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Events

  • 2013 – A blizzard disrupts transportation and leaves hundreds of thousands of people without electricity in the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada.
  • 1978 – Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • 1974 – After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth.
  • 1971 – The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.
  • 1968 – American civil rights movement: The Orangeburg massacre: An attack on black students from South Carolina State University who are protesting racial segregation at the town's only bowling alley, leaves three or four dead in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
  • 1963 – Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • 1946 – The first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version, is published.
  • 1924 – Capital punishment: The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.
  • 1922 – United States President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio set in the White House.
  • 1887 – The Dawes Act authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.
  • 1885 – The first government-approved Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii.
  • 1879 – Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • 1865 – Delaware refuses to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Slavery was outlawed in the United States, including Delaware, when the Amendment was ratified by the requisite number of states on December 6, 1865. Delaware ratified the Thirteenth Amendment on February 12, 1901, which was the ninety-second anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.
  • 1837 – Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate.
  • 1575 – Leiden University is founded, and given the motto Praesidium Libertatis.

Births

  • 1990 – Klay Thompson, American professional basketball player
  • 1989 – Courtney Vandersloot, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Julio Jones, American football player
  • 1985 – Jeremy Davis, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1984 – Cecily Strong, American actress
  • 1983 – Jim Verraros, American singer and actor
  • 1979 – Aaron Cook, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Seth Green, American actor, voice artist, comedian, producer, writer, and director
  • 1972 – Big Show, American wrestler, actor
  • 1970 – Alonzo Mourning, American basketball player
  • 1969 – Mary McCormack, American actress and producer
  • 1969 – Mary Robinette Kowal, American puppeteer and author
  • 1968 – Gary Coleman, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1964 – Arlie Petters, Belizean-American mathematical physicist and academic
  • 1961 – Vince Neil, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1958 – Sherri Martel, American wrestler and manager (d. 2007)
  • 1956 – Dave Meros, American bass player
  • 1956 – Marques Johnson, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1955 – Jim Neidhart, American wrestler
  • 1955 – John Grisham, American lawyer and author
  • 1954 – Joe Maddon, American baseball coach and manager
  • 1953 – Mary Steenburgen, American actress
  • 1950 – Cristina Ferrare, American model and actress
  • 1949 – Brooke Adams, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1948 – Dan Seals, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)
  • 1947 – J. Richard Gott, American astronomer and academic
  • 1943 – Creed Bratton, American actor
  • 1942 – Robert Klein, American comedian, actor, and singer
  • 1942 – Terry Melcher, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2004)
  • 1941 – Nick Nolte, American actor and producer
  • 1941 – Tom Rush, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1940 – Ted Koppel, English-American journalist
  • 1937 – Joe Raposo, American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
  • 1932 – John Williams, American pianist, composer, and conductor
  • 1931 – James Dean, American actor (d. 1955)
  • 1930 – Alejandro Rey, Argentinian-American actor and director (d. 1987)
  • 1930 – Arlan Stangeland, American farmer and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Neal Cassady, American author and poet (d. 1968)
  • 1925 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1922 – Audrey Meadows, American actress and banker (d. 1996)
  • 1921 – Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1920 – George W. George, American theater, Broadway, and film producer (d. 2007)
  • 1918 – Freddie Blassie, American wrestler and manager (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – Bill Finger, American author and screenwriter, co-created Batman (d. 1974)
  • 1913 – Betty Field, American actress (d. 1973)
  • 1911 – Elizabeth Bishop, American poet and author (d. 1979)
  • 1906 – Chester Carlson, American physicist and lawyer, invented Xerography (d. 1968)
  • 1903 – Greta Keller, Austrian-American singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • 1899 – Lonnie Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1970)
  • 1894 – King Vidor, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1886 – Charlie Ruggles, American actor (d. 1970)
  • 1883 – Joseph Schumpeter, Czech-American economist and political scientist (d. 1950)
  • 1882 – Thomas Selfridge, American lieutenant and pilot (d. 1908)
  • 1866 – Moses Gomberg, Ukrainian-American chemist and academic (d. 1947)
  • 1850 – Kate Chopin, American author (d. 1904)
  • 1820 – William Tecumseh Sherman, American general (d. 1891)
  • 1817 – Richard S. Ewell, American general (d. 1872)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Andrew Rosenfeld, English businessman, co-founded Minerva (b. 1962)
  • 2014 – Nancy Holt, American sculptor and painter (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – James DePreist, American conductor and educator (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Maureen Dragone, American journalist and author (b. 1920)
  • 2013 – Nevin Scrimshaw, American scientist (b. 1918)
  • 2011 – Tony Malinosky, American baseball player and soldier (b. 1909)
  • 2010 – John Murtha, American colonel and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2007 – Anna Nicole Smith, American model and actress (b. 1967)
  • 2007 – Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American psychiatrist and academic (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Keith Knudsen, American singer-songwriter and drummer (b. 1948)
  • 2004 – Julius Schwartz, American journalist and author (b. 1915)
  • 2000 – Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
  • 2000 – Sid Abel, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 1998 – Julian Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • 1997 – Corey Scott, American motorcycle stunt rider (b. 1968)
  • 1996 – Del Ennis, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 1994 – Raymond Scott, American pianist and composer (b. 1908)
  • 1992 – Stanley Armour Dunham, American sergeant (b. 1918)
  • 1990 – Del Shannon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1934)
  • 1987 – Harriet E. MacGibbon, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1985 – William Lyons, English businessman, co-founded Swallow Sidecar Company (b. 1901)
  • 1982 – John Hay Whitney, American financier and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1904)
  • 1963 – George Dolenz, Italian-American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1960 – Giles Gilbert Scott, English architect and engineer, designed the Red telephone box and Liverpool Cathedral (b. 1880)
  • 1957 – John von Neumann, Hungarian-American mathematician and physicist (b. 1903)
  • 1956 – Connie Mack, American baseball player and manager (b. 1862)
  • 1936 – Charles Curtis, American lawyer and politician, 31st Vice President of the United States (b. 1860)
  • 1932 – Yordan Milanov, Bulgarian architect, designed the Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church (b. 1867)
  • 1768 – George Dance the Elder, English architect, designed St Leonard's and St Botolph's Aldgate (b. 1695)
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