On This Day

Historical Events

  • 1014 Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry II Roman German Emperor
  • 1076 Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV (for the 1st time)
  • 1797 The Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeats larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Captain Horatio Nelson distinguishes himself.
  • 1876 A G Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

Did You Know?

1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments

On This Day in 1978

Famous Weddings

  • 1613 King James I's daughter Elizabeth marries Frederik
  • 1903 Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (27) weds Emma Rauschenbach (20)
  • 1922 Soldier Douglas MacArthur (42) marries 1st wife heiress Louise Cromwell Brooks (32)
  • 1943 Walmart founder Sam Walton (24) weds Helen Robson (23)
  • 1952 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller

Famous Divorces

  • 1919 Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (39) divorces Mileva Maric after 16 years of marriage
  • 1989 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic
  • 1999 Singer Prince Roger Nelson (40) divorces belly dancer Mayte Garcia (25) after 2 years of marriage