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Events

  • 2012 – A tornado outbreak occurred over a large section of the Southern United States and into the Ohio Valley region, resulting in 40 tornado-related fatalities
  • 1995 – Researchers at Fermilab announce the discovery of the top quark.
  • 1983 – Compact discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.
  • 1978 – Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28.
  • 1969 – In Toulouse, France, the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted.
  • 1949 – Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
  • 1943 – World War II: Battle of the Bismarck Sea: United States and Australian forces sink Japanese convoy ships.
  • 1941 – World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joins the Axis Pact.
  • 1937 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee signs a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel, leading to unionization of the United States steel industry.
  • 1919 – The first Communist International meets in Moscow.
  • 1917 – The enactment of the Jones–Shafroth Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
  • 1903 – In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.
  • 1901 – The U.S. Congress passes the Platt Amendment limiting the autonomy of Cuba, as a condition of the withdrawal of American troops.
  • 1901 – United States Steel Corporation is founded as a result of a merger between Carnegie Steel Company and Federal Steel Company which became the first corporation in the world with a market capital over $1 billion.
  • 1867 – The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act.
  • 1859 – The two-day Great Slave Auction, the largest such auction in United States history, begins.
  • 1797 – The Bank of England issues the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: Patriot militia units arrest the Royal Governor of Georgia James Wright and attempt to prevent capture of supply ships in the Battle of the Rice Boats.
  • 1717 – The Loves of Mars and Venus is the first ballet performed in England.
  • 1561 – Mendoza, Argentina is founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro del Castillo.

Births

  • 1991 – Nick Franklin, American baseball player
  • 1990 – Malcolm Butler, American football player
  • 1989 – Shane Vereen, American football player
  • 1988 – Chris Rainey, American football player
  • 1985 – Reggie Bush, American football player
  • 1983 – Deuce, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1983 – Glen Perkins, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Ryan Shannon, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Ben Roethlisberger, American football player
  • 1982 – Corey Webster, American football player
  • 1981 – Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress
  • 1981 – Lance Cade, American wrestler (d. 2010)
  • 1977 – Dominique Canty, American basketball player and coach
  • 1971 – Method Man, American rapper, record producer and actor
  • 1965 – Ron Gant, American baseball player and journalist
  • 1964 – Laird Hamilton, American surfer and actor
  • 1964 – Mike Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1963 – Alvin Youngblood Hart, American singer and guitarist
  • 1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
  • 1959 – Larry Stewart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1958 – Kevin Curren, South African-American tennis player
  • 1957 – Mark Dean, American inventor and computer engineer
  • 1956 – John Cowsill, American musician, songwriter, and producer
  • 1955 – Dale Bozzio, American pop-rock singer-songwriter
  • 1955 – Jay Osmond, American singer, drummer, actor, and TV/film producer
  • 1955 – Ken Salazar, American lawyer and politician, 50th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • 1953 – Russ Feingold, American lawyer and politician
  • 1952 – Laraine Newman, American actress and comedian
  • 1952 – Mark Evanier, American author and screenwriter
  • 1950 – Karen Carpenter, American singer (d. 1983)
  • 1948 – Larry Carlton, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1943 – Peter Straub, American author and poet
  • 1943 – Robert Williams, American painter and cartoonist
  • 1942 – John Irving, American novelist and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Lou Reed, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (d. 2013)
  • 1941 – David Satcher, American admiral and physician, 16th Surgeon General of the United States
  • 1939 – Jan Howard Finder, American author and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Clark Gesner, American author and composer (d. 2002)
  • 1938 – Lawrence Payton, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1997)
  • 1935 – Gene Stallings, American football player and coach
  • 1934 – Dottie Rambo, American singer-songwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1931 – Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author
  • 1930 – John Cullum, American actor and singer
  • 1926 – Murray Rothbard, American economist and historian (d. 1995)
  • 1924 – Cal Abrams, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • 1923 – Dave Strack, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Robert H. Michel, American soldier and politician (d. 2017)
  • 1922 – Bill Quackenbush, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1999)
  • 1922 – Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American saxophonist (d. 1986)
  • 1922 – Frances Spence, American computer programmer (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Ernst Haas, Austrian-American photographer and journalist (d. 1986)
  • 1919 – Eddie Lawrence, American actor, singer, and playwright (d. 2014)
  • 1919 – Jennifer Jones, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1919 – Tamara Toumanova, American ballerina and actress (d. 1996)
  • 1917 – David Goodis, American author and screenwriter (d. 1967)
  • 1917 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1986)
  • 1917 – Jim Konstanty, American baseball player and coach (d. 1976)
  • 1914 – Martin Ritt, American actor and film director (d. 1990)
  • 1913 – Mort Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1958)
  • 1912 – Henry Katzman, American pianist, composer, and painter (d. 2001)
  • 1909 – Mel Ott, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster (d. 1958)
  • 1905 – Marc Blitzstein, American composer and songwriter (d. 1964)
  • 1904 – Dr. Seuss, American children's book writer, poet, and illustrator (d. 1991)
  • 1902 – Edward Condon, American physicist and academic (d. 1974)
  • 1902 – Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)
  • 1900 – Kurt Weill, German-American pianist and composer (d. 1950)
  • 1886 – Willis H. O'Brien, American animator and director (d. 1962)
  • 1878 – William Kissam Vanderbilt II, American sailor and race car driver (d. 1944)
  • 1862 – John Jay Chapman, American lawyer, author, and poet (d. 1933)
  • 1860 – Susanna M. Salter, American activist and politician (d. 1961)
  • 1859 – Sholem Aleichem, Ukrainian-American author and playwright (d. 1916)
  • 1849 – Robert Means Thompson, American commander, lawyer, and businessman (d. 1930)
  • 1836 – Henry Billings Brown, American lawyer and judge (d. 1913)
  • 1829 – Carl Schurz, German-American general, lawyer, and politician, 13th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1906)
  • 1816 – Alexander Bullock, American lawyer and politician, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1793 – Sam Houston, American soldier and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1863)
  • 1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American physician and politician, 15th United States Secretary of War (d. 1851)
  • 1769 – DeWitt Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 6th Governor of New York (d. 1828)
  • 1545 – Thomas Bodley, English diplomat and scholar, founded the Bodleian Library (d. 1613)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Aubrey McClendon, American businessman (b. 1959)
  • 2015 – Dean Hess, American minister and colonel (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – James Q. Wilson, American political scientist and academic (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Van T. Barfoot, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • 2007 – Clem Labine, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2007 – Thomas S. Kleppe, American soldier and politician, 41st United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1919)
  • 2005 – Martin Denny, American pianist and composer (b. 1911)
  • 2004 – Marge Schott, American businesswoman (b. 1928)
  • 2004 – Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2003 – Hank Ballard, American singer-songwriter (b. 1927)
  • 1994 – Anita Morris, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1943)
  • 1992 – Sandy Dennis, American actress (b. 1937)
  • 1987 – Randolph Scott, American actor and director (b. 1898)
  • 1982 – Philip K. Dick, American philosopher and author (b. 1928)
  • 1958 – Fred Merkle, American baseball player and manager (b. 1888)
  • 1953 – James Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)
  • 1946 – George E. Stewart, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)
  • 1938 – Ben Harney, American pianist and composer (b. 1871)
  • 1921 – Champ Clark, American lawyer and politician, 41st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1850)
  • 1896 – Jubal Early, American general (b. 1816)
  • 1864 – Ulric Dahlgren, American colonel (b. 1842)
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