Today in History

Significant Events

  • 1281 During Kublai Khan's Second Invasion of Japan his invading Chinese fleet of 3,500 vessels disappears in a typhoon near Japan
  • 1842 Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 1945 V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)
  • 1947 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1969 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • 1980 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 1938 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)

Today in Music

  • 1995 "Battle of Brit Pop" rival bands Oasis (Roll with It) and Blur (Country House) release singles on the same day

Today in Sport

Did You Know?

Construction of Cologne Cathedral completed after it began in 1248 - largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe

On this day in 1880

Would You Believe?

The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.

On this day in 1901

Famous Weddings

  • 1756 Frontiersman Daniel Boone (21) weds Rebecca Bryan (17) in Yadkin River, North Carolina
  • 1939 "A Star Is Born" actress Janet Gaynor (32) weds MGM costume designer Adrian (36)
  • 1952 UK Prime Minister Anthony Eden (55) weds UK prime minister's niece Clarissa Spencer-Churchill (32) in a civil ceremony at Caxton Hall, London
  • 1956 Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)
  • 1964 World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (22) weds cocktail waitress Sonja Roi

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married
Today's Weddings & Divorces