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Events

  • 2003 – The first selections for the National Recording Registry are announced by the Library of Congress.
  • 1996 – Germany first observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • 1996 – In a military coup Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane.
  • 1980 – Through cooperation between the U.S. and Canadian governments, six American diplomats secretly escape hostilities in Iran in the culmination of the Canadian Caper.
  • 1973 – The Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict's last recorded American combat casualty.
  • 1967 – United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.
  • 1943 – World War II: The Eighth Air Force sorties ninety-one B-17s and B-24s to attack the U-boat construction yards at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. This was the first American bombing attack on Germany.
  • 1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
  • 1880 – Thomas Edison receives the patent on the incandescent lamp.
  • 1785 – The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: Henry Knox's "noble train of artillery" arrives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Births

  • 1993 – Joe Landolina, American engineer and businessman, founded Vetigel
  • 1987 – Katy Rose, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1983 – Deon Anderson, American football player
  • 1983 – Gavin Floyd, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Chanda Gunn, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1978 – Pete Laforest, Canadian-American baseball player and manager
  • 1976 – Clint Ford, American actor, voice actor and novelist
  • 1976 – Fred Taylor, American football player
  • 1976 – Michael K. Winder, American businessman and politician
  • 1969 – Patton Oswalt, American comedian and actor
  • 1968 – Matt Stover, American football player
  • 1968 – Mike Patton, American singer, composer, and voice artist
  • 1968 – Tracy Lawrence, American country singer
  • 1966 – Tamlyn Tomita, Japanese-American actress and singer
  • 1965 – Alan Cumming, Scottish-American actor
  • 1964 – Bridget Fonda, American actress
  • 1961 – Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer
  • 1959 – Cris Collinsworth, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1959 – Keith Olbermann, American journalist and author
  • 1958 – James Grippando, American lawyer and author
  • 1957 – Frank Miller, American illustrator, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1956 – Mimi Rogers, American actress
  • 1955 – John Roberts, American lawyer and judge, 17th Chief Justice of the United States
  • 1954 – Ed Schultz, American talk show host and sportscaster
  • 1954 – Peter Laird, American author and illustrator
  • 1952 – Billy Johnson, American football player and coach
  • 1952 – Brian Gottfried, American tennis player
  • 1952 – G. E. Smith, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1952 – Tam O'Shaughnessy, American tennis player, psychologist, and academic
  • 1951 – Seth Justman, American keyboard player and songwriter
  • 1948 – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor
  • 1947 – Cal Schenkel, American painter and illustrator
  • 1946 – Nedra Talley, American singer
  • 1942 – John Witherspoon, American actor
  • 1942 – Kate Wolf, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1986)
  • 1942 – Stewart Raffill, American director and screenwriter
  • 1940 – James Cromwell, American actor
  • 1940 – Reynaldo Rey, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1936 – Samuel C. C. Ting, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1936 – Troy Donahue, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1935 – Steve Demeter, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2013)
  • 1934 – George Follmer, American race car driver
  • 1933 – Jerry Buss, American chemist and businessman (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Bobby "Blue" Bland, American blues singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Harvey Shapiro, American poet (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1919 – Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor, created Alvin and the Chipmunks (d. 1972)
  • 1918 – Elmore James, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)
  • 1918 – Skitch Henderson, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2005)
  • 1918 – William Seawell, American general (d. 2005)
  • 1915 – Jacques Hnizdovsky, Ukrainian-American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1985)
  • 1915 – Jules Archer, American historian and author (d. 2008)
  • 1912 – Francis Rogallo, American engineer, invented the Rogallo wing (d. 2009)
  • 1908 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American journalist and publisher (d. 1993)
  • 1905 – Howard McNear, American actor (d. 1969)
  • 1904 – James J. Gibson, American psychologist and academic (d. 1979)
  • 1903 – Otto P. Weyland, American general (d. 1979)
  • 1901 – Art Rooney, American football player and coach, founded the Pittsburgh Steelers (d. 1988)
  • 1900 – Hyman G. Rickover, American admiral (d. 1986)
  • 1895 – Harry Ruby, American composer and screenwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1895 – Joseph Rosenstock, Polish-American conductor and manager (d. 1985)
  • 1885 – Jerome Kern, American composer and songwriter (d. 1945)
  • 1878 – Dorothy Scarborough, American author (d. 1935)
  • 1869 – Will Marion Cook, American violinist and composer (d. 1944)
  • 1850 – Samuel Gompers, English-American labor leader (d. 1924)
  • 1826 – Richard Taylor, American general, historian, and politician (d. 1879)
  • 1821 – John Chivington, American colonel and pastor (d. 1892)
  • 1814 – Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect, designed the Lausanne Cathedral (d. 1879)
  • 1795 – Eli Whitney Blake, American engineer, invented the Mortise lock (d. 1886)
  • 1687 – Johann Balthasar Neumann, German engineer and architect, designed Würzburg Residence and Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (d. 1753)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Arthur H. Rosenfeld, American physicist (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Charles Hard Townes, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2015 – Larry Winters, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1956)
  • 2015 – Rocky Bridges, American baseball player and coach (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Pete Seeger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Stanley Karnow, American journalist and historian (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Greg Cook, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1946)
  • 2012 – Jeannette Hamby, American nurse and politician (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Kevin White, American politician, 51st Mayor of Boston (b. 1929)
  • 2011 – Charlie Callas, American comedian and musician (b. 1927)
  • 2010 – Howard Zinn, American historian, author, and activist (b. 1922)
  • 2010 – J. D. Salinger, American soldier and author (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 2009 – John Updike, American novelist, short story writer, and critic (b. 1932)
  • 2008 – Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader and author, 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1910)
  • 2008 – Louie Welch, American businessman and politician, 54th Mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • 2006 – Gene McFadden, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2004 – Jack Paar, American talk show host and author (b. 1918)
  • 1996 – Ralph Yarborough, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1903)
  • 1994 – Claude Akins, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1986 – Lilli Palmer, German-American actress (b. 1914)
  • 1975 – Bill Walsh, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1913)
  • 1973 – William Nolde, American colonel (b. 1929)
  • 1972 – Mahalia Jackson, American singer (b. 1911)
  • 1967 – Edward Higgins White, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 1967 – Gus Grissom, American pilot and astronaut (b. 1926)
  • 1967 – Roger B. Chaffee, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1935)
  • 1965 – Abraham Walkowitz, American painter (b. 1878)
  • 1963 – John Farrow, Australian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1904)
  • 1922 – Nellie Bly, American journalist and author (b. 1864)
  • 1880 – Edward Middleton Barry, English architect and academic, co-designed the Halifax Town Hall and the Royal Opera House (b. 1830)
  • 1851 – John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter (b. 1789)
  • 1731 – Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker, invented the Piano (b. 1655)
  • 1540 – Angela Merici, Italian educator and saint, founded the Company of St. Ursula (b. 1474)
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