Washington, D.C. in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 157


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1789-03-11 Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L'Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C.

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1800-12-12 Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America
  • 1801-02-27 Washington, D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction

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1801-03-04 Thomas Jefferson is the first US President inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1802-05-03 Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
  • 1814-08-24 British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812)

MurderAssassination Attempt

1835-01-30 Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a US President

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1857-02-16 Gallaudet College (National Deaf Mute college) forms in Washington, D.C.
  • 1861-02-11 President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Washington, D.C.

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1861-02-13 Abraham Lincoln declared US president in Washington, D.C.

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861-04-25 The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, D.C. (US Civil War)
  • 1861-07-25 Washington, D.C. - Crittenden resolution is passed stating that the war is to be fought to preserve union & uphold the Constitution, not to alter slavery
  • 1861-10-24 First US transcontinental telegram is sent (from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.)
  • 1862-06-02 Raid at Early's: Maryland towards Washington, D.C.
  • 1862-08-28 Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, D.C.
  • 1862-11-17 Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign
  • 1864-02-19 Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Washington, D.C. (12 members)
  • 1864-07-02 Gen Early & Confederate forces reach Winchester en route to Washington, D.C.
  • 1864-07-29 American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.
  • 1865-05-23 -24] Victory parade in Washington, D.C. (Grand Review)
  • 1866-11-20 Howard University founded (Washington, D.C.)

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1867-01-08 African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Andrew Johnson's veto

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1867-03-01 Howard University, Washington, D.C., chartered
  • 1882-07-12 1st ocean pier in US completed, Washington, D.C.
  • 1884-10-22 International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide, creating 24 international time zones with longitude zero at the Greenwich meridian
  • 1885-02-21 Washington Monument dedicated (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1888-01-03 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
  • 1888-01-13 National Geographic Society founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1888-01-27 National Geographic Society formed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1889-01-22 Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1889-10-02 1st Pan American conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1890-10-11 First 100 yard dash under 10 seconds run by John Owen in 9.8 sec at Analostan Island, Washington D.C.
  • 1894-03-25 Coxey's Army of the unemployed sets out from Massillon, Ohio, for Washington, D.C.
  • 1894-04-29 The 500-strong Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey's Army) arrives in Washington, D.C., to protest against unemployment; Coxey arrested for trespassing at Capitol
  • 1895-02-11 Georgetown became part of Washington, D.C.
  • 1895-12-17 Anti-Saloon League of America formed, Washington, D.C.
  • 1899-02-11 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • 1901-11-27 U.S. Army War College is established in Washington, D.C.
  • 1902-01-28 Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1903-01-22 The Hay-Herran Treaty concerning the USA's right to the Panama Canal is signed by the Colombian Charge d'affaires in Washington, D.C. (never ratified)
  • 1903-02-21 Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, D.C.
  • 1907-11-13 The Conference of Central American States, convoked in response to the war between Honduras and Nicaragua, meets in Washington, D.C. to promote unification

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1909-08-18 Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1910-08-14 6th International Congress of Esperantists held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1912-03-16 Mrs William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington, D.C.
  • 1912-03-27 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C.
  • 1913-01-13 Delta Sigma Theta, the world's largest Black Women's Sorority is founded at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1913-03-03 Ida B Wells-Barnett demonstrates for female suffrage in Washington, D.C.
  • 1914-02-12 Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • 1918-11-10 Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, Nova Scotia receives a top-secret coded message from Europe stating on November 11, 1918 all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air
  • 1919-07-24 Race Riot in Washington, D.C. (6 killed, 100 wounded)
  • 1920-04-26 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • 1921-09-08 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.
  • 1922-01-28 Knickerbocker Storm, Washington, D.C.'s biggest snowfall, causes the city's greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapses, killing 98 patrons.
  • 1922-03-23 1st airplane lands at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • 1922-10-03 1st facsimile photo send over city telephone lines, Washington, D.C.
  • 1923-07-19 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-08-08 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (200,000) in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927-11-17 Tornado hits Washington, D.C.
  • 1928-11-11 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • 1930-07-20 106°F (41°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • 1932-05-29 The Bonus Army of World War I veterans begins to assemble in Washington, D.C. in to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
  • 1932-07-20 In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempt to march to the White House.
  • 1932-07-29 Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans.
  • 1932-11-24 In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 1933-02-03 1st interstate legislative conference in US opens, Washington, D.C.
  • 1934-02-08 Export-Import Bank organizes in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-09-17 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3
  • 1938-05-08 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-02-10 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Washington, D.C.-Harrisonburg, VA

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1941-12-22 Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for a wartime conference

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1942-06-21 President Roosevelt/premier Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943-02-17 Major General Omar Bradley flies to Washington, D.C.
  • 1943-05-25 Trident conference in Washington, D.C. (operation plan '43 against Japan)

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1944-07-06 French General Charles de Gaulle arrives in Washington, D.C.

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1947-01-01 WTTG TV channel 5 in Washington, D.C. (MET) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-06-27 WRC TV channel 4 in Washington, D.C. (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-10-03 WMAL (now WJLA) TV channel 7 in Washington, D.C. (ABC) begins
  • 1948-09-24 Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-10-21 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1949-01-16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-04-04 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed in Washington DC
  • 1950-02-20 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
  • 1950-10-31 Collazo & Torresola attempt to assassinate Harry Truman in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-01-15 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station
  • 1954-11-22 Humane Society (US) forms in Washington DC
  • 1956-09-14 1st prefrontal lobotomy performed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-01-20 Morton Gould's "Declaration" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959-04-14 (Robert) Taft Memorial Bell Tower dedicated in Washington DC
  • 1960-01-28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-04-21 Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-03-29 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington, D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections
  • 1961-04-30 1st shuttle flights between Washington, D.C., Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)
  • 1961-05-04 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
  • 1961-10-02 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-07-10 32nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at D.C. Stadium, Washington
  • 1963-03-15 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1963-08-28 200,000 march and demonstrate for African American civil rights in Washington, D.C.

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1963-08-28 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream speech" addressing civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1963-08-30 Hotline communication link between Pentagon (Washington, D.C.) and the Klemlin (Moscow) installed

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 124


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1731-11-09 Benjamin Banneker, African American mathematician and surveyor of Washington D.C., born in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland (d. 1806

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker

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1754-08-02 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant

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1854-11-06 John Philip Sousa, march king (Stars & Stripes Forever), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1876-03-16 Charles Halton, actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1884-08-07 Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1888-09-16 Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1892-02-10 Alan Hale, [Rufus A Mackahan], actor (Little John-Robin Hood), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1892-10-15 Ina Claire, [Fagan], actress (Ninotchika), born in Washington, D.C.

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1895-01-01 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72), born in Washington, D.C.

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1896-08-08 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1900-10-10 Helen Hayes, actress (Caesar & Cleopatra, Happy Birthday), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1903-10-20 John Lodge, actor (Witchmaker), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1914-08-05 Anita Colby, model/actress (Pepsi Cola Playhouse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1915-04-15 Elizabeth Catlett, sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1918-07-27 Leonard Rose, concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C.

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1919-10-26 Edward W. Brooke, 1st African American senator in over 80 yrs (Sen-R-Mass), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2015)

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 1921-01-14 Mark Lawrence, pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1921-02-20 Joseph Albert Walker, test pilot (X-15), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1922-06-27 George Theophilus Walker, composer (Praise of Lillies), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1924-09-09 Jane Greer, actress (Prisoner of Zenda, Clown), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1926-03-12 Hildy Park, actress (To Tell the Truth), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927-12-29 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1928-02-09 Roger Mudd, news ancher (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News), born in Washington, D.C.

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1928-03-12 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia (d. 2016)

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • 1930-01-13 Frances Sternhagen, actress (Outland, Starting Over), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931-01-26 Mary Murphy, actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931-04-09 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-01-23 Chita Rivera, actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-04-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1934-01-13 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C.

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1934-09-16 Elgin Baylor, NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of Year-Lakers), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1934-10-03 Madlyn Rhue, actress (Bracken's World, Executive Suite), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1936-11-25 Matt Clark, actor/director (Return to Oz, Horror Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-04-18 Robert Hooks, actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-06-07 Bert sugar, sports writer (Sting like a Bee), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1937-06-13 Eleanor Holmes Norton, lawyer/(Rep-D-DC), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-11-11 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.

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1939-04-02 Marvin Gaye (Jr), singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C.

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1939-04-09 Michael Learned, actress (Olivia-Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939-04-23 David Birney, actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939-09-15 Jim Kimsey, co-founder of AOL, born in Washington D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1940-12-23 Jorma Kaukonen, rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-01-07 Frederick Drew Gregory, Col USAF/astro (STS 51-B, 33, 44), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-11-05 Patricia Harty, actress (Occasional Wife, Blondie), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942-08-13 Robert Lee Stewart, Brig Gen US Army/astronaut (STS 41B, 51J), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943-07-21 Edward Herrmann, actor (Day of the Dolphin, Reds), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-02-21 Kitty Winn, actress (Beacon Hill), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-04-13 Jack Casady, rock bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-10-25 Kathy "Taffy" Danoff, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-01-25 Leigh Taylor-Young, actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-03-07 John Heard, actor (Cat People, Cutter's Way, CHUD), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1945-08-02 Jewell Jackson McCabe, American feminist and social and political activist who led the National Coalition of 100 Black Women movement in the 1970s, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-09-23 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-12-09 Michael Nouri, actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-01-31 Jonathan Banks, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-06-23 Russ Thacker, producer (Golden Seal), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-10-20 Connie Chung, news ancher (NBC, CBS), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-02-14 Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • 1947-04-07 Charles 'skip' Pitts, soul and blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1947-08-07 Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer (Chilly Scenes of Winter), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1947-09-08 Ann Beattie, short story writer (NYer Magazine), born in Washington, D.C.

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1948-03-31 Al Gore, American Vice President (1993-2001) and Democratic Senator (Tenn, 1985-92), born in Washington, D.C.

US Vice President Al Gore
US Vice President
Al Gore
  • 1948-07-05 Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of Richard Milhaus, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-07-17 Ron Asheton, guitarist and song writer (Iggy Pop), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2009).
  • 1948-07-28 Georgia Engel, actress (Georgette- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Washington, D.C.

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1948-12-21 Samuel L. Jackson, actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1949-04-23 Blair Brown, actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-02-06 Punky Meadows, rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-03-20 William Hurt, actor (Big Chill, Children of a Lesser God), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-05-15 Nicholas Hammond, American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1950-08-27 Charles Fleischer, comedian (Roger Rabbit), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-01-27 Seth Justman, rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-07-28 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords-Sahara), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-07-28 Anthony A. Williams, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-10-15 Frank Dimino, rock vocalist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-10-27 Jayne Kennedy-Overton, actress (Penitentary), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-11-14 Barry Brandt, rock drummer (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-11-27 Jayne Kennedy, sportscaster (CBS)/actress (Body & Soul), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952-11-21 Deborah Shelton, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952-12-17 Mickey Jones, rock bassist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-03-21 Carl Wolfson, comedian (Thicke of the Night), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-09-12 Nancy "Nan" Goldin, Photographer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1955-02-28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic-gold-1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1955-05-10 Bruce Hartzler, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956-06-22 Tim Russ, actor (Tuvoc-Star Trek Voyager), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-03-01 Jon Carroll, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band-Afternoon Delight), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-03-23 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-09-30 William Christian, actor (Derek Frye-All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-01-04 Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-03-25 James McDaniel, actor (Arthur Fancy-NYPD Blue), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-06-01 Cathy Hearn, slalom kayak (Olympics-7th-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958-12-13 Dana Strum, rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959-04-17 David Hearn, slalom single canoe (Olympics-9th-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1960-09-12 Lynn Connelly, LPGA golfer (1988 USX Golf Classic-6th), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-01-28 Colleen Harp, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-05-10 Lisa M Nowak, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963-05-30 Lynda Wiesmeier, playmate (Jul, 1982), born in Washington, D.C.

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1964-07-26 Sandra Bullock, actress (Speed, Net, Love & War), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1964-12-14 C[arl] J[eff] Snare, vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1850-05-01 Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.

HeartWedding of Interest

1914-06-24 MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-09-29 US Senator Joseph McCarthy (43) weds researcher Jean Kerr at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-06-22 NBA forward Elgin Baylor (23) weds Ruby Saunder at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

HeartWedding of Interest

1970-05-19 US Vice President Al Gore weds (22) weds author Tipper Aitcheson (21) at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC

US Vice President Al Gore
US Vice President
Al Gore
  • 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.
  • 1996-12-07 Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1806-10-09 Benjamin Banneker, African American astronomer, mathematician and surveyor of Washington D.C., dies at 74

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1825-06-14 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., dies at 70

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1965-01-12 Porcupine, in Washington, D.C. zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970-09-03 Vince Lombardi, football coach (Packers), dies in Washington, D.C. at 57

  • 2008-05-01 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52