Today in History

Significant Events

  • 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
  • 1926 Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth
  • 1935 Flying boat "China Clipper" takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight
  • 1963 American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
  • 1969 Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University
  • 2005 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany
Today's Historical Events

Did You Know?

1st three nodes of the ARPAnet are connected, in what eventually becomes the Internet

On this day in 1977

Would You Believe?

RCA Records make its best investment paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley's contract

On this day in 1955

Famous Weddings

  • 1964 Actress Rosemary Clooney weds actor José Ferrer for the second time in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Bob Dylan weds Sara Lowndes
  • 1997 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (38) weds actress Abigail Cruttenden (29)
  • 1998 "Titanic" actress Kate Winslet (23) weds assistant film director Jim Threapleton (25) at All Saints Church in Reading, England
  • 2003 Actress Carmen Electra (31) weds rocker Dave Navarro (36) at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (33) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage
Today's Weddings & Divorces