Famous Weddings & Divorces on January 1

Famous Weddings

Claudius & Agrippina the Younger

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

Emilio Aguinaldo

1896 1st Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo (26) weds first wife Hilaria del Rosario

Paul Henreid

1936 Actor Paul Henreid (27) weds Elizabeth Camilla Julia Gluck

Stan Laurel

1938 Comedian Stan Laurel (47) marries 3rd wife Vera Ivanova Shuvalova

Harold Wilson

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

Gene Hackman

1956 American actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese; divorce in 1986

Sammy Davis Jr.

1958 American entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. marries Loray White; divorce in 1959

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)

John Carpenter

1979 Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

Michael Biehn

1988 Actor Michael Biehn (31) weds film producer Gina Marsh

Leonard Nimoy

1989 American actor and director Leonard Nimoy (57) weds American actress Susan Bay (45), until his death

Melinda & Bill Gates

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

Albert Pujols

2000 Dominican-American baseball player Albert Pujols (19) weds Deidre "Dee Dee" Corona (22); separate in 2022

Eric Clapton

2002 British guitar legend Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Jennifer Connelly

2003 "A Beautiful Mind" actress Jennifer Connelly (32) weds actor Paul Bettany in Scotland

  • 2003 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 American Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds flight attendant Nina Malek Inman (33) at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

Valerie Bertinelli

2011 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (50) weds financial planner Tom Vitale at their home in Malibu, California; divorce in 2022

Shania Twain

2011 Canadian country singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

  • 2011 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua
  • 2015 American singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus
  • 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