Virgin Islands (US) in History

Historical Events

  • 1848-07-03 Slaves freed in Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands)
  • 1867-10-29 Mail packets "Rhone" & "Wye" capsize off St Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • 1916-08-04 Denmark and the United States sign a treaty whereby the Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, are to be ceded to the US in 1917 for $25 million
  • 1917-01-17 US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
  • 1917-03-31 The Danish West Indies are officially ceded to the US for $25 million and renamed the Virgin Islands
  • 1936-06-22 Virgin Islands receives a constitution from US (Organic Act)
  • 1937-03-26 William H. Hastie becomes 1st black federal judge (Virgin Islands)
  • 1946-05-07 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • 1954-06-22 Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands
  • 1954-07-22 US Virgin Islands adopt constitution (Revised Organic Act)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1810-10-23 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, born in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, Danish West Indies (d. 1848)

Camille Pissarro

1830-07-10 Camille Pissarro, Danish Antillean and French painter (Impressionism), born in Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands) (d. 1903)

  • 1889-11-04 Alton Adams, American composer (1st black bandmaster in the United States Navy), born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (d. 1987)
  • 1930-08-02 Ron de Lugo, American politician (Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands' at-large district 1981-95), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1934-06-06 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (d. 2017)
  • 1935-12-13 Joe Christopher, American baseball player, born in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1938-02-03 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), born in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands (d. 2013)

Kelsey Grammer

1955-02-21 Kelsey Grammer, American actor, comedian, director and activist ("Frasier Crane" in Cheers and Fraiser), born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands

  • 1966-01-05 Renaldo Turnbull, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
  • 1966-11-07 Lisa Canning, American TV and radio hostess (Entertainment Tonight), born in St.Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • 1970-08-01 Quentin Coryatt, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Tim Duncan

1976-04-25 Tim Duncan, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • 1979-01-16 Rashawn Ross, American trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band), born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Famous Weddings

Renée Zellweger

2005-05-09 Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Famous Deaths

  • 2013-07-23 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), dies of dementia complications at 75