On This Day

Weddings & Divorces in History on December 30

Weddings in History

  • 1816 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft

Rutherford B. Hayes

1852 Future US President Rutherford B. Hayes (30) weds teetotaler and abolitionist Lucy Webb (21)

John Singleton Mosby

1857 Confederate army cavalry battalion commander John S. Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville

Jose Rizal

1896 Filipino Nationalist Jose Rizal (35) weds girlfriend Josephine Bracken (20) before his execution in Fort Santiago, Manila

Al Capone

1918 Gangster Al Capone (19) marries Mae Josephine Coughlin, mother of his child

  • 1941 Al Capone's son Sonny marries in Miami Beach

Angela Merkel

1998 Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (44) weds quantum chemist Joachim Sauer (49) in Bonn, Germany