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Events

  • 1979 – Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the German-American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.
  • 1963 – American country music stars Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and their pilot Randy Hughes are killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee.
  • 1936 – First flight of K5054, the first prototype Supermarine Spitfire advanced monoplane fighter aircraft in the United Kingdom.
  • 1912 – Italo-Turkish War: Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.
  • 1906 – Moro Rebellion: United States Army troops bring overwhelming force against the native Moros in the First Battle of Bud Dajo, leaving only six survivors.
  • 1872 – George Westinghouse patents the air brake.
  • 1836 – Samuel Colt patents the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber.
  • 1824 – First Anglo-Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma.
  • 1770 – Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, are fatally shot by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence) five years later.
  • 1766 – Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.
  • 1616 – Nicolaus Copernicus's book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is added to the Index of Forbidden Books 73 years after it was first published.
  • 1496 – King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.

Births

  • 1994 – Kyle Schwarber, American baseball player
  • 1993 – Joshua Coyne, American violinist and composer
  • 1985 – Brad Mills, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Shay Carl, American businessman, co-founded Maker Studios
  • 1978 – Kimberly McCullough, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1978 – Mike Hessman, American baseball player and coach
  • 1977 – Bryan Berard, American ice hockey player
  • 1977 – Mike MacDougal, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Wally Szczerbiak, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1976 – Paul Konerko, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Eva Mendes, American model and actress
  • 1974 – Kevin Connolly, American actor and director
  • 1973 – Ryan Franklin, American baseball player
  • 1971 – Jeffrey Hammonds, American baseball player and scout
  • 1971 – Yuri Lowenthal, American voice actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – John Frusciante, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1970 – Mike Brown, American basketball player and coach
  • 1966 – Aasif Mandvi, Indian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1966 – Michael Irvin, American football player, sportscaster, and actor
  • 1963 – Joel Osteen, American pastor, author, and television host
  • 1958 – Bob Forward, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Ray Suarez, American journalist and author
  • 1956 – Teena Marie, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1955 – Penn Jillette, American magician, actor, and author
  • 1954 – Marsha Warfield, American actress
  • 1953 – Michael J. Sandel, American philosopher and academic
  • 1952 – Mike Squires, American baseball player and scout
  • 1951 – Willis Alan Ramsey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Tom Russell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1947 – Kent Tekulve, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1944 – Roy Gutman, American journalist and author
  • 1938 – Fred Williamson, American football player, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1938 – Lynn Margulis, American biologist and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1938 – Paul Evans, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1936 – Dale Douglass, American golfer
  • 1936 – Dean Stockwell, American actor
  • 1935 – Paul Sand, American actor
  • 1935 – Philip K. Chapman, Australian-American astronaut and engineer
  • 1934 – Daniel Kahneman, Israeli-American economist and psychologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1930 – Del Crandall, American baseball player and manager
  • 1929 – J. B. Lenoir, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1967)
  • 1928 – J. Hillis Miller, American academic and critic
  • 1927 – Jack Cassidy, American actor and singer (d. 1976)
  • 1923 – Laurence Tisch, American businessman, co-founded the Loews Corporation (d. 2003)
  • 1922 – James Noble, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – Elmer Valo, American baseball player and coach (d. 1998)
  • 1920 – Virginia Christine, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1918 – James Tobin, American economist and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1910 – Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese businessman, founded Nissin Foods (d. 2007)
  • 1908 – Irving Fiske, American author and playwright (d. 1990)
  • 1905 – László Benedek, Hungarian-American director and cinematographer (d. 1992)
  • 1901 – Louis Kahn, American architect and academic (d. 1974)
  • 1894 – Henry Daniell, English-American actor (d. 1963)
  • 1876 – Elisabeth Moore, American tennis player (d. 1959)
  • 1874 – Henry Travers, English-American actor (d. 1965)
  • 1870 – Frank Norris, American journalist and author (d. 1902)
  • 1853 – Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator (d. 1911)
  • 1815 – John Wentworth, American journalist and politician, 19th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1888)
  • 1794 – Robert Cooper Grier, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1870)
  • 1739 – Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, American colonel and physician (d. 1819)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Al Wistert, American football player and coach (b. 1920)
  • 2016 – Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer and engineer (b. 1941)
  • 2015 – Edward Egan, American cardinal (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Geoff Edwards, American actor and game show host (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Duane Gish, American biochemist and academic (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Paul Bearer, American wrestler and manager (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – Robert B. Sherman, American songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – William O. Wooldridge, American sergeant (b. 1922)
  • 2010 – Charles B. Pierce, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1938)
  • 1999 – Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • 1997 – Samm Sinclair Baker, American writer (b. 1909)
  • 1996 – Whit Bissell, American character actor (b. 1909)
  • 1990 – Gary Merrill, American actor and director (b. 1915)
  • 1984 – William Powell, American actor (b. 1892)
  • 1982 – John Belushi, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 1981 – Yip Harburg, American songwriter and composer (b. 1896)
  • 1980 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian-American actor (b. 1912)
  • 1974 – Billy De Wolfe, American actor (b. 1907)
  • 1974 – Sol Hurok, Ukrainian-American businessman (b. 1888)
  • 1973 – Robert C. O'Brien, American journalist and author (b. 1918)
  • 1971 – Allan Nevins, American journalist and author (b. 1890)
  • 1967 – Mischa Auer, Russian-American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1965 – Pepper Martin, American baseball player and manager (b. 1904)
  • 1963 – Cowboy Copas, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1913)
  • 1963 – Hawkshaw Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1921)
  • 1963 – Patsy Cline, American singer-songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 1953 – Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1897)
  • 1950 – Edgar Lee Masters, American poet, author, and playwright (b. 1868)
  • 1945 – Lena Baker, African American maid and murderer (b. 1900)
  • 1929 – David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick (b. 1854)
  • 1770 – Crispus Attucks, American slave (b. 1723)
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