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Today In History - September 22
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams

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Today in History in 1817 John Quincy Adams became U.S. Secretary of State; in 1973 Henry Kissinger was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State; and in 1989  composer Irving Berlin (God Bless America), died at age 101.

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:

Historical Events

  • 66 - Emperor Nero creates the Legion I Italica.
  • 1598 - Playwright and poet Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter as the result of a duel.
  • 1692 - Last (8) people hanged for witchcraft in US (Salem Mass) 20 hanged overall
  • 1817 - John Quincy Adams becomes US Secretary of State
  • 1851 - The city of Des Moines, Iowa was incorporated as Fort Des Moines.
  • 1896 - Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.
  • 1903 - Italo Marchiony granted patent for ice cream cone
  • 1915 - Southern Methodist University (Dallas Texas) holds its 1st class
  • 1957 - "Maverick" premieres
  • 1973 - Henry Kissinger, sworn in as America's 1st Jewish Secretary of State
  • 1976 - "Charlie's Angels" starring Farrah Fawcett debuts
  • 1983 - Everly Brothers reunite after 10 years (Royal Albert Hall)
  • 1987 - Janet B Evans swims female world record 400m freestyle (4:03.85)
  • 1989 - "Baywatch", starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, debuts on NBC
  • 1991 - Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula records his 300th career NFL victory
  • 1993 - Nolan Ryan, 46, pitches his last game
  • 1997 - Elton John releases Diana tribute "Candle in the Wind 1997"
  • 1999 - "The West Wing" created by Alan Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, debuts on NBC
  • 2004 - "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC
  • 2014 - NASA's MAVEN space probe successfully arrives in orbit over Mars


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1515 - Anne of Cleves, Düsseldorf, Queen of England/4th wife of Henry VIII
  • 1895 - Paul Muni, actor (Academy Award 1936-Angel on My Shoulder, Juarez)
  • 1902 - John Houseman, Bucharest Romania, actor (Kingsfield-Paper Chase)
  • 1927 - Tom Lasorda [Thomas], baseball manager (LA Dodgers), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 - Joan Jett, American singer (Blackhearts-I Love Rock 'n Roll), born in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 - Andrea Bocelli, Pisa, Italian tenor (The Prayer)

Famous Weddings

  • 1794 - Physicist Alessandro Volta (49) weds Teresa Peregrini
  • 1940 - "Adventures of Superman" actor George Reeves (26) weds Ellanora Needles at the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California
  • 1973 - Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (50) weds Jean Forsyth Clyde
  • 1984 - Brussels Princess Astrid marries Archduke Lorenz of Austrian-Este at Church of Our Lady of "De Zavel
  • 1991 - American Jewish playwright and screenwriter David Mamet marries 2nd wife, English actress Rebecca Pidgeon
  • 2004 - Race car driver Al Unser Jr (42) weds Gina Soto
  • 2007 - "Desperate Housewives" actor Ricardo Chavira (36) weds longtime girlfriend Marcea Dietzel in San Antonio, Texas
  • 2008 - TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2000 - Actress Patsy Kensit (32) divorces Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (28) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1554 - Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Spanish explorer/conquistador, led expedition of 1st Europeans to discover Grand Canyon
  • 1776 - Nathan Hale, US captain/patriot/spy, hanged by the British for spying at 21
  • 1956 - Frederick Soddy, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 79
  • 1989 - Irving Berlin, composer (God Bless America), dies at 101
  • 2001 - Isaac Stern, Ukrainian violinist (b. 1920)
  • 2006 - Edward Albert, American actor (b. 1951)
  • 2007 - Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (b. 1923)
  • 2010 - Eddie Fisher, American singer (b. 1928)

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