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Events

  • 2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
  • 1990 – Japan launches Hiten, the country's first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976, and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States.
  • 1984 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.
  • 1946 – The United Nations General Assembly passes its first resolution to establish the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Allies bombard Bangkok, leading Thailand, then under Japanese control, to declare war against the United States and United Kingdom.
  • 1933 – The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, changing the beginning and end of terms for all elected federal offices.
  • 1916 – In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.
  • 1908 – The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
  • 1857 – The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first fully fledged university in South Asia.

Births

  • 1986 – Mischa Barton, English-American actress
  • 1986 – Ricky Ullman, Israeli-American actor
  • 1984 – Scott Kazmir, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Scott Speed, American race car driver
  • 1980 – Rocky Boiman, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1979 – Nik Wallenda, American acrobat and tightrope walker
  • 1978 – Kristen Schaal, American actress and voice artist
  • 1974 – Ed Helms, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Matthew Lillard, American actor
  • 1968 – Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast
  • 1967 – John Myung, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1967 – Phil LaMarr, American actor, singer, and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Carlos Saldanha, Brazilian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Nastassja Kinski, German-American actress and producer
  • 1960 – Mark Reeds, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1958 – Neil Allen, American baseball player and coach
  • 1957 – Mark Eaton, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1955 – Alan Sokal, American physicist and author
  • 1955 – Jim Montgomery, American swimmer
  • 1955 – Lynda Weinman, American businesswoman and author
  • 1951 – Yakov Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American comedian and actor
  • 1949 – John Belushi, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1947 – Michio Kaku, American physicist and academic
  • 1947 – Warren Zevon, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1945 – John Garamendi, American football player and politician, 1st United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior
  • 1943 – Sharon Tate, American model and actress (d. 1969)
  • 1942 – Gary Hart, American wrestler and manager (d. 2008)
  • 1942 – Melvin Fitting, American logician
  • 1941 – Aaron Neville, American singer
  • 1941 – Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1939 – Ray Stevens, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1938 – Julius Hemphill, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1995)
  • 1931 – Leonard Baker, American historian and author (d. 1984)
  • 1930 – Bernard Matthews, English farmer and businessman, founded Bernard Matthews Farms (d. 2010)
  • 1930 – John Romita Sr., American soldier and illustrator
  • 1926 – Ruth Asawa, American sculptor (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Maria Tallchief, American ballerina and actress (d. 2013)
  • 1920 – Jimmy Forrest, American saxophonist (d. 1980)
  • 1919 – Coleman Francis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1973)
  • 1919 – Leon Kirchner, American composer and educator (d. 2009)
  • 1918 – Oral Roberts, American evangelist, founded Oral Roberts University and Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Ernest Borgnine, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1916 – Gene Mako, Hungarian-American tennis player and actor (d. 2013)
  • 1915 – Robert Motherwell, American painter and academic (d. 1991)
  • 1913 – Norman Dello Joio, American organist and composer (d. 2008)
  • 1912 – Frederick Ashworth, American admiral (d. 2005)
  • 1910 – Doris Haddock, American political activist (d. 2010)
  • 1905 – J. Howard Marshall, American lawyer and businessman (d. 1995)
  • 1902 – Ephraim Avigdor Speiser, Ukrainian-American archaeologist and scholar (d. 1965)
  • 1900 – Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian-American geneticist and biologist (d. 1975)
  • 1898 – Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • 1889 – Charles Hawes, American historian and author (d. 1923)
  • 1888 – Ernst Heinkel, German engineer and businessman, founded the Heinkel Aircraft Manufacturing Company (d. 1958)
  • 1886 – Henry King, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1862 – Edith Wharton, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1937)
  • 1754 – Andrew Ellicott, American soldier and surveyor (d. 1820)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Butch Trucks, American drummer (b. 1947)
  • 2016 – Marvin Minsky, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Joe Franklin, American radio and television host (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Richard G. Stern, American novelist, short story writer (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – J. Joseph Garrahy, American soldier and politician, 69th Governor of Rhode Island (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Patricia Neway, American soprano and actress (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Pernell Roberts, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2009 – Kay Yow, American basketball player and coach (b. 1942)
  • 2008 – Lee Embree, American sergeant and photographer (b. 1915)
  • 2008 – Randy Salerno, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • 2007 – Emiliano Mercado del Toro, Puerto Rican-American soldier (b. 1891)
  • 2006 – Fayard Nicholas, American actor, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1914)
  • 1998 – Walter D. Edmonds, American journalist and author (b. 1903)
  • 1995 – David Cole, American DJ, songwriter, and producer (b. 1962)
  • 1993 – Thurgood Marshall, American lawyer and jurist, 32nd United States Solicitor General (b. 1908)
  • 1992 – Ken Darby, American composer and conductor (b. 1909)
  • 1991 – Jack Schaefer, American journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • 1990 – Madge Bellamy, American actress (b. 1899)
  • 1989 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (b. 1946)
  • 1986 – Gordon MacRae, American actor and singer (b. 1921)
  • 1986 – L. Ron Hubbard, American religious leader and author, founded the Church of Scientology (b. 1911)
  • 1983 – George Cukor, American director and producer (b. 1899)
  • 1975 – Larry Fine, American comedian (b. 1902)
  • 1971 – Bill W., American activist, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • 1970 – Caresse Crosby, American fashion designer and publisher, co-founded the Black Sun Press (b. 1891)
  • 1961 – Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American pole vaulter and businessman, founded the A. C. Gilbert Company (b. 1884)
  • 1932 – Alfred Yarrow, English businessman and philanthropist, founded Yarrow Shipbuilders (b. 1842)
  • 1918 – George Arthur Crump, American architect, designed the Pine Valley Golf Club (b. 1871)
  • 1911 – David Graham Phillips, American journalist and author (b. 1867)
  • 1882 – Levi Boone, American physician and politician, 17th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1808)
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