United States of America in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 1,701

  • 1493-05-04 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain & Portugal
  • 1494-06-07 Treaty of Tordesillas, Spain & Portugal divide America

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1498-05-30 Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1503-01-20 Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) found (Spain) to deal with American affairs
  • 1507-04-25 German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller first to use the name America on his world map "Universalis Cosmographia"

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1541-03-18 Hernando de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto
  • 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 English colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia
  • 1607-06-21 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown
  • 1619-07-30 House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective American governing body
  • 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

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1620-12-11 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • 1621-03-16 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth Mass
  • 1621-10-25 Gov Bradford of colony of American Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day
  • 1622-03-22 First American Indian (Powhattan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 killed
  • 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.
  • 1638-06-25 Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies
  • 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
  • 1646-10-28 First Protestant church assembly for American indians (Massachusetts)
  • 1647-05-26 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1647-11-11 Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies
  • 1651-07-24 Anthony Johnson, a free African American, receives grant of 250 acres in Va
  • 1652-05-10 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va
  • 1652-06-10 In Boston, John Hull opens the 1st mint in America
  • 1658-08-12 1st American police force forms (New Amsterdam)
  • 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.

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1681-03-04 English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
King Charles II
King
Charles II

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1683-09-24 King Louis XIV expels all Jews from French possessions in America

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1690-02-03 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)
  • 1690-09-25 Publick Occurrences, first newspaper in the American colonies (Boston), publishes first & last edition
  • 1690-12-10 Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial goverment to borrow money
  • 1691-02-17 Thomas Neale granted English 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.
  • 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 Philadelphia
  • 1712-04-07 Slave revolt in New York kills 6 white men, 21 African Americans executed
  • 1715-11-25 First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
  • 1716-09-14 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit (Boston Harbor)
  • 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
  • 1729-03-15 Sister St Stanislas Hachard, 1st American nun, takes her vows, N Orleans
  • 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
  • 1748-08-15 United Lutheran Church the American colonies organized

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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
  • 1751-05-11 1st hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) in the 13 Colonies in America
  • 1752-09-03 Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing 11 days. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives
  • 1752-09-14 Britain (and American colonies) adopt Gregorian calendar (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)
  • 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 First music store in America opens (Philadelphia)
  • 1760-02-16 Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, SC
  • 1760-12-25 Jupiter Hammon, an African American slave, composes poetry broadside "An Evening Thought" (1st poetry published by an African American 1761)
  • 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

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1768-02-11 Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 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

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1770-03-05 Boston Massacre (or the Incident on King Street ), British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. Galvanised anti-British feelings

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • 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 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.

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1773-11-05 John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an "Enemy to America"

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 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.
  • 1774-10-20 American Continental Congress orders discouragment of entertainment
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 10,263


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

  • 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 African American 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)

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1663-02-12 Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister (Salem witchcraft trials), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Puritan Minister Cotton Mather
Puritan Minister
Cotton Mather
  • 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, Lloyd Harbor NY, slave and poet, 1st African American to publish poetry
  • 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

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1721-04-19 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman
  • 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)

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1725-12-11 George Mason, Fairfax County Virginia, American statesman (Bill of Rights)

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason
  • 1726-02-15 Abraham Clark, Elizabethtown, New Jersey, American politician, signed Declaration of Independence
  • 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

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1731-11-09 Benjamin Banneker, Ellicott Md, African American mathematician/surveyor (Wash DC)

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
  • 1732-02-06 Charles Lee, General in the American Revolution (d. 1782)

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1732-02-22 George Washington, Westmoreland, Virginia, 1st American president (1789-97)

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 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)

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1732-11-13 John Dickinson, Talbot County Maryland, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania (d. 1808)

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • 1735-01-08 John Carroll, American Roman Catholic archbishop (d. 1815)
  • 1735-06-10 John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army
  • 1735-07-01 James Lyon, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1794)

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1736-02-29 Ann Lee, American founder of the Shakers, born in Manchester, England (d. 1784)

Founder of the Shakers Ann Lee
Founder of the Shakers
Ann Lee

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1736-05-29 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, born in Studley, Colony of Virginia, British America (d. 1799)

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry

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1737-01-29 Thomas Paine, Thetford Great Britain, English/American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason)

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1737-10-31 James Lovell, American educator (d. 1789)

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1738-01-10 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 1738-05-27 Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (d. 1796)
  • 1738-06-16 Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher (d. 1816)
  • 1738-07-03 John Singleton Copley, Mass, finest colonial American artist
  • 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)
  • 1740-03-24 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • 1740-05-02 Elias Boudinot, lawyer/patriot, found American Biblical Society

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1741-01-14 Benedict Arnold, Norwich Connecticut, US general turned traitor (American Revolutionary War)

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • 1741-06-11 Joseph Warren, American doctor and soldier (d. 1775)
  • 1742-08-07 Nathanael Greene, American Revoluntionary War General

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1743-04-13 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (1801-09), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1826

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1743-05-17 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader (d. 1784)
  • 1744-02-09 Amos Bull, early American composer (The Responsary)
  • 1744-09-20 Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)

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1744-11-22 Abigail Adams, American 2nd first lady (1797-1801) (11/11 O.S.), born in Weymouth Massachusetts (d. 1818)

2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams
  • 1745-03-10 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)

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1745-12-12 John Jay, American statesman, 1st US Chief Justice, born in New York City

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1746-02-04 Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish, Lithuanian and American National hero and general (d. 1817)
  • 1746-10-07 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


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1614-04-05 American Indian princess Pocahontas and daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe

American Indian Princess Pocahontas
American Indian Princess
Pocahontas

HeartWedding of Interest

1749-11-17 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (28) weds first wife Elizabeth Hartwell in Massachusetts

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman

HeartWedding of Interest

1757-08-04 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere

HeartWedding of Interest

1764-10-25 Future 2nd American President John Adams (28) weds Abigail Smith (19) in Weymouth, Massachusetts (marriage lasts 54 years)

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams

HeartWedding of Interest

1770-07-19 Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson (37) weds land and estate owner Mary Norris (30) in a civil ceremony

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson

HeartWedding of Interest

1770-09-09 Founding Father of America Robert R. Livingston (23) weds John Steven's daughter Mary Stevens

American Founding Father Robert R. Livingston
American Founding Father
Robert R. Livingston

HeartWedding of Interest

1777-06-15 First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (25) weds mariner Joseph Ashburn

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross

HeartWedding of Interest

1835-09-14 American leading transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (33) marries 2nd wife Lydia (Lidian) Jackson in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson

HeartWedding of Interest

1842-07-09 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville

HeartWedding of Interest

1870-02-02 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1915-12-10 28th US President Woodrow Wilson marries 2nd wife Edith Galt, a descendant of native American Pocahontas

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1918-04-12 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill marries second wife novelist Agnes Boulton

HeartWedding of Interest

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.

HeartWedding of Interest

1924-06-24 American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller

HeartWedding of Interest

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)
  • 1930-08-02 Laurence McKinley Gould (33), American Geologist and Polar Explorer weds Margaret ("Peg") Rice in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 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
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1948-09-24 American Major League Baseball outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds Frances Cass (40)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1950-06-14 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 2nd wife Kleo Apostolides

HeartWedding of Interest

1952-07-09 American educator, Presbyterian minister and TV host Fred Rogers (24) weds Sara Joanne Byrd

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-07-02 British writer ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") Ronald Dhal marries American actress Patricia Neal

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal

HeartWedding of Interest

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 Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1959-04-01 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1966-08-27 American sportscaster Al Michaels (21) weds Linda Stamaton

American Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
American Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels

HeartWedding of Interest

1971-01-07 American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King
  • 1973-04-18 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby

HeartWedding of Interest

1973-10-25 American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (46) weds actress Marsha Mason (31)

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

HeartWedding of Interest

1977-07-07 "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • 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
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-12-17 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • 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.

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-10-06 American country singer Faith Hill (44) weds singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 1996-10-23 American caricaturist Al Hirshfeld (93) weds Louise Kerz

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-02-02 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 2000-03-04 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (21) weds cinematographer Robert Brinkmann (38)

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-07-29 American actress Jennifer Aniston (31) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (36) in a private ceremony at Malibu, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-09-03 American feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem (66) weds environmentalist David Bale (59) in Adair County, Oklahoma

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Journalist
Gloria Steinem
  • 2001-05-12 American actor Eddie Cibrian (28) weds TV personality Brandi Glanville (28) at the beachfront Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-10-26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • 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
  • 2005-06-16 "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-01-22 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 2006-05-29 "America's Next Top Model" first winner Adrianne Curry (23) weds "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (48) in Joliet, Illinois
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
Actress Katie Holmes
Actress
Katie Holmes
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-09-14 Actor George Takei (68) weds Brad Altman at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles

  • 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
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

TV Personality & Model Vanessa Minnillo
TV Personality & Model
Vanessa Minnillo
  • 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
  • 2012-12-21 "Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion (51) weds fine-arts photographer Rubem Robierb (35) at the couple's apartment in Manhattan
  • 2012-12-25 "Arrow" actor Stephen Amell (31) weds America's Next Top Model Cassandra Jean (27) in the Caribbean
  • 2013-06-01 "How to Make It in America" actress Lake Bell (34) weds tattoo artist Scott Campbell at The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2014-06-07 Good Morning America's meteorologist Ginger Zee (33) weds NBC news correspondent Benjamin Aaron at beachfront ceremony in Petoskey, Michigan
  • 2015-03-21 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • 2015-10-24 American Idol winner and singer Phillip Phillips (25) weds longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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.

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2005-12-16 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • 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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Actress Katie Holmes
Actress
Katie Holmes
Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 5,064


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1617-03-21 Pocahontas, American Indian princess and daughter of Powhatan, dies at 22

American Indian Princess Pocahontas
American Indian Princess
Pocahontas
  • 1630-09-30 John Billington, murderer, 1st American execution, hanged
  • 1638-09-14 John Harvard, American clergyman (b. 1607)
  • 1643-08-20 Anne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher, killed in Native American uprising (b. 1591)
  • 1647-07-07 Thomas Hooker, clergyman, father of American democracy, dies
  • 1658-01-07 Theophilus Eaton, American colonist (b. 1590)
  • 1668-12-22 Stephen Day, English-born colonial printer (The Psalms in Meter - 1st book printed in American colonies), dies at about 58
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1728-02-13 Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister, dies at 65

Puritan Minister Cotton Mather
Puritan Minister
Cotton Mather
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1758-03-22 Jonathan Edwards, American Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian (Original Sin), dies at 54

Christian Preacher and Philosopher Jonathan Edwards
Christian Preacher and Philosopher
Jonathan Edwards
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1770-03-05 Crispus Attucks, possible slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre at beginning of the American Revolution

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1784-09-08 Ann Lee, American founder of the Shakers, dies at 48

Founder of the Shakers Ann Lee
Founder of the Shakers
Ann Lee

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1784-12-05 Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1789-02-12 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 1789-02-19 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware (b. 1738)
  • 1789-09-23 John Rogers, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1792-10-07 George Mason, American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1793-07-23 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence), dies of typhoid fever at 72

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman
  • 1794-09-15 Abraham Clark, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1725)
  • 1794-10-12 James Lyon, American composer, dies at 59
  • 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
  • 1797-01-11 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1799-06-06 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, dies at 63

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • 1800-09-26 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), dies at 53
  • 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)