Today in History

Significant Events

  • 380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople
  • 1639 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System
  • 1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
  • 1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"
  • 1950 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • 1954 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria
Today's Historical Events

Did You Know?

American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire

On this day in 1874

Would You Believe?

400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in New York City smog, smoggiest day in city's history

On this day in 1966

Famous Weddings

  • 1190 Isabella of Jerusalem marries Conrad of Montferrat at Acre, making him de jure King.
  • 1979 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)
  • 1980 Ronald Reagan Jr marries Doria Palmieri
  • 1984 MLB pitcher Roger Clemens (22) weds Debra Lynn Godfrey
  • 2000 Actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau (34) weds physician Joya Tillem (30) in Sonoma, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage
Today's Weddings & Divorces