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Events

  • 2005 – Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
  • 1998 – American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
  • 1971 – The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.
  • 1962 – Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.
  • 1956 – The United States Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy.
  • 1952 – Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
  • 1944 – World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
  • 1944 – World War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Island.
  • 1943 – American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
  • 1943 – The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.
  • 1942 – Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
  • 1935 – Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
  • 1933 – The Congress of the United States proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that will end Prohibition in the United States.
  • 1931 – The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.
  • 1913 – King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
  • 1901 – The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Olustee: The largest battle fought in Florida during the war.
  • 1792 – The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by United States President George Washington.

Births

  • 1988 – Kealoha Pilares, American football player
  • 1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian-American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1987 – Miles Teller, American actor
  • 1985 – Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Brian McCann, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Ramzee Robinson, American football player
  • 1983 – Jose Morales, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • 1983 – Justin Verlander, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Fred Jackson, American football player
  • 1978 – Lauren Ambrose, American actress and producer
  • 1977 – Stephon Marbury, American basketball player
  • 1975 – Brian Littrell, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1971 – Calpernia Addams, American actress, author, and activist
  • 1967 – Andrew Shue, American actor and activist, founded Do Something
  • 1967 – David Herman, American comedian and actor
  • 1967 – Kurt Cobain, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1994)
  • 1967 – Lili Taylor, American actress
  • 1967 – Tom Waddle, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1966 – Cindy Crawford, American model and businesswoman
  • 1964 – French Stewart, American actor
  • 1964 – Jeff Maggert, American golfer
  • 1964 – Willie Garson, American actor and director
  • 1963 – Charles Barkley, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1962 – Dwayne McDuffie, American author, screenwriter, and producer, co-founded Milestone Media (d. 2011)
  • 1961 – Steve Lundquist, American swimmer
  • 1960 – Joel Hodgson, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Bill Gullickson, American baseball player
  • 1959 – David Corn, American journalist and author
  • 1959 – Scott Brayton, American race car driver (d. 1996)
  • 1954 – Jon Brant, American bass player
  • 1954 – Patty Hearst, American actress and author
  • 1953 – Poison Ivy, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1951 – Edward Albert, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1951 – Randy California, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)
  • 1950 – Walter Becker, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1949 – Ivana Trump, Czech-American socialite and model
  • 1948 – Jennifer O'Neill, American model and actress
  • 1947 – Peter Strauss, American actor and producer
  • 1946 – J. Geils, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)
  • 1946 – Sandy Duncan, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1944 – Lew Soloff, American trumpet player, composer, and actor (d. 2015)
  • 1942 – Mitch McConnell, American lawyer, and politician
  • 1938 – Richard Beymer, American actor, director, and cinematographer
  • 1938 – Wiley W. Hilburn, American journalist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1937 – David Ackles, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)
  • 1937 – Nancy Wilson, American singer and actress
  • 1937 – Roger Penske, American race car driver and businessman
  • 1936 – Larry Hovis, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
  • 1936 – Marj Dusay, American actress
  • 1935 – Ellen Gilchrist American novelist, short story writer, and poet
  • 1934 – Bobby Unser, American race car driver
  • 1931 – John Milnor, American mathematician and academic
  • 1929 – Amanda Blake, American actress (d. 1989)
  • 1928 – Jean Kennedy Smith, American diplomat, 25th United States Ambassador to Ireland
  • 1928 – Roy Face, American baseball player and carpenter
  • 1927 – Roy Cohn, American lawyer and political activist (d. 1986)
  • 1927 – Sidney Poitier, Bahamian-American actor, director, and diplomat
  • 1926 – Matthew Bucksbaum, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded General Growth Properties (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Richard Matheson, American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Robert Altman, American director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, American actress and fashion designer
  • 1923 – Victor G. Atiyeh, American businessman and politician, 32nd Governor of Oregon (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Buddy Rogers, American wrestler (d. 1992)
  • 1920 – Karl Albrecht, German businessman, co-founded Aldi (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Leonore Annenberg, American businesswoman and diplomat (d. 2009)
  • 1916 – Jean Erdman, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1914 – John Charles Daly, South African–American journalist and game show host (d. 1991)
  • 1913 – Tommy Henrich, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2009)
  • 1906 – Gale Gordon, American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer and environmentalist (d. 1984)
  • 1901 – Louis Kahn, American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building (d. 1974)
  • 1901 – René Dubos, French-American biologist and author (d. 1982)
  • 1899 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1992)
  • 1893 – Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist and author (d. 1993)
  • 1874 – Mary Garden, Scottish-American soprano and actress (d. 1967)
  • 1870 – Jay Johnson Morrow, American engineer and politician, 3rd Governor of the Panama Canal Zone (d. 1937)
  • 1866 – Carl Westman, Swedish architect, designed the Stockholm Court House and Röhsska Museum (d. 1936)
  • 1848 – E. H. Harriman, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1909)
  • 1839 – Benjamin Waugh, English activist, founded the NSPCC (d. 1908)
  • 1726 – William Prescott, American colonel (d. 1795)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Mildred Dresselhaus, American physicist (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Henry Segerstrom, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1923)
  • 2015 – John C. Willke, American physician, author, and activist (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Garrick Utley, American journalist (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Walter D. Ehlers, American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – David S. McKay, American biochemist and geologist (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Katie Hall, American educator and politician (b. 1938)
  • 2010 – Alexander Haig, American general and politician, 59th United States Secretary of State (b. 1924)
  • 2009 – Larry H. Miller, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1944)
  • 2006 – Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
  • 2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – John Raitt, American actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 2005 – Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1942)
  • 2003 – Orville Freeman, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 29th Governor of Minnesota (b. 1918)
  • 2001 – Donella Meadows, American environmentalist, author, and academic (b. 1941)
  • 2001 – Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1999 – Gene Siskel, American journalist and critic (b. 1946)
  • 1996 – Audrey Munson, American model (b. 1891)
  • 1996 – Solomon Asch, American psychologist and academic (b. 1907)
  • 1993 – Ernest L. Massad, American general (b. 1908)
  • 1993 – Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian businessman, founded Lamborghini (b. 1916)
  • 1992 – Dick York, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1987 – Wayne Boring, American illustrator (b. 1905)
  • 1981 – Nicolas de Gunzburg, French-American banker and publisher (b. 1904)
  • 1972 – Maria Goeppert-Mayer, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1972 – Walter Winchell, American journalist and actor (b. 1897)
  • 1966 – Chester W. Nimitz, American admiral (b. 1885)
  • 1961 – Percy Grainger, Australian-American pianist and composer (b. 1882)
  • 1920 – Robert Peary, American admiral and explorer (b. 1856)
  • 1900 – Washakie, American tribal leader (b. 1798)
  • 1895 – Frederick Douglass, American author and activist (b. 1818)
  • 1893 – P. G. T. Beauregard, American general (b. 1818)
  • 1862 – William Wallace Lincoln, American son of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1850)
  • 1806 – Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-American general and politician (b. 1725)
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