Today in History

Significant Events

  • 1180 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline.
  • 1789 US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court
  • 1869 Black Friday; Wall St panic after Gould & Fisk attempt to corner gold
  • 1877 Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion
  • 1950 "Operation Magic Carpet" sees all Jews from Yemen move to Israel
  • 1957 President Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 1954 Tonight Show premieres on NBC (Johnny takes over 8 years later)

Today in Music

  • 1957 "Jailhouse Rock" single released by Elvis Presley (Billboard Song of the Year 1957)

Today in Sport

  • 1934 2,500 fans see Babe Ruth's farewell Yankee appearance at Yankee Stadium

Did You Know?

The President of the Mormon Church Wilford Woodruff issues a manifesto advising members that the teaching and practice of polygamy should be abandoned

On this day in 1890

Would You Believe?

First autopsy & coroner's jury verdict is recorded in Maryland

On this day in 1657

Famous Weddings

  • 1487 Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak marries Mata Sulakkhani in Batala
  • 1948 American Major League Baseball outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds Frances Cass (40)
  • 1953 Singer Dick Haymes (35) weds Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth (34) at The Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas
  • 1964 Actress Jayne Mansfield (31) weds film producer and director Matt Cimber in Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • 1993 Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty (Brenda) weds Ashley Hamilton
Today's Weddings & Divorces