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Events

  • 1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.
  • 1981 – Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).
  • 1958 – Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins.
  • 1943 – Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • 1913 – First Balkan War: A Greek flotilla defeats the Ottoman Navy in the Naval Battle of Lemnos, securing the islands of the Northern Aegean Sea for Greece.
  • 1911 – Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco Bay, the first time an aircraft landed on a ship.
  • 1896 – An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H. L. Smith.
  • 1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from Great Britain to Australia arrive at Botany Bay.
  • 1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the "Sandwich Islands".

Births

  • 1995 – Bryce Alford, American basketball player
  • 1988 – Ronnie Day, American singer-songwriter
  • 1986 – Marya Roxx, Estonian-American singer-songwriter
  • 1985 – Mark Briscoe, American wrestler
  • 1984 – Benji Schwimmer, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1984 – Kristy Lee Cook, American singer-songwriter
  • 1984 – Michael Kearney, American biochemist and academic
  • 1983 – Amir Blumenfeld, Israeli-American comedian, actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1982 – Quinn Allman, American guitarist and producer
  • 1980 – Jason Segel, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1980 – Julius Peppers, American football player
  • 1979 – Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • 1979 – Kenyatta Jones, American football player
  • 1978 – Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player
  • 1973 – Benjamin Jealous, American businessman
  • 1973 – Burnie Burns, American actor, director, and producer, co-founded Rooster Teeth Productions
  • 1972 – Mike Lieberthal, American baseball player
  • 1971 – Amy Barger, American astronomer
  • 1971 – Jonathan Davis, American singer-songwriter
  • 1969 – Dave Bautista, American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and actor
  • 1969 – Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer
  • 1969 – Jim O'Rourke, American guitarist and producer
  • 1964 – Brady Anderson, American baseball player
  • 1964 – Virgil Hill, American boxer
  • 1963 – Martin O'Malley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 61st Governor of Maryland
  • 1962 – Alison Arngrim, Canadian-American actress
  • 1961 – Bob Hansen, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Jeff Yagher, American actor and sculptor
  • 1955 – Kevin Costner, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1953 – Brett Hudson, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1952 – Michael Behe, American biochemist, author, and academic
  • 1952 – R. Stevie Moore, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Bill Keller, American journalist
  • 1944 – Carl Morton, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1943 – Charlie Wilson, American businessman and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1943 – Kay Granger, American educator and politician
  • 1941 – Bobby Goldsboro, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1941 – David Ruffin, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1991)
  • 1938 – Curt Flood, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1997)
  • 1938 – Hargus "Pig" Robbins, American Country Music Hall of Fame session keyboard and piano player
  • 1933 – Ray Dolby, American engineer and businessman, founded Dolby Laboratories (d. 2013)
  • 1932 – Robert Anton Wilson, American psychologist, author, poet, and playwright (d. 2007)
  • 1926 – Randolph Bromery, American geologist and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – John V. Evans, American soldier and politician, 27th Governor of Idaho (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Sol Yurick, American soldier and author (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)
  • 1918 – Nicholas Oresko, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2013)
  • 1917 – Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese-American businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1911 – Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1987)
  • 1904 – Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordion player and composer (d. 2006)
  • 1904 – Cary Grant, English-American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1896 – C. M. Eddy Jr., American author (d. 1967)
  • 1896 – Ville Ritola, Finnish-American runner (d. 1982)
  • 1894 – Toots Mondt, American wrestler and promoter (d. 1976)
  • 1892 – Bill Meanix, American hurdler and coach (d. 1957)
  • 1892 – Oliver Hardy, American actor and comedian (d. 1957)
  • 1884 – Elena Arizmendi Mejia, Mexican journalist and activist, founded the Neutral White Cross (d. 1949)
  • 1881 – Gaston Gallimard, French publisher, founded Éditions Gallimard (d. 1975)
  • 1877 – Sam Zemurray, Russian-American businessman, founded the Cuyamel Fruit Company (d. 1961)
  • 1856 – Daniel Hale Williams, American surgeon and cardiologist (d. 1931)
  • 1854 – Thomas A. Watson, American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (d. 1934)
  • 1850 – Seth Low, American academic and politician, 92nd Mayor of New York City (d. 1916)
  • 1842 – A. A. Ames, American physician and politician, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)
  • 1782 – Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician, 14th United States Secretary of State (d. 1852)

Deaths

  • 2017 – David P. Buckson, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Delaware (1960–1961) (b. 1920)
  • 2017 – Roberta Peters, American coloratura soprano (b. 1930)
  • 2016 – Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1948)
  • 2016 – Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Cynthia Layne, American singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2015 – Dallas Taylor, American drummer (b. 1948)
  • 2015 – Tony Verna, American director and producer, invented instant replay (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – Dennis Frederiksen, American singer-songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 2014 – Kathryn Abbe, American photographer and author (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Jim Horning, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Yuri Rasovsky, American playwright and producer, founded The National Radio Theater of Chicago (b. 1944)
  • 2011 – Sargent Shriver, American politician and diplomat, 21st United States Ambassador to France (b. 1915)
  • 2010 – Robert B. Parker, American author and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2009 – Nora Kovach, Hungarian-American ballerina (b. 1931)
  • 2008 – Frank Lewin, American composer and theorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008 – Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and philanthropist (b. 1927)
  • 2008 – John Stroger, American politician (b. 1929)
  • 2008 – Lois Nettleton, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2007 – Brent Liles, American bass player (b. 1963)
  • 2005 – Lamont Bentley, American actor and rapper (b. 1973)
  • 2003 – Ed Farhat, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1924)
  • 1997 – Paul Tsongas, American lawyer and politician (b. 1941)
  • 1995 – Ron Luciano, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1937)
  • 1975 – Gertrude Olmstead, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1971 – Virgil Finlay, American illustrator (b. 1914)
  • 1970 – David O. McKay, American religious leader, 9th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1873)
  • 1967 – Goose Tatum, American basketball player and soldier (b. 1921)
  • 1966 – Kathleen Norris, American journalist and author (b. 1880)
  • 1954 – Sydney Greenstreet, English-American actor (b. 1879)
  • 1952 – Curly Howard, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1923 – Wallace Reid, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1891)
  • 1862 – John Tyler, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 10th President of the United States (b. 1790)
  • 1677 – Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch politician, founded Cape Town (b. 1619)
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