Virginia in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 317


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1586-07-27 Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
  • 1606-12-20 Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1607-04-26 1st English colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1607-05-13 English colonists led by John Smith land near James River in Virginia

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith
  • 1607-05-14 1st permanent English settlement established in the New World at Jamestown, 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.
  • 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 is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed
  • 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 American
  • 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 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
  • 1774-05-28 1st Continental Congress convenes in Virginia
  • 1776-06-07 Richard Lee (Virginia) moves Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress
  • 1776-06-12 Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • 1777-12-16 Articles of Conferation (US 1st constitution) ratified by 1st state Virginia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • 1781-08-01 British army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia
  • 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
  • 1787-05-29 "Virginia Plan" proposed
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr

  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • 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

MurderMurder of Interest

1859-11-02 Abolitionist John Brown found guilty of murder, conspiring slaves to revolt and treason against Virginia and sentenced to hang

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 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
  • 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)-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
  • 1861-06-25 Western Virginia campaign
  • 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 Virginia, 170 casualites
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1862-03-11 12] General Stonewall Jackson evacuates Winchester Virginia Army of the Potomac. Gen Henry Halleck is named general-in-chief

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1862-03-23 Battle of Kernstown Virginia, Jackson begins his Valley Campaign
  • 1862-03-28 Skirmish at Bealeton Station, Virginia
  • 1862-04-04 Siege of Yorktown, fought in York County and Newport News, Virginia begins (Yorktown campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)
  • 1862-04-04 Peninsular Campaign, launched in southeastern Virginia, aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War begins, Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • 1862-04-05 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 330

  • 1561-12-09 Edwin Sandys, a founder of Virginia colony
  • 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)

Person of interestJohn Smith

1580-01-06 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1861)

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith
  • 1587-08-18 1st English child born in New World (Virginia Dare)
  • 1609-08-06 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia (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, Jamestown, Virginia, 1st child of African descent born in English America
  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge Mason

1725-12-11 George Mason, American statesman (Bill of Rights), born in Fairfax County, Colony of Virginia (d. 1792)

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason

Person of interestMartha Washington

1731-06-02 Martha Washington, 1st US First Lady (1789-97), born in Kent County, Virginia (d. 1802)

1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington

Person of interestGeorge Washington

1732-02-22 George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789-97) and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, born in Westmoreland, Virginia (d. 1799)

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

Person of interestPatrick Henry

1736-05-29 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, born in Studley, Colony of Virginia, British America (d. 1799)

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry

Person of interestThomas Jefferson

1743-04-13 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (1801-09), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1826)

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

Person of interestJames Madison

1751-03-16 James Madison, 4th US President (1809-17), born in Port Conway, Virginia (d. 1836)

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • 1753-12-19 John Taylor, Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)

Person of interestJohn Marshall

1755-09-24 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), born in Germantown, Virginia (d. 1835)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1756-01-29 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General

Person of interestJames Monroe

1758-04-28 James Monroe, 5th US President (1817-25), born in Monroe Hall, Virginia (d. 1831)

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe

Person of interestWilliam Clark

1770-08-01 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, born in Ladysmith, Virginia (d. 1838)

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark

Person of interestWilliam Henry Harrison

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

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • 1773-06-02 John Randolph [of Roanoke], American planter, Congressman (Virginia) and Minister to Russia, born in Cawsons, Virginia (d. 1833)

Person of interestMeriwether Lewis

1774-08-18 Meriwether Lewis, American soldier and public administrator (Lewis & Clark Expedition), born in Ivy, Virginia (d. 1809)

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis

Person of interestHenry Clay

1777-04-12 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia (d. 1852)

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1783-05-25 Philip Pendleton Barbour, Virginia politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice (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)

Person of interestZachary Taylor

1784-11-24 Zachary Taylor, 12th US President (Mar 5, 1849 - July 9, 1850), born in Barboursville, Virginia (d. 1850)

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor
  • 1786-06-13 Winfield Scott, American army general (Union) and presidential candidate, born in Petersburg, Virginia (d. 1866)

Person of interestJohn Tyler

1790-03-29 John Tyler, 10th US President (1841-45), born in Charles City County, Virginia (d. 1862)

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler
  • 1791-04-12 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1876)

Person of interestSam Houston

1793-03-02 Sam Houston, 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 (d. 1863)

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

Person of interestStephen F. Austin

1793-11-03 Stephen F. Austin, Founded and helped colonize the US state of Texas, born in Austinville, Virginia (d. 1836)

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • 1797-09-06 Wililam "Extra Billy" Smith, American lawyer and Confederacy (Confederate Army), born in King George County, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • 1798-11-03 Mason James Murray, American senator and Confederate diplomat (Trent Affair), born in Fairfax, Virginia (d. 1871)

Person of interestNat Turner

1800-10-02 Nat Turner, American leader of a major slave rebellion in 1831, born in Southampton County, Virginia (d. 1831)

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • 1802-02-21 George Douglas Ramsay, Brevet Major general (Union Army), born in Dumfries, Virginia (d. 1882)
  • 1806-06-01 John B Floyd, American Governor (Virginia), Secretary of War (1857-60) and Confederate general, born in Blacksburg, Virginia (d. 1863)

Person of interestRobert E. Lee

1807-01-19 Robert E. Lee, American General who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, born in Stratford Virginia (d. 1870)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

Person of interestJoseph E. Johnston

1807-02-03 Joseph E. Johnston, American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), born in Farmville, Virginia (d. 1891)

American Military Officer Joseph E. Johnston
American Military Officer
Joseph E. Johnston
  • 1807-05-01 John B. Magruder, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Port Royal, Virginia (d. 1871)
  • 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)

Person of interestCyrus McCormick

1809-02-15 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), born in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (d. 1884)

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • 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)
  • 1809-06-13 George Philip St Cooke, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • 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)
  • 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, 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)
  • 1817-05-18 James William Denver, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1892)
  • 1817-11-21 Richard B. Garnett, 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)
  • 1820-07-26 John Marshall Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1864)
  • 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)
  • 1822-09-22 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)

Person of interestStonewall Jackson

1824-01-21 Stonewall Jackson [Thomas Jonathan], Confederate general during the American Civil War, born in Clarksburg, Virginia (d. 1863)

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1824-07-23 Gabriel C. Wharton, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Culpeper County, Virginia (d. 1906)
  • 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)
  • 1827-06-05 Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1910)
  • 1828-07-19 Roger Atkinson Pryor, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Petersburg, Virginia (d. 1919)
  • 1829-03-29 Robert Emmet Rodes, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Lynchburg, Virginia (d. 1864)
  • 1829-09-08 Seth Barton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1900)
  • 1830-11-10 Albert Gallatin Jenkins, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Cabell County, Virginia (d. 1864)
  • 1831-01-11 James Ronald Chalmers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Halifax County, Virginia (d. 1898)
  • 1831-04-04 Edward Cary Walthall, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1898)
  • 1832-08-27 James A. Walker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta County, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • 1833-01-23 John Randolph Chambliss Jr, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Greensville County, Virginia (d. 1864)

Person of interestJ.E.B. Stuart

1833-02-06 J.E.B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Confederate General in the American Civil War, born in Patrick County, Virginia (d. 1864)

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • 1833-07-28 James Henry Lane, Brigadier General during Civil War (Confederate), born in Mathews Court House, Virginia (d. 1907)
  • 1833-11-09 Sally Louisa Tompkins, American nurse and philanthropist, only woman commissioned in Confederate army during US Civil War, born in Mathews City, Virginia (d. 1916)

Person of interestJohn Singleton Mosby

1833-12-06 John S. Mosby, Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, born in Powhatan County, Virginia (d. 1916)

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby
  • 1834-04-21 William Rufus Terrill, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Covington City, Virginia (d. 1862)
  • 1835-10-11 Hunter McGuire, American physician and Med Director (Confederate Army), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1900)
  • 1837-03-07 Henry Draper, American astronomer (Moon, Orion Nebula), born in Prince Edward County, Virginia (d. 1882)
  • 1837-08-30 Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur, US 1st Lady (1881-85), born in Culpeper Court House, Virginia (d. 1880)
  • 1840-02-29 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War soldier (first African-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1908)
  • 1840-04-25 James Dearing, U.S. Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Campbell County, Virginia (d. 1865)
  • 1841-03-01 Blanche Kelso Bruce, Virginia, (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881)
  • 1843-05-09 Isabella "Belle" Boyd, American actress and Confederate spy during US Civil War, born in Martinsburg, Virginia (d. 1900)
  • 1846-07-26 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy, born in Palmyra, Virginia (d. 1880)
  • 1846-09-05 John W Cromwell, American lawyer and civil right activist (American Negro Academy), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1927)
  • 1851-09-13 Walter Reed, U.S. Army physician and bacteriologist who proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, born in Belroi, Virginia (d. 1902)

Person of interestBooker T. Washington

1856-04-05 Booker T. Washington, American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, born in Hale's Ford, Virginia (d. 1915)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington

Person of interestWoodrow Wilson

1856-12-28 Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President (Democrat: 1913-21) and 1919 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, born in Staunton City, Virginia (d. 1924)

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1858-05-01 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American composer, born in Cherry Grove, Virginia (d. 1924)
  • 1860-08-25 George Fawcett, American actor (Intolerance), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1939)
  • 1865-07-14 Annie Jones, Virginia, bearded lady
  • 1875-12-19 Carter G. Woodson, American historian (African American studies), born in New Canton, Virginia (d. 1950)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1808-01-05 Explorer William Clark (37) weds Julia Hancock in Fincastle, Virginia

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence

HeartWedding of Interest

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

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan

HeartWedding of Interest

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

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

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

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich

HeartWedding of Interest

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 Singer Jason Mraz (38) weds girlfriend Christina Carano at Pole Green Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Person of interestJohn Smith

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

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith
  • 1675-04-12 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia (b. 1609)
  • 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

Person of interestNat Turner

1831-11-11 Nat Turner, slave rebel who led a violent insurrection in Virginia, hanged at 31

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • 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
  • 1862-09-01 Oliver Tilden, of the Bronx, killed in Civil War in Virginia
  • 1863-08-26 John B 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

Person of interestRobert E. Lee

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

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1884-01-26 John Letcher, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, dies at 70
  • 1974-03-20 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, dies at 83
  • 2001-01-18 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

Person of interestElizabeth Taylor

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

  • 2012-02-04 Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75
  • 2014-11-19 Mike Nichols [Mikhail Peschkowsky], German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies from cardiac arrest at 83