On This Day

Historical Events

  • 479 BC Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Plataea, Persian forces led by Mardonius routed by Greek army under Pausanias; together with Greek success at Battle of Mycale halts Persian invasion of Greece
  • 663 Battle of Baekgang: Tang Chinese and Silla Korean forces defeat Korean Baekje forces and their Yamato Japanese allies on the Geum River in Korea; - no Japanese invasion of Korea for 900 years
  • 1883 Krakatoa, west of Java, explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people
  • 1979 Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle
  • 2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States
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Did You Know?

"Guinness Book of World Records" 1st published

On This Day in 1955

Famous Weddings

  • 1930 Journalist H. L. Mencken (49) weds author Sara Haardt (32) at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
  • 1956 Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt (32) weds "12 Angry Men" director Sidney Lumet (32)
  • 1966 American sportscaster Al Michaels (21) weds Linda Stamaton
  • 1977 "Coral Reefer Band" singer Jimmy Buffett (30) weds Jane Slagsvol
  • 1994 TV executive Anthony Radziwill (35) weds Emmy Award-winning journalist Carole Di Falco (31) in East Hampton, New York
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