Famous Weddings & Divorces on October 17

Famous Weddings

  • 1469 Crown prince Fernando of Aragon (17) marries heir Princess Isabella of Castile (18), will unite the two Spanish crowns (not officially one country till 1707-16)

Johann Sebastian Bach

1707 German composer Johann Sebastian Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

Samuel Adams

1749 US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

Thomas Carlyle

1826 Historian Thomas Carlyle (30) weds Jane Welsh (25)

Babe Ruth

1914 American baseball legend Babe Ruth (19) weds waitress Helen Woodford (17) at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Ellicott City, Maryland

Rube Goldberg

1916 Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (33) weds Irma Seeman

Ava Gardner

1945 American actress Ava Gardner (22) weds American bandleader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood; divorce in 1946

Hank Williams

1952 American country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana

Quincy Jones Jr

1968 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Maurice Gibb

1975 Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

Robert Goulet

1982 American singer and actor Robert Goulet (48) weds his Macedonian business partner and manager, artist, and writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

Trent Reznor

2009 American musician Trent Reznor (44) weds Filipino American singer-songwriter Mariqueen Maandig (28) in Los Angeles, California

  • 2015 Actress Bridget Moynahan (44) weds businessman Andrew Frankel at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York