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Holidays and observances

  • Groundhog Day (United States and Canada), and its related observances: - Marmot Day (Alaska)
  • Inventor's Day (Thailand)

Events

  • 2000 – First digital cinema projection in Europe (Paris) realized by Philippe Binant with the DLP CINEMA technology developed by Texas Instruments.
  • 1942 – The Osvald Group is responsible for the first, active event of anti-Nazi resistance in Norway, to protest the inauguration of Vidkun Quisling.
  • 1935 – Leonarde Keeler administers polygraph tests to two murder suspects, the first time polygraph evidence was admitted in U.S. courts.
  • 1934 – The Export-Import Bank of the United States is incorporated.
  • 1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • 1848 – Mexican–American War: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed.
  • 962 – Translatio imperii: Pope John XII crowns Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, the first Holy Roman Emperor in nearly 40 years.

Births

  • 1989 – Harrison Smith, American football player
  • 1987 – Javon Ringer, American football player
  • 1987 – Mimi Page, American singer-songwriter and composer
  • 1982 – Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Eden Espinosa, American actress and singer
  • 1975 – Donald Driver, American football player
  • 1973 – Marissa Jaret Winokur, American actress and singer
  • 1970 – Jennifer Westfeldt, American actress and singer
  • 1968 – Scott Erickson, American baseball player and coach
  • 1968 – Sean Elliott, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1966 – Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1963 – Eva Cassidy, American singer and guitarist (d. 1996)
  • 1955 – Kim Zimmer, American actress
  • 1954 – Christie Brinkley, American actress, model, and businesswoman
  • 1954 – John Tudor, American baseball player
  • 1953 – Jerry Sisk, Jr., American gemologist, co-founded Jewelry Television (d. 2013)
  • 1952 – John Cornyn, American lawyer and politician, 49th Attorney General of Texas
  • 1952 – Ralph Merkle, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1952 – Rick Dufay, French-American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1949 – Brent Spiner, American actor
  • 1949 – Ross Valory, American rock bass player and songwriter
  • 1948 – Al McKay, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1948 – Ina Garten, American chef and author
  • 1947 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress and producer (d. 2009)
  • 1944 – Ursula Oppens, American pianist and educator
  • 1942 – Graham Nash, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1940 – Thomas M. Disch, American author and poet (d. 2008)
  • 1940 – Wayne Fontes, American football player and coach
  • 1939 – Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)
  • 1939 – Mary-Dell Chilton, American chemist and inventor and one of the founders of modern plant biotechnology
  • 1937 – Don Buford, American baseball player and coach
  • 1937 – Tom Smothers, American comedian, actor, and activist
  • 1935 – Pete Brown, American golfer (d. 2015)
  • 1934 – Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2003)
  • 1933 – M'el Dowd, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
  • 1933 – Tony Jay, English-American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1932 – Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (d. 2002)
  • 1932 – Robert Mandan, American actor
  • 1931 – Judith Viorst, American journalist and author
  • 1929 – John Henry Holland, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1928 – A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American judge, author, and activist (d. 1998)
  • 1928 – Jay Handlan, American basketball player and engineer (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Doris Sams, American baseball player (d. 2012)
  • 1927 – Stan Getz, American saxophonist (d. 1991)
  • 1925 – Elaine Stritch, American actress and singer (d. 2014)
  • 1924 – Sonny Stitt, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1982)
  • 1923 – Bonita Granville, American actress and producer (d. 1988)
  • 1923 – James Dickey, American poet and novelist (d. 1997)
  • 1923 – Liz Smith, American journalist and author
  • 1923 – Red Schoendienst, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1922 – James L. Usry, American politician, first African-American mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • 1912 – Burton Lane, American songwriter and composer (d. 1997)
  • 1908 – Wes Ferrell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1976)
  • 1905 – Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist and philosopher (d. 1982)
  • 1902 – Newbold Morris, American lawyer and politician (d. 1966)
  • 1901 – Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-born American violinist and educator (d. 1987)
  • 1900 – Willie Kamm, American baseball player and manager (d. 1988)
  • 1897 – Gertrude Blanch, Russian-American mathematician (d. 1996)
  • 1897 – Howard Deering Johnson, American businessman, founded Howard Johnson's (d. 1972)
  • 1895 – George Halas, American football player and coach (d. 1983)
  • 1895 – Robert Philipp, American painter (d. 1981)
  • 1890 – Charles Correll, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1972)
  • 1887 – Pat Sullivan, Australian-American animator and producer (d. 1933)
  • 1886 – William Rose Benét, American poet and author (d. 1950)
  • 1883 – Johnston McCulley, American author and screenwriter, created Zorro (d. 1958)
  • 1881 – Orval Overall, American baseball player and manager (d. 1947)
  • 1875 – Fritz Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (d. 1962)
  • 1861 – Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (d. 1949)
  • 1860 – Curtis Guild, Jr., American journalist and politician, 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • 1856 – Frederick William Vanderbilt, American railway magnate (d. 1938)
  • 1803 – Albert Sidney Johnston, American general (d. 1862)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Bob Elliott, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1923)
  • 2015 – Dave Bergman, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 2015 – Joseph Alfidi, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1949)
  • 2014 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1967)
  • 2013 – Chris Kyle, American soldier and sniper (b. 1974)
  • 2013 – John Kerr, American actor and lawyer (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Pepper Paire, American baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Dorothy Gilman, American author (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Frederick William Danker, American lexicographer and scholar (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – George Esper, American journalist and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – James F. Lloyd, American pilot and politician (b. 1922)
  • 2004 – Bernard McEveety, American director and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2003 – Lou Harrison, American composer and educator (b. 1917)
  • 1997 – Sanford Meisner, American actor and coach (b. 1904)
  • 1996 – Gene Kelly, American actor, singer, dancer, and director (b. 1912)
  • 1992 – Bert Parks, American actor, singer, television personality; Miss America telecast presenter (b. 1914)
  • 1980 – William Howard Stein, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • 1972 – Natalie Clifford Barney, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1876)
  • 1956 – Charley Grapewin, American actor (b. 1869)
  • 1956 – Truxtun Hare, American football player and hammer thrower (b. 1878)
  • 1948 – Thomas W. Lamont, American banker and philanthropist (b. 1870)
  • 1918 – John L. Sullivan, American boxer (b. 1858)
  • 1905 – Henri Germain, French banker and politician, founded Le Crédit Lyonnais (b. 1824)
  • 1904 – Ernest Cashel, American-Canadian criminal (b. 1882)
  • 1904 – William Collins Whitney, American financier and politician, 31st United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1841)
  • 1804 – George Walton, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Georgia (b. 1749)
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