On This Day

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 S Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

Samuel Adams

1749 US revolutionary Samuel Adams (27) weds Elizabeth Checkley

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 Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

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)

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