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Events

  • 1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.
  • 1986 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
  • 1973 – United States President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.
  • 1967 – Milton Keynes (England) is founded as a new town by Order in Council, with a planning brief to become a city of 250,000 people. Its initial designated area enclosed three existing towns and twenty one villages. The area to be developed was largely farmland, with evidence of continuous settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.
  • 1964 – The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.
  • 1957 – American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company, which later renames it the "Frisbee".
  • 1943 – World War II: Australian and American forces defeat Japanese army and navy units in the bitterly-fought Battle of Buna–Gona.
  • 1941 – Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.
  • 1909 – RMS Republic, a passenger ship of the White Star Line, becomes the first ship to use the CQD distress signal after colliding with another ship, the SS Florida, off the Massachusetts coastline, an event that kills six people. The Republic sinks the next day.
  • 1899 – Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.
  • 1899 – The Malolos Constitution is inaugurated, establishing the First Philippine Republic.
  • 1870 – In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans, mostly women and children, in what becomes known as the Marias Massacre.
  • 1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States' first female doctor.
  • 1789 – Georgetown College, the first Catholic university in the United States, is founded in Georgetown, Maryland (now a part of Washington, D.C.)
  • 1656 – Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.
  • 1570 – James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, regent for the infant King James VI of Scotland, is assassinated by firearm, the first recorded instance of such.

Births

  • 1994 – Addison Russell, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Michael Stevens, American YouTuber and educator
  • 1985 – Jeff Samardzija, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Andrew Rock, American sprinter
  • 1979 – Larry Hughes, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Brandon Duckworth, American baseball player and scout
  • 1975 – Phil Dawson, American football player
  • 1974 – Tiffani Thiessen, American actress
  • 1971 – Kevin Mawae, American football player and coach
  • 1971 – Marc Nelson, American singer-songwriter
  • 1966 – Haywoode Workman, American basketball player and referee
  • 1965 – Louie Clemente, American drummer
  • 1964 – Jonatha Brooke, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1964 – Mariska Hargitay, American actress and producer
  • 1953 – Antonio Villaraigosa, American politician, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles
  • 1953 – John Luther Adams, American composer
  • 1953 – Robin Zander, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Chesley Sullenberger, American captain and pilot
  • 1951 – Margaret Bailes, American sprinter
  • 1950 – Bill Cunningham, American bass player and keyboard player
  • 1950 – Richard Dean Anderson, American actor, producer, and composer
  • 1950 – Suzanne Scotchmer, American economist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1948 – Anita Pointer, American R&B/soul singer-songwriter
  • 1947 – Tom Carper, American captain and politician, 71st Governor of Delaware
  • 1946 – Don Whittington, American racing driver
  • 1943 – Gary Burton, American vibraphone player and composer
  • 1943 – Gil Gerard, American actor and producer
  • 1940 – Alan Cheuse, American writer and critic (d. 2015)
  • 1940 – Joe Dowell, American pop singer (d. 2016)
  • 1939 – Ed Roberts, American disability rights activist (d. 1995)
  • 1938 – Giant Baba, Japanese wrestler and promoter, founded All Japan Pro Wrestling (d. 1999)
  • 1936 – Jerry Kramer, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1935 – Tom Reamy, American author (d. 1977)
  • 1933 – Chita Rivera, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1932 – Larri Thomas, American actress and dancer (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – Myron Cope, American journalist and sportscaster (d. 2008)
  • 1927 – Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American businessman and explorer (d. 1994)
  • 1925 – Marty Paich, American pianist, composer, producer, and conductor (d. 1995)
  • 1924 – Frank Lautenberg, American soldier, businessman, and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Cot Deal, American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Horace Ashenfelter, American runner
  • 1923 – Walter M. Miller, Jr., American soldier and author (d. 1996)
  • 1922 – Leon Golub, American painter and academic (d. 2004)
  • 1920 – Walter Frederick Morrison, American businessman, invented the Frisbee (d. 2010)
  • 1919 – Ernie Kovacs, American actor and game show host (d. 1962)
  • 1919 – Frances Bay, Canadian-American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1918 – Florence Rush, American social worker and theorist (d. 2008)
  • 1918 – Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1916 – David Douglas Duncan, American photographer and journalist
  • 1915 – Potter Stewart, American lawyer and judge (d. 1985)
  • 1913 – Wally Parks, American businessman, founded the National Hot Rod Association (d. 2007)
  • 1907 – Dan Duryea, American actor and singer (d. 1968)
  • 1901 – Arthur Wirtz, American businessman (d. 1983)
  • 1898 – Randolph Scott, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1872 – Jože Plečnik, Slovenian architect, designed Plečnik Parliament (d. 1957)
  • 1855 – John Browning, American weapons designer, founded the Browning Arms Company (d. 1926)
  • 1838 – Marianne Cope, German-American nun and saint (d. 1918)
  • 1786 – Auguste de Montferrand, French-Russian architect, designed Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Alexander Column (d. 1858)
  • 1737 – John Hancock, American general and politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Bobby Freeman, American singer, songwriter and record producer (b. 1940)
  • 2016 – Bobby Wanzer, American basketball player and coach (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Ernie Banks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Prosper Ego, Dutch activist, founded the Oud-Strijders Legioen (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Bingham Ray, American businessman, co-founded October Films (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – Maurice Meisner, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Wesley E. Brown, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1907)
  • 2011 – Jack LaLanne, American fitness instructor, author, and television host (b. 1914)
  • 2010 – Earl Wild, American pianist and composer (b. 1915)
  • 2010 – Kermit Tyler, American colonel and pilot (b. 1913)
  • 2009 – Robert W. Scott, American farmer and politician, 67th Governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • 2007 – E. Howard Hunt, American CIA officer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Johnny Carson, American talk show host, television personality, and producer (b. 1925)
  • 2004 – Bob Keeshan, American television personality and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2003 – Nell Carter, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • 2002 – Paul Aars, American race car driver (b. 1934)
  • 2002 – Robert Nozick, American philosopher, author, and academic (b. 1938)
  • 1999 – Jay Pritzker, American businessman, co-founded the Hyatt Corporation (b. 1922)
  • 1993 – Keith Laumer, American soldier, author, and diplomat (b. 1925)
  • 1992 – Freddie Bartholomew, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1990 – Allen Collins, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • 1988 – Charles Glen King, American biochemist and academic (b. 1896)
  • 1981 – Samuel Barber, American pianist and composer (b. 1910)
  • 1978 – Jack Oakie, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1978 – Terry Kath, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1977 – Toots Shor, American businessman, founded Toots Shor's Restaurant (b. 1903)
  • 1976 – Paul Robeson, American actor, singer, and activist (b. 1898)
  • 1973 – Alexander Onassis, American-Greek businessman (b. 1948)
  • 1973 – Kid Ory, American trombonist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1886)
  • 1943 – Alexander Woollcott, American actor, playwright, and critic (b. 1887)
  • 1893 – Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II, American lawyer and politician, 16th United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1825)
  • 1803 – Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer, founded Guinness (b. 1725)
  • 1800 – Edward Rutledge, American captain and politician, 39th Governor of South Carolina (b. 1749)
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