Italian History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 610

  • 0069-04-15 Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy
  • 0394-09-06 Battle of Frigidus, Northern Italy
  • 0452-06-08 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun
  • 0476-08-23 Odoacer proclaimed King of Italy, 1st barbarian King of Italy
  • 0489-08-28 Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths defeats Flavius Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo, forcing his way into Italy.
  • 0493-03-15 Theodorik the Great beats Odoaker of Italy
  • 0554-08-14 Ravenna becomes seat of Byzantine military governor in Italy
  • 0657-07-30 St Vitalian begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Eugene I
  • 0668-09-15 Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse, Italy.
  • 0672-01-27 St Vitalian ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 0876-01-31 Charles becomes king of Italy
  • 0951-09-23 Otto I the Great becomes king of Italy
  • 1004-05-15 Henry II the Saint crowned king of Italy
  • 1026-03-23 Koenraad II crowns himself king of Italy
  • 1071-04-16 Bari falls to Robert Guiscard, ending Byzantine rule in Italy.

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1158-11-11 Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa declares himself ruler of North Italy

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa
Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick Barbarossa

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1208-02-24 St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy

Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint Francis of Assisi
Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint
Francis of Assisi
  • 1223-12-25 St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy)
  • 1266-02-26 Battle of Benevento fought in Southern Italy between Manfred of Sicily and army of Charles of Anjou
  • 1310-06-09 Duccio's Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, is unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy.
  • 1327-04-06 Italian poet Petrarch 1st sets eyes on his beloved Laura
  • 1336-04-26 Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch famously climbs Mont Ventoux
  • 1341-04-14 Sack of Saluzzo (Italy) by Italian-Angevine troops under Manfred V of Saluzzo.
  • 1377-02-03 Mass execution of population (between 2,500 and 5,000) of Cesena, Italy, by Breton troops of Giovanni Acuto under the command of Robert, Cardinal of Geneva, acting as the legate of Pope Gregory XI
  • 1382-03-15 Conservative "Popolo Grasso" regain power in Florence Italy
  • 1467-04-26 The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy.
  • 1474-04-09 Breisach land guardian Peter von Hagenbach throws out Walloon/Italians
  • 1482-01-26 "Pentateuch" the Jewish Bible is 1st printed as a book in Bologna, Italy
  • 1494-11-08 Uprising against Piero de' Medici in Florence Italy
  • 1497-02-25 Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France

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1497-05-10 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

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1497-08-06 Italian explorer John Cabot returns to Bristol from North America (Newfoundland) - first European to do so since the Vikings

Explorer John Cabot
John Cabot
  • 1498-04-07 Crowd storms Savonarola's convent San Marco Florence, Italy
  • 1503-02-13 Disfida di Barletta - Famous challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.

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1509-04-27 Pope Julius II excommunicates Italian state of Venice

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • 1509-05-14 Battle of Agnadello, French beat Venetians in Northern Italy
  • 1509-10-12 Emperor Maximilian leaves Italy
  • 1512-04-11 Battle of Ravenna: French forces under Gaston de Foix defeat Holy League in a major battle of the Italian Wars

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1526-01-14 Charles V and Francis I sign the Treaty of Madrid, forcing Francis to give up claims to Burgundy, Italy and Flanders

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
King Francis I of France
Francis I of France
  • 1544-07-19 Italian War of 1542: The Siege of Boulogne began.
  • 1550-04-02 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
  • 1555-07-02 Turgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola.
  • 1571-03-25 Catholic Italian businessman Roberto Ridolfi leaves England
  • 1582-10-05 Gregorian calendar introduced in Italy and other Catholic countries
  • 1598-01-08 Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy
  • 1616-09-15 First non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy
  • 1630-05-17 Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi, 1st to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface
  • 1631-12-16 Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000

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1633-02-13 Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1649-09-02 The Italian city of Castro is completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro.
  • 1669-03-11 Volcano Etna in Italy erupts killing 15,000
  • 1737-03-12 Galileo's body moved to Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1738-04-15 Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel

  • 1769-08-18 A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy, ignites 90 tonnes of gunpowder, killing 3,000 people
  • 1775-03-19 4 people buried by avalanche for 37 days, 3 survive (Italy)
  • 1783-02-04 Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy)

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1796-04-13 Battle of Millesimo, Italy: Napoleon's forces defeat allied armies of Austria and of the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1796-09-05 General Salicetti orders equal rights for Jews of Bologna, Italy
  • 1796-11-17 Battle of Arcole-Napoleon I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy
  • 1797-01-07 The modern Italian flag is first used
  • 1798-06-07 Jews of Pesaro Italy fast commemorating murder of Jews
  • 1801-01-01 The dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Italian monk Giuseppe Piazzi.
  • 1802-01-25 Napoleon Bonaparte elected president of Italian (Cisalpine) Republic
  • 1803-05-18 Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland
  • 1805-05-26 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned king of Italy
  • 1808-04-30 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

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1811-07-11 Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro publishes his memoir on the molecular content of gases

Scientist Amedeo Avogadro
Amedeo Avogadro
  • 1814-03-30 Murat issues the Rimini Declaration which would later inspire Italian Unification.
  • 1815-10-08 Joachim Murat's forces land at Pizzo, Italy
  • 1824-07-30 Gioacchino Rossini becomes manager of Theatre Italian, Paris
  • 1825-11-29 1st Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC)
  • 1834-11-23 Hector Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" premieres
  • 1843-06-24 Vincenzo Soliva decrees no Jew can live outside ghetto in Italy
  • 1848-07-23 Battle of Custoza-Italian War of Independence, starts
  • 1848-07-25 1st battle at Custozza: Austrians under Radetzky beat Italian
  • 1849-03-23 Battle of Novara (King Charles Albert vs Italian republic)
  • 1849-07-03 The French entered Rome in order to restore Pope Pius IX to power. This would prove a major obstacle to Italian unification.
  • 1849-08-22 The first air raid in history; Austria launches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice
  • 1852-11-04 Count Camillo Benso di Cavour becomes the prime minister of Piedmont-Sardinia, which soon expands to become Italy.
  • 1855-04-26 Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
  • 1857-12-16 Earthquake in Naples, Italy
  • 1858-01-14 French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed
  • 1858-05-15 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London
  • 1859-06-04 Second Italian War of Independence: Battle of Magenta, results in a French-Sardinian victory under Napoleon III over the Austrians under Marshal Ferencz Gyulai

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1859-06-24 Battle of Solferino, Northern Italy: a French Army under Napoleon III and Sardinian Army under Victor Emmanuel II overcame the Austrian Army under Emperor Franz Joseph I.

King of Sardinia and Italy Victor Emmanuel II
King of Sardinia and Italy
Victor Emmanuel II

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1860-05-26 Giuseppe Garibaldi occupies Palermo, Italy

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • 1861-02-18 King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes first King of Italy
  • 1861-03-17 Italy is unified into a single kingdom under Victor Emmanuel II following the campaigns led by Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • 1862-03-22 San Marino & Italy conclude treaty of friendship & cooperation
  • 1862-08-29 Battle of Aspromonte; Italian royal forces defeat rebels
  • 1866-04-08 Italy and Prussia ally against Austria-Hungary.
  • 1866-06-20 Italy declares war on Austria
  • 1866-06-24 Second Battle at Custozza: the Austrian Imperial army, joined by the Venetian Army decisively defeated the Italian army, despite the Italians' strong numerical advantage.
  • 1866-07-17 Italian fleet under Admiral Count Carlo Pellion di Persano captures Austrian Fort Lissa
  • 1866-07-20 Sea battle of Lissa-Austria vs Italy
  • 1866-11-04 Kingdom of Italy annexes Venetia
  • 1870-09-20 Capture of Rome by Italian army under Victor Emmanuel II unifies Italy and ends 1,116 year reign of Papal States

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,346

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0009-11-17 Vespasian, Roman Emperor (AD 69-79), born in Falacrina, Italy (d. AD 79)

Roman Emperor Vespasian
Roman Emperor
  • 0130-09-22 Claudius Galenus, Italian physician/scholar
  • 1074-02-12 Conrad, King of Germany and Italy (d. 1101)

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1181-09-26 Saint Francis of Assisi, Italian founder of the Franciscan Order, born in Assisi, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1226) or B. 1882

Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint Francis of Assisi
Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint
Francis of Assisi
  • 1194-07-16 Saint Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (d. 1253)
  • 1194-12-26 Frederick II, Iesi Italy, Holy Roman Emperor, King of the Romans (Germany), Sicily and Jerusalem
  • 1221-10-09 Salimbene di Adam, Italian chronicler

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1225-01-28 Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian theologian and saint, born in Roccasecca, Italy (d. 1274)

  • 1228-04-25 Conrad IV, Andria Italy, King of Germany, Jerusalem and Sicily (d. 1254)

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1254-09-15 Marco Polo, Italian explorer (Il Milione), born in Venice, Venetian Republic (d. 1324)

Explorer Marco Polo
Marco Polo
  • 1265-05-09 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divina Commedia)
  • 1304-07-20 Francesco Petrarch, Italy, poet (Italia Mia)
  • 1347-03-25 Catherine of Siena, Italian saint (d. 1380)
  • 1360-08-10 Francesco Zabarella, Italian jurist (d. 1417)
  • 1380-02-11 Gianfrancesco Poggio Bracciolini, Italy, humanist
  • 1380-06-24 Johannes van Capestrano, Italian saint
  • 1380-09-08 Bernardinus of Siena, Italian saint
  • 1386-06-24 Giovanni da Capistrano, Italian saint (d. 1456)
  • 1386-09-16 Traversari Ambrosius, Italian humanist//sciencist/general
  • 1397-11-15 Nicholas V, [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italy, Pope (1447-55)
  • 1400-12-22 Luca della Robbia, Italy, sculptor (Madonna of Rose Garden)
  • 1401-12-21 Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)
  • 1404-02-18 Leon B Alberti, Italian humanist/architect (Della Pittura)
  • 1405-10-18 Pius II, [Aenea S Piccolomini], Italian pope (1458-64) (Cynthia)
  • 1406-01-13 Matteo Palmieri, Italian writer (Della vita civile)
  • 1431-01-01 Alexander VI [Rodrigo Borgia], Spanish/Italian pope (1492-1503)
  • 1432-08-15 Luigi Pulci, Italy, poet (Morgante)
  • 1433-10-19 Marsilio Ficino, Italian philosopher (d. 1499)
  • 1449-01-11 Domenico Ghirlandajo, Italy, renaissance painter

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1451-10-30 Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer and navigator who discovered the "New World" for Spain and initiated European colonization, born in the Republic of Genoa on or just before this date (d. 1506)

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

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1452-04-15 Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, scientist and visionary, born in Vinci, Florence, Italy (d. 1519)

Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist & Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci

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1452-07-27 Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Italian duke of Milan (1494-1508) who commissioned The Last Supper, born in Vigevano (Modern day Lombardy), Italy (d. 1508)

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza

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1454-03-09 Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America), born in Florence (d. 1512)

  • 1455-03-15 Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1532)
  • 1456-07-28 Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (Arcadia)
  • 1458-09-11 Bernardo Accolti, [Unico Aretino], Italian writer (Virginia)
  • 1463-02-24 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italy, scholar/platonist
  • 1463-10-29 Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician/philosopher
  • 1466-06-18 Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer (d. 1539)

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1469-05-03 Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian politician and writer (Prince), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1527)

Humanist philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli
Humanist philosopher
Niccolo Machiavelli
  • 1469-05-19 Giovanni della Robbia, Italian sculptor
  • 1470-06-30 Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98), invaded Italy
  • 1474-03-21 Angela Merici, Italian monastery founder/saint
  • 1474-09-08 Ludovico Ariosto, Italy, poet (Orlando Furioso)
  • 1474-10-13 Mariotto di Bigio di Bindo Albertinelli, Italian painter

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1475-03-06 Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), born in Caprese, Tuscany (d. 1564)

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
  • 1475-09-13 Cesare Borgia, Italian aristocrat (d. 1507)
  • 1475-10-20 Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api)

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1475-12-11 Leo X [Giovanni de' Medici], Italian Pope (1513-21), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1521)

Pope Leo X
Leo X
  • 1478-05-26 Clement VII, [Giulio de' Medici], Italy, Pope (1523-34)
  • 1478-12-06 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author (d. 1529)
  • 1479-06-14 Giglio Gregorio Giraldi, Italian poet (d. 1552)
  • 1480-02-13 Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1542)
  • 1481-03-07 Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter (d. 1537)
  • 1483-03-28 Raphael Sanzio, Italian painter and master builder (Madonna Sistina School of Athens), born in Urbino, (d. 1520) Gregorian calendar date

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1483-04-06 Raphael Sanzio, Italian painter and master builder (Madonna Sistina, School of Athens), born in Urbino (d. 1520) Julian calendar date

Italian painter and architect Raphael
Italian painter and architect
  • 1483-10-16 Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (d. 1542)
  • 1484-04-12 Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Italian architect (d. 1546)
  • 1484-04-23 Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italy, scholar (On the Subtlety of Things)
  • 1485-11-30 Veronica Gambara, Italian poetess
  • 1486-07-14 Andrea del Sarto, Italy, painter (Recollets)
  • 1491-11-08 Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (d. 1544)
  • 1492-01-12 Andreas Alicatus, Italian author
  • 1492-05-08 Andreas Alciatus, [Giovanni Andrea-Alciato], Italian lawyer
  • 1493-09-28 Agnolo Firenzuola, [Giovannini], Italian monk (Golden Donkey)
  • 1493-11-11 Bernardo Tasso, Italian poet (d. 1569)
  • 1493-11-12 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (d. 1560)
  • 1494-03-01 Il Bacchiacca, [Franceso Ubertini], Italian painter
  • 1494-05-25 Jacopo Pontormo II, Italy, painter (Sepulture of Christ)
  • 1495-03-06 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Opere Toscane, La Coltivazione)
  • 1499-03-31 Pius IV, [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian lawyer/pope (1559-65)
  • 1500-02-22 Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (d. 1564)
  • 1501-05-06 Marcellus II, [Marcello Cervini], Italy, humanist/Pope (1555, 22 days)

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1501-09-24 Girolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician and astrologer (Ars Magna-1545), born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1576)

Mathematician Girolamo Cardano
Girolamo Cardano
  • 1502-01-07 Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Bologna, Papal States, Italian pope (1572-85), introduced Gregorian calendar in 1582
  • 1502-03-20 Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
  • 1503-01-11 Francesco Parmigianino, Italian artist (Madonna with the Long Neck)
  • 1503-03-22 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (d. 1583)
  • 1503-06-28 Giovanni della Casa, Italian poet (d. 1556)
  • 1507-06-19 Annibale Caro, Italian poet (d. 1566)
  • 1507-10-01 Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, Italian architect (d. 1573)
  • 1508-12-24 Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian humanist (d. 1567)
  • 1509-01-25 Giovanni Morone, Italian theologist/diplomat/cardinal/"heretic"
  • 1511-06-18 Bartolommeo Ammanati, Italian sculptor/architect
  • 1511-07-30 Giorgio Vasari, Italy, painter/art historian (Vasari's Lives)
  • 1513-02-14 Domenico Maria Ferrabosco, Italian composer
  • 1515-07-21 St Philippus Nerius, [Philippo Neri], Italian merchant/priest
  • 1517-01-17 Antonio Scandello, Italian composer (Passion of Johannes)
  • 1518-09-29 Tintoretto, Italian painter
  • 1519-03-29 Carlo Caraffa, Italian cardinal
  • 1519-04-13 Catherine de' Medici, Italian born Queen consort to Henry II of France and later regent to her sons
  • 1519-05-27 Girolamo Mei, Italian historian (d. 1594)
  • 1519-06-06 Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher and botanist (d. 1603)
  • 1521-08-19 Lodovico Guicciardini, Italian historian (Descrittione di Tutti)
  • 1522-02-02 Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (d. 1565)
  • 1522-09-11 Ulisse Aldrovandi, Italian biologist/medical
  • 1527-11-18 Luca Cambiaso, Italian painter/sculptor
  • 1529-09-01 Taddeo Zuccari, Italian painter
  • 1530-09-30 Geronimo Mercuriali, Italian philologist and physician (d. 1606)
  • 1534-02-05 Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer (d. 1612)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1842-03-26 Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi (34) weds Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro (20) in Montevideo

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi

HeartWedding of Interest

1869-10-18 Sardinia king Victor Emmanuel II (49) weds his mistress Rosa Vercellana (36) in Italy

King of Sardinia and Italy Victor Emmanuel II
King of Sardinia and Italy
Victor Emmanuel II
  • 1918-08-18 Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (45) weds socialite Dorothy Benjamin (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

1928-07-19 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • 1930-01-08 Belgium Princess Marie-Jose marries Italian's crown prince Umberto

HeartWedding of Interest

1936-02-02 Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè

HeartWedding of Interest

1943-10-30 Italian director Federico Fellini marries actress Giulietta Masina

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-05-22 Actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
  • 1957-07-28 "Wuthering Heights" actress Merle Oberon (46) weds Italian industrialist Bruno Pagliai

HeartWedding of Interest

1957-09-17 Italian actress Sophia Loren (22) weds Carlo Ponti

Actress Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren

HeartWedding of Interest

1986-09-26 Fashion designer Calvin Klein (43) weds socialite Kelly Rector in a civil ceremony in Italy

Fashion Designer Calvin Klein
Fashion Designer
Calvin Klein
  • 1996-06-23 "Amadeus" actor Tom Hulce (42) weds Italian artist Cecilia Ermini

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-06-21 "Bridget Jones' Diary" actor Colin Firth (36) weds Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli (27) in Tuscany, Italy

  • 2002-06-09 "In Your Eyes" singer Peter Gabriel (51) weds Meah Flynn at Li Capanni Hotel in Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-07-19 "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (27) weds "Course of Nature" lead singer-guitarist Mark Wilkersonin (26) in Florence, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-12-13 Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (68) weds Nicoletta Mantovani at Modena Italy's Teatro Comunale

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2005-09-03 Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kevin Nealon (51) weds actress Susan Yeagley (33) inside the town hall in Bellagio, Italy
  • 2005-09-24 "30 Minute Meals" TV host Rachael Ray (37) weds "The Cringe" lead singer John Cusimano in Montalcino, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-10-09 Italian pop singer Alexia (38) weds Giorgio Armani's nephew Andrea Camerana at Church of San Martino in Piacenza, Italy

Fashion Designer Giorgio Armani
Fashion Designer
Giorgio Armani
  • 2006-06-17 Model Bianca Balti (22) weds Italian photographer assistant Christian Lucidi
  • 2006-06-25 Emmy-winning "Medium" actress Patricia Arquette (38) weds actor Thomas Jane (37) at the Palazzo Contarini in Venice, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-11-18 American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (44) weds actress Katie Holmes (27) at Odescalchi Castle, Bracciano, Italy

Actor Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Actress Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
  • 2007-06-08 "Desperate Housewives" actor Dougray Scott (41) weds actress Claire Forlani (35) at the Council Common Hall in Pievebobigliana, Italy
  • 2007-07-07 Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck (38) weds handbag designer Gelila Assefa (38) in a three-day celebration on the Italian island of Capri
  • 2007-09-01 The first Apprentice winner Bill Rancic (36) weds E! News anchor Giuliana DePandi (32) at the Church of Santa Sofia in Capri, Italy
  • 2008-10-01 "7th Heaven" actress Beverley Mitchell (27) weds Michael Cameron (27) at the Church of Santa Maria a Gradillo in Ravello, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-05-02 Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (32) weds film and stage actor Peter Sarsgaard (38) in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-08-15 Actor Joseph Fiennes (39) weds model María Dolores Diéguez in Tuscany, Italy

  • 2010-06-26 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (31) weds concert producer Simone Sestito (25) at Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City, Italy
  • 2010-07-10 Actress Emily Blunt (29) weds actor John Krasinski (32) at the luxurious Villa D'este hotel in Como, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-08-31 Actress Leelee Sobieski (27) weds fashion designer Adam Kimmel in Italy

  • 2011-03-31 Italian Canadian singer Michael Buble (35) weds actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in Buenos Aires
  • 2011-08-27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2012-10-19 Grammy Award winning singer Justin Timberlake (31) weds "Total Recall" actress Jessica Biel (30) at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
Actress Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel
  • 2013-09-14 Singer-songwriter John Legend (34) weds model Chrissy Teigen (27) at Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2014-05-24 Rapper and record producer Kanye West (36) weds model Kim Kardashian (33) at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
  • 2014-09-14 Actress Elisabetta Canalis (36) weds orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri in Sardinia, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

2014-09-27 Actor George Clooney (53) weds lawyer Amal Alamuddin (36) at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, Italy

  • 2015-06-09 Actress and singer Aly Michalka (26) weds film producer Stephen Ringer at Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy

Famous Divorces

  • 2011-09-29 "House M.D." actress Olivia Wilde (26) divorces Italian prince Tao Ruspoli (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

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  • 0365-11-22 Felix II, Italian anti-pope, dies after failing to regain position as Pope from Liberius
  • 0366-09-24 Liberius, Italian Pope (352-66), dies
  • 0371-08-01 St Eusebius of Vercelli, Italian bishop (b. c. 283)
  • 0417-03-12 Innocent I, Italian Pope (401-417), dies
  • 0422-09-04 St Boniface I, Italian Bishop of Rome, dies
  • 0432-07-27 Celestine I, Italian Pope (422-32), dies
  • 0440-08-19 Sixtus III, Italian Pope (432-40), dies
  • 0461-11-10 St. Leo I, the Great, Italian Pope (440-61), dies in office
  • 0483-03-10 Simplicius, Italian Pope (468-83), dies
  • 0493-03-15 Odiaker (Odoacer), German army leader/King of Italy (476-93), murdered
  • 0514-07-19 Symmachus, Italian Pope (498-514), dies
  • 0535-05-08 John, [Mercurius], Italian Pope (533-35), dies
  • 0536-04-22 St. Agapetus I, Italian Pope (535-36), dies
  • 0537-12-02 Sylvester, Italian Pope (536-37), dies
  • 0555-06-07 Vigilius, Italian Pope (537-55), dies
  • 0561-03-04 Pelagius I, Italian Pope (556-61), dies
  • 0574-07-13 John III, Italian Pope (561-74), dies
  • 0579-07-30 Benedict I, Italian Pope (575-79), dies
  • 0606-02-22 Sabinian, Italian Pope (604-06), dies
  • 0618-11-08 St Deusdedit/Adeodatus I, Italian Pope (615-18), dies
  • 0625-10-25 Boniface V, Italian Pope (619-25), dies
  • 0638-10-12 Honorius I, [dux plebis], Italian Pope, dies
  • 0640-08-02 Severinus, Italian Pope (640), dies
  • 0657-06-02 Eugene I, Italian Pope (654-7), dies
  • 0672-01-27 Vitalianus, pope (657-72)/saint, dies
  • 0676-06-17 Adeodatus/Deusdedit II, Italian Pope (672-76), dies
  • 0678-04-11 Donus, Italian Pope (676-78), dies
  • 0685-05-08 Benedict II, Italian Pope (683-85), dies
  • 0701-09-08 Sergius I, Syrian/Italian Pope (687-701), dies
  • 0752-03-15 Zachary, Greek/Italian Pope (741-52), dies [or Mar 22]
  • 0767-06-28 Paul I, Italian Pope (757-67), dies
  • 0795-12-25 Adrian I, Italian Pope (772-95), dies at 95
  • 0799-04-13 Paul the Deacon / Paulus Diaconus Warnefred, Italian Benedictine monk and chronicler (born c. 720)
  • 0810-07-08 Pepin, son of Charlemagne, King of Italy, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 0816-06-12 Leo III, Italian Pope (795-816), dies
  • 0818-04-17 Bernhard I, King of Italy, dies
  • 0824-02-11 Paschal I, Italian Pope (817-24), dies
  • 0827-08-27 Pope Eugene II, Italian Pope (824-827)
  • 0844-01-25 Pope Gregory IV, Italian Pope (827-844)
  • 0855-06-17 Leo IV, Italian Pope (847-55), dies
  • 0858-04-17 Benedict III, Italian Pope (855-58), dies
  • 0867-09-13 Nicholas I, the Great, Italian Pope (858-67), dies
  • 0872-12-14 Adrian II, Italian Pope (867-72) the last married pope, dies at about 80
  • 0875-08-12 Louis II, king of Italy/emperor of France, dies at about 50
  • 0882-12-16 John VIII, Italian Pope (872-82), dies
  • 0891-09-14 Stephen V, [VI], Italian Pope (885-91), dies
  • 0911-04-14 Sergius III, Italian Pope (904-11), dies
  • 0924-04-07 Berengarius I, Emperor of Italy, murdered
  • 0924-04-16 Berengar of Friuli, King of Italy
  • 0939-07-13 Leo VII, Italian Pope (936-39), dies
  • 0947-04-10 Hugo van Arles, count of Arles/king of Italy, dies
  • 0950-11-22 Lotharius, King of Italy (947-50), dies
  • 0965-03-01 Leo VIII, Italian (anti-)Pope (963-65), dies
  • 0965-07-04 Pope Benedict V, Italian Roman Catholic Pope (b. unknown)
  • 0966-08-06 Berengarius II, markgraaf of Ivrea/king of Italy (950-963)
  • 0983-07-10 Benedict VI, Italian Pope (974-83), dies
  • 0984-08-20 John XIV, [Petrus Canepanova], Italian Pope (983-84), dies
  • 1012-05-12 Sergius IV, [Pietro Crescentii], Italian Pope (1009-12), dies
  • 1050-05-17 Guido van Arezzo, Italian music theorist, dies
  • 1073-07-12 Johannes Gualbertus, Italian monk/saint, dies
  • 1078-02-22 Johannes van Fecamp, Italian mystic writer, dies
  • 1087-09-16 Victor III, [Dauferio/Desiderius], Italian Pope (1086-87), dies
  • 1101-07-27 Conrad II, King of Germany and Italy (b. 1074)
  • 1124-12-13 Callistus/Callixtus II, [Guido di Borgogna], Italian Pope (1119-24), dies
  • 1142-06-25 Gulielmus of Vercelli, Italian hermit/monastery founder/saint, dies
  • 1144-03-08 Celestine II, [Guido], Italian Pope (1143-44), dies in battle
  • 1145-02-15 Lucius II, [Gherardo Caccianemici], Italian Pope (1144-45), dies
  • 1153-07-08 Eugene III, [Bernardo], Italian Pope (1145-53), dies
  • 1160-05-03 Peter Lombard, Italian scholar and bishop (b. c.1100)
  • 1160-07-21 Peterus Lombardus, Italian theologist/bishop of Paris, dies
  • 1164-04-20 Victor IV, [Ottaviano Montecello], Italian antipope (1159-64), dies
  • 1168-09-20 Paschal III, [Guido di Crema], Italian anti-Pope, dies
  • 1181-08-30 Alexander III, [Orlando Bandinelli], Italian Pope (1159-81), dies
  • 1187-10-20 Urban III, [Umberto Crivelli], Italian Pope (1185-87), dies
  • 1187-12-17 Gregory VIII, [Alberto de Morra], Italian Pope (1187), dies
  • 1202-03-30 Joachim Van Fiore, Italian religious founder (Joachimism), dies
  • 1214-04-30 Huguccio/Hugo van Pisa, Italian bishop, dies
  • 1214-09-14 Albert Avogadro, Italian patriarch of Jerusalem (b. 1149)
  • 1216-07-16 Innocent III [Lotario de' Conti di Segni], Italian Pope (1198-1216), dies at 54 or 55
  • 1221-08-06 Dominicus, Italian religious order founder (Dominicans)

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1226-10-04 Saint Francis of Assisi, Italian founder of the Franciscan Order, dies at 44 or 45

Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint Francis of Assisi
Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint
Francis of Assisi
  • 1241-08-22 Gregory IX, [Ugolino di Segni], Italian Pope, dies
  • 1252-03-06 Saint Rose of Viterbo, Italian saint (b. 1235)
  • 1252-04-06 Peter of Verona, [Peter Martyr], Italian inquisitor/st, dies at 45
  • 1253-04-22 Elias van Cortona, Italian general (1232-39), dies at about 53
  • 1253-08-11 Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (b. 1194) and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies (the Poor Clares)
  • 1265-12-03 Odofredus, Italian jurist
  • 1267-11-26 Gozzolini Silvester, Italian hermit/saint, dies
  • 1272-03-14 Re Enzo, Italian poet/son of Emp Frederik II von Hohenstaufen, dies
  • 1272-04-17 Zita/Cita, Italian maid/saint, dies at about 59

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1274-03-07 Thomas Aquinas, Italian thelogian/saint, dies at 48

  • 1276-08-18 Adrian V, [Ottobono Fieschi], Italian Pope (7/11-8/18/1276), dies
  • 1280-08-22 Nicholas III, [Giovanni Gaetano Orsini], Italian Pope (1277-80), dies
  • 1287-04-03 Honorius IV, [Giacomo Savelli], Italian Pope (1285-87), dies
  • 1298-07-14 Jacob de Voragine, Italian bishop/writer (Golden Legend), dies
  • 1305-09-10 Nicholas van Tolentino, Italian saint, dies
  • 1317-04-20 Agnes van Montepulciano, Italian mystic/saint, dies
  • 1318-08-18 Clare of Montefalco, Italian Abbess and religious leader (born c. 1268)
  • 1321-09-14 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divine Commedy), dies at 56
  • 1324-02-26 Dino Compagni, Italian silk seller/poet/chronicler, dies