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Holidays and observances

Events

  • 1991 – Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in.
  • 1984 – Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B Mission: Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).
  • 1979 – Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was discovered.
  • 1962 – The United States bans all Cuban imports and exports.
  • 1907 – The Mud March is the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
  • 1795 – The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
  • 1783 – American Revolutionary War: French and Spanish forces lift the Great Siege of Gibraltar.
  • 1301 – Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) becomes the first English Prince of Wales.

Births

  • 1999 – Bea Miller, American singer-songwriter and actress. She was formerly signed to Hollywood Records.
  • 1989 – Isaiah Thomas, American basketball player. Isiah Thomas (born 1961) is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons.
  • 1988 – Matthew Stafford, American football player. He attended the University of Georgia, where he played football for the Bulldogs, and was drafted by the Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft.
  • 1985 – Tina Majorino, American actress. She started her career as a child actor, starring in films such as Andre; When a Man Loves a Woman; Corrina, Corrina; and Waterworld.
  • 1984 – Trey Hardee, American decathlete. 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year 2005 NCAA Outdoor champion - Decathlon
  • 1978 – Ashton Kutcher, American model, actor, producer, and entrepreneur. He made his film debut in the romantic comedy Coming Soon (1999), followed by the comedy film Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), which was a box office hit.
  • 1975 – Wes Borland, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Wesley Louden Borland (born February 7, 1975) is an American rock musician and artist.
  • 1974 – J Dilla, American rapper and producer (d. 2006), was an American record producer and rapper who emerged in the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as one third of the acclaimed music group Slum Village. His obituary at NPR stated that he "was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists," working with notable acts including A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, the Pharcyde, Madlib and Common.
  • 1973 – Juwan Howard, American basketball player and coach. Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973) is an American college basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team.
  • 1972 – Robyn Lively, American actress. Lively is known for her role in the film Teen Witch, as well as for her roles in the TV shows Doogie Howser, M.D., Twin Peaks, Savannah, and Saving Grace.
  • 1968 – Sully Erna, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Salvatore Paul "Sully" Erna Jr. (born February 7, 1968) is the American vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the American heavy metal band Godsmack.
  • 1965 – Chris Rock, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Christopher Julius Rock (born February 7, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director.
  • 1963 – Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, American Naval officer and astronaut. She is also a qualified and experienced salvage officer.
  • 1962 – David Bryan, American keyboard player and songwriter. David Bryan Rashbaum (born February 7, 1962) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the keyboard player for the rock band Bon Jovi, with which he has also co-written songs and performed backing vocals.
  • 1962 – Garth Brooks, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His integration of rock and pop elements into the country genre has earned him popularity, particularly in the United States with success on the country single and album charts, multi-platinum recordings and record-breaking live performances, while also crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.
  • 1960 – James Spader, American actor and producer. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he played the titular character of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), which he portrayed through voice and motion capture.
  • 1960 – Robert Smigel, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Robert Smigel (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor, humorist, puppeteer, comedian and writer known for his Saturday Night Live "TV Funhouse" cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
  • 1957 – Carney Lansford, American baseball player and coach. Carney Ray Lansford (born February 7, 1957) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball and former hitting coach of the Colorado Rockies.
  • 1956 – Mark St. John, American guitarist (d. 2007). Mark Leslie Norton (February 7, 1956 – April 5, 2007), better known as Mark St.
  • 1955 – Miguel Ferrer, American actor and director (d. 2017), was an American actor and voice actor. His breakthrough role was in the 1987 film RoboCop.
  • 1955 – Rolf Benirschke, American football player and game show host. Benirschke played for the San Diego Chargers as their placekicker from 1978 until 1986.
  • 1953 – Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player and poet (d. 1998), was an American right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Kansas City Royals. Notable for his submarine-style pitching delivery and his humorous quotes, he led the American League in saves a record five times (1980, 1982–85), and retired in 1990 with 244 saves, then the 6th-highest total in major league history.
  • 1950 – Karen Joy Fowler, American author. Karen Joy Fowler (born February 7, 1950) is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction.
  • 1948 – Jimmy Greenspoon, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (d. 2015), was an American keyboard player and composer, best known as a member of the band Three Dog Night.
  • 1946 – Sammy Johns, American country music singer-songwriter (d. 2013), was an American country singer-songwriter, best known for his million-selling 1975 hit single, "Chevy Van".
  • 1943 – Eric Foner, American historian, author, and academic. He is the author of several textbooks commonly used in college-level American history courses across the United States.
  • 1935 – Herb Kohl, American businessman and politician. Alongside the help of his brother and father, the Kohl family created the Kohl's Department Stores chain and Kohl went on to be president and CEO of Kohl's.
  • 1934 – Earl King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2003), was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music. A composer of blues standards such as "Come On" (covered by Jimi Hendrix, Freddy King, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and "Big Chief" (recorded by Professor Longhair), he was an important figure in New Orleans R&B.
  • 1934 – King Curtis, American saxophonist and producer (d. 1971), was an American saxophonist known for rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk and soul jazz. Variously a bandleader, band member, and session musician, he was also a musical director and record producer.
  • 1932 – Alfred Worden, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut, was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971. One of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, he orbited it 74 times in the Command Module Endeavour.
  • 1932 – Gay Talese, American journalist and memoirist. Gay Talese (/təˈliːz/; born February 7, 1932) is an American writer.
  • 1928 – Lincoln D. Faurer, American general (d. 2014). Faurer (February 7, 1928 – November 7, 2014) was United States Air Force officer who served as Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service from 1981 to 1985.
  • 1926 – Bill Hoest, American cartoonist (d. 1988), was an American cartoonist best known as the creator of the gag panel series, The Lockhorns, distributed by King Features Syndicate to 500 newspapers in 23 countries, and Laugh Parade for Parade. He also created other syndicated strips and panels for King Features.
  • 1920 – An Wang, Chinese-American engineer and businessman, founded Wang Laboratories (d. 1990), was a Chinese–American computer engineer and inventor, and co-founder of computer company Wang Laboratories, which was known primarily for its dedicated word processing machines. An Wang was an important contributor to the development of magnetic core memory.
  • 1920 – Oscar Brand, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2016), was a Canadian-born American folk singer-songwriter and author. In his career, spanning 70 years, he composed at least 300 songs and released nearly 100 albums, among them Canadian and American patriotic songs.
  • 1919 – Desmond Doss, American army corporal and combat medic, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2006), was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Guam and the Philippines.
  • 1919 – Jock Mahoney, American actor and stuntman (d. 1989). He starred in two western television series, The Range Rider and Yancy Derringer.
  • 1915 – Eddie Bracken, American actor and singer (d. 2002). Bracken became a Hollywood comedy legend with lead performances in the films Hail the Conquering Hero and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek both in 1944, both of which have been preserved by the National Film Registry.
  • 1908 – Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983), was an American two-time Olympic swimmer and film and television actor. He won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for 400-meter freestyle swimming event, which launched his career on the silver screen and later television.
  • 1906 – Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov, Russian engineer, founded the Antonov Aircraft Company (d. 1984), was a prominent Russian Soviet aircraft designer, and the first chief of Antonov - a world-famous aircraft company in modern day Ukraine, later named in his honour.
  • 1904 – Ernest E. Debs, American politician, California State Assembly member, Los Angeles city councilman, and a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (d. 2002). Ernest Eugene Debs (February 7, 1904 – March 7, 2002), who went by Ernest E.
  • 1898 – Dock Boggs, American folk singer-songwriter and banjo player (d. 1971), was an influential old-time singer, songwriter and banjo player. His style of banjo playing, as well as his singing, is considered a unique combination of Appalachian folk music and African-American blues.
  • 1895 – Anita Stewart, American actress (d. 1961), was an American actress and film producer of the early silent film era.
  • 1889 – Harry Nyquist, Swedish-American engineer and theorist (d. 1976), was a Swedish-born American electronic engineer who made important contributions to communication theory.
  • 1887 – Eubie Blake, American pianist and composer (d. 1983), was an American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. In 1921, he and his long-time collaborator Noble Sissle wrote Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans.
  • 1885 – Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1951). In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States (and the first from the Americas) to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters." His works are known for their critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars.
  • 1878 – Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Russian-American pianist and conductor (d. 1936), was an American pianist, conductor and composer.
  • 1873 – Thomas Andrews, Irish shipbuilder and businessman, designed the RMS Titanic (d. 1912), was a British businessman and shipbuilder. He was managing director and head of the drafting department of the shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland.
  • 1867 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957), was an American writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children's books, published between 1932 and 1943, which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family.
  • 1804 – John Deere, American blacksmith and businessman, founded Deere & Company (d. 1886). John Deere is the brand name of Deere & Company, an American corporation that manufactures agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery, diesel engines, drivetrains (axles, transmissions, gearboxes) used in heavy equipment, and lawn care equipment.

Deaths

  • 2015 – Billy Casper, American golfer and architect (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Dean Smith, American basketball player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – John C. Whitehead, American banker and politician, 9th United States Deputy Secretary of State (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Marshall Rosenberg, American psychologist and author (b. 1934)
  • 2014 – Doug Mohns, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Harry Keough, American soccer player and coach (b. 1927)
  • 2009 – Blossom Dearie, American singer and pianist (b. 1924)
  • 2001 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and pilot (b. 1906)
  • 2001 – Dale Evans, American singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1912)
  • 1999 – Bobby Troup, American actor, pianist, and composer (b. 1918)
  • 1996 – Phillip Davidson, American general (b. 1915)
  • 1990 – Alan Perlis, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1922)
  • 1972 – Walter Lang, American director and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1959 – Guitar Slim, American singer and guitarist (b. 1926)
  • 1959 – Nap Lajoie, American baseball player and manager (b. 1874)
  • 1938 – Harvey Samuel Firestone, American businessman, founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company (b. 1868)
  • 1937 – Elihu Root, American lawyer and politician, 38th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1921 – John J. Gardner, American politician (b. 1845)
  • 1919 – William Halford, English-American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1841)
  • 1891 – Marie Louise Andrews, American story writer and journalist (b. 1849)
  • 1871 – Henry E. Steinway, German-American businessman, founded Steinway & Sons (b. 1797)
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