Today in History

Significant Events

  • 1789 Ben Franklin writes "Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes"
  • 1933 1st modern sit-down strike by Hormel meat packers in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1956 US Supreme court rules race separation on buses in Alabama unconstitutional
  • 1980 US spacecraft Voyager 1 sends back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn
  • 1985 Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, killing 25,000 in the town of Armero
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 1940 "Fantasia" animated film by Walt Disney, starring Leopold Stokowski and Deems Taylor, is released

Today in Music

  • 2002 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of "8 Mile", 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

Today in Sport

  • 1982 A boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nevada, ends when Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim. Kim's death on November 17 led to significant changes in the sport.

Did You Know?

First shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii

On this day in 1895

Would You Believe?

World's earliest wine-making uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC

On this day in 2017

Famous Weddings

  • 1160 Marriage of Louis VII of France with Adele of Champagne.
  • 1929 Writer E. B. White (30) weds literary editor Katharine Angell (37)
  • 1934 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (23) weds "All Quiet on the Western Front" actor Lew Ayres (25)
  • 1960 US Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr marries Swedish actress May Britt (divorced 1968)
  • 1987 MLB baseball player Cal Ripken Jr (27) weds Kelly Geer at Towson United Methodist Church in Maryland

Famous Divorces

  • 1922 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (55) divorces socialite Catherine Tobin after 33 years of marriage
  • 2011 Torrei Hart divorces actor and comedian Kevin Hart (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage
Today's Weddings & Divorces