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

USAThomas Jefferson Elected US President

1801-03-04 Thomas Jefferson is the first US President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
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Tally of electoral college votes in the election of 1800. No candidate won a majority, so an election in the House of Representatives took place, with Jefferson winning on the 36th ballot.
Tally of electoral college votes in the election of 1800. No candidate won a majority, so an election in the House of Representatives took place, with Jefferson winning on the 36th ballot.
  • 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.

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th 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 and 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 General Early and Confederate forces reach Winchester en route to Washington, D.C.
  • 1864-07-11 Confederate forces led by General Jubal Early begin invasion of Washington, D.C. with the Battle of Fort Stevens
  • 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.
  • 1888-01-27 The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for "the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge"
  • 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.
  • 1896-07-21 National Federation of Colored Women established in 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.

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1914-02-12 Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Architect Henry Bacon
Architect
Henry Bacon
  • 1918-05-14 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, D.C.
  • 1918-05-15 1st regular US airmail postal service between 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 Douglass' 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 (between 25,000 and 40,000 marchers) 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. 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.
  • 1936-09-14 1st prefrontal lobotomy in America performed by Walter Freeman and James W. Watts at George Washington University Hospital 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 Boston Redskins receive approval from NFL to move to Washington, D.C; to share baseball's Griffith Stadium with first Washington Senators of the American League
  • 1937-02-24 1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington, D.C.
  • 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
  • 1940-12-08 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 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 Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C. (NY Yankees pip the Senators 6-5)
  • 1941-06-16 1st US federally owned airport opened Washington, D.C.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 280


Person of interestBenjamin Banneker

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

Person of interestPierre Charles L'Enfant

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)
  • 1838-04-05 Alpheus Hyatt, American zoologist and paleontologist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1902)
  • 1838-09-06 Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator, born in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. (d. 1906)

Person of interestJohn Philip Sousa

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

  • 1873-04-13 Theodore F. Morse, American composer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1924)
  • 1876-03-16 Charles Halton, British stage actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1959)
  • 1883-12-13 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1950)
  • 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)

Person of interestJohn Foster Dulles

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)

Person of interestJ. Edgar Hoover

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)
  • 1897-11-19 Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of United States President Theodore Roosevelt, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1918)

Person of interestHelen Hayes

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)
  • 1906-11-04 Bob Considine, American journalist and author (Babe Ruth Story), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1909-10-15 Robert Trout, American newscaster (ABC), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • 1911-10-09 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (Pulitzer Prize-Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2006)
  • 1913-10-05 Eugene B. Fluckey, American Navy submariner, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1913-11-22 Gardnar Mulloy, American tennis player (5-time Grand Slam doubles champion), born in Washington, D.C. (d 2016)
  • 1914-01-14 Dudley Randall, African-American poet who founded the pioneering publishing house "Broadside Press", born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • 1914-08-05 Anita Colby, American model, author and actress (Mary of Scotland, Cover Girl, Pepsi Cola Playhouse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1915-04-15 Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1917-09-24 William Putnam Bundy, American attorney and intelligence expert (9th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • 1918-07-27 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)
  • 1919-03-11 Mercer Ellington, son of Duke Ellington, American composer & bandleader, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • 1919-07-02 Jean Craighead George, American writer (Julie of the Wolves), born in Washington, D.C. (2012)

Person of interestEdward W. Brooke

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.
  • 1922-06-27 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2018)
  • 1924-09-09 Bettejane "Jane" Greer, American actress (Out of the Past, Prisoner of Zenda, Clown), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2001)
  • 1926-03-12 Hildy Park, American actress and writer (To Tell the Truth), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2004)
  • 1926-12-21 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1927-02-18 John Warner, American politician (Sen-R-VA, 1979-2009) married Elizabeth Taylor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927-12-14 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1998)
  • 1927-12-20 Jim Simpson, American sportscaster, (NBC, ESPN) born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1927-12-29 Andy Stanfield, American sprinter & Olympic medalist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1928-02-09 Roger Mudd, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestEdward Albee

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

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • 1928-11-01 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1929-05-30 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), born in Washington, D.C.. (d. 2014)
  • 1929-11-29 Jackie Stallone, American astrologer and mother of Sylvester Stallone, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1930-01-13 Frances Sternhagen, American actress (The Mist, Cheers, Outland, Starting Over), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931-01-26 Mary Murphy, American actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2011)
  • 1931-04-09 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931-06-13 Irvin D. Yalom, American psychotherapist and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1932-04-11 Francis G. Neubeck, USAF pilot and astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1932-10-02 Maury Wills, American baseball shortstop and manager (7-time MLB All Star; NL MVP 1962), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-01-23 Chita Rivera, American actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-02-06 Walter E Fauntroy, American pastor & politician (Rep-D-DC, 1971- ), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-04-04 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1933-12-20 Jean Carnahan, US politician and writer (Missouri, Senator 2001–2002), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestRip Taylor

1934-01-13 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)

Comedian and Actor Rip Taylor
Comedian and Actor
Rip Taylor
  • 1934-02-18 Bobby Taylor, American singer & producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), born in Washington, D.C. (birth year contested-1939) (d. 2017)
  • 1934-05-25 Ron Nesson, American press secretary (Gerald Ford), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1934-08-08 Julian Dixon, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-2000), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)

Person of interestElgin Baylor

1934-09-16 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1934-10-03 Madlyn Rhue, American actress (Bracken's World, Executive Suite), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1935-09-19 Benjamin T. Hacker, American naval aviator (first Naval Flight Officer (NFO) to achieve Flag rank), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2003)
  • 1936-01-05 Florence King, American humorist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 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.
  • 1937-01-10 Thomas Penfield Jackson, American judge, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1937-04-18 Robert Hooks, African-American actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-06-07 Bert Sugar, American sports writer (editor / publisher The Ring magazine; Sting like a Bee; The Ageless Warrior), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1937-06-13 Eleanor Holmes Norton, American lawyer and politician (Rep-D-DC), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-06-26 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1937-07-16 Richard Bryan, American attorney and politician (25th Governor of Nevada), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-11-11 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-01-05 Edwin Elliason, American archer (Olympic-92), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-04-22 Deane Beman, American golfer, administrator, writer, course designer (US Open 1969 runner-up; PGA Tour Commissioner 1974-94), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-09-13 Judith Martin, American author, journalist and columnist (Miss Manners), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-11-02 Patrick Buchanan, American conservative political commentator and politician, born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1939-04-02 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1939-04-09 Michael Learned, American actress (Olivia in The Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1939-04-23 David Birney, American 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)
  • 1940-08-07 Tom Barlow, American politician (Rep-D-Kentucky), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)
  • 1940-12-23 Jorma Kaukonen, American 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.
  • 1941-04-16 Cliff Stearns, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-04-21 David Lyle Boren, American politician, Governor and Senator from Oklahoma, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-05-03 Edward Malloy, 16th president of the University of Notre Dame, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-06-14 John Edgar Wideman, American writer (Brothers and Keepers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-08-01 Ronald Harmon Brown, American politician (Democratic Party), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1996)
  • 1941-09-02 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-11-05 Patricia Harty, American actress (Occasional Wife, Blondie), born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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 interestBenjamin Banneker

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 interestPierre Charles L'Enfant

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