Virgin Islands (US) in History

Historical Events

  • 1848-07-03 Slaves freed in Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands)
  • 1867-10-29 Mail packets "Rhone" & "Wye" capsize off St Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • 1916-08-04 Denmark cedes Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the US for $25 million
  • 1917-01-17 US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
  • 1917-03-31 US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands
  • 1936-06-22 Virgin Islands receives a constitution from US (Organic Act)
  • 1937-03-26 William H Hastie becomes 1st black federal judge (Virgin Islands)
  • 1946-05-07 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • 1954-06-22 Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands
  • 1954-07-22 US Virgin Islands adopt constitution (Revised Organic Act)

Famous Birthdays


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1830-07-10 Camille Pissarro, Danish Antillean/French painter (Impressionism), born in Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands) (d. 1903)

  • 1930-08-02 Ron de Lugo, (Rep-D-Virgin Islands, 1973-79, 81- )
  • 1938-02-03 Emile Griffith, US Virgin Islands professional boxer, (d. 2013)
  • 1955-02-20 Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)
  • 1966-11-07 Lisa Canning, Virgin Islands, hostess (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1970-05-02 Vania Thomas, Miss US Virgin Islands Universe (1997)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1976-04-25 Tim Duncan, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 1979-01-16 Rashawn Ross, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band)

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-05-09 Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Famous Deaths

  • 2013-07-23 Emile Griffith, US Virgin Islands professional boxer, dies from complication from dementia at 75