Today in History

Significant Events

  • 1678 Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia is awarded a doctorate of philosophy, the 1st woman to receive a university doctoral degree or PhD
  • 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn: US 7th Cavalry under Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull in what has become famously known as "Custer's Last Stand"
  • 1929 US President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)
  • 1950 North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War
Today's Historical Events

Did You Know?

1st version of Anne Frank's diary "Het Achterhuis" published in The Netherlands

On this day in 1947

Would You Believe?

Fork introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop

On this day in 1630

Famous Weddings

  • 1927 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock (24) weds civil liberties advocate Jane Cheney
  • 1938 Economist Milton Friedman (25) weds Rose Friedman at the Jewish Seminary in New York City
  • 1960 NBA player Oscar Robertson (21) weds teacher Yvonne Crittenden in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan (20) weds his high school sweetheart Ruth Holdorff (18)
  • 1976 Actor Peter Lawford (52) weds aspiring actress Deborah Gould (25)

Famous Divorces

  • 1997 "Dumb and Dumber" actress Lauren Holly (33) divorces actor-comedian Jim Carrey (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 months of marriage
Today's Weddings & Divorces