Today in History

Important Events

  • 356 Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples
  • 1600 Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history
  • 1878 Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph)
  • 1942 About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin
  • 1945 US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 2008 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video format, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc

Today in Music

  • 1981 George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" of his song "My Sweet Lord" with Ronnie Mack's song "He's So Fine"

Today in Sport

  • 1946 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League

Did You Know?

Will Keith Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg's

On this day in 1906


Would You Believe?

980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma

On this day in 1945

Famous Weddings

  • 1934 US entertainer Bob Hope weds fellow entertainer Dolores DeFina
  • 1964 Actor Peter Sellers (38) weds actress Britt Ekland in London, England
  • 1995 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico
Today's Weddings & Divorces