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Events

  • 1998 – Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
  • 1992 – Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.
  • 1961 – John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be the first woman Physician to the President.
  • 1950 – The Constitution of India comes into force, forming a republic. Rajendra Prasad is sworn in as its first President of India. Observed as Republic Day in India.
  • 1949 – The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory sees first light under the direction of Edwin Hubble, becoming the largest aperture optical telescope (until BTA-6 is built in 1976).
  • 1942 – World War II: The first United States forces arrive in Europe landing in Northern Ireland.
  • 1926 – The first demonstration of the television by John Logie Baird.
  • 1911 – Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: General Ambrose Burnside is relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac after the disastrous Fredericksburg campaign. He is replaced by Joseph Hooker.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Governor of Massachusetts John Albion Andrew receives permission from the Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The state of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
  • 1856 – First Battle of Seattle. Marines from the USS Decatur drive off American Indian attackers after all day battle with settlers.
  • 1838 – Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • 1837 Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state.
  • 1788 – The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day.
  • 1699 – For the first time, the Ottoman Empire permanently cedes territory to the Christian powers.
  • 1500 – Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil.

Births

  • 1997 – Gedion Zelalem, German-born American soccer player
  • 1992 – Sasha Banks, American professional wrestler
  • 1989 – Emily Hughes, American figure skater
  • 1989 – MarShon Brooks, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Gerald Green, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Eric Werner, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Reggie Hodges, American football player
  • 1978 – Corina Morariu, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1977 – Justin Gimelstob, American tennis player and coach
  • 1977 – Vince Carter, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Kirk Franklin, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1967 – Col Needham, English businessman, co-founded Internet Movie Database
  • 1961 – Tom Keifer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1958 – Anita Baker, American singer-songwriter
  • 1958 – Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian, actress, and talk show host
  • 1957 – Road Warrior Hawk, American wrestler (d. 2003)
  • 1955 – Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1953 – Lucinda Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Andy Hummel, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2010)
  • 1949 – David Strathairn, American actor
  • 1949 – Jonathan Carroll, American author
  • 1946 – Gene Siskel, American journalist and film critic (d. 1999)
  • 1946 – Susan Friedlander, American mathematician
  • 1944 – Angela Davis, American activist
  • 1944 – Jerry Sandusky, American football player, coach, and criminal
  • 1941 – Henry Jaglom, English-American director and screenwriter
  • 1941 – Scott Glenn, American actor
  • 1936 – Sal Buscema, American illustrator
  • 1935 – Bob Uecker, American baseball player, sportscaster and actor
  • 1935 – Henry Jordan, American football player (d. 1977)
  • 1934 – Charles Marowitz, American director, playwright, and critic (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – Huey "Piano" Smith, American pianist and songwriter
  • 1929 – Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, and educator
  • 1927 – Bob Nieman, American baseball player and scout (d. 1985)
  • 1926 – Joseph Bacon Fraser, Jr., American architect and businessman, co-founded the Sea Pines Company (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Ben Pucci, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Joan Leslie, American actress (d. 2015)
  • 1925 – Paul Newman, American actor, activist, director, race car driver, and businessman, co-founded Newman's Own (d. 2008)
  • 1924 – Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (d. 1998)
  • 1923 – Anne Jeffreys, American actress and singer (d. 2017)
  • 1923 – Patrick J. Hannifin, American admiral (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Akio Morita, Japanese businessman, co-founded Sony (d. 1999)
  • 1921 – Eddie Barclay, French record producer, founded Barclay Records (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Hans Holzer, Austrian-American paranormal researcher and author (d. 2009)
  • 1918 – Philip José Farmer, American author (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Louis Zamperini, American runner and captain (d. 2014)
  • 1915 – William Hopper, American actor (d. 1970)
  • 1913 – Jimmy Van Heusen, American pianist and composer (d. 1990)
  • 1911 – Polykarp Kusch, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1993)
  • 1905 – Charles Lane, American actor and singer (d. 2007)
  • 1905 – Maria von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (d. 1987)
  • 1904 – Ancel Keys, American physiologist and nutritionist (d. 2004)
  • 1892 – Bessie Coleman, American pilot (d. 1926)
  • 1891 – Frank Costello, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1973)
  • 1891 – Wilder Penfield, American-Canadian neurosurgeon and academic (d. 1976)
  • 1887 – Marc Mitscher, American admiral and pilot (d. 1947)
  • 1880 – Douglas MacArthur, American general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)
  • 1866 – John Cady, American golfer (d. 1933)
  • 1832 – George Shiras, Jr., American lawyer and jurist (d. 1924)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Barbara Hale, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 2017 – Mike Connors, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2016 – Abe Vigoda, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Cleven "Goodie" Goudeau, American art director and cartoonist (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Ralph T. Troy, American banker and politician (b. 1935)
  • 2014 – Tom Gola, American basketball player, coach, and politician (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Christine M. Jones, American educator and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Stefan Kudelski, Polish-Swiss engineer, invented the Nagra (b. 1929)
  • 2011 – Charlie Louvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1927)
  • 2010 – Louis Auchincloss, American novelist and essayist (b. 1917)
  • 2008 – Viktor Schreckengost, American sculptor and designer (b. 1906)
  • 2004 – Fred Haas, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • 2001 – Al McGuire, American basketball player and coach (b. 1928)
  • 2000 – A. E. van Vogt, Canadian-American author (b. 1912)
  • 2000 – Don Budge, American tennis player and coach (b. 1915)
  • 1997 – Jeane Dixon, American astrologer and psychic (b. 1904)
  • 1996 – Frank Howard, American football player and coach (b. 1909)
  • 1996 – Harold Brodkey, American author and academic (b. 1930)
  • 1996 – Henry Lewis, American bassist and conductor (b. 1932)
  • 1992 – José Ferrer, Puerto Rican-American actor (b. 1912)
  • 1990 – Lewis Mumford, American sociologist and historian (b. 1895)
  • 1983 – Bear Bryant, American football player and coach (b. 1913)
  • 1979 – Nelson Rockefeller, American businessman and politician, 41st Vice President of the United States (b. 1908)
  • 1977 – Filopimin Finos, Greek production manager and producer, founded Finos Film (b. 1908)
  • 1975 – Donald Sheldon, American bush pilot (b. 1921)
  • 1973 – Edward G. Robinson, Romanian-American actor (b. 1893)
  • 1968 – Merrill C. Meigs, American publisher (b. 1883)
  • 1962 – Lucky Luciano, Italian-American mob boss (b. 1897)
  • 1957 – Helene Costello, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 1948 – John Lomax, American musicologist and academic (b. 1867)
  • 1947 – Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (b. 1898)
  • 1946 – Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer and academic (b. 1884)
  • 1943 – Harry H. Laughlin, American sociologist and eugenicist (b. 1880)
  • 1932 – William Wrigley, Jr., American businessman, founded the Wrigley Company (b. 1861)
  • 1926 – John Flannagan, American priest and academic (b. 1860)
  • 1893 – Abner Doubleday, American general (b. 1819)
  • 1891 – Nikolaus Otto, German engineer, invented the Internal combustion engine (b. 1833)
  • 1886 – David Rice Atchison, American general and politician (b. 1807)
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