04/16/2014 09:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Momentous Hellos Throughout History


By Arianna Davis and Zoe Donaldson

  • 1525
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    King Henry VIII bids his wife's lady-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn, a saucy good morrow. Union results in Church of England, Elizabeth I.
  • 1851
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    Susan B. Anthony encounters Elizabeth Cady Stanton on upstate New York street; "pleased to meet you" turns into 50-year feminist crusade.
  • 1918
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    Tender is the night F. Scott Fitzgerald says hello to Zelda Sayre, his future mad muse, at an Alabama dance.
  • 1954
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    Ella Fitzgerald meets Marilyn Monroe at L.A. jazz show. The next year, Marilyn sits front row when Ella sings at the Mocambo nightclub.
  • 1957
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    John Lennon plays church gig; between sets Paul McCartney teaches him to tune his guitar. Pair forms foursome you may have heard of.
  • 1963
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    Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield bond over athletic ineptitude in junior high gym, go on to create treats universally preferred to exercise.
  • 1971
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    Tech-geek undergrad Steve Wozniak hears about teen named Steve Jobs. Steve meets Steve; now we have iPhones.
  • 1976
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    Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King work at Baltimore's WJZ-TV. Snowstorm hits; sleepover is suggested; ultimate BFF-ship forms.
  • 1991
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    RNC chief of staff Mary Matalin eyes Dem consultant James Carville. Ensuing wooing proves love conquers all…party affiliations, that is.
  • 2009
    Greetings from more than 25,000 people are beamed to planet Gliese 581d as part of Hello from Earth initiative. Saying hi no longer just for earthlings!

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