Today in History in 1856 - 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts; in 1870 Charles Dickens, English writer (David Copperfield), dies at age 58; and in 1915 William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
68 - Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.
721 - Odo of Aquitaine defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.
1534 - Jacques Cartier 1st sails into mouth of St Lawrence River
1549 - Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England
1790 - 1st book copyrighted under constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book"
1815 - End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set.
1856 - 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.
1915 - William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State
1958 - HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
1970 - Bob Dylan given honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University
1977 - Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks
1989 - Michael Chang's French Open tennis win makes him youngest male to go to finals
1997 - British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires
2013 - Edward Snowden publically makes his identity known as the leaker of NSA documents
1672 - Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov],Tsar of Russia (1682-1725)
1891 - Cole Porter, Indiana, composer/lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate)
1893 - Samuel N Behrman, US screenwriter (Tale of 2 Cities, Daddy Long Legs)
1915 - Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) Waukesha Wisconsin, American musician and inventor
1934 - Donald Duck, famous fowl
1934 - Jackie Wilson, singer (Lonely Teardrops, Night), born in Detroit, Michigan
1940 - Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
1961 - Michael J. Fox, Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian actor (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf)
1963 - Johnny Depp, Queensboro Ky, actor (21 Jump Street, Ed Wood)
1981 - Natalie Portman [Natalie Hershlag], Jerusalem, Israeli/American actress (Professional, Everyone Says I Love You)
1660 - French King Louis XIV (21) marries Maria Theresa of Spain (21) at Saint-Jean-de-Luz