On This Day

Historical Events

  • 60 St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
  • 1720 Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England
  • 1763 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain
  • 1824 Simon Bolivar named dictator by the Congress of Peru
  • 1879 Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
  • 1906 British battleship HMS Dreadnought launched after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with revolutionary design

Did You Know?

Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"

On This Day in 1942

Famous Weddings

  • 1840 British Queen Victoria (20) marries her cousin Albert (20) of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, later the Prince Consort at St James' Palace
  • 1858 US president Millard Fillmore (58) weds Caroline Carmichael (43) in Albany, New York
  • 1863 PT Barnum stages wedding of Tom Thumb & Mercy Lavinia Warren, both midgets, in NYC
  • 1899 Future US President Herbert Hoover (24) marries college sweetheart Lou Henry (24) in Monterey California
  • 1934 British born actor "North by Northwest" Cary Grant (30) weds "City Lights" actress Virginia Cherrill (26)

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 Former Playboy model Camille Donatacci (42) divorces "Frazier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (56) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage