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Events

  • 2012 – The European Space Agency (ESA) conducted the first launch of the European Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
  • 2011 – For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, are able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855.
  • 2004 – The Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star "Lucy" after The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
  • 1967 – American researchers discover the Madrid Codices by Leonardo da Vinci in the National Library of Spain.
  • 1961 – An allegedly 500,000-year-old rock is discovered near Olancha, California, US, that appears to anachronistically encase a spark plug.
  • 1960 – Black college students stage the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 1914 – Copyright: In New York City the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.

Births

  • 1988 – Ryan Goins, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Michael Turner, American football player
  • 1980 – Carlos Cotto, Puerto Rican-American wrestler and boxer
  • 1979 – Mena Suvari, American actress and fashion designer
  • 1977 – Randy Moss, American football player and coach
  • 1974 – Fonzworth Bentley, American rapper and actor
  • 1972 – Charlie Garner, American football player
  • 1971 – Todd Williams, American baseball player
  • 1969 – Joyce DiDonato, American soprano and actress
  • 1966 – Freedom Williams, American rapper and singer
  • 1966 – Neal McDonough, American actor and producer
  • 1964 – Stephen Bowen, American engineer, captain, and astronaut
  • 1962 – Baby Doll, American wrestler and manager
  • 1961 – Henry Rollins, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1960 – Gary Patterson, American football player and coach
  • 1957 – Denise Austin, American fitness trainer and author
  • 1955 – Joe Birkett, American lawyer, judge, and politician
  • 1954 – Donnie Moore, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1952 – Ed Gagliardi, American bass player (d. 2014)
  • 1947 – Mike Krzyzewski, American basketball player and coach
  • 1947 – Stephen Hadley, American soldier and diplomat, 21st United States National Security Advisor
  • 1946 – Richard Blumenthal, American sergeant and politician, 23rd Attorney General of Connecticut
  • 1945 – King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1945 – William Sleator, American author and composer (d. 2011)
  • 1944 – Jerry Springer, English-American television host, actor, and politician, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati
  • 1944 – Stockard Channing, American actress
  • 1943 – Elaine Pagels, American theologian and academic
  • 1942 – Carol Lynley, American model and actress
  • 1942 – Donald E. Williams, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2016)
  • 1942 – Peter Tork, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor
  • 1941 – Bo Svenson, Swedish-American actor, director, and producer
  • 1937 – Angelo Mosca, American-Canadian football player and wrestler
  • 1934 – George Segal, American actor
  • 1933 – Kim Novak, American actress
  • 1932 – Susan Oliver, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1930 – Israel Kirzner, English-American economist, author, and academic
  • 1926 – Fay Ajzenberg-Selove, American nuclear physicist (d. 2012)
  • 1923 – Chuck Yeager, American general and pilot; first test pilot to break the sound barrier
  • 1923 – Michael Anthony Bilandic, American soldier, judge, and politician, 49th Mayor of Chicago (d. 2002)
  • 1922 – Gordon Tullock, American economist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1920 – Boudleaux Bryant, American songwriter (d. 1987)
  • 1920 – Eileen Farrell, American soprano and educator (d. 2002)
  • 1919 – Eddie Robinson, American football player and coach (d. 2007)
  • 1919 – Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and actor (d. 1991)
  • 1918 – Patty Berg, American golfer and lieutenant (d. 2006)
  • 1915 – Lyle Bettger, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1911 – Jean Muir, American actress and educator (d. 1996)
  • 1910 – William Shockley, English-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)
  • 1907 – Katy de la Cruz, Filipino-American singer and actress (d. 2004)
  • 1903 – Georgy Beriev, Georgian-Russian engineer, founded the Beriev Aircraft Company (d. 1979)
  • 1902 – Harold Lasswell, American political scientist and theorist (d. 1978)
  • 1901 – Paul Lazarsfeld, Austrian-American sociologist and academic (d. 1976)
  • 1892 – Robert H. Jackson, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 57th United States Attorney General (d. 1954)
  • 1891 – Grant Wood, American painter and academic (d. 1942)
  • 1885 – Bess Truman, American wife of Harry S. Truman, 35th First Lady of the United States (d. 1982)
  • 1884 – Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American pole vaulter and businessman, founded the A. C. Gilbert Company (d. 1961)
  • 1883 – Hal Chase, American baseball player and manager (d. 1947)
  • 1876 – Fritz Buelow, German-American baseball player and umpire (d. 1933)
  • 1870 – Leopold Godowsky, Polish-American pianist and composer (d. 1938)
  • 1831 – John Aaron Rawlins, American general and politician, 29th United States Secretary of War (d. 1869)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Aileen Hernandez, American union organizer and activist (b. 1926)
  • 2016 – Antonin Scalia, American lawyer and judge, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (b. 1936)
  • 2015 – Stan Chambers, American journalist and actor (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Ralph Waite, American actor and activist (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Gerry Day, American journalist and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – Miles J. Jones, American pathologist and physician (b. 1952)
  • 2012 – Daniel C. Gerould, American playwright and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Louise Cochrane, American-English screenwriter and producer (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Russell Arms, American actor and singer (b. 1920)
  • 2010 – Dale Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1936)
  • 2010 – Lucille Clifton, American poet and academic (b. 1936)
  • 2007 – Charlie Norwood, American captain and politician (b. 1941)
  • 2005 – Nelson Briles, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1943)
  • 2003 – Kid Gavilán, Cuban-American boxer (b. 1926)
  • 2003 – Walt Whitman Rostow, American economist; 7th United States National Security Advisor (b. 1916)
  • 2002 – Waylon Jennings, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 2000 – James Cooke Brown, American sociologist and author (b. 1921)
  • 1997 – Robert Klark Graham, American eugenicist and businessman (b. 1906)
  • 1996 – Martin Balsam, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1989 – Wayne Hays, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1911)
  • 1986 – Yuri Ivask, Russian-American poet and critic (b. 1907)
  • 1980 – David Janssen, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 1976 – Lily Pons, French-American soprano and actress (b. 1904)
  • 1968 – Mae Marsh, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1967 – Yoshisuke Aikawa, entrepreneur, businessman, and politician, founded Nissan Motor Company (b. 1880)
  • 1958 – Christabel Pankhurst, English activist, co-founded the Women's Social and Political Union (b. 1880)
  • 1951 – Lloyd C. Douglas, American minister and author (b. 1877)
  • 1888 – Jean-Baptiste Lamy, French-American archbishop (b. 1814)
  • 1818 – George Rogers Clark, American general (b. 1752)
  • 1813 – Samuel Ashe, American lawyer and politician, 9th Governor of North Carolina (b. 1725)
  • 1728 – Cotton Mather, American minister and author (b. 1663)
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