Washington, D.C. in History

Historical Events

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1789-03-11 Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L'Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C.

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant

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1793-09-18 US President George Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1800-11-17 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building
  • 1800-12-12 Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America
  • 1801-02-27 Washington, D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction

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1801-03-04 Thomas Jefferson is the first US President inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1802-05-03 Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
  • 1814-08-24 British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812)

MurderAssassination Attempt

1835-01-30 Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a US President

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1836-12-15 Patent Office burns in Washington D.C.
  • 1842-02-21 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, D.C.
  • 1857-02-16 Gallaudet College (National Deaf Mute college) forms in Washington, D.C.

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1861-02-11 US President-elect Abraham Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Washington, D.C.

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861-02-13 Abraham Lincoln declared US President in Washington, D.C.
  • 1861-04-25 The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, D.C. (US Civil War)
  • 1861-07-25 Washington, D.C. - Crittenden resolution is passed stating that the war is to be fought to preserve union & uphold the Constitution, not to alter slavery
  • 1861-10-24 First US transcontinental telegram is sent (from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.)
  • 1862-06-02 Raid at Early's: Maryland towards Washington, D.C.
  • 1862-08-28 Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, D.C.

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1862-11-17 Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign

Union General, Politician and Industrialist Ambrose Burnside
Union General, Politician and Industrialist
Ambrose Burnside
  • 1864-02-19 Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Washington, D.C. (12 members)
  • 1864-07-02 Gen Early & Confederate forces reach Winchester en route to Washington, D.C.
  • 1864-07-11 Confederate forces led by Gen J Early begin invasion of Washington, D.C.
  • 1864-07-29 American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.
  • 1865-05-23 -24] Victory parade in Washington, D.C. (Grand Review)
  • 1866-11-20 Howard University founded (Washington, D.C.)

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1867-01-08 African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Andrew Johnson's veto

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1867-03-01 Howard University, Washington, D.C., chartered
  • 1867-09-25 Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard U in Washington, D.C.
  • 1869-01-13 Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention meets in Washington, D.C.

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1877-03-18 US President Rutherford B. Hayes appoints Frederick Douglass marshal of Washington, D.C.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass
19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • 1881-05-17 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.
  • 1882-07-12 1st ocean pier in US completed, Washington, D.C.
  • 1884-10-22 International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide, creating 24 international time zones with longitude zero at the Greenwich meridian
  • 1884-12-06 Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.
  • 1885-02-21 Washington Monument dedicated (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1887-06-07 Monotype type-casting machine patented by Tolbert Lanston, Washington, D.C.
  • 1888-01-03 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
  • 1888-01-13 National Geographic Society founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1888-01-27 National Geographic Society formed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1889-01-22 Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1889-10-02 1st Pan American conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1890-04-14 Pan American Day-1st conference of American states (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1890-10-11 First 100 yard dash under 10 seconds run by John Owen in 9.8 sec at Analostan Island, Washington D.C.
  • 1894-03-25 Coxey's Army of the unemployed sets out from Massillon, Ohio, for Washington, D.C.
  • 1894-04-29 The 500-strong Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey's Army) arrives in Washington, D.C., to protest against unemployment; Coxey arrested for trespassing at Capitol
  • 1895-02-11 Georgetown became part of Washington, D.C.
  • 1895-12-17 Anti-Saloon League of America formed, Washington, D.C.
  • 1899-02-11 -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • 1901-11-27 U.S. Army War College is established in Washington, D.C.
  • 1902-01-28 Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C.

  • 1903-01-22 The Hay-Herran Treaty concerning the USA's right to the Panama Canal is signed by the Colombian Charge d'affaires in Washington, D.C. (never ratified)
  • 1903-02-21 Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, D.C.
  • 1907-11-13 The Conference of Central American States, convoked in response to the war between Honduras and Nicaragua, meets in Washington, D.C. to promote unification

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1909-08-18 Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1910-08-14 6th International Congress of Esperantists held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1912-03-16 Mrs William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington, D.C.
  • 1912-03-27 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C.
  • 1913-01-13 Delta Sigma Theta, the world's largest Black Women's Sorority is founded at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1913-03-03 Ida B Wells-Barnett demonstrates for female suffrage in Washington, D.C.
  • 1914-02-12 Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • 1918-05-14 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC
  • 1918-05-15 1st airmail postal service (NY, Philadelphia & Washington, D.C.)
  • 1918-11-10 Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, Nova Scotia receives a top-secret coded message from Europe stating on November 11, 1918 all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air
  • 1919-07-24 Race Riot in Washington, D.C. (6 killed, 100 wounded)
  • 1920-04-26 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • 1921-09-08 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.
  • 1922-01-28 Knickerbocker Storm, Washington, D.C.'s biggest snowfall, causes the city's greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapses, killing 98 patrons
  • 1922-03-23 1st airplane lands at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • 1922-08-12 Dedication of Frederick Douglas' home in Washington, D.C. as national shrine
  • 1922-10-03 1st facsimile photo sent over city telephone lines, Washington, D.C.
  • 1923-07-19 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • 1923-12-03 First Congressional open session broadcast via radio (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1925-08-08 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (200,000) in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927-04-07 Using phone lines TV is sent from Washington, D.C. to NYC
  • 1927-11-17 Tornado hits Washington, D.C.
  • 1928-11-11 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • 1930-06-24 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
  • 1930-07-20 106°F (41°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
  • 1932-05-29 The Bonus Army of World War I veterans begins to assemble in Washington, D.C. in to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
  • 1932-07-20 In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempt to march to the White House.
  • 1932-07-29 Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans.
  • 1932-11-24 In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 1933-02-03 1st interstate legislative conference in US opens, Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-04-27 Karl Jansky reports reception of cosmic radio signal in Washington, D.C.
  • 1934-02-08 Export-Import Bank organizes in Washington, D.C.
  • 1935-04-08 Bartoks 5th String quartet premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • 1936-12-13 Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-02-13 NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-02-24 1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington, DC
  • 1937-09-17 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3
  • 1938-05-08 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-12-15 Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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1939-04-09 Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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1939-11-15 FDR lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1941-02-10 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Washington, D.C. to Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1941-03-16 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-05-28 1st night game at Washington, D.C., Griffith stadium (Yanks 6, Senators 5)
  • 1941-06-16 1st US federally owned airport opened Washington, D.C.

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1941-12-22 Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for a wartime conference

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 154


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1731-11-09 Benjamin Banneker, African American mathematician and surveyor of Washington D.C., born in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland (d. 1806

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker

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1754-08-02 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1759-05-20 William Thornton, British-American architect (Capitol Building in Washington, D.C), born in Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (d. 1828)
  • 1806-01-17 James Madison Randolph, Jefferson's grandson and the 1st to be born in the White House, Washington D.C.
  • 1816-05-03 Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1892)
  • 1819-10-02 George Washington Getty, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1901)
  • 1824-07-07 Alfred Pleasonton, American Major General (Union Army), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1897)
  • 1824-12-17 Manning Ferguson Force, American lawyer, judge and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1899)
  • 1838-09-06 Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator, born in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. (d. 1906)

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1854-11-06 John Philip Sousa, march king (Stars & Stripes Forever), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1876-03-16 Charles Halton, British stage actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1959)
  • 1884-08-07 Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)

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1888-02-25 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1959)

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1888-09-16 Almira Sessions, American actress (Oklahoma Annie), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)
  • 1892-02-10 Alan Hale Sr., American actor (Little John-The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1950)
  • 1893-10-15 Ina Claire [Fagan], American actress (Ninotchika), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)

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1895-01-01 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72), born in Washington, D.C.

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1896-08-08 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1896-12-12 Eslanda Goode, American anthropology, civil rights activist and actor under Paul Robeson, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1965)

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1900-10-10 Helen Hayes, American actress (Caesar & Cleopatra, Happy Birthday), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1993)

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • 1900-10-17 Jean Arthur, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1993)
  • 1903-06-14 Alonzo Church, American Mathematician whose work provided foundation for computer science, born in Washington D.C. (d. 1995)
  • 1903-10-20 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1904-06-03 Charles R. Drew, American surgeon (developed the blood bank concept), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1914-08-05 Anita Colby, model/actress (Pepsi Cola Playhouse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1915-04-15 Elizabeth Catlett, sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1918-07-27 Leonard Rose, concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C.

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1919-10-26 Edward W. Brooke, 1st African American senator in over 80 yrs (Sen-R-Mass), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2015)

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 1921-01-14 Mark Lawrence, American pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1921-02-20 Joseph Albert Walker, test pilot (X-15), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1922-06-27 George Theophilus Walker, composer (Praise of Lillies), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1924-09-09 Jane Greer, actress (Prisoner of Zenda, Clown), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1926-03-12 Hildy Park, actress (To Tell the Truth), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927-02-18 John Warner, American politician (Sen-R-VA, 1979-2009) married Elizabeth Taylor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927-12-29 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1928-02-09 Roger Mudd, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News), born in Washington, D.C.

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1928-03-12 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia (d. 2016)

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • 1929-11-29 Jackie Stallone, American astrologer and mother of Sylvester Stallone, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1930-01-13 Frances Sternhagen, actress (Outland, Starting Over), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931-01-26 Mary Murphy, actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931-04-09 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-01-23 Chita Rivera, American actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-04-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1934-01-13 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1934-02-18 Bobby Taylor, American singer and producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), born in Washington, D.C. (birth year contested-1939) (d. 2017)

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1934-09-16 Elgin Baylor, NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of Year-Lakers), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1934-10-03 Madlyn Rhue, actress (Bracken's World, Executive Suite), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1936-03-06 Marion S Barry, (Mayor-D-Washington, D.C., 1979-90, 95- ), drug indictment
  • 1936-11-25 Matt Clark, actor and director (Return to Oz, Horror Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-04-18 Robert Hooks, actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-06-07 Bert sugar, American sports writer (Sting like a Bee), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1937-06-13 Eleanor Holmes Norton, lawyer/(Rep-D-DC), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-11-11 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.

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1939-04-02 Marvin Gaye (Jr), singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C.

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1939-04-09 Michael Learned, actress (Olivia-Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939-04-23 David Birney, actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939-09-15 Jim Kimsey, co-founder of AOL, born in Washington D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1940-12-23 Jorma Kaukonen, rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-01-07 Frederick Drew Gregory, Col USAF/astro (STS 51-B, 33, 44), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-11-05 Patricia Harty, actress (Occasional Wife, Blondie), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942-08-13 Robert Lee Stewart, American Brigadier General and astronaut (STS 41B, 51J), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943-07-21 Edward Herrmann, actor (Day of the Dolphin, Reds), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-02-21 Kitty Winn, actress (Beacon Hill), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-04-13 Jack Casady, rock bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-10-25 Kathy "Taffy" Danoff, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-01-25 Leigh Taylor-Young, actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-03-07 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2017)
  • 1945-08-02 Jewell Jackson McCabe, American feminist and social and political activist who led the National Coalition of 100 Black Women movement in the 1970s, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-09-12 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-09-23 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945-12-09 Michael Nouri, actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-01-31 Jonathan Banks, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-06-23 Russ Thacker, producer (Golden Seal), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-08-20 Connie Chung [Constance Yu-Hwa Chung Povich], American news anchor (NBC, CBS), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-02-14 Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • 1947-04-07 Charles 'skip' Pitts, soul and blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1947-08-07 Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer (Chilly Scenes of Winter), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1947-09-08 Ann Beattie, short story writer (NYer Magazine), born in Washington, D.C.

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1948-03-31 Al Gore, American politician and environmentalist (Vice President: 1993-2001), born in Washington, D.C.

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • 1948-07-05 Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of Richard Milhaus, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-07-17 Ron Asheton, guitarist and song writer (Iggy Pop), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2009).
  • 1948-07-28 Georgia Engel, American actress (Georgette- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-12-13 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, American guitarist (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Deacon Blues), born in Washington, D.C.

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1948-12-21 Samuel L. Jackson, American actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1949-04-23 Blair Brown, actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-02-06 Punky Meadows, rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.

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1950-03-20 William Hurt, actor (Big Chill, Children of a Lesser God), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1950-05-15 Nicholas Hammond, American actor (The Amazing Spider-Man), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1950-08-27 Charles Fleischer, comedian (Roger Rabbit), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-01-27 Seth Justman, rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-07-28 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords-Sahara), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-07-28 Anthony A. Williams, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-08-23 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-10-15 Frank Dimino, rock vocalist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-10-27 Jayne Kennedy-Overton, actress (Penitentary), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-11-14 Barry Brandt, rock drummer (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951-11-27 Jayne Kennedy, sportscaster (CBS)/actress (Body & Soul), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952-11-21 Deborah Shelton, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952-12-17 Mickey Jones, rock bassist, born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1850-05-01 Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.

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1899-11-09 US Admiral of the Navy George Dewey (61) weds Mildred McLean Hazen at the rectory St. Paul's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey

HeartWedding of Interest

1914-06-24 MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-09-29 US Senator Joseph McCarthy (43) weds researcher Jean Kerr at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-06-22 NBA forward Elgin Baylor (23) weds Ruby Saunder at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

HeartWedding of Interest

1970-05-19 US Vice President Al Gore weds (22) weds author Tipper Aitcheson (21) at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore
  • 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.
  • 1996-12-07 Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.
  • 2017-04-08 Trump's personal aide Omarosa Manigault (43) weds pastor John Allen Newman at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.

Famous Divorces

  • 1993-03-05 Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry divorces his wife Effi

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1806-10-09 Benjamin Banneker, African American astronomer, mathematician and surveyor of Washington D.C., dies at 74

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1825-06-14 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., dies at 70

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1965-01-12 Porcupine, in Washington, D.C. zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970-09-03 Vince Lombardi, football coach (Packers), dies in Washington, D.C. at 57

  • 2008-05-01 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52