Famous Super Couples: Timeline/Chronology
Who were the first super couples? Who were the most famous super couples? The
super couple is far from a modern invention, and the first "power couple" may
still be the most famous ...
49 BC Julius Caesar meets Cleopatra; she becomes his mistress and bears him a
46 BC After Julius Caesar's assassination, Cleopatra has an affair with his
successor, Marcus Antonius (Marc Antony), and bears him twins.
37 BC Cleopatra marries Marc Antony.
30 BC There were rumors that after Marc Antony's death Cleopatra tried to form
a third union with Octavian (Caesar Augustus), but she ended up committing
Our Top Ten Super Couples and Power Couples
Cleopatra and Julius Caesar
Ferdinand and Isabella
Martha and George Washington
Napoleon and Josephine
Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio and JFK
Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Honorable Mention: Adam and Eve, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Paris and
Helen of Troy, King Arthur and Guinevere, Robin Hood and Marian, Henry VIII and
Anne Boleyn, Richard III and Anne Neville, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary
Wollstonecraft Shelley, Abraham Lincoln and Anne Rutledge, Mary Todd and Abraham
Lincoln, Clementine and Winston Churchill, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergι,
Priscilla and Elvis Presley, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, David Bowie and Iman,
Jay-Z and Beyoncι, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie,
Prince William and Kate Middleton, Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Ellen
DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Amal and George
Clooney, Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de
Beauvoir, Johnny and June Carter Cash.
All dates from this point forward are AD.
30 According to some accounts, Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were a couple,
but orthodox Christianity maintains that he died a virgin.
770 Charlemagne marries Desiderata, daughter of the Lombard King Desiderius.
871 Alfred the Great marries Ethelswitha, unites the Anglo-Saxons, then defeats the Danes and becomes
the first king of a united England.
1050 William the Conqueror marries Matilda of Flanders after dragging her off
by her hair when she said she was too low-born for him! (Or
so the story goes.)
1292 Dante's Vita Nuova ("New Life") explores his love for Beatrice,
which appears to have been unrequited and unconsummated.
Dante publishes his Divine Comedy and further immortalizes Beatrice.
1327 Francesco Petrarch, the creator of
the sonnet ("little song"), meets Laura, but their love was also
1483 Richard III and Anne Neville were crowned together, but they both died
two years later, separately.
1486 Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York, uniting the houses of Lancaster and
York and cementing the Tudor dynasty.
1503 The birth of Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542), called
"the Father of English Poetry." According to rumors he had an affair with
1509 Henry Tudor marries Catherine of Aragon and reigns as King Henry VIII.
1526 Thomas Wyatt travels to Italy and returns with a passion for the sonnets
of Petrarch; he begins to translate Petrarch into
1527 Henry VIII seeks the Pope's permission to divorce
Catherine of Aragon but is refused, leading to Henry's
subsequent "divorce" from the Roman Catholic Church.
1529 Henry VIII declares himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England.
The "Reformation Parliament" passes legislation that will lead to the English
1533 Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn; Pope Clement
VII excommunicates Henry. Thomas Wyatt's sonnet
Whoso List to Hunt
may have been written with Boleyn in mind.
1534 Around this time, Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard introduce the English
sonnet, modeled after the Petrarchan sonnet.
1535 Sir Thomas More is executed for refusing to recognize Henry VIII as the
head of the Church of England.
1536 Anne Boleyn is beheaded; Henry VIII marries his third wife, Jane Seymour.
Thomas Wyatt, imprisoned in the Tower of London for his alleged affair with
Boleyn, may have written
Whoso List to Hunt
around this time.
1540 Henry VIII marries his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, but the
marriage is annulled and Henry
marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. Thomas Cromwell is executed for
1542 Catherine Howard is executed for treason. James V of Scotland dies and is
succeeded by his six-day-old daughter Mary (later, Mary Queen of Scots). Sir
Thomas Wyatt dies.
1543 Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, his sixth and last
1565 Sir Walter Raleigh, a poet and explorer, is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth
1569 The birth of the English poet Emilia Lanyer, who has been proposed as Shakespeare's mistress.
1578 Sir Philip Sidney writes a masque in honor of Elizabeth I.
1579 Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes Calender
has been called "the first
work of the English literary Renaissance." He dedicates it to Elizabeth I.
William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway.
1583 Sir Philip Sidney marries the daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham.
1584 Walter Ralegh founds the first American colony, names it Virginia after
Elizabeth I (the "Virgin Queen"), and is knighted.
1587 Sir Walter Ralegh is appointed captain of the Queen's guard.
1589 Walter Ralegh visits Edmund Spenser and helps him publish the first three books of
The Faerie Queene.
1593 Sir Walter Ralegh is released from the Tower of London and
becomes a member of Parliament.
1603 The death of Queen Elizabeth I. Sir Walter Ralegh is sent to the Tower of
London on charges of treason.
1614 Sir Walter Ralegh's History of the World was composed while
he was imprisoned in the Tower of London on charges of treason.
1617 Sir Walter
Ralegh is released from the Tower of London and sets sail in search of El Dorado,
the fabled city of gold.
1618 Sir Walter Ralegh fails in his last expedition to find El Dorado and upon
his return to England is executed on trumped-up charges of treason.
1628 Ann Dudley marries, becoming Anne Bradstreet.
1650 Anne Bradstreet's The Vanity of All Worldly Things is the first
notable poem by an American poet.
1759 Martha Dandridge Custis marries George Washington; she was a young widow
1776 Thomas Jefferson, the seemingly noble author of the American Declaration
of Independence, fathered children on his slave Sally Hemmings.
1788 The birth of George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824). He would have a
number of scandalous affairs.
1792 The birth of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822). His wife, Mary
Wollstonecraft Shelley, would write Frankenstein.
1803 The Napoleonic Wars begin when Great Britain declares war on France.
Napoleon and Josephine were a notable "power couple."
Byron leaves England, swims the Hellespont, and begins composing the first two
cantos of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
1814 Oxford University expels the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley for writing a
tract on the necessity of atheism.
1815 Napoleon escapes from Elba and raises an army, but loses at Waterloo and
surrenders. This marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
1815 The birth of Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron. She
may have been the first computer
programmer because she formulated the first algorithm for
Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. The computer language Ada was named after her.
1818 The novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is a
landmark Gothic/Romantic work, but also an early work of science fiction,
with electricity being harnessed to create life.
1821 John Keats dies at age twenty-five; Percy Bysshe Shelley writes the long
poem Adonias as a tribute to him.
1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns in a boating accident at age thirty, on the
Don Juan, with a book of Keats' poems in his pocket.
1840 Queen Victoria weds her German first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg
and Gotha, at St Jamess Palace on 10 February 1840.
1846 Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning secretly marry at St.
Marylebone Church in London: they would become poetry's first "super
1863 Samuel Langhorne Clemens uses the penname "Mark Twain" for the first
time. He would marry Olivia Langdon Clemens.
1884 Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn takes a strong stand against
racism and slavery. Huck says he would rather go to hell then turn in his friend
Jim, the escaped slave.
1885 Ezra Pound, an American modernist poet and critic, is born. He would
marry Olivia Shakespear.
1904 Meeting briefly at a ball, Winston Churchill was "transfixed and
tongue-tied; Clementine [Hozier] unimpressed."
1921 Adolf Hitler is elected leader of the Nazi Party in Germany. He would
marry Eva Braun just before they both committed suicide.
1926 Gracie Allen and George Burns were the first super couple of comedy,
vaudeville, radio, film and television.
1944 Eva and Juan Perσn meet at a charity event and marry soon thereafter.
1953 John F.
Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier; the American Camelot has its royal
1956 Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes marry, forming a poetic super couple.
1957 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz took their marriage public with the TV show
I Love Lucy.
1963 Bob Dylan becomes
famous for folk songs and protest songs like "Blowin' in the Wind." He
would have an affair with Joan Baez.
1964 The Beatles top the American charts for the first time and Beatlemania has begun.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono would soon be an item.
1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. His wife Coretta Scott King
would carry on his work.
1971 Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito met backstage at an off-Broadway play. They
went on to become one of the shorter super couples!
1984 Madonna becomes a pop star with "Like a Virgin." Chances
are, she wasn't!
2016 Great Britain leaves the European Union in a movement known as "Brexit."
Donald Trump is elected president of the United States in a shocking upset.
And who can guess what the future will hold? ...
Related Pages in Chronological Order:
Song of Amergin,
Bede's Death Song,
Wulf and Eadwacer,
The Wife's Lament,
Anglo-Saxon Riddles and Kennings,
How Long the Night,
Sumer is Icumen in,
Fowles in the Frith,
Ich am of Irlaunde,
Tom O'Bedlam's Song,
Now Goeth Sun Under Wood,
Sweet Rose of Virtue,
Lament for the Makaris