Famous Weddings & Divorces on December 26

Famous Weddings

  • 1613 Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, marries Frances Howard, occasioning John Donne's "Eclogue"
  • 1793 The wedding of Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz takes place.

David Farragut

1843 US Navy flag officer David Farragut (42) weds Virginia Loyall

Reinhard Heydrich

1931 SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich marries Lina von Osten

Ella Fitzgerald

1941 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay; annulled 1943

Jackie Coogan

1946 American actor Jackie Coogan (32) weds American actress Ann McCormack (22); divorce in 1951


1947 President of Indonesia Suharto (26) weds Siti Hartinah (24) in Surakarta at a traditional Javanese ceremony

Gil Hodges

1948 MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi

John Madden

1959 NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

Rodney Dangerfield

1993 Comedian Rodney Dangerfield (72) weds Joan Child (41) at Silver Bells Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

  • 1994 Actor Jason Hervey (22) weds Kelley Patricia O'Neill (27)
  • 1994 President Clinton's brother Roger Clinton (37) weds 8-mo pregnant Molly Nartin (25)

J. K. Rowling

2001 "Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling (36) weds anesthesiologist Neil Murray (30) in Aberfeldy, Scotland

Shaquille O'Neal

2002 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (30) weds Shaunie Nelson at The Beverly Hills Hotel's Crystal Garden

  • 2004 "Kill Bill" actor David Carradine (67) weds Annie Berman (43) at the seaside in Malibu