Virginia in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 328

Historic Event

1586-07-27 Walter Raleigh brings the 1st tobacco to England from Virginia

  • 1606-12-20 The English colonial expedition to America, consisting of the ships Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant, departs Blackwall, London to found Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1607-04-26 Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site

Historic Event

1607-05-13 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia

  • 1608-01-07 Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1608-09-10 John Smith elected president of Jamestown colony council, Virginia
  • 1609-05-23 Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place
  • 1610-06-10 Thomas West, Baron de La Mar, is appointed governor of Virginia
  • 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.

The First Thanksgiving

1619-12-04 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.

  • 1622-03-22 First American Indian (Powhatan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 killed
  • 1623-03-05 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
  • 1623-06-14 1st breach-of-promise lawsuit: Rev Gerville Pooley, Virginia files against Cicely Jordan, he loses
  • 1624-06-16 Virginia becomes an English crown colony following the bankruptcy of the London Company
  • 1629-03-24 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia
  • 1635-04-28 Virginia Governor John Harvey accused of treason and removed from office
  • 1635-08-24 The Great Colonial Hurricane affected the Virginia Colony at Jamestown
  • 1639-01-06 Virginia orders half of its tobacco crop destroyed to support plunging prices and to avoid an economic catastrophe, the 1st colony to order the destruction of crops
  • 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
  • 1654-11-21 Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia
  • 1663-09-13 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
  • 1665-08-27 "Ye Bare & Ye Cubb" is the first play performed in North America in Acomac, Virginia
  • 1676-05-10 Bacon's Rebellion begins, frontiersmen vs Virginia government
  • 1676-08-03 Nathaniel Bacon publishes "Declaration of People of Virginia"
  • 1676-09-19 Rebels under Nathaniel Bacon set Jamestown, Virginia on fire
  • 1677-05-29 Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and local Native Americans
  • 1691-08-16 Yorktown, Virginia founded
  • 1693-02-08 William & Mary College is chartered in Williamsburg in the Dominion and Colony of Virginia (second in North America)
  • 1693-02-13 College of William & Mary opens in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1750-11-11 The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It was the first college fraternity.

Election of Interest

1758-07-24 George Washington elected to Virginia House of Burgesses representing Frederick County

  • 1766-02-11 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
  • 1773-10-12 America's first asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
  • 1774-09-05 The 1st Continental Congress, a meeting of delegates from 12 of the 13 British colonies that later became the United States, convenes at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia

United States Declaration of Independence

1776-06-07 Richard Lee (Virginia) moves Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress

  • 1776-06-12 Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights

Historic Event

1776-06-29 Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor

  • 1777-12-16 Articles of Conferation (US 1st constitution) ratified by 1st state Virginia

Historic Expedition

1781-01-05 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

Victory in Battle

1781-09-05 American Revolutionary War: French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British forces under Admiral Graves at the Battle of the Chesapeake [Battle of the Virginia Capes] and trap Cornwallis

Historic Event

1787-05-29 "Virginia Plan" by James Madison and Edmund Randolph proposed to the Constitutional Convention advocating for a national government with three branches - legislative, executive, and judicial [1]

Bill of Rights

1791-12-15 US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval, becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution

  • 1794-01-14 Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom, Virginia, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation in the US on his wife
  • 1800-08-30 Gabriel Prosser leads a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1802-01-29 John Beckley of Virginia appointed first Librarian of Congress

Historic Event

1807-05-22 Former US Vice President Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Virginia (acquitted)

  • 1811-12-26 A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable.

Historic Event

1819-01-25 University of Virginia chartered by Commonwealth of Virginia, with Thomas Jefferson one of its founders

Historic Event

1831-08-21 Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery

  • 1839-11-11 The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia.
  • 1843-02-06 The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
  • 1846-07-09 The territory of the District of Columbia south of the Potomac River (39 mi² or about 100 km²) is returned to Virginia through an Act of Congress
  • 1857-06-02 James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

Murder of Interest

1859-11-02 American abolitionist John Brown found guilty of murder, inciting slaves to revolt, and treason against the Virginia Territory during his raid of Harpers Ferry Armory, and sentenced to hang

  • 1859-12-02 Abolitionist John Brown hanged for murder, treason, and conspiring slaves to revolt at Charles Town, Virginia
  • 1860-08-11 US's 1st successful silver mill (Virginia City, Nevada)
  • 1861-04-17 Virginia secedes from the Union (US Civil War)

Historic Event

1861-04-23 Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)

  • 1861-04-27 West Virginia secedes from Virginia after Virginia secedes from Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-05-05 Alexandria, Virginia - Confederate troops abandon the city
  • 1861-05-08 Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy in the US
  • 1861-05-18 Battle of Sewall's Point Virginia - 1st Federal offense against the South
  • 1861-05-23 3 fleeing slaves enter Fort Monroe, Virginia
  • 1861-05-23 Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession from the Union
  • 1861-05-24 Alexandria, Virginia occupied by Federal troops
  • 1861-06-01 1st skirmish in US Civil War at Fairfax Court House, Virginia
  • 1861-06-01 Skirmish at Arlington Mills, Virginia
  • 1861-06-10 Battle of Big Bethel Virginia (Bethel Church, Great Bethal) the Union retreats
  • 1861-06-16 Battle of Vienna, Virginia and Secessionville, South Carolina (James Island)
  • 1861-06-24 Battle of Mathias Point, Virginia Union forces attack Confederate batteries
  • 1861-07-03 Martinsburg, Virginia - Confederate forces pull out before US advance
  • 1861-07-07 Battle of Laurel Hill, Virginia
  • 1861-07-11 Battle of Laurel Mountain Virginia - General Morris forces retreat of rebels
  • 1861-07-11 Battle of Rich Mountain, Virginia - Rosecrans forces rebels to surrender
  • 1861-07-13 Battle of Corrick's Ford, Virginia (Carrick's Ford) - Union army takes total control of western Virginia
  • 1861-07-14 General McDowell advances toward Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia with 40,000 troops
  • 1861-07-17 At Manassas, Virginia General Beauregard requests reinforcements for his 22,000 men, General Johnston is ordered to Manassas
  • 1861-07-18 Battle of Blackburn's Ford, Virginia
  • 1861-07-20 Confederate states' congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1861-07-21 First Battle of Bull Run [Battle of First Manassas], 1st major battle of the US Civil War is fought near Manassas, Virginia, Confederate victory
  • 1861-07-27 Battle of Mathias Point, Virginia - Rebel forces repel a Federal landing
  • 1861-09-10 Battle of Carnifex Ferry in Virginia, 170 casualties
  • 1861-09-17 First class for escaped slaves taught by Mary Peake at Fortress Monroe Virginia (now Hampton University).
  • 1861-10-24 West Virginia secedes from Virginia
  • 1861-11-18 The first provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress is held in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1861-11-26 West Virginia created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virginia
  • 1862-03-08 Naval Engagement at Hampton Roads, VA CSS Virginia, Jamestown & Yorktown vs USS Cumberland, Congress & Monitor

Historic Event

1862-03-11 Confederate General Stonewall Jackson begins evacuation of Winchester, Virginia

  • 1862-03-23 Battle of Kernstown Virginia, Jackson begins his Valley Campaign
  • 1862-03-28 Skirmish at Bealeton Station, Virginia
  • 1862-04-04 Peninsular Campaign, launched in southeastern Virginia, aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War begins, Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • 1862-04-04 Siege of Yorktown, fought in York County and Newport News, Virginia begins (Yorktown campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • 1862-04-05 Siege of Yorktown, fought in York County and Newport News, Virginia ends (Yorktown campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • 1862-05-04 -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1862-05-05 Peninsular Campaign-Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1862-05-07 Battle of West Point, Virginia (Eltham's Landing, Barnhamsville)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 467

  • 1561-12-09 Edwin Sandys, English politician (leading Parliamentary opponent of King James I of England) and a founder of Virginia colony, born in Worcestershire, England (d. 1629)
  • 1577-07-09 Thomas West, 3rd & 12th Baron De La Warr, English Jamestown colonist and Governor of Virginia, born in Wherwell, Hampshire, England (d. 1618)

John SmithJohn Smith (1580-1631)

1580-01-06 English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), born in Lincolnshire, England

  • 1587-08-18 1st English child born in New World (Virginia Dare)
  • 1609-08-06 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia, born in Wiveliscombe, Somerset (d. 1675)
  • 1615-01-30 Thomas Rolfe, American colonial settler and only child of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, born in Varina Farms, Virginia (d. 1675)
  • 1624-08-05 William Tucker, 1st child of African descent to be born in English colony in America, born in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1646-12-26 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (d. 1709)
  • 1718-04-27 Thomas Lewis, Irish-American surveyor, lawyer, and a pioneer of early Virginia, born in County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1790)

George MasonGeorge Mason (1725-1792)

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

Martha WashingtonMartha Washington (1731-1802)

1731-06-13 1st US First Lady (1789-97), born in Kent County, Virginia

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

  • 1733-06-20 Betty Washington, younger sister of George Washington, born in Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia (d. 1797)
  • 1734-10-14 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Stratford Hall Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony (d. 1797)

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

  • 1736-09-10 Carter Braxton, American farmer and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in King and Queen County, Virginia (d. 1797)
  • 1741-05-17 John Penn, American attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Port Royal, Caroline County, Virginia (d. 1788)

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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

James MadisonJames Madison (1751-1836)

1751-03-16 4th US President (1809-17), born in Port Conway, Virginia

  • 1752-11-19 George Rogers Clark, American frontier military leader in Revolutionary War, born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1818)
  • 1753-12-19 John Taylor, American philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy), born in Virginia, (d. 1824)
  • 1754-12-07 Jack Jouett, American politician and patriot (warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1822)

John MarshallJohn Marshall (1755-1835)

1755-09-24 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), born in Germantown, Virginia

  • 1756-01-29 Henry Lee III "Light Horse Harry", American Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General, born on Leesylvania Plantation, Colony of Virginia (d. 1818)

James MonroeJames Monroe (1758-1831)

1758-04-28 5th US President (1817-25), born in Monroe Hall, Virginia

  • 1760-12-02 John Breckinridge, American lawyer (5th United States Attorney General) and politician (U.S. Senator from Kentucky), born in Augusta County, Virginia (d. 1806)

William ClarkWilliam Clark (1770-1838)

1770-08-01 American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, born in Ladysmith, Virginia

  • 1771-11-11 Ephraim McDowell, American physician and surgeon (pioneered abdominal surgery), born in Rockbridge, Virginia (d. 1830)
  • 1772-09-27 Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson the 3rd President of the U.S., born in Monticello, Virginia (d. 1836)

William Henry HarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison (1773-1841)

1773-02-09 9th President of the United States (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), born in Charles City, Virginia

  • 1773-06-02 John Randolph [of Roanoke], American planter, Congressman (Virginia) and Minister to Russia, born in Cawsons, Virginia (d. 1833)

Meriwether LewisMeriwether Lewis (1774-1809)

1774-08-18 American explorer, soldier and public administrator who helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition, born in Ivy, Virginia

Henry ClayHenry Clay (1777-1852)

1777-04-12 American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia

  • 1783-05-25 Philip Pendleton Barbour, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice, born in Gordonsville, Virginia (d. 1841)
  • 1784-04-24 Peter Vivian Daniel, American jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1841-60), born in Stafford County, Virginia (d. 1860)

Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor (1784-1850)

1784-11-24 12th US President (1849-50) and major general in the Mexican–American War, born in Barboursville, Virginia

  • 1786-06-13 Winfield Scott, American army general (Union) and presidential candidate, born in Petersburg, Virginia (d. 1866)
  • 1787-04-13 John Robertson, American politician, born in Petersburg, Virginia (d. 1873)

John TylerJohn Tyler (1790-1862)

1790-03-29 American politician, 10th US President (1841-45), born in Charles City County, Virginia

  • 1791-04-12 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1876)

Sam HoustonSam Houston (1793-1863)

1793-03-02 American born 1st President of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44) who helped bring Texas into the United States as a constituent state, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia

  • 1793-09-04 Edward Bates, American lawyer (26th U.S. Attorney General), born in Goochland County, Virginia (d. 1869)

Stephen F. AustinStephen F. Austin (1793-1836)

1793-11-03 Founded and helped colonize the US state of Texas, born in Austinville, Virginia

  • 1797-09-06 William "Extra Billy" Smith, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Virginia, 1846-49 and 1864-65; US Representative from Virginia, 1853-61), and oldest General in the Confederate Army, born in Marengo, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • 1798-04-26 James Beckwourth, American fur trader and explorer, born in Frederick County, Virginia (d. 1867)
  • 1798-11-03 Mason James Murray, American senator and Confederate diplomat (Trent Affair), born in Fairfax, Virginia (d. 1871)

Nat TurnerNat Turner (1800-1831)

1800-10-02 American leader of a major slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831, born in Southampton County, Virginia

  • 1801-04-26 Ambrose Dudley Mann, American diplomat, born in Hanover Courthouse, Virginia (d. 1889)
  • 1802-02-21 George Douglas Ramsay, American Brevet Major general (Union Army), born in Dumfries, Virginia (d. 1882)
  • 1803-04-21 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia (d. 1885)
  • 1806-01-14 Matthew Fontaine Maury, Naval Commander (Confederacy), born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia (d. 1873)
  • 1806-06-01 John B Floyd, American Governor (Virginia), Secretary of War (1857-60) and Confederate general, born in Blacksburg, Virginia (d. 1863)
  • 1806-12-03 Henry A. Wise, American lawyer and politician (33rd Governor of Virginia), born in Drummondtown, Virginia (d. 1876)

Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee (1807-1870)

1807-01-19 American General who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, born in Stratford Virginia

Joseph E. JohnstonJoseph E. Johnston (1807-1891)

1807-02-03 American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), born in Farmville, Virginia

  • 1807-05-01 John B. Magruder, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Port Royal, Virginia (d. 1871)
  • 1807-12-20 Richard Lucian Page, US Navy officer (Confederate Army), born in Clarke County, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • 1808-01-07 Jacob Ammen, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fincastle, Virginia (d. 1894)
  • 1808-08-09 William Thomas Ward, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1878)
  • 1808-11-27 Hugh W. Mercer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1877)

Cyrus McCormickCyrus McCormick (1809-1884)

1809-02-15 American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), born in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

  • 1809-04-17 Philip St. George Cocke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Bremo Bluff, Virginia (d. 1861)
  • 1809-04-20 John S. Preston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1881)
  • 1809-04-21 Robert M. T. Hunter, American lawyer and politician (2nd Confederate States Secretary of State), born in Loretto, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • 1809-06-13 George Philip St Cooke, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • 1809-09-09 William Radford, U.S. Navy rear admiral, born in Fincastle, Virginia (d. 1890)
  • 1809-09-20 Sterling "Old Pap" Price, American lawyer, U.S. Army Brigadier General and politician (11th Governor of Missouri), born in Prince Edward County, Virginia (d. 1867)
  • 1809-12-26 William Nelson Pendleton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1883)
  • 1811-10-27 Stevens T. Mason, First Governor of Michigan (1835-40), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1843)
  • 1812-01-31 John Randolph Tucker, American naval officer (Confederate Navy), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1883)
  • 1812-05-06 Martin Delany, African-American abolitionist and physician (1st African American major in US Army), born in Charles Town, Virginia (d. 1885)
  • 1813-03-29 John Letcher, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, born in Lexington, Virginia (d. 1884)
  • 1815-01-08 Lawrence Pike Graham, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1905)
  • 1815-01-10 Alexander Brydie Dyer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1874)
  • 1816-03-14 Montgomery Dent Corse, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • 1816-04-16 Edward Johnson, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Midlothian, Virginia (d. 1873)
  • 1816-07-31 George Henry Thomas, American Major General (Union Army), born in Newsoms, Virginia (d. 1870)
  • 1816-11-03 Jubal Early, American General (Confederate Army), born in Franklin County, Virginia (d. 1894)
  • 1817-05-18 James William Denver, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1892)
  • 1817-09-21 Carter L. Stevenson, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1888)
  • 1817-11-21 Richard B. Garnett, American Confederate Brigadier General, born in Essex County, Virginia (d. 1863)
  • 1819-11-23 Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • 1819-12-17 Samuel Jones, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Powhatan County, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • 1820-07-26 John Marshall Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1864)
  • 1820-09-21 Williams Carter Wickham, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1888)
  • 1821-06-08 John Dunlap Stevenson, American attorney, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 1897)
  • 1822-05-21 Mosby Monroe Parsons, United States officer in the Mexican–American War and brigadier general of the Confederate States Army, born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1865)
  • 1822-06-24 Birkett D. Fry, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Kanawha County, Virginia (d. 1891)
  • 1822-09-22 Eppa Hunton, American representative and Brigadier-General who fought in most ANV campaigns, born in Warrenton, Virginia (d. 1908)
  • 1822-12-28 William Booth Taliaferro, Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Gloucester County, Virginia (d. 1898)
  • 1823-06-11 James Lawson Kemper, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Madison County, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • 1823-08-25 John Newton, American engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1895)

Stonewall JacksonStonewall Jackson (1824-1863)

1824-01-21 Confederate general during the American Civil War, born in Clarksburg, Virginia

  • 1824-05-09 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Washington County, Virginia (d. 1864)
  • 1824-07-23 Gabriel C. Wharton, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Culpeper County, Virginia (d. 1906)
  • 1824-08-14 William Terry, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amherst County, Virginia (d. 1888)
  • 1825-09-03 Armistead Lindsay Long, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Campbell County, Virginia (d. 1891)
  • 1825-11-09 A. P. Hill, Confederate general, born in Culpeper, Virginia (d. 1865)
  • 1827-05-29 Reuben Lindsay Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Logan, Virginia (d. 1890)
  • 1827-06-05 Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1910)

Famous Weddings

Patrick Henry

1777-10-25 Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry (41) weds second wife Dorothea Dandridge

John Marshall

1783-01-03 US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (27) weds Mary Willis Ambler in Hanover County, Virginia

Robert E. Lee

1831-06-30 Soldier and future Confederate General Robert E. Lee (24) marries Mary Custis (22) at Arlington House, Arlington Virginia

Edgar Allan Poe

1836-05-16 American writer Edgar Allan Poe (26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm

James Longstreet

1848-03-08 Confederate General James Longstreet (27) weds Maria Louisa Garland in Lynchburg, Virginia

Yul Brynner

1944-09-06 Actor Yul Brynner (24) weds actress Virginia Gilmore (25) at the Los Angeles County Courthouse; divorce in 1960

Tim Raines

1979-10-16 MLB outfielder Tim Raines (20) weds his high school sweetheart Virginia Hilton

  • 1992-06-15 Director Frank Perry (Mommie Dearest) marries Virginia Bush Ford

Martin Lawrence

1995-01-07 Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence (29) weds former Miss Virginia USA Patricia Southall (24) at Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Virginia

Alan Greenspan

1997-04-06 Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan (71) weds NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell (50) at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia

Emmitt Smith

2000-04-22 NFL football player Emmitt Smith (31) weds Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall (29)

Newt Gingrich

2000-08-18 Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (57) weds former congressional aide Calista Bisek (34) in Alexandria, Virginia

Richard Dreyfuss

2006-03-16 Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (58) weds Svetlana Erokhin in Harrisonburg, Virginia

  • 2006-07-27 NASCAR driver Kurt Busch (27) weds Eva Bryan in Eastville, Virginia
  • 2015-10-25 American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz (38) weds girlfriend Christina Carano at Pole Green Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Famous Divorces

Yul Brynner

1960-03-26 Academy Award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1618-06-07 Thomas West, 3rd & 12th Baron De La Warr, English Jamestown colonist and Governor of Virginia, dies at 40

John SmithJohn Smith (1580-1631)

1631-06-21 English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), dies at 51

  • 1675-04-12 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia, dies at 65
  • 1676-10-18 Nathaniel Bacon, rallied against Virginian government, killed at 29
  • 1687-04-12 Ambrose Dixon, Virginia Colony pioneer
  • 1706-08-23 Colonel Edward Nott, Esq., British Crown Governor of Virginia (b. 1654)
  • 1709-07-17 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (b. 1646)
  • 1722-04-21 Robert Beverley, Jr., historian of Colonial Virginia (b. 1673)
  • 1726-07-22 Hugh Drysdale, British Colonial Governor of Virginia
  • 1740-06-06 Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony
  • 1770-07-27 Robert Dinwiddie, British colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1693)
  • 1772-11-19 William Nelson, American colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1711)
  • 1790-01-31 Thomas Lewis, Irish-American surveyor, lawyer, and a pioneer of early Virginia, dies at 71
  • 1800-10-07 Gabriel, slave revolt leader (Virginia), hanged

Nat TurnerNat Turner (1800-1831)

1831-11-11 American leader of a major slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831, hanged at 31

  • 1833-05-24 John Randolph [of Roanoke], American planter, Congressman (Virginia) and Minister to Russia, dies of tuberculosis at 59
  • 1847-01-30 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, dies of tuberculosis at 24 [1]
  • 1862-09-01 Oliver Tilden, of the Bronx, killed in Civil War in Virginia
  • 1863-08-26 John Bz. Floyd, American Governor (Virginia), Secretary of War (1857-60) and Confederate general, dies of failing health at 57
  • 1864-12-02 Archibald Gracie III, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at Siege of Petersburg, Virginia aged 32

Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee (1807-1870)

1870-10-12 American General who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 63

  • 1876-09-12 Henry A. Wise, American lawyer and politician (33rd Governor of Virginia), dies at 69
  • 1884-01-26 John Letcher, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, dies at 70
  • 1886-09-27 John Esten Cooke, American novelist (The Virginia Comedians) and Confederate States Army, dies at 55
  • 1905-04-28 Fitzhugh Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army) & 40th Governor of Virginia, dies at 69
  • 1974-03-20 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, dies at 83
  • 2001-01-16 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2004-01-14 Uta Hagen, German-American actress and theatre practitioner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies at 84
  • 2007-04-16 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 2010-10-27 Owen B Pickett, American politician (Rep-D-Virginia 1987-2001), dies at 80

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

2011-03-23 English-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian (Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies at 79

  • 2012-02-04 Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75

Mike NicholsMike Nichols (1931-2014)

2014-11-19 German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies from cardiac arrest at 83