Virginia in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 188


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1586-07-27 Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
  • 1606-12-20 Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1607-04-26 1st English colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia

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1607-05-13 English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith
  • 1608-01-07 Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1609-05-23 Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
  • 1610-06-10 Thomas West, Baron de La Mar, is appointed governor of Virginia
  • 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
  • 1619-12-04 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.
  • 1622-03-22 First American Indian (Powhattan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 killed
  • 1623-03-05 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
  • 1624-06-16 Virginia becomes an English crown colony following the bankruptcy of the London Company
  • 1629-03-24 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia
  • 1635-04-28 Virginia Gov John Harvey accused of treason & removed from office
  • 1639-01-06 Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed
  • 1654-11-21 Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia
  • 1663-09-13 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
  • 1667-08-27 Earliest recorded hurricane in North America (Jamestown, Virginia)
  • 1676-05-10 Bacon's Rebellion begins, frontiersmen vs Virginia government
  • 1676-08-03 Nathaniel Bacon publishes "Declaration of People of Virginia"
  • 1677-05-29 Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Indians.
  • 1691-08-16 Yorktown, Virginia founded
  • 1693-02-08 William & Mary college is chartered in the Dominion and Colony of Virginia (2nd in North America)
  • 1693-02-13 College of William & Mary opens in Virginia
  • 1750-11-11 The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It was the first college fraternity.

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1758-07-24 George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1766-02-11 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
  • 1773-10-12 America's first asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
  • 1774-05-28 1st Continental Congress convenes (Virginia)
  • 1776-06-12 Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights

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1776-06-29 Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor

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

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1781-01-05 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • 1781-08-01 British army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia
  • 1781-09-05 Battle of Virginia Capes, French defeat British, trap Cornwallis
  • 1787-05-29 "Virginia Plan" proposed

AgreementConstitution of the United States

1788-06-25 Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution

  • 1791-12-15 US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval, becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution
  • 1800-08-30 Gabriel Prosser leads a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1802-01-29 John Beckley of Virginia appointed first Librarian of Congress

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1807-05-22 Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Virginia (acquitted)

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • 1811-12-26 A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.

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1831-08-21 Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • 1839-11-11 The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia.
  • 1843-02-06 The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
  • 1846-07-09 The territory of the District of Columbia south of the Potomac River (39 mi² or about 100 km²) is returned to Virginia through an Act of Congress.
  • 1859-06-11 Comstock silver load discovered near Virginia City, Nevada
  • 1860-08-11 US's 1st successful silver mill (Virginia City, Nev)
  • 1861-04-17 Virginia secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-18 Battle of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, part of the Maryland Campaign (US Civil War)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861-04-23 Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1861-04-27 West Virginia secedes from Virginia after Virginia secedes from Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-05-08 Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy
  • 1861-05-23 3 fleeing slaves enter Fort Monroe Virginia
  • 1861-05-23 Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession from the Union
  • 1861-06-25 Western Virginia campaign
  • 1861-07-13 Battle of Corrick's Ford, VA (Carrick's Ford) - Union army takes total control of western Virginia CS20 US53
  • 1861-09-17 First class for escaped slaves taught by Mary Peake at Fortress Monroe Virginia (now Hampton University).
  • 1861-10-24 West Virginia seceded from Virginia
  • 1861-11-18 The first provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress is held in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1861-11-26 West Virginia created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virginia
  • 1862-03-08 Naval Engagement at Hampton Roads, VA CSS Virginia, Jamestown & Yorktown vs USS Cumberland, Congress & Monitor

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1862-03-11 12] Gen Stonewall Jackson evacuates Winchester Virginia Army of the Potomac. Gen Henry Halleck is named general-in-chief

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1862-03-28 Skirmish at Bealeton Station, Virginia
  • 1862-04-05 Siege of Yorktown Virginia, begins by Army of the Potomac (US Civil War)
  • 1862-05-04 -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1862-05-11 Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, VA
  • 1862-05-15 Battle of Drewry's Bluff (Ft Darling), Virginia
  • 1862-05-23 Valley Campaign: Stonewall Jackson takes Fort Royal, Virginia
  • 1862-06-08 Valley Campaign-Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia
  • 1862-06-26 Battle of Beaver Dam Creek-Union repulses Confederacy in Virginia
  • 1862-06-26 US Army of Virginia established under Gen John Pope
  • 1862-06-27 -28] Battle at Garnett's/Golding's Farms, Virginia
  • 1862-06-30 Battle at Nelson's Farm/Glendale/Frayser's Farm, Virginia: Confederate assault attack. 6th day of 7 days battles US Civil War
  • 1862-09-01 Battle at Chantilly (Ox Hill) Virginia (2100 casualties)
  • 1862-09-18 General Read army pulls out of Antietam Creek Virginia
  • 1862-09-19 -20] Battle at Blackford's Ford, Virginia
  • 1862-11-05 Battle at Barbee's Crossroads, Virginia: 51 casualties
  • 1862-12-12 Battle of Dumfries, Virginia
  • 1863-01-17 Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1863-02-02 Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise"

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 1863-02-10 1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia
  • 1863-04-02 Bread revolt in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1863-04-19 Union troops/fleet occupy For Huger, Virginia

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1863-04-30 -5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces

  • 1863-06-13 Skirmish at Berryville Virginia
  • 1863-06-14 Battle of 2nd Winchester, Virginia
  • 1863-06-17 Battle at Middleburg, Virginia
  • 1863-06-17 Battle of Aldie, Confederates fail to drive back Union in Virginia
  • 1863-06-19 Battle at Middleburg Virginia (100+ casualties)
  • 1863-06-21 Battle at Upperville Virginia, 389 casualities
  • 1863-06-27 Skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia
  • 1863-07-01 -2] Battle at Baltimore: Crump's Crossroads Virginia
  • 1863-07-24 Battle at Battle Mountain, Virginia
  • 1863-07-25 Skirmish at Barbee's Crossroads, Virginia
  • 1863-09-01 6th Ohio Cavalry ambush at Barbees Crossroads Virginia
  • 1863-10-14 Battle at Bristoe Station, Virginia (about 2000 casualties)
  • 1863-10-14 Skirmish at Catlett's Station, Virginia (Bristoe Campaign)
  • 1863-10-19 Battle of Buckland Mills, Virginia
  • 1864-02-06 -7] Skirmish at Barnett's Ford Virginia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 157

  • 1561-12-09 Edwin Sandys, a founder of Virginia colony
  • 1587-08-18 1st English child born in New World (Virginia Dare)
  • 1609-08-06 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)
  • 1646-12-26 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (d. 1709)
  • 1718-04-27 Thomas Lewis, Irish-born Virginia settler (d. 1790)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1731-06-13 Martha Washington, 1st US First Lady (1789-97), born in Kent County, Virginia (d. 1802)

1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

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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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1751-03-16 James Madison, 4th US President (1809-17), born in Port Conway, Virginia (d. 1836)

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • 1753-12-19 John Taylor, Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)

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1755-09-24 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), born in Germantown, Virginia (d. 1835)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1756-01-29 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1758-04-28 James Monroe, 5th US President (1817-25), born in Monroe Hall, Virginia (d. 1831)

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1770-08-01 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, born in Ladysmith, Virginia (d. 1838)

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1773-02-09 William Henry Harrison, Charles City Virginia, 9th President of the United States (March 4-April 4, 1841)

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • 1773-06-02 John Randolph, U.S. Senator from Virginia (d. 1833)

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1774-08-18 Meriwether Lewis, American soldier and public administrator (Lewis & Clark Expedition), born in Ivy, Virginia (d. 1809)

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis

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1777-04-12 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia (d. 1852)

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1783-05-25 Philip Pendleton Barbour, Virginia politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1841)

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1784-11-24 Zachary Taylor, 12th US President (Mar 5, 1849 - July 9, 1850), born in Barboursville, Virginia (d. 1850)

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor

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1790-03-29 John Tyler, 10th US President (1841-45), born in Charles City County, Virginia (d. 1862)

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1793-03-02 Sam Houston, American politician (brought Texas into the United States), born in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston

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1793-11-03 Stephen F. Austin, Founded and helped colonize the US state of Texas, born in Austinville, Virginia (d. 1836)

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1800-10-02 Nat Turner, American leader of a major slave rebellion in 1831, born in Southampton County, Virginia (d. 1831)

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1807-01-19 Robert E. Lee, Stratford Virginia, American Confederate General in Chief during US Civil War, (d. 1870)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1809-02-15 Cyrus Hall McCormick, Shenandoah Valley Virginia, American inventor (Mechanical reaper)

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus Hall McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus Hall McCormick

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1824-01-21 Thomas Jackson ["Stonewall"], Clarksburg, Virginia, Lt Gen 2nd Corps (ANV, Confed), (d. 1863)

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1833-02-06 J.E.B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Patrick County, Virginia, Confederate General

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • 1833-07-28 James Henry Lane, Brigadier General during Civil War (Confederate), born in Mathews Court House, Virginia (d. 1907)
  • 1833-11-09 Sally Louisa Tompkins, nurse and philanthropist, only woman commissioned in Confederate army during US Civil War, born in Mathews City, Virginia (D. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1833-12-06 John S. Mosby, Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, born in Powhatan County, Virginia (d. 1916)

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby
  • 1837-03-07 Henry Draper, Virginia, astro-spectro-photographer (Moon, Jupiter)
  • 1841-03-01 Blanche Kelso Bruce, Virginia, (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1856-04-05 Booker T. Washington, American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, born in Hale's Ford, Virginia (d. 1915)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 1865-07-14 Annie Jones, Virginia, bearded lady
  • 1880-11-25 Leonard S Woolf, English author/husband of Virginia Woolf
  • 1882-04-04 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1882-09-06 John Powell, American pianist and composer, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1963)
  • 1885-07-21 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • 1886-01-24 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1888-10-25 Richard E. Byrd, American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1957)

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • 1889-05-10 Mae Murray, Portsmouth, Virginia, American silent screen actress (d. 1965)
  • 1890-08-13 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia
  • 1891-12-15 A. P. (Alvin) Carter, Virginia, American musician (Carter Family)
  • 1892-12-30 John Litel, Albany WI, actor (Virginia City, My Hero)
  • 1893-09-24 Julia Faye, actress (10 Commandments, Samson & Delilah), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1894-09-17 Fay Compton, [Virginia Lillian Emeline Compton], actress (Haunting)
  • 1898-07-21 Sara Carter, Virginia, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family)
  • 1899-05-05 Freeman Gosden, radio actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1899-11-25 Vera Reynolds, silent screen actress (Lawless Woman), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1900-09-01 Richard Arlen, Virginia, actor (Alice in Wonderland, Crawling Hand)
  • 1905-05-15 Joseph Cotten, Virginia, actor (3rd Man, Airport 77, Hearse)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1909-05-10 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • 1911-05-16 Margaret Sullavan, Norfolk, Virginia, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1911-07-16 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Kitty Foyle) born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

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1912-03-24 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2010)

Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • 1912-05-23 John Payne, American actor (Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), born in Roanoke, Virginia
  • 1914-05-12 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1914-11-08 Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley winemaker (Charles Krug), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1916-07-07 Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes

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1917-04-25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1918-03-29 Pearl Bailey, singer (Hello Dolly), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1919-10-18 Camilla Williams, Danville, Virginia, operatic soprano, (d. 2012)
  • 1921-05-09 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921-05-12 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • 1922-09-24 Theresa Merritt, actress (Mama-That's My Mama), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1923-07-10 Earl Hamner Jr, creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", born in Schuyler, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1925-09-16 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1925-11-10 Richard Burton, stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf), born in Pontrhydyfen, South Wales
  • 1927-02-25 Ralph Stanley, Amerian bluegrass musician, born in Dickenson County, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1927-07-10 William Smithers, actor (Witness, Peyton Place, Attack!), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1927-10-18 George C. Scott, Wise, Virginia, American actor/director (Patton, Dr. Strangelove)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee

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1928-04-03 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 2015)

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd

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1929-06-23 June Carter Cash, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Maces Spring, Virginia (d. 2003)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 1930-08-18 Liviu Librescu, Israeli professor, killed in the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 1930-08-31 Owen B Pickett, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1930-09-17 David Huddleston, actor (Big Lebowski), born in Vinton, Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1931-01-17 Douglas Wilder, American politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1931-03-02 Tom Wolfe, journalist/author (Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1932-03-09 Keely Smith, Norfolk Virginia, American singer (Mrs Louie Prima)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932-09-08 Patsy Cline, American country singer (Crazy) born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1963)

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1932-10-20 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1933-04-15 Roy Clark, Meherrin, Virginia, American country singer (Hee Haw, The Tonight Show)

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1934-04-24 Shirley MacLaine, actress/mystic (Irma la Douce), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • 1936-03-12 Lloyd Dobbins, newscaster (NBC News Overnight), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1936-03-17 Robert Daniel, republican Congressman for Virginia (1972-1983), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1937-03-30 Warren Beatty, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1937-04-07 Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1937-12-16 Joyce Bulifant, actress (Marie- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Newport News, Virginia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1939-05-01 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1939-09-29 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1994)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-02-03 Fran Tarkenton, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1940-04-18 Ira von Furstenberg, [Virginia Caroline] Princess (Monaco), born in Rome, Italy

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942-05-05 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

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1943-07-10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis star (1968 US Open, 1975 Wimbledon), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1777-10-25 Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry (41) weds second wife Dorothea Dandridge

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1783-01-03 US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (27) weds Mary Willis Ambler in Hanover County, Virginia

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1808-01-05 Explorer William Clark (37) weds Julia Hancock in Fincastle, Virginia

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark

HeartWedding of Interest

1831-06-30 Soldier and future Confederate General Robert E. Lee (24) marries Mary Custis (22) at Arlington House, Arlington Virginia

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

HeartWedding of Interest

1836-05-16 US writer Edgar Allan Poe (26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm

HeartWedding of Interest

1848-03-08 Confederate General James Longstreet (27) weds Maria Louisa Garland in Lynchburg, Virginia

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

HeartWedding of Interest

1979-10-16 MLB outfielder Tim Raines (20) weds his high school sweetheart Virginia Hilton

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1992-06-15 Director Frank Perry (Mommie Dearest) marries Virginia Bush Ford

HeartWedding of Interest

1995-01-07 Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence (29) weds former Miss Virginia USA Patricia Southall (24) at Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Virginia

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-04-06 Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan (71) weds NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell (50) at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-04-22 NFL football player Emmitt Smith (31) weds Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall (29)

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith

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2000-08-18 Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (57) weds former congressional aide Calista Bisek (34) in Alexandria, Virginia

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich
  • 2006-03-16 Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (58) weds Svetlana Erokhin in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 2006-07-27 NASCAR driver Kurt Busch (27) weds Eva Bryan in Eastville, Virginia
  • 2015-10-25 Singer Jason Mraz (38) weds girlfriend Christina Carano at Pole Green Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Famous Deaths

  • 1618-06-07 Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, English Governor of Virginia (b. 1577)
  • 1675-04-12 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia (b. 1609)
  • 1676-10-18 Nathaniel Bacon, rallied against Virginian government, killed at 29
  • 1687-04-12 Ambrose Dixon, Virginia Colony pioneer
  • 1706-08-23 Colonel Edward Nott, Esq., British Crown Governor of Virginia (b. 1654)
  • 1709-07-17 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (b. 1646)
  • 1722-04-21 Robert Beverley, Jr., historian of Colonial Virginia (b. 1673)
  • 1726-07-22 Hugh Drysdale, British Colonial Governor of Virginia
  • 1740-06-06 Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony
  • 1770-07-27 Robert Dinwiddie, British colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1693)
  • 1772-11-19 William Nelson, American colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1711)
  • 1790-01-31 Thomas Lewis, Irish-born Virginia settler (b. 1718)
  • 1800-10-07 Gabriel, slave revolt leader (Virginia), hanged

BattleExecution

1831-11-11 Nat Turner, slave rebel who led a violent insurrection in Virginia, hanged at 31

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • 1862-09-01 Oliver Tilden, of the Bronx, killed in Civil War in Virginia
  • 1864-12-02 Archibald Gracie III, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at Siege of Petersburg, Virginia aged 32
  • 1974-03-20 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, dies at 83
  • 2007-04-16 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2011-03-23 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) dies at 79

  • 2012-02-04 Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75