United States of America in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 1,625

  • 1493-05-04 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain and Portugal

Treaty of Tordesillas

1494-06-07 Treaty of Tordesillas: Spain and Portugal divide the new world along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa

Historic Event

1498-05-30 Christopher Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

  • 1503-01-20 Casa de Contratación (House of Trade) established by the Crown of Castile in the port of Seville to deal with American affairs
  • 1507-04-25 German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller is the first to use the name America on his world map "Universalis Cosmographia"
  • 1542-11-22 Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America
  • 1564-10-18 John Hawkins begins 2nd trip to America
  • 1598-04-30 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)
  • 1607-06-21 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established at Jamestown
  • 1619-07-30 House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective American governing body
  • 1619-08-20 1st known African Americans in English North America (approx. 20) land at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe), Virginia. They are then sold or traded into servitude.
  • 1620-07-31 Pilgrim Fathers depart Leiden, Netherlands for England on their way to America
  • 1620-11-11 Mayflower Pilgrims make their first landing in America, at Provincetown Harbor, Massachusetts [1]

Historic Event

1620-12-11 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"

  • 1621-03-16 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1621-10-25 Governor Bradford head of the colony of American Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day
  • 1622-03-22 First American Indian (Powhatan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 killed
  • 1623-03-05 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
  • 1629-03-24 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia
  • 1630-06-25 Fork introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop
  • 1636-12-13 The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. Recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.
  • 1638-06-25 Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies
  • 1639-06-10 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington Delaware)
  • 1639-09-25 First printing press in America set up in Cambridge under the guaranty of Harvard College
  • 1642-03-01 Georgeana (York) in Maine becomes the 1st incorporated American city
  • 1642-06-14 1st compulsory education law in America passed by Massachusetts
  • 1644-01-18 Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
  • 1646-10-28 First Protestant church assembly for American Indians established in Massachusetts
  • 1647-05-26 Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1647-11-11 Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies
  • 1651-07-24 Anthony Johnson, a free African American, receives grant of 250 acres in Virginia
  • 1652-05-10 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia
  • 1652-06-10 In Boston, John Hull opens the 1st mint in America
  • 1658-08-12 1st American police force forms (New Amsterdam)
  • 1662-01-27 1st American lime kiln begins operation in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1663-09-13 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
  • 1664-03-12 1st naturalization act in American colonies
  • 1675-01-08 1st American commercial corporation chartered (NY Fishing Co)
  • 1676-08-12 1st war between American colonists & Indians ends in New England
  • 1677-01-21 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), published in Boston
  • 1678-08-03 Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon
  • 1680-07-08 The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts

Historic Event

1681-03-04 English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania

Historic Event

1683-09-24 King Louis XIV expels all Jews from French possessions in America

  • 1690-09-25 Publick Occurrences, first newspaper in the American colonies (Boston), publishes first & last edition
  • 1690-12-10 Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money
  • 1691-02-17 Thomas Neale granted English patent for American postal service
  • 1693-07-08 NYC authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies
  • 1694-10-23 American colonial forces, led by Sir William Phipps, fail to seize Quebec
  • 1697-09-03 King William's War in America ends with Treaty of Ryswick
  • 1703-11-24 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia
  • 1712-04-07 Slave revolt in New York kills 6 white men, 21 African Americans executed
  • 1715-11-25 First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
  • 1716-09-14 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit at Boston Harbor
  • 1716-11-26 1st lion exhibited in America in Boston
  • 1721-05-25 John Copson becomes America's 1st insurance agent
  • 1721-06-26 Dr Zabdiel Boylston gives 1st smallpox inoculations in America
  • 1729-03-15 Sister St Stanislas Hachard, 1st American nun, takes her vows in New Orleans
  • 1732-02-26 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia
  • 1733-01-18 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston
  • 1733-07-30 Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston
  • 1735-02-18 1st opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1741-02-13 Andrew Bedford publishes 1st American magazine (American Magazine)
  • 1741-06-15 Captain Vitus Bering leaves Petropavlovsk, sailing to America
  • 1743-03-14 1st American town meeting is held in Boston's Faneuil Hall
  • 1745-03-09 Bells for 1st American carillon shipped from England to Boston [1]
  • 1745-06-17 American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton Island from French
  • 1748-08-15 United Lutheran Church the American colonies organized

Historic Event

1750-03-05 1st American Shakespearean production-"altered" Richard III, NYC

  • 1750-12-01 First school in America to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland
  • 1751-02-25 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
  • 1751-04-29 The New York Gazette and Post Boy carries first public report of a cricket match played in America; New York XI v London XI on the site of what is today the Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan, NYC

Historic Event

1751-05-11 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia

Gregory Conquers Julius Caesar

1752-09-03 Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing 11 days. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives

  • 1752-09-14 Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar (no Sept 3 - Sept 13)
  • 1754-05-09 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
  • 1755-03-12 1st steam engine in America installed, to pump water from a mine
  • 1759-01-11 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia
  • 1759-12-13 First music store in America opens (Philadelphia)
  • 1760-02-16 Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, South Carolina
  • 1760-12-25 Jupiter Hammon, an African American slave, composes poetry broadside "An Evening Thought" (1st poetry published by an African American 1761)
  • 1764-11-16 Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac
  • 1767-05-14 British government disbands Americans import duty on tea
  • 1767-06-29 British pass Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America, helping to intensify opposition to British rule

Historic Event

1768-02-11 Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes

  • 1768-02-15 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia
  • 1768-02-20 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens in Pennsylvania
  • 1768-07-18 Boston Gazette publishes "Liberty Song", America's 1st patriotic song

Historic Event

1770-03-05 Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. Massacre galvanizes anti-British feelings.

  • 1771-05-16 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
  • 1773-10-12 America's first asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
  • 1773-10-14 American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland

Election of Interest

1773-11-05 John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an "Enemy to America"

  • 1774-06-02 Intolerable Acts: Amendment to original Quartering Act enacted, allows governors in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters not provided
  • 1774-10-20 American Continental Congress orders discouragement of entertainment
  • 1774-10-21 First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
  • 1774-12-14 First incident of American Revolution - 400 New Hampshire militiamen successfully attack Fort William and Mary
  • 1775-01-11 Francis Salvador becomes 1st Jew elected to office in America (SC)

The Shot Heard Round the World

1775-04-19 American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. The "Shot Heard Round the World" takes place later that day in Concord

  • 1775-05-10 American Revolution: Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga, New York

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 9,753

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci (1454-1512)

1454-03-09 Italian explorer (America), born in Florence

  • 1576-10-12 Thomas Dudley, British colonial governor of Massachusetts, born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1653)
  • 1615-01-30 Thomas Rolfe, American colonial settler and only child of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, born in Varina Farms, Virginia (d. 1675)
  • 1624-01-03 William Tucker, 1st African American child born in America
  • 1624-08-05 William Tucker, 1st child of African descent to be born in English colony in America, born in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1630-01-11 John Rogers, American President of Harvard in the US (d. 1684)
  • 1631-09-30 William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (d. 1701)
  • 1641-08-05 John Hathorne, American magistrate (d. 1717)
  • 1643-05-07 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), born in New Amsterdam (now NYC) (d. 1700)
  • 1643-09-27 Solomon Stoddard, American Puritan clergyman, born in Boston (d. 1729)
  • 1647-09-23 Joseph Dudley, American statesman (d. 1720)
  • 1652-03-28 Samuel Sewall, English-American judge and businessman, born in Bishopstoke, Hampshire, England (d. 1730)
  • 1658-03-05 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, french colonial governor of America
  • 1662-08-25 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard (d. 1724)

Cotton MatherCotton Mather (1663-1728)

1663-02-12 American Puritan minister (Salem witchcraft trials), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1665-07-02 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian, born in St Mabon, Cornwall, England (d. 1726)
  • 1670-02-28 Benjamin Wadsworth, American President of Harvard University (d. 1737)
  • 1675-07-05 Mary Walcott, American accuser at the Salem witch trials, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1720)
  • 1679-10-18 Ann Putnam, Jr., American accuser in the Salem Witch Trials (d. 1716)
  • 1689-06-26 Edward Holyoke, American academic and 9th President of Harvard University, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1769)
  • 1694-08-26 Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (d. 1755)
  • 1696-11-02 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, born in Herrenberg, Germany (d. 1760)
  • 1699-03-23 John Bartram, naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, born near Darby, Pennsylvania (d. 1777)
  • 1703-06-26 Thomas Clap, American academic, 1st President of Yale University, born in Scituate, Massachusetts (d. 1767)
  • 1706-05-20 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)
  • 1710-01-03 Richard Gridley, American Revolutionary soldier (d. 1796)
  • 1710-10-12 Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1785)
  • 1711-04-22 Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1779)
  • 1711-09-09 Thomas Hutchinson, Loyalist politician of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay British America (d. 1780)
  • 1711-10-17 Jupiter Hammon, Lloyd Harbor NY, slave and poet, 1st African American to publish poetry
  • 1711-10-20 Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (d. 1795)
  • 1712-10-12 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1801)
  • 1714-09-19 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Haverford, Pennsylvania (d. 1786)
  • 1714-12-19 John Winthrop, American astronomer (d. 1779)
  • 1715-03-07 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist, born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1755)
  • 1716-01-15 Philip Livingston, American businessman & politician (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Albany, New York (d. 1778)
  • 1717-01-29 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America/fieldmarshal
  • 1717-06-08 John Collins, American politician, 3rd Governor of Rhode Island (1786-90), born in Newport, Colony of Rhode Island, British America (d. 1795)
  • 1718-01-07 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • 1718-02-17 Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
  • 1718-04-20 David Brainerd, American missionary to the Native Americans, born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1747)
  • 1719-01-17 William Vernon, American merchant (d. 1806)
  • 1720-10-08 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (d. 1766)
  • 1720-10-19 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist, born in Province of New Jersey (d. 1772)
  • 1721-02-24 John McKinly, Ulster Ireland, American physician

Roger ShermanRoger Sherman (1721-1793)

1721-04-19 American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), born in Newton, Massachusetts

  • 1721-09-14 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1807)
  • 1723-01-12 Samuel Langdon, American college educator (d. 1797)
  • 1723-04-20 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina (d. 1781)
  • 1724-08-23 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman, born in Albany, New York (d. 1796)
  • 1725-02-05 James Otis, American lawyer and patriot, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts (d. 1783)
  • 1725-03-17 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (d. 1806)
  • 1725-03-24 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)
  • 1725-05-25 Samuel Ward, American politician (31st and 33rd Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1776)

George MasonGeorge Mason (1725-1792)

1725-12-11 American statesman (Bill of Rights), born in Fairfax County, Colony of Virginia

  • 1726-02-15 Abraham Clark, American politician, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey (d. 1794)
  • 1726-08-07 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 1729-02-23 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (d. 1809)
  • 1729-05-13 Henry William (Baron) Stiegel, early American glassmaker

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker (1731-1806)

1731-11-09 African American astronomer, mathematician and surveyor of Washington, D.C., born in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland

  • 1732-02-06 Charles Lee, General in the American Revolution, born in Darnhall, United Kingdom (d. 1782)

George WashingtonGeorge Washington (1732-1799)

1732-02-22 American Founding Father, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during War for Independence and 1st President of the United States (1789-97), born in Westmoreland, Virginia

  • 1732-03-01 William Cushing, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, born in Scituate, Massachusetts Bay, British America (d. 1810)
  • 1732-04-08 David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician, born in Paper Mill Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1796)

John DickinsonJohn Dickinson (1732-1808)

1732-11-13 American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, born in Talbot County, Maryland

  • 1735-01-08 John Carroll, American Roman Catholic archbishop, born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (d. 1815)
  • 1735-06-10 John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army and co-founder of the Medical College at the University of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in Colonial America, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1789)
  • 1735-07-01 James Lyon, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1794)

Ann LeeAnn Lee (1736-1784)

1736-02-29 American Founder of the Shakers, born in Manchester, England

Patrick HenryPatrick Henry (1736-1799)

1736-05-29 American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, born in Studley, Colony of Virginia, British America

Thomas PaineThomas Paine (1737-1809)

1737-01-29 English American writer and political essayist (Age of Reason, Common Sense), born in Thetford, England

  • 1737-10-31 James Lovell, American educator and statesman, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1789)

Ethan AllenEthan Allen (1738-1789)

1738-01-10 American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), born in Litchfield, Connecticut

  • 1738-05-27 Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (6th President of the Confederation Congress), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1796)
  • 1738-06-16 Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher (d. 1816)
  • 1738-07-03 John Singleton Copley, American painter of portraits and historical objects, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1815)
  • 1738-09-25 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware, born in New Castle County, Delaware (d. 1789)
  • 1739-09-17 John Rutledge, American 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, born in Charleston, South Carolina, British America (d. 1800)
  • 1740-03-24 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • 1740-05-02 Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and patriot, President of the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1821)

Benedict ArnoldBenedict Arnold (1741-1801)

1741-01-14 American general and turncoat (American Revolutionary War), born in Norwich, Connecticut

  • 1741-06-11 Joseph Warren, American physician and soldier, born in Roxbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1775)

Nathanael GreeneNathanael Greene (1742-1786)

1742-08-07 American Military Leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Potowomut, Rhode Island

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

1743-04-13 3rd President of the United States (1801-09), born in Albemarle County, Virginia

  • 1743-05-17 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader, born in Roxbury, Connecticut (d. 1784)
  • 1744-02-09 Amos Bull, American composer (The Responsary), born in Enfield, Connecticut (d. 1825)
  • 1744-09-20 Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)

Abigail AdamsAbigail Adams (1744-1818)

1744-11-22 2nd US First Lady (1797-1801) [11 Nov O.S.] born in Weymouth Massachusetts

  • 1745-03-10 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)

John JayJohn Jay (1745-1829)

1745-12-12 US statesman and 1st US Chief Justice, born in NYC, New York

Tadeusz KościuszkoTadeusz Kościuszko (1746-1817)

1746-02-04 Polish-Lithuanian Military Leader and statesman considered a national hero, born in Mereczowszczyzna, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth

  • 1746-10-07 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1746-11-06 Absalom Jones, African-American abolitionist and clergyman, born into slavery in Delaware (d. 1818)
  • 1747-02-03 Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)

Casimir PulaskiCasimir Pulaski (1747-1779)

1747-03-06 Polish Military Leader, known as "the father of American cavalry', born in Warsaw, Poland

  • 1748-02-09 Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)
  • 1749-03-26 William Blount, American statesman and signer of the United States Constitution, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1800)
  • 1749-05-15 Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)
  • 1750-01-01 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (d. 1801)
  • 1750-05-02 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, born in London (d. 1780)

Famous Weddings

Pocahontas

1614-04-05 American Indian princess Pocahontas and daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe

Roger Sherman

1749-11-17 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (28) weds first wife Elizabeth Hartwell in Massachusetts

Paul Revere

1757-08-04 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Wedding of Interest

1764-10-25 Future 2nd American President John Adams (28) weds Abigail Smith (19) in Weymouth, Massachusetts (marriage lasts 54 years)

John Dickinson

1770-07-19 Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson (37) weds land and estate owner Mary Norris (30) in a civil ceremony

Robert R. Livingston

1770-09-09 Founding Father of America Robert R. Livingston (23) weds John Steven's daughter Mary Stevens

Betsy Ross

1777-06-15 American seamstress Betsy Ross (25) weds (for the 2nd time) mariner Joseph Ashburn

  • 1783-05-08 American seamstress Betsy Ross (31) weds (for the 3rd time) John Claypoole at Christ Church

Ralph Waldo Emerson

1835-09-14 American leading transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (33) marries 2nd wife Lydia (Lidian) Jackson in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

1842-07-09 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston

Herman Melville

1847-08-04 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Mark Twain

1870-02-02 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY

  • 1885-08-29 Pulitzer Prize-winning American author (Age of Innocence) Edith Jones (23), marries Edward "Teddy" Wharton (36)

Eugene O'Neill

1909-10-02 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (20) marries 1st wife Kathleen Jenkins

Woodrow Wilson

1915-12-18 28th US President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before marries second wife Edith Bolling Galt, a descendant of native American Pocahontas

Ernest Hemingway

1921-09-03 American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway (22) marries 1st wife Hadley Richardson (29)

  • 1924-03-19 American poet e.e. (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries first wife Elaine Orr. The marriage lasts less than 9 months.

Henry Miller

1924-06-24 American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Margaret Mitchell

1925-07-04 American writer ("Gone With The Wind") Margaret Mitchell (24) marries 2nd husband John Marsh (29)

  • 1929-05-01 American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton
  • 1929-07-22 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (40) marries 3rd wife actress Carlotta Monterey (40)
  • 1930-08-02 Laurence McKinley Gould (33), American Geologist and Polar Explorer weds Margaret ("Peg") Rice in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1932-08-03 Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill; divorce in 1949
  • 1940-09-25 "Sullivan's Travels" actress Veronica Lake (18) weds American motion picture art director and set designer John S. Detlie (31)
  • 1940-11-05 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn

Cary Grant

1942-07-08 British born actor "His Girl Friday" Cary Grant (38) weds American heiress and socialite Barbara Hutton (29)

Ty Cobb

1949-09-24 Retired American MLB outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds American divorcée Frances Cass (40); divorce in 1956

  • 1950-06-14 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 2nd wife Kleo Apostolides

Fred Rogers

1952-07-09 American educator, Presbyterian minister and TV host Fred Rogers (24) weds Sara Joanne Byrd

Wedding of Interest

1956-06-16 British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes weds American writer and poet Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn in London, England

  • 1959-04-01 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein

Marlon Brando

1960-06-04 "On the Waterfront" actor Marlon Brando (36) weds Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda (42)

  • 1966-07-06 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 4th wife Nancy Hackett

Al Michaels

1966-08-27 American sportscaster Al Michaels (21) weds Linda Stamaton

Stephen King

1971-01-07 American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist

  • 1973-04-18 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby

Neil Simon

1973-10-25 American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon (46) weds actress Marsha Mason (31)

Dick Clark

1977-07-07 "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California

David Mamet

1977-12-21 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter "Glengarry Glen Ross" David Mamet marries 1st wife actress Lindsay Crouse

  • 1978-06-15 Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American

Vanessa Williams

1987-01-03 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997

Richie Sambora

1994-12-17 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France; divorce in 2007

  • 1996-02-14 Secretary of Defense and former US Senator William Cohen of Maine (56) weds Black Entertainment Television host Janet Langhart (54) at United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Wedding of Interest

1996-10-06 American country singer Faith Hill (29) weds American country singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana

  • 1996-10-23 American caricaturist Al Hirshfeld (93) weds Louise Kerz

Paula Abdul

1997-02-02 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

  • 2000-03-04 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (21) weds cinematographer Robert Brinkmann (38)

Wedding of Interest

2000-07-29 American actress Jennifer Aniston (31) weds actor and film producer Brad Pitt (36) in a private ceremony at Malibu, California

Gloria Steinem

2000-09-03 American feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem (66) weds environmentalist David Bale (59) in Adair County, Oklahoma

  • 2001-05-12 American actor Eddie Cibrian (28) weds TV personality Brandi Glanville (28) at the beachfront Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
  • 2001-09-01 "The Accidental Tourist" actress Geena Davis (45) weds Iranian American plastic surgeon Dr. Reza Jarrahy
  • 2002-06-15 "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (28) weds actor Joe Reitman (34) in Jalisco, Mexico

Jessica Simpson

2002-10-26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

John Leguizamo

2003-06-28 Colombian American actor John Leguizamo (42) weds estate planner Justine Maurer (35) on a Catholic-Jewish ceremony in New York

  • 2003-10-11 American Pie star Alyson Hannigan (29) weds Angel's Alexis Denisof (37) at the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California
  • 2005-02-20 "Iron Chef America" host Bobby Flay (40) weds former "Law and Order: SVU" actress Stephanie March (30) at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York City
  • 2005-06-16 "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama

Wedding of Interest

2005-06-29 American actress Jennifer Garner (33) weds American actor and film director Ben Affleck (32) at the Parrot Cay resort on Turks and Caicos Islands; divorce in 2018

  • 2005-08-20 Award-winning American news anchor Lauren Sanchez (35) weds prominent talent agent Patrick Whitesell at The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Lisa Marie Presley

2006-01-22 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

  • 2006-05-29 "America's Next Top Model" first winner Adrianne Curry (23) weds "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (48) in Joliet, Illinois; divorce in 2012
  • 2006-09-02 "Color Me Badd" singer Sam Watters (36) weds American Idol first season finalist Tamyra Gray (27) on a cliff on the island of Capri

Wedding of Interest

2006-11-18 American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (44) weds actress Katie Holmes (27) at Odescalchi Castle, Bracciano, Italy

  • 2007-10-06 TV talk show host Montel Williams (51) weds American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler (37) on a beach in Bermuda
  • 2008-07-13 American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California

George Takei

2008-09-14 Actor George Takei (68) weds Brad Altman at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles

  • 2008-10-05 American Idol season 6 fourth finalist LaKisha Jones (28) weds financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2008-12-31 Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois
  • 2009-09-26 "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) at a private estate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 2009-09-29 American Idol's first runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 2010-01-02 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas
  • 2010-06-26 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (31) weds concert producer Simone Sestito (25) at Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City, Italy
  • 2010-10-10 American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago

LeAnn Rimes

2011-04-22 American actor Eddie Cibrian (37) weds American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (28) at a private home in California

  • 2011-06-27 Actress America Ferrera (28) weds actor and director Ryan Piers Williams (31) in New York
  • 2011-07-15 American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands
  • 2011-08-18 American Idol's first-ever blind finalist Scott MacIntyre (26) weds Christina Teich in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2011-12-05 American game show host and executive producer Jeff Probst (50) weds actress/model Lisa Ann Russell (40) at a private house in Los Angeles
  • 2011-12-31 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Ricki Lake

2012-04-08 American actress and television host Ricki Lake (42) weds jewelry designer Christian Evans in a secret ceremony at Southern California

  • 2012-07-21 2010 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze (26) weds model-actress Jonna Walsh at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, California
  • 2012-12-21 "Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion (51) weds fine-arts photographer Rubem Robierb (35) at the couple's apartment in Manhattan
  • 2012-12-25 "Arrow" actor Stephen Amell (31) weds America's Next Top Model contestant Cassandra Jean (27) in the Caribbean
  • 2013-06-01 "How to Make It in America" actress Lake Bell (34) weds tattoo artist Scott Campbell at The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2014-06-07 Good Morning America's meteorologist Ginger Zee (33) weds NBC news correspondent Benjamin Aaron at beachfront ceremony in Petoskey, Michigan
  • 2015-03-21 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • 2015-10-24 American Idol winner and singer Phillip Phillips (25) weds longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia

Famous Divorces

Margaret Mitchell

1924-10-16 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell divorces 1st husband Berrien "Red" Upshaw

  • 1927-03-10 American author and journalist "The Old man and the Sea" Enerest Hemingway divorces 1st wife Elizabeth Hadley Richardson

Eugene O'Neill

1929-07-03 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill divorces second wife novelist Agnes Boulton after 11 years of marriage

Ernest Hemingway

1940-11-04 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer

  • 1945-12-21 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn divorce after 5 years of marriage.

Divorce of Interest

2005-03-25 American actress Jennifer Aniston (36) files for divorce from actor and film producer Brad Pitt (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 4 and a half years of marriage

Jessica Simpson

2006-06-30 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

  • 2009-08-24 American actor Eddie Cibrian (36) divorces TV personality Brandi Glanville (35) due to irreconcilable differences
  • 2011-11-16 Second season American Idol winner Rubben Studdard (33) divorces Surata Zuri McCants due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Divorce of Interest

2012-06-29 Actress Katie Holmes (33) divorces American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (50) allegedly due to disagreement about their religious beliefs and the raising of their daughter Suri, after 5 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 4,915

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci (1454-1512)

1512-02-22 Italian explorer (America), dies at 60

Juan Rodríguez CabrilloJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo (1499-1543)

1543-01-03 Portuguese-Spanish conquistador who conquered Central America and later discovered California, dies of gangrene at around 43

  • 1596-12-08 Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico

PocahontasPocahontas (c. 1596-1617)

1617-03-21 American Indian princess and daughter of Powhatan, dies at 22

  • 1630-09-30 John Billington, English-born murderer who sailed on the Mayflower, 1st American executed by Plymouth colony, hanged at about 40
  • 1638-09-14 John Harvard, English clergyman and benefactor of Harvard College, dies at 30
  • 1643-08-20 Anne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher, killed in Native American uprising (b. 1591)
  • 1647-07-07 Thomas Hooker, American colonial clergyman (known as "the father of Connecticut"), dies at 61
  • 1658-01-07 Theophilus Eaton, American colonist and Puritan (co-founder of New Haven and Massachusetts Bay colonies) (b. 1590)
  • 1668-12-22 Stephen Day, English-born colonial printer (The Psalms in Meter - 1st book printed in American colonies), dies at about 58
  • 1675-11-28 Leonard Hoar, American President of Harvard University (b. 1630)
  • 1676-04-05 John Winthrop, the Younger, American politician (b. 1606)
  • 1680-04-17 Kateri Tekakwitha [Lily of the Mohawks], first Native American saint (b. 1656)
  • 1691-05-16 Jacob Leisler, becomes 1st American colonist hanged for treason
  • 1700-11-25 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), dies at 57
  • 1701-07-07 William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (b. 1631)
  • 1717-05-10 John Hathorne, American magistrate (b. 1641)
  • 1721-07-08 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), dies at 72
  • 1723-03-31 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British Governor of New York and New Jersey, dies at 61
  • 1724-05-03 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard, dies at 61
  • 1726-12-02 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian, dies at 61
  • 1727-11-10 Alphonse de Tonty, French explorer and American settler (b. 1659)

Cotton MatherCotton Mather (1663-1728)

1728-02-13 American Puritan minister (Salem witchcraft trials), dies at 65

  • 1729-09-07 William Burnet, British-born American statesman (b. 1688)
  • 1741-08-04 Andrew Hamilton, American lawyer
  • 1755-09-08 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (Williams College), dies at 40
  • 1755-10-22 Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (b. 1694)

Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

1758-03-22 American Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian (Original Sin), dies at 54

  • 1760-07-13 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, dies at 63
  • 1765-04-20 Abigail Williams, American accuser in the Salem witch trials (b. 1674)
  • 1766-07-09 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, dies at 45

Crispus AttucksCrispus Attucks (c. 1723-1770)

1770-03-05 possible slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre at beginning of the American Revolution

  • 1772-10-07 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist, dies of smallpox at 51
  • 1772-11-19 William Nelson, American colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1711)
  • 1775-07-11 Simon Boerum, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
  • 1775-10-21 Peyton Randolph, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1721)
  • 1775-12-31 Richard Montgomery, Irish General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, dies in attack on Quebec at 37
  • 1776-03-26 Samuel Ward, American politician (31st and 33rd Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations), dies at 50
  • 1776-06-28 Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
  • 1776-07-01 Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
  • 1776-12-26 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-01-12 Hugh Mercer, Scottish military officer (fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War), dies of his wounds at the Battle of Princeton at 50
  • 1777-02-09 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • 1777-09-22 John Bartram, American naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, dies at 77
  • 1778-06-12 Philip Livingston, American businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1778-07-02 Bathsheba Spooner, American first woman executed after US Independence for arranging husband's murder, hanged while pregnant at 32
  • 1779-01-22 Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
  • 1779-04-24 Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College, dies at 68
  • 1779-05-03 John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714)
  • 1780-06-03 Thomas Hutchinson, Loyalist politician of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, dies at 68
  • 1780-09-08 Enoch Poor, American Revolutionary War general, dies at 44
  • 1780-10-02 John Andre, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold) at 30
  • 1781-02-23 George Taylor, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (for Pennsylvania), dies at about 64 or 65
  • 1781-04-28 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 58
  • 1781-11-24 James Caldwell, American revolutionary (b. 1734)
  • 1783-05-23 James Otis, American lawyer, dies
  • 1783-11-22 John Hanson, American Continental Congressman and 1st US President under Articles of Confederation, dies at 68
  • 1784-06-13 Henry Middleton, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1717)

Phillis WheatleyPhillis Wheatley (1753-1784)

1784-12-05 American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

  • 1784-12-26 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader, dies at 41
  • 1785-10-04 David Brearly, American statesman (b. 1703)
  • 1786-03-11 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 71

Nathanael GreeneNathanael Greene (1742-1786)

1786-06-19 American Military Leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 43

  • 1788-02-28 Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)

Ethan AllenEthan Allen (1738-1789)

1789-02-12 American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

  • 1789-02-19 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware, dies at 50
  • 1789-09-23 John Rogers, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1789-10-27 John Cook, American farmer and Governor of Delaware (b. 1730)
  • 1790-05-04 Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
  • 1790-05-09 William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • 1790-05-29 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
  • 1790-11-06 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, dies at 64
  • 1790-11-16 Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1791-07-25 Isaac Low, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 56
  • 1791-09-25 William Bradford, American printer (b. 1719)
  • 1791-11-04 Maj. General Richard Butler, American soldier dies in battle against Native American forces during St. Clair's Defeat, at 48
  • 1792-04-04 James Sykes, American politician (b. 1725)
  • 1792-05-10 John Stevens, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • 1792-07-18 John Paul Jones, Scottish-American naval captain and the United States first well-known naval hero ("I have not yet begun to fight"), dies of kidney failure and pneumonia at 45

George MasonGeorge Mason (1725-1792)

1792-10-07 American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66

Roger ShermanRoger Sherman (1721-1793)

1793-07-23 American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), dies of typhoid fever at 72

  • 1794-09-15 Abraham Clark, American patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at 68
  • 1794-10-12 James Lyon, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1794-11-22 John Alsop, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
  • 1795-03-04 John Collins, American politician, 3rd Governor of Rhode Island (1786-90), dies at 77
  • 1795-08-04 Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (b. 1711)
  • 1795-10-13 William Prescott, American Revolutionary soldier ("Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes"), dies at 69
  • 1796-06-30 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman, dies at 71
  • 1796-08-31 John McKinly, American physician and President of Delaware, dies at 75
  • 1797-01-11 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • 1797-08-03 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America, dies at 80
  • 1797-11-29 Samuel Langdon, American President of Harvard University (b. 1723)
  • 1798-07-02 John Fitch, American inventor and clockmaker (1st US steamboat service), dies of an opium overdose at 55

Patrick HenryPatrick Henry (1736-1799)

1799-06-06 American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, dies at 63

  • 1800-09-26 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), dies at 53
  • 1800-10-28 Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (major general during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 72
  • 1801-06-04 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)
  • 1801-09-10 Jason Fairbanks, American murderer (stabbed girlfriend Elizabeth Banks in famous case), hung at 20
  • 1801-11-04 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 89