Today in History

Significant Events

  • 1773 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)
  • 1873 A group of Modoc warriors defeats the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War
  • 1912 Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen
  • 1946 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • 1991 Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 1984 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

Today in Music

Today in Sport

  • 1916 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City

Did You Know?

First day Prohibition comes into effect in the US as a result of the 18th amendment

On this day in 1920

Would You Believe?

Doomsday Clock set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea's 1st nuclear test

On this day in 2007

Famous Weddings

  • 38 BC Roman Republican Leader Octavian, later Augustus 1st Roman Emperor, marries Livia Drusilla
  • 1827 Religious leader Joseph Smith Jr (21) weds church group movement leader Emma Smith (22) in South Bainbridge, New York
  • 1926 Comedian George Burns marries comedienne Gracie Allen
  • 1946 Actor John Wayne (38) weds actress Esperanza Baur in Long Beach, California
  • 1955 Murderer Charles Manson (20) weds waitress Rosalie Jean Willis (17)

Famous Divorces

  • 1990 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage
Today's Weddings & Divorces