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Events

  • 2008 – A suicide bomber kills 68 people (including first responders) in Baghdad on the same day that a gunman kills eight students in Jerusalem.
  • 1983 – The first United States Football League games are played.
  • 1975 – For the first time the Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.
  • 1968 – Three rebels are executed by Rhodesia, the first executions since UDI, prompting international condemnation.
  • 1967 – Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defects to the United States.
  • 1957 – Ghana becomes the first Sub-Saharan country to gain independence from the British.
  • 1953 – Georgy Malenkov succeeds Joseph Stalin as Premier of the Soviet Union and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 1945 – World War II: Cologne is captured by American troops.
  • 1921 – Portuguese Communist Party is founded as the Portuguese Section of the Communist International.
  • 1912 – Italo-Turkish War: Italian forces become the first to use airships in war, as two dirigibles drop bombs on Turkish troops encamped at Janzur, from an altitude of 6,000 feet.
  • 1902 – Real Madrid C.F. is founded.
  • 1882 – The Serbian kingdom is re-founded.
  • 1869 – Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
  • 1857 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
  • 1788 – The First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island in order to found a convict settlement.
  • 1665 – The first joint Secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg, publishes the first issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

Births

  • 1994 – Marcus Smart, American basketball player
  • 1991 – Lex Luger, American keyboard player and producer
  • 1986 – Eli Marienthal, American actor
  • 1986 – Jake Arrieta, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Ross Detwiler, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Chris Tomson, American drummer
  • 1981 – Ellen Muth, American actress
  • 1979 – Clint Barmes, American baseball player
  • 1979 – David Flair, American wrestler
  • 1979 – Tim Howard, American soccer player
  • 1978 – Chad Wicks, American wrestler
  • 1978 – Sage Rosenfels, American football player
  • 1977 – Marcus Thames, American baseball player and coach
  • 1976 – Ken Anderson, American wrestler and actor
  • 1974 – Beanie Sigel, American rapper
  • 1974 – Brad Schumacher, American swimmer
  • 1973 – Greg Ostertag, American basketball player
  • 1973 – Michael Finley, American basketball player
  • 1973 – Trent Willmon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1972 – Jaret Reddick, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1972 – Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player, actor, and rapper
  • 1971 – Darrick Martin, American basketball player and coach
  • 1968 – Moira Kelly, American actress and director
  • 1967 – Connie Britton, American actress
  • 1967 – Shuler Hensley, American actor and singer
  • 1963 – D. L. Hughley, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Sleepy Floyd, American basketball player and coach
  • 1954 – Jeff Greenwald, American author, photographer, and monologist
  • 1953 – Carolyn Porco, American astronomer and academic
  • 1953 – Phil Alvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Blasters)
  • 1948 – Anna Maria Horsford, American actress
  • 1948 – Stephen Schwartz, American composer and producer
  • 1947 – Dick Fosbury, American high jumper
  • 1947 – John Stossel, American journalist and author
  • 1947 – Rob Reiner, American actor, director, producer, and activist
  • 1944 – Mary Wilson, American singer
  • 1944 – Richard Corliss, American journalist and critic (d. 2015)
  • 1940 – Joanna Miles, French-born American actress
  • 1940 – R. H. Sikes, American golfer
  • 1940 – Willie Stargell, American baseball player and coach (d. 2001)
  • 1939 – Adam Osborne, Thai-Indian engineer and businessman, founded the Osborne Computer Corporation (d. 2003)
  • 1939 – Kit Bond, American lawyer and politician, 47th Governor of Missouri
  • 1937 – Ivan Boesky, American businessman
  • 1936 – Bob Akin, American race car driver and journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1936 – Marion Barry, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Mayor of the District of Columbia (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Sylvia Robinson, American singer and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1934 – Red Simpson, American singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1933 – Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1930 – Lorin Maazel, French-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – Tom Foley, American lawyer and politician, 57th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Gordon Cooper, American engineer, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – William J. Bell, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005)
  • 1926 – Alan Greenspan, American economist and politician
  • 1926 – Ann Curtis, American swimmer (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – William H. Webster, American lawyer and jurist, 14th Director of Central Intelligence
  • 1923 – Ed McMahon, American comedian, game show host, and announcer (d. 2009)
  • 1923 – Wes Montgomery, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1968)
  • 1921 – Leo Bretholz, Austrian-American holocaust survivor and author (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Howard McGhee, American trumpeter (d. 1987)
  • 1917 – Donald Davidson, American philosopher and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1917 – Will Eisner, American illustrator and publisher (d. 2005)
  • 1910 – Ella Logan, Scottish-American singer and actress (d. 1969)
  • 1906 – Lou Costello, American actor and comedian (d. 1959)
  • 1905 – Bob Wills, American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1975)
  • 1900 – Lefty Grove, American baseball player (d. 1975)
  • 1898 – Gus Sonnenberg, American football player and wrestler (d. 1944)
  • 1893 – Furry Lewis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)
  • 1886 – Jam Handy, American swimmer and water polo player (d. 1983)
  • 1885 – Ring Lardner, American journalist and author (d. 1933)
  • 1884 – Molla Mallory, Norwegian-American tennis player (d. 1959)
  • 1882 – F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect, co-designed Villa Vizcaya (d. 1980)
  • 1882 – Guy Kibbee, American actor and singer (d. 1956)
  • 1872 – Ben Harney, American pianist and composer (d. 1938)
  • 1849 – Georg Luger, Austrian gun designer, designed the Luger pistol (d. 1923)
  • 1831 – Philip Sheridan, Irish-American general (d. 1888)
  • 1818 – William Claflin, American businessman and politician, 27th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1905)
  • 1812 – Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American businessman, co-founded the Waltham Watch Company (d. 1895)
  • 1724 – Henry Laurens, English-American merchant and politician, 5th President of the Continental Congress (d. 1792)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Robert Osborne, American actor and historian (b. 1932)
  • 2016 – Nancy Reagan, American actress, 42nd First Lady of the United States (b. 1921)
  • 2016 – Sheila Varian, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1937)
  • 2015 – Enrique "Coco" Vicéns, Puerto Rican-American basketball player and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Fred Craddock, American minister and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Frank Jobe, American soldier and surgeon (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Martin Nesbitt, American lawyer and politician (b. 1946)
  • 2014 – Sheila MacRae, English-American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – W. Wallace Cleland, American biochemist and academic (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Donald M. Payne, American businessman and politician (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Helen Walulik, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Louis J. Michot, American businessman, philanthropist, and politician (b. 1922)
  • 2010 – Betty Millard, American philanthropist and activist (b. 1911)
  • 2010 – Mark Linkous, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1962)
  • 2007 – Ernest Gallo, American businessman, co-founded E & J Gallo Winery (b. 1909)
  • 2006 – Anne Braden, American journalist and activist (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Kirby Puckett, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1960)
  • 2005 – Danny Gardella, American baseball player and trainer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 – Hans Bethe, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 2005 – Teresa Wright, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 2004 – Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004 – Hercules, American wrestler (b. 1957)
  • 1986 – Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter (b. 1887)
  • 1984 – Billy Collins, Jr., American boxer (b. 1961)
  • 1984 – Henry Wilcoxon, Dominican-American actor and producer (b. 1905)
  • 1984 – Homer N. Wallin, American admiral (b. 1893)
  • 1982 – Ayn Rand, Russian-American philosopher, author, and playwright (b. 1905)
  • 1978 – Dennis Viollet, English-American soccer player and manager (b. 1933)
  • 1977 – Alvin R. Dyer, American religious leader (b. 1903)
  • 1976 – Mary Petty, American illustrator (b. 1899)
  • 1976 – Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer (b. 1903)
  • 1974 – Ernest Becker, American anthropologist and author (b. 1924)
  • 1973 – Pearl S. Buck, American novelist, essayist, short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • 1970 – William Hopper, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 1967 – John Haden Badley, English author and educator, founded the Bedales School (b. 1865)
  • 1967 – Nelson Eddy, American actor and singer (b. 1901)
  • 1965 – Margaret Dumont, American actress (b. 1889)
  • 1948 – Ross Lockridge, Jr., American author, poet, and academic (b. 1914)
  • 1941 – Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor and academic, designed Mount Rushmore (b. 1867)
  • 1935 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., American colonel, lawyer, and jurist (b. 1841)
  • 1933 – Anton Cermak, Czech-American lawyer and politician, 44th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1873)
  • 1932 – John Philip Sousa, American conductor and composer (b. 1854)
  • 1905 – John Henninger Reagan, American surveyor, judge, and politician, 3rd Confederate States of America Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1818)
  • 1900 – Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and businessman, co-founded Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (b. 1834)
  • 1888 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist and poet (b. 1832)
  • 1867 – Charles Farrar Browne, American-English author and educator (b. 1834)
  • 1836 – Deaths at the Battle of the Alamo: - Davy Crockett, American soldier and politician (b. 1786)
  • 1836 – Deaths at the Battle of the Alamo: - James Bonham, American lawyer and soldier (b. 1807)
  • 1836 – Deaths at the Battle of the Alamo: - James Bowie, American colonel (b. 1796)
  • 1836 – Deaths at the Battle of the Alamo: - William B. Travis, American lieutenant colonel and lawyer (b. 1809)
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