On This Day

Weddings & Divorces in History on January 1

Weddings in History

Wedding of Interest

49 Roman Emperor Claudius marries his fourth wife and niece Agrippina the Younger

  • 414 King Ataulf of Narbonne marries emperor Honorius sister Galle Placidia

Thomas Jefferson

1772 US founding father Thomas Jefferson (30) marries Martha Wayles Skelton (23)

James Fenimore Cooper

1811 Writer James Fenimore Cooper (21) weds Susan Augusta de Lancey in Mamaroneck, New York

James Knox Polk

1824 US President James Knox Polk (28) weds Sarah Childress (20) in Murfreesboro

David Lloyd George

1888 55th UK Prime Minister David Lloyd George (25) weds first wife Margaret Owen

Harold Wilson

1940 68th Prime Minister of UK Harold Wilson (23) weds poet Mary Baldwin (23) in the chapel of Mansfield College, Oxford

Michael Crichton

1965 Novelist Michael Crichton (22) weds high school sweetheart Joan Radam

Aung San Suu Kyi

1972 Politician Aung San Suu Kyi (26) weds author Michael Aris (25)

Wedding of Interest

1994 Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (38) marries Melinda French (29)

  • 2019 Austrian women Nicole Kopaunik (37) and Daniela Paier (37) become the 1st same-sex couple to be officially married in the predominantly Catholic country, in a ceremony in Velden, southern Austria, shortly after midnight