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Events

  • 2008 – Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.
  • 1991 – The United States Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
  • 1954 – First Indochina War: Viet Minh forces under Võ Nguyên Giáp unleashed a massive artillery barrage on the French to begin the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ, the climactic battle in the First Indochina War.
  • 1930 – The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America agree to the use of African-American troops.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • 1781 – William Herschel discovers Uranus.

Births

  • 1987 – Marco Andretti, American race car driver
  • 1985 – Emile Hirsch, American actor
  • 1983 – Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer
  • 1982 – Nicole Ohlde, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Caron Butler, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Johan Santana, Venezuelan-American baseball player
  • 1978 – Kenny Watson, American football player
  • 1978 – Tom Danielson, American cyclist
  • 1976 – Danny Masterson, American actor and producer
  • 1976 – James Dewees, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1976 – Troy Hudson, American basketball player and rapper
  • 1973 – Bobby Jackson, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Common, American rapper and actor
  • 1971 – Annabeth Gish, American actress
  • 1970 – Tim Story, American director and producer
  • 1964 – Will Clark, American baseball player
  • 1963 – Vance Johnson, American football player
  • 1962 – Terence Blanchard, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1960 – Joe Ranft, American animator, screenwriter, and voice actor (d. 2005)
  • 1959 – Kathy Hilton, American actress and fashion designer
  • 1958 – Rick Lazio, American lawyer and politician
  • 1957 – John Hoeven, American banker and politician, 31st Governor of North Dakota
  • 1957 – Moses Hogan, American composer and conductor (d. 2003)
  • 1956 – Dana Delany, American actress and producer
  • 1956 – Jamie Dimon, American banker and businessman
  • 1955 – Glenne Headly, American actress (d. 2017)
  • 1953 – Andy Bean, American golfer
  • 1951 – Charo, Spanish-American singer, guitarist, and actress
  • 1950 – Charles Krauthammer, American physician, journalist, and author
  • 1950 – William H. Macy, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1949 – Julia Migenes, American soprano and actress
  • 1947 – Lyn St. James, American racing driver
  • 1946 – Yonatan Netanyahu, American-Israeli colonel (d. 1976)
  • 1942 – Dave Cutler, American computer scientist and engineer
  • 1941 – Donella Meadows, American environmentalist, author, and academic (d. 2001)
  • 1939 – Neil Sedaka, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1938 – Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (d. 2002)
  • 1938 – Robert Gammage, American captain and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1934 – Barry Hughart, American author and screenwriter
  • 1933 – Mike Stoller, American songwriter and producer
  • 1930 – Blue Mitchell, American trumpet player (d. 1979)
  • 1928 – Ellen Raskin, American author and illustrator (d. 1984)
  • 1927 – Robert Denning, American interior designer and art collector (d. 2005)
  • 1925 – Roy Haynes, American drummer and composer
  • 1921 – Al Jaffee, American cartoonist
  • 1920 – Ralph J. Roberts, American businessman, co-founded Comcast (d. 2015)
  • 1916 – Jacque Fresco, American engineer and academic (d. 2017)
  • 1916 – Lindy Boggs, American educator and politician, 5th United States Ambassador to the Holy See (d. 2013)
  • 1914 – Edward O'Hare, American lieutenant and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1943)
  • 1913 – William J. Casey, American politician, 13th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1987)
  • 1911 – L. Ron Hubbard, American religious leader and author, founded the Church of Scientology (d. 1986)
  • 1910 – Sammy Kaye, American saxophonist, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1987)
  • 1908 – Myrtle Bachelder, American chemist and Women's Army Corps officer (d. 1997)
  • 1908 – Walter Annenberg, American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 2002)
  • 1899 – John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, American physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980)
  • 1898 – Henry Hathaway, American director and producer (d. 1985)
  • 1892 – Janet Flanner, American journalist and author (d. 1978)
  • 1886 – Albert William Stevens, American captain and photographer (d. 1949)
  • 1886 – Home Run Baker, American baseball player and manager (d. 1963)
  • 1874 – Ellery Harding Clark, American jumper, coach, and lawyer (d. 1949)
  • 1870 – William Glackens, American painter and illustrator (d. 1938)
  • 1857 – B. H. Roberts, English-American historian and politician (d. 1933)
  • 1855 – Percival Lowell, American astronomer and mathematician (d. 1916)
  • 1815 – James Curtis Hepburn, American physician, linguist, and missionary (d. 1911)
  • 1798 – Abigail Fillmore, American wife of Millard Fillmore, 14th First Lady of the United States (d. 1853)
  • 1781 – Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German painter and architect, designed the Konzerthaus Berlin (d. 1841)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Amy Krouse Rosenthal, American author (b. 1965)
  • 2016 – Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist (b. 1926)
  • 2016 – Martin Olav Sabo, American lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
  • 2015 – Al Rosen, American baseball player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Irwin Hasen, American cartoonist (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Joseph Bacon Fraser, Jr., American businessman (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Reubin Askew, American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of Florida (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Cartha DeLoach, American FBI agent and author (b. 1920)
  • 2013 – Ducky Detweiler, American baseball player and manager (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Rick Martin, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1951)
  • 2009 – Alan W. Livingston, American businessman (b. 1917)
  • 2009 – Betsy Blair, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – Arnold Skaaland, American wrestler and manager (b. 1925)
  • 2006 – Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2006 – Robert C. Baker, American businessman, invented the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • 2001 – John A. Alonzo, American actor and cinematographer (b. 1934)
  • 1999 – Bidu Sayão, Brazilian-American soprano (b. 1902)
  • 1999 – Garson Kanin, American director and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1999 – Lee Falk, American cartoonist, director, and producer (b. 1911)
  • 1998 – Hans von Ohain, German-American physicist and engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1995 – Leon Day, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 1990 – Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psychologist and author (b. 1903)
  • 1978 – John Cazale, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 1976 – Ole Haugsrud, American sports executive (b. 1900)
  • 1971 – Rockwell Kent, American painter and illustrator (b. 1882)
  • 1965 – Fan S. Noli, Albanian-American bishop and politician, 14th Prime Minister of Albania (b. 1882)
  • 1943 – Stephen Vincent Benét, American poet, short story writer, and novelist (b. 1898)
  • 1941 – Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and author (b. 1881)
  • 1938 – Clarence Darrow, American lawyer and author (b. 1857)
  • 1921 – Jenny Twitchell Kempton, American opera singer and educator (b. 1835)
  • 1912 – Eugène-Étienne Taché, Canadian engineer and architect, designed the Parliament Building (b. 1836)
  • 1912 – Hugo Treffner, German educator, founded the Hugo Treffner Gymnasium (b. 1845)
  • 1911 – John J. Toffey, American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1844)
  • 1906 – Susan B. Anthony, American activist (b. 1820)
  • 1901 – Benjamin Harrison, American general and politician, 23rd President of the United States (b. 1833)
  • 1884 – Leland Stanford, Jr., American son of Leland Stanford (b. 1868)
  • 1873 – David Swinson Maynard, American physician, lawyer, and businessman (b. 1808)
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