Today in History

Important Events

  • 1490 1st dated edition of Maimonides "Mishneh Torah", a code of Jewish religious law is published
  • 1775 Patrick Henry proclaims "Give me liberty or give me death" in speech in favour of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary war
  • 1919 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky
  • 1933 Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers
  • 1945 Battle of Okinawa: US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa in preparation for the Allied invasion; it would become the largest battle of the Pacific War in World War II
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS

Today in Music

Today in Sport

  • 1980 Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test Australia v Pakistan Third Test in Lahore

Did You Know?

Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City

On this day in 1857


Would You Believe?

Royal Air Force gunner Nicholas Alkemade falls 5,500 m out of a plane without a parachute over Nazi Germany and lives

On this day in 1944

Famous Weddings

  • 1779 Botanist Joseph Banks (36) weds Dorothea Hugessen
  • 1923 Writer Anaïs Nin (Delta of Venus) marries banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler in Havana, Cuba
  • 1985 Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley

Famous Divorces

  • 1769 Augustus FitzRoy, English Duke of Grafton divorces the Duchess of Grafton, (formerly Hon. Anne Liddell) by an Act of Parliament
  • 2015 TV personality Kris Jenner and athlete Bruce Jenner divorce after 13 years of marriage
Today's Weddings & Divorces