horse race in America takes place
1675-01-08 - 1st American commercial corporation chartered (NY Fishing Co)
1676-08-12 - 1st war between American colonists & Indians ends in New England
1677-01-21 - 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston
1678-08-03 - Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon
1680-07-08 - The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William PennEnglish Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn 1681-03-04 - English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania
1683-09-24 - King Louis XIV expels all Jews from French possessions in America
1690-02-03 - 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)
1690-12-10 - Mass Bay becomes 1st American colonial goverment to borrow money
1691-02-17 - Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1693-07-08 - NYC authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies
1694-10-23 - American colonial forces, led by Sir William Phipps, fail to seize Quebec.
The Sun King of France Louis XIVThe Sun King of France Louis XIV 1697-09-03 - King William's War in America ends with Treaty of Ryswick
1703-11-24 - 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Phila
1715-11-25 - First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
1716-11-26 - 1st lion exhibited in America (Boston)
1721-05-25 - John Copson becomes America's 1st insurance agent
1721-06-26 - Dr Zabdiel Boylston gives 1st smallpox inoculations in America
1732-02-26 - 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia
1733-01-18 - 1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston)
1733-07-30 - Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston
1735-02-18 - 1st opera performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, SC
1741-02-13 - Andrew Bedford publishes 1st American magazine (American Magazine)
1741-06-15 - Capt Bering leaves Petropavlovsk, sailing to America
1743-03-14 - 1st American town meeting (Boston's Faneuil Hall)
1745-03-09 - Bells for 1st American carillon shipped from England to Boston
1745-06-17 - American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton Island from French
1750-03-05 - 1st American Shakespearean production-"altered" Richard III, NYC
1750-12-01 - First school in America to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland
1751-02-25 - 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
1751-05-01 - 1st American cricket match is played
1754-05-09 - 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
1755-03-12 - 1st steam engine in America installed, to pump water from a mine
1759-01-11 - 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia
1759-12-13 - 1st music store in America opens (Phila)
1760-02-16 - Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, SC
1764-11-16 - Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac
1767-05-14 - British government disbands Americans import duty on tea
1767-06-29 - British pass Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America
US Revolutionary Samuel AdamsUS Revolutionary Samuel Adams 1768-02-11 - Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
1768-02-15 - 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia
1768-02-20 - 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn)
1768-07-18 - Boston Gazette publishes "Liberty Song", America's 1st patriotic song
1770-03-05 - Boston Massacre, British troops kill 5 in crowd. Native African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die. Later held up as early black martyr. Galvanised anti-British feelings
1771-05-16 - The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
1773-10-12 - America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
1773-10-14 - American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland.
1774-06-02 - Intolerable Acts: Amendment to original Quartering Act enacted, allowed governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters not provided.
1774-10-21 - First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
1774-12-13 - 1st incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Ft William and Mary, New Hampshire
1775-01-11 - Francis Salvador becomes 1st Jew elected to office in America (SC)
1775-01-25 - Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)
1775-05-10 - Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga NY-American Revolution
1775-05-17 - American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.
First US President George WashingtonFirst US President George Washington 1775-06-15 - George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of American Army
1775-07-26 - United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin
1775-09-25 - American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured
1775-10-18 - African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
1775-11-13 - American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal
1775-12-31 - Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold
1776-03-02 - Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
1776-03-04 - The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
Poet Phillis WheatleyPoet Phillis Wheatley 1776-05-02 - France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
1776-08-10 - American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
1776-08-27 - British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
1776-08-29 - Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 8,927

1454-03-09 - Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America)
1576-10-12 - Thomas Dudley, English-born American colonial magistrate (d. 1653)
1615-01-30 - Thomas Rolfe, American colonial settler and only child of Pocahontas and John Rolfe (d. 1675)
1624-01-03 - William Tucker, 1st Black child born in America
1624-08-05 - William Tucker, Jamestown Va, 1st child of African descent born in English America
1630-01-11 - John Rogers, American President of Harvard in the US (d. 1684)
1631-09-30 - William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (d. 1701)
1641-08-05 - John Hathorne, American magistrate (d. 1717)
1643-05-07 - Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician (d. 1700)
1643-09-27 - Solomon Stoddard, American Puritan clergyman
1647-09-23 - Joseph Dudley, American statesman (d. 1720)
1652-03-28 - Samuel Sewall, American magistrate (d. 1730)
1658-03-05 - Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, french colonial governor of America
1662-08-25 - John Leverett the Younger, American educator (d. 1724)
1665-07-02 - Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (d. 1726)
1670-02-28 - Benjamin Wadsworth, American President of Harvard University (d. 1737)
1675-07-05 - Mary Walcott, American accuser at the Salem witch trials
1679-10-18 - Ann Putnam, Jr., American accuser in the Salem Witch Trials (d. 1716)
1686-07-09 - Philip Livingston, Albany, New York, American businessman and politician (d. 1749)
1689-06-26 - Edward Holyoke, American academic (d. 1769)
1694-08-26 - Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (d. 1755)
1696-11-02 - Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans (d. 1760)
1699-03-23 - John Bartram, naturalist/explorer, father of American botany
1703-06-26 - Thomas Clap, American academic (d. 1767)
1706-05-20 - Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)
1710-01-03 - Richard Gridley, American Revolutionary soldier (d. 1796)
1710-10-12 - Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman (d. 1785)
1711-04-22 - Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College (d. 1779)
1711-09-09 - Thomas Hutchinson, American politician (d. 1780)
1711-10-17 - Jupiter Hammon, 1st black American to publish poetry (Complete Works)
1711-10-20 - Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (d. 1795)
1712-10-12 - William Shippen, American physician and statesman (d. 1801)
1714-09-19 - Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress (d. 1786)
1714-12-19 - John Winthrop, American astronomer (d. 1779)
1715-03-07 - Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (d. 1755)
1716-01-15 - Philip Livingston, American businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independence)
1717-01-29 - Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America/fieldmarshal
1717-06-08 - John Collins, American politician (d. 1795)
1718-01-07 - Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
1718-02-17 - Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
1718-04-20 - David Brainerd, American missionary (d. 1747)
1719-01-17 - William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)
1720-10-08 - Jonathan Mayhew, American minister (d. 1766)
1720-10-19 - John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist (d. 1772)
1721-02-24 - John McKinly, Ulster Ireland, American physician
1721-09-14 - Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge (d. 1807)
1723-01-12 - Samuel Langdon, American college educator (d. 1797)
1723-03-22 - Charles Carroll, American statesman (d. 1783)
1723-04-20 - Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress (d. 1781)
1724-08-23 - Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman (d. 1796)
1725-02-05 - James Otis, American lawyer and patriot (d. 1783)
1725-03-17 - Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (d. 1806)
1725-03-24 - Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)
1725-05-25 - Samuel Ward, American politician (d. 1776)
American Statesman George MasonAmerican Statesman George Mason (1725-12-11) 1725-12-11 - George Mason, Fairfax County Virginia, American statesman (Bill of Rights)
1726-08-07 - James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (d. 1790)
1729-02-23 - Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (d. 1809)
1729-05-13 - Henry William (Baron) Stiegel, early American glassmaker
1732-02-06 - Charles Lee, General in the American Revolution (d. 1782)
1732-02-22 - George Washington, Westmoreland, Virginia, 1st American president (1789-97)
1732-03-01 - William Cushing, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States. (d. 1810)
1732-04-08 - David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician (d. 1796)
Founding Father of the United States John DickinsonFounding Father of the United States John Dickinson (1732-11-13) 1732-11-13 - John Dickinson, Talbot County Maryland, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania (d. 1808)
1735-01-08 - John Carroll, American Roman Catholic archbishop (d. 1815)
1735-06-10 - John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army
1736-02-29 - Ann Lee, Manchester England, American founder of Shakers (d. 1784)
1737-10-31 - James Lovell, American educator (d. 1789)
1738-05-27 - Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (d. 1796)
1738-06-04 - George III, London England, King of Great Britain (1760-1820)
1738-06-16 - Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher (d. 1816)
1738-07-03 - John Singleton Copley, Mass, finest colonial American artist
Founder of the Shakers Ann LeeFounder of the Shakers Ann Lee (1736-02-29) 1738-09-25 - Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware (d. 1789)
1739-09-17 - John Rutledge, 2nd (appointed) Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800)
1740-05-02 - Elias Boudinot, lawyer/patriot, found American Biblical Society
1741-06-11 - Joseph Warren, American doctor and soldier (d. 1775)
1742-08-07 - Nathanael Greene, American Revoluntionary War General
1743-04-13 - Thomas Jefferson, Virginia, (D-R) 3rd President of the United States (1801-09) (d. 1826)
1743-05-17 - Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader (d. 1784)
US President Thomas JeffersonUS President Thomas Jefferson (1743-04-13) 1744-09-20 - Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)
1745-03-10 - John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)
1746-02-04 - Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish, Lithuanian and American National hero and general (d. 1817)
1746-11-06 - African-American abolitionist and clergyman Absalom Jones born into slavery in Delaware
1747-02-03 - Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)
1747-03-04 - Casimir Pulaski, Count/American Revolutionary War general
1748-02-09 - Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)
1749-03-26 - William Blount, American Statesman (d. 1800)
1749-05-15 - Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)
1750-01-01 - Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (d. 1801)
1750-05-02 - John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
1750-07-25 - Henry Knox, American general (d. 1806)
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy RossSeamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross (1752-01-01) 1752-01-01 - Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag
1752-01-02 - Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
1752-01-19 - James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)
1752-01-31 - Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
1752-05-14 - Timothy Dwight, American theologian (d. 1817)
1752-07-27 - Samuel Smith, American politician
1752-11-29 - Jemima Wilkinson, American preacher (d. 1819)
1754-01-24 - Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
1754-01-30 - John Lansing, Jr., American statesman (d. 1829)
1754-12-02 - William Cooper, American judge (d. 1809)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 79 of 79

1614-04-05 - American Indian princess Pocahontas, daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe
2nd US President John Adams2nd US President John Adams (1764-10-25) 1764-10-25 - 2nd American President John Adams (28) weds Abigail Smith (19) in Weymouth, Massachusetts (marriage lasts 54 years)
1835-09-14 - American leading transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (33) marries 2nd wife Lydia (Lidian) Jackson in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1842-07-09 - American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston
1847-08-04 - Author of Moby Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
1870-02-02 - American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY
Author Mark TwainAuthor Mark Twain (1870-02-02) 1885-08-29 - Pulitzer Prize-winning American author (Age of Innocence) Edith Jones (23), marries Edward "Teddy" Wharton (36)
1909-10-02 - American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (20) marries 1st wife Kathleen Jenkins
1915-10-17 - American born poet (The Waste Land) T. S (Thomas Sterns) Eliot (27) marries 1st wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27)
1915-12-10 - 28th US President Woodrow Wilson marries 2nd wife Edith Galt, a descendant of native American Pocahontas
1918-04-12 - American Playwright Eugene O'Neill marries second wife novelist Agnes Boulton
1921-09-03 - American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway (22) marries 1st wife Hadley Richardson (29)
1924-03-19 - American poet e.e. (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries first wife Elaine Orr. The marriage lasts less than 9 months.
Author Henry MillerAuthor Henry Miller (1924-06-24) 1924-06-24 - American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.
1925-07-04 - American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell (24) marries 2nd husband John Marsh (29)
1929-05-01 - American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton
1929-07-22 - American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (40) marries 3rd wife actress Carlotta Monterey (40)
1932-08-03 - Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill
1940-09-25 - "Sullivan's Travels" actress Veronica Lake (18) weds American motion picture art director and set designer John S. Detlie (31)
1940-11-05 - American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn
Author Ernest HemingwayAuthor Ernest Hemingway (1940-11-05) 1942-07-08 - British born actor "His Girl Friday" Cary Grant (38) weds American heiress and socialite Barbara Hutton (29)
1946-03-14 - American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries Mary Welsh
1948-09-24 - American Major League Baseball outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds Frances Cass (40)
1950-06-14 - American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 2nd wife Kleo Apostolides
1952-07-09 - American educator, Presbyterian minister and TV host Fred Rogers (24) weds Sara Joanne Byrd
1953-07-02 - British writer ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") Ronald Dhal marries American actress Patricia Neal
1956-06-16 - British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.
Poet Ted HughesPoet Ted Hughes (1956-06-16) 1958-03-27 - Latin American and magic realism leading novelist and short story writer "One Hundred years of Solitude" Gabriel Garc
1959-04-01 - American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
1960-06-04 - "Last Tango In Paris" actor Marlon Brando (36) weds Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda (42)
1966-07-06 - American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 4th wife Nancy Hackett
1971-01-07 - American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist
Horror Author Stephen KingHorror Author Stephen King (1971-01-07) 1973-04-18 - American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby
1973-10-25 - American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (46) weds actress Marsha Mason (31)
1977-07-07 - "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California
1977-12-21 - American Jewish playwright and screenwriter "Glengarry Glen Ross" David Mamet marries 1st wife actress Lindsay Crouse
1978-06-15 - Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American
1987-01-03 - Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC
Radio and Television Personality Dick ClarkRadio and Television Personality Dick Clark (1977-07-07) 1991-09-22 - American Jewish playwright and screenwriter David Mamet marries 2nd wife, English actress Rebecca Pidgeon
1994-08-04 - American rapper The Notorious B.I.G (22) weds Faith Evans
1994-12-17 - Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France
1996-02-14 - Secretary of Defense and former US Senator William Cohen of Maine (56) weds Black Entertainment Television host Janet Langhart (54) at United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
1996-10-06 - American country singer Faith Hill (44) weds singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana
1996-10-23 - American caricaturist Al Hirshfeld (93) weds Louise Kerz
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula AbdulSinger & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul (1997-02-02) 1997-02-02 - "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel
2000-03-04 - "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (21) weds cinematographer Robert Brinkmann (38)
2000-07-29 - American actress Jennifer Aniston (31) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (36) in a private ceremony at Malibu, California
2000-09-03 - American feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem (66) weds environmentalist David Bale (59) in Adair County, Oklahoma
2001-05-12 - American actor Eddie Cibrian (28) weds TV personality Brandi Glanville (28) at the beachfront Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
Journalist Gloria SteinemJournalist Gloria Steinem (2000-09-03) 2001-09-01 - "The Accidental Tourist" actress Geena Davis (45) weds Iranian American plastic surgeon Dr. Reza Jarrahy
2002-06-15 - "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (28) weds actor Joe Reitman (34) in Jalisco, Mexico
2002-10-26 - American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas
2003-06-28 - Colombian American actor John Leguizamo (42) weds estate planner Justine Maurer (35) on a Catholic-Jewish ceremony in New York
2003-10-11 - American Pie star Alyson Hannigan (29) weds Angel's Alexis Denisof (37) at the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California
2005-02-20 - "Iron Chef America" host Bobby Flay (40) weds former "Law and Order: SVU" actress Stephanie March (30) at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York City
Pop Star Jessica SimpsonPop Star Jessica Simpson (2002-10-26) 2005-06-16 - "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama
2005-06-29 - American actress Jennifer Garner (33) weds actor and film director Ben Affleck (32) at the Parrot Cay resort on Turks and Caicos Islands
2005-08-20 - Award-winning American news anchor Lauren Sanchez (35) weds prominent talent agent Patrick Whitesell at The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
2006-01-22 - Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan
2006-05-29 - "America's Next Top Model" first winner Adrianne Curry (23) weds "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (48) in Joliet, Illinois
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie PresleyPrincess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (2006-01-22) 2006-09-02 - "Color Me Badd" singer Sam Watters (36) weds American Idol first season finalist Tamyra Gray (27) on a cliff on the island of Capri
2006-11-18 - American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (44) weds actress Katie Holmes (27) at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy
2007-10-06 - "The Montel Williams Show" talk show host Montel Williams (51) weds American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler on a beach in Bermuda
2008-07-13 - American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California
2008-10-05 - American Idol season 6 fourth finalist LaKisha Jones (28) weds financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
Actor Tom CruiseActor Tom Cruise (2006-11-18) 2008-12-31 - Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois
2009-09-26 - "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) at a private estate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
2009-09-29 - American Idol's first runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
2010-01-02 - "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas
2010-06-26 - "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (31) weds concert producer Simone Sestito (25) at Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City, Italy
2010-10-10 - American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago
2011-04-22 - American actor Eddie Cibrian (37) weds American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (28) at a private home in California
2011-06-27 - Actress America Ferrera (28) weds actor and director Ryan Piers Williams (31) in New York
TV Personality & Model Vanessa MinnilloTV Personality & Model Vanessa Minnillo (2011-07-15) 2011-07-15 - American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands
2011-08-18 - American Idol's first-ever blind finalist Scott MacIntyre (26) weds Christina Teich in Scottsdale, Arizona
2011-12-05 - American game show host and executive producer Jeff Probst (50) weds actress/model Lisa Ann Russell (40) at a private house in Los Angeles
2011-12-31 - "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California
2012-04-08 - American actress and television host Ricki Lake (42) weds jewerly designer Christian Evans in a secret ceremony at Southern California
2012-07-21 - 2010 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze (26) weds model-actress Jonna Walsh at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, California

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 11 of 11

Author Margaret MitchellAuthor Margaret Mitchell (1924-10-16) 1924-10-16 - American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell divorces 1st husband Berrien (Red) Upshaw
1927-03-10 - American author and journalist "The Old man and the Sea" Enerest Hemingway divorces 1st wife Elizabeth Hadley Richardson
1929-07-03 - American Playwright Eugene O'Neill divorces second wife novelist Agnes Boulton after 11 years of marriage
1940-11-04 - American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer
1945-12-21 - American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn divorce after 5 years of marriage.
2005-03-25 - American actress Jennifer Aniston (36) files for divorce from actor and film producer Brad Pitt (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 4 and a half years of marriage
Pop Star Jessica SimpsonPop Star Jessica Simpson (2005-12-16) 2005-12-16 - American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences
2006-06-30 - American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
2009-08-24 - American actor Eddie Cibrian (36) divorces TV personality Brandi Glanville (35) due to irreconcilable differences
2011-11-16 - Second season American Idol winner Rubben Studdard (33) divorces Surata Zuri McCants due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
2012-06-29 - Actress Katie Holmes (33) divorces American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (50) allegedly due to disagreement about their religious beliefs and the raising of their daughter Suri, after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 3,933

1512-02-22 - Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America), dies at 60
1543-01-03 - Juan Cabrillo, conqueror of Cen America, discoverer of California, dies
1596-12-08 - Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico
1617-03-21 - Pocahontas, Native American, daughter of Powhatan (b. 1595)
1630-09-30 - John Billington, murderer, 1st American execution, hanged
1638-09-14 - John Harvard, American clergyman (b. 1607)
1647-07-07 - Thomas Hooker, clergyman, father of American democracy, dies
1658-01-07 - Theophilus Eaton, American colonist (b. 1590)
1675-11-28 - Leonard Hoar, American President of Harvard University (b. 1630)
1676-04-05 - John Winthrop, the Younger, American politician (b. 1606)
1680-04-17 - Kateri Tekakwitha, first American Indian to receive beatification (b. 1656)
1691-05-16 - Jacob Leisler, becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason
1700-11-25 - Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician (b. 1643)
1701-07-07 - William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (b. 1631)
1717-05-10 - John Hathorne, American magistrate (b. 1641)
1721-07-08 - Elihu Yale, American benefactor of Yale University (b. 1649)
1723-03-31 - Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British-born American statesman (b. 1661)
1724-05-03 - John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard (b. 1662)
1726-12-02 - Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)
1727-11-10 - Alphonse de Tonty, French explorer and American settler (b. 1659)
Puritan Minister Cotton MatherPuritan Minister Cotton Mather (1728-02-13) 1728-02-13 - Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister, dies at 65
1729-09-07 - William Burnet, British-born American statesman (b. 1688)
1741-08-04 - Andrew Hamilton, American lawyer
1755-09-08 - Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (b. 1715)
1755-10-22 - Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (b. 1694)
1760-07-13 - Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans (b. 1696)
1765-04-20 - Abigail Williams, American accuser in the Salem witch trials (b. 1674)
1766-07-09 - Jonathan Mayhew, American minister (b. 1720)
1772-10-07 - John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist (b. 1720)
1772-11-19 - William Nelson, American colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1711)
1775-07-11 - Simon Boerum, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
1775-10-21 - Peyton Randolph, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1721)
1775-12-31 - Richard Montgomery, General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, dies in attack on Quebec
1776-03-26 - Samuel Ward, American politician (b. 1725)
1776-06-28 - Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
1776-07-01 - Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
1776-12-26 - Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War
1777-01-12 - Hugh Mercer, American Revolutionary War officer (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1726)
1777-02-09 - Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
1777-03-22 - John Bartram, father of American botany, dies at 77
1778-06-12 - Philip Livingston, American merchant (signed Declaration of Independance), dies at 62
1778-07-02 - Bathsheba Spooner, American murderer
1779-01-22 - Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
1779-04-24 - Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College (b. 1711)
1779-05-03 - John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714)
1779-10-11 - Casimir Pułaski, Polish born fighter for American independence (b. 1745) dies in Battle of Savannah
1780-06-03 - Thomas Hutchinson, American colonial governor of Massachusetts (b. 1711)
1780-09-08 - Enoch Poor, American Continental Army general (b. 1736)
1780-10-02 - John Andre, British major, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold)
1781-02-23 - George Taylor, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (bc. 1716)
1781-04-28 - Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1723)
1781-11-24 - James Caldwell, American revolutionary (b. 1734)
1783-05-23 - James Otis, American lawyer, dies
1783-11-22 - John Hanson, American Continental Congressman (b. 1715)
1784-06-13 - Henry Middleton, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1717)
Founder of the Shakers Ann LeeFounder of the Shakers Ann Lee (1784-09-08) 1784-09-08 - Ann Lee, American religious leader (b. 1736)
1784-12-26 - Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader (b. 1743)
1785-10-04 - David Brearly, American statesman (b. 1703)
1786-03-11 - Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1714)
1786-06-19 - Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary general (b. 1742)
1788-02-28 - Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)
1789-02-12 - Ethan Allen, American patriot, dies at 51
1789-02-19 - Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware (b. 1738)
1789-09-23 - John Rogers, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan AllenAmerican Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen (1789-02-12) 1789-10-27 - John Cook, American farmer and Governor of Delaware (b. 1730)
1790-05-04 - Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
1790-05-09 - William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
1790-05-29 - Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
1790-11-06 - James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (b. 1726)
1790-11-16 - Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
1791-04-01 - Richard Butler American soldier (b. 1743)
1791-07-25 - Isaac Low, American Continental Congressman (b. 1735)
1791-09-25 - William Bradford, American printer (b. 1719)
1792-04-04 - James Sykes, American politician (b. 1725)
1792-05-10 - John Stevens, American delegate to the Continental Congress
1792-07-18 - John Paul Jones, American naval commander (b. 1747)
American Statesman George MasonAmerican Statesman George Mason (1792-10-07) 1792-10-07 - George Mason, American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66
1794-09-15 - Abraham Clark, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1725)
1794-11-22 - John Alsop, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
1795-03-04 - John Collins, American politician (b. 1717)
1795-08-04 - Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (b. 1711)
1795-10-13 - William Prescott, American Revolutionary soldier, dies
1796-06-30 - Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
1796-08-31 - John McKinly, American physician and President of Delaware, dies at 75
1797-08-03 - Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America, dies at 80
1797-11-29 - Samuel Langdon, American President of Harvard University (b. 1723)
1798-07-02 - John Fitch, American inventor, clockmaker, etc, dies
1799-06-06 - Patrick Henry, American revolutionary (b. 1736)
1800-10-28 - Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (b. 1727)
1801-06-04 - Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)
1801-09-10 - Jason Fairbanks, American murderer (b. 1780)
1801-11-04 - William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1712)
1802-02-26 - Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
1802-07-06 - Daniel Morgan, American Revolutionary general and politician (b. ~1735)
1803-09-13 - John Barry, 1st American commodore, dies
1804-09-04 - Richard Somers, American naval officer
1804-09-29 - Michael Hillegas, first Treasurer of the United States (b. 1728)
1805-01-09 - Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
1806-02-20 - Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
1806-09-09 - William Paterson, American jurist and statesman (b. 1745)


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