Today in History in 1729 North Carolina becomes a royal colony; in 1866 Ulysses S. Grant was named the first Army General; in 1868 U.S. Congress formed the Wyoming Territory; and in 1868 Jack London sailed to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he would write his first successful stories.
Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
306 - Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops.
1547 - Henry II of France is crowned.
1603 - James VI of Scotland is crowned James I of English uniting kingdoms of England and Scotland
1729 - North Carolina becomes a royal colony
1866 - David Faragut appointed as 1st admiral in US Navy
1866 - Ulysses S. Grant named 1st general of Army
1868 - US Congress forms Wyoming Territory (Dakota, Utah & Idaho)
1871 - Carousel patents by Wilhelm Schneider, Davenport, Iowa
1897 - Writer Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories.
1961 - Disney animated film "101 Dalmations", based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US
1978 - Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby is born at Oldham General Hospital England
1990 - Roseanne Barr sings National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres game
1884 - Davidson Black, Canada, Paleoanthropologist and doctor of anatomy (identified Peking Man)
1894 - Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d.1974)
1914 - Woody Strode, African American actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream)
1923 - Estelle Getty, American actress ("The Golden Girls", "The Golden Palace"), born in NYC, New York
1954 - Walter Payton, Columbia Mississippi, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
1967 - Matt LeBlanc, Newton Massachusetts, actor (Joey Tribbiani-Friends)
1979 - Amy Adams, American singer
1814 - Inventor Charles Babbage (21) weds Georgina Whitmore at St. Michael's Church in Devon, England
1839 - British PM William Gladstone (29) weds Catherine Glynne (27) in England
1986 - Four-time tennis player champ Hana Mandlikova (24) weds restaurateur Jan Sedlak at Prague's old town hall
1993 - Designer Claude Montana (44) weds his model Wallis Franken (44)
2009 - "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor Marc Blucas (37) weds journalist Ryan Haddon (38) in Erie, Pennsylvania
1988 - Heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (43) divorces politician John Kerry (44) after 18 years of marriage
2012 - Actress Sunny Mabrey (36) divorces "Brotherhood" actor Ethan Embry (34) due to irreconcilable differences after almost 7 years marriage
1834 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet, dies at 61
1865 - "James Barry", military surgeon, first woman in Great Britain to become a qualified medical doctor
2009 - Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the Trenches in World War I, dies aged 111. (b. 1898)