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Holidays and observances

Events

  • 1988 – Iran–Contra affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
  • 1985 – Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991.
  • 1968 – Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre occurs; between 347 and 500 Vietnamese villagers (men, women, and children) are killed by American troops.
  • 1966 – Launch of Gemini 8, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena target vehicle.
  • 1940 – First person killed (James Isbister) in a German bombing raid on the UK in World War II during a raid on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands.
  • 1926 – History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
  • 1918 – Finnish Civil War: Battle of Länkipohja is infamous for its bloody aftermath as the Whites executed 70–100 capitulated Reds.
  • 1894 – Jules Massenet's opera Thaïs is first performed.
  • 1872 – The Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.
  • 1870 – The first version of the overture fantasy Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky receives its première performance.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Battle of Averasborough began as Confederate forces suffer irreplaceable casualties in the final months of the war.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: During the Red River Campaign, Union troops reach Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • 1815 – Prince Willem proclaims himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands.
  • 1802 – The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • 1782 – American Revolutionary War: Spanish troops capture the British-held island of Roatán.
  • 1689 – The 23rd Regiment of Foot, or Royal Welch Fusiliers, is founded.

Births

  • 1991 – Reggie Bullock, American basketball player
  • 1991 – Wolfgang Van Halen, American bassist
  • 1989 – Blake Griffin, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Alexandra Daddario, American actress
  • 1986 – Kenny Dykstra, American wrestler
  • 1986 – T. J. Jordan, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Toney Douglas, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Levi Brown, American football player
  • 1983 – Brandon League, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Stephen Drew, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Tramon Williams, American football player
  • 1982 – Brian Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Curtis Granderson, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Todd Heap, American football player
  • 1979 – Rashad Moore, American football player
  • 1978 – Brooke Burns, American fashion model and actress
  • 1976 – Blu Cantrell, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1973 – Vonda Ward, American boxer
  • 1971 – Alan Tudyk, American actor
  • 1969 – Judah Friedlander, American comedian and actor
  • 1968 – Trevor Wilson, American basketball player and police officer
  • 1967 – John Darnielle, American musician and novelist
  • 1967 – Lauren Graham, American actress and producer
  • 1967 – Ronnie McCoury, American bluegrass mandolin player, singer and songwriter
  • 1967 – Tracy Bonham, American singer and violinist
  • 1965 – Steve Armstrong, American wrestler
  • 1964 – Gore Verbinski, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Patty Griffin, American singer-songwriter
  • 1961 – Todd McFarlane, Canadian author, illustrator, and businessman, founded McFarlane Toys
  • 1959 – Charles Hudson, American baseball player
  • 1959 – Flavor Flav, American rapper and actor
  • 1959 – Michael J. Bloomfield, American astronaut
  • 1959 – Sebastian Currier, American composer and educator
  • 1959 – Steve Marker, American musician
  • 1958 – Kate Worley, American author (d. 2004)
  • 1956 – Clifton Powell, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1956 – Ozzie Newsome, American football player and manager
  • 1954 – Nancy Wilson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress
  • 1954 – Tim O'Brien, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1953 – Richard Stallman, American computer scientist and programmer
  • 1951 – Joe DeLamielleure, American football player
  • 1951 – Ray Benson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1949 – Elliott Murphy, American-French singer-songwriter and journalist
  • 1949 – Erik Estrada, American actor
  • 1948 – Michael Owen Bruce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1946 – J. Z. Knight, American New Age teacher and author
  • 1944 – Andrew S. Tanenbaum, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1943 – Ursula Goodenough, American biologist, zoologist, and author
  • 1942 – Jerry Jeff Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1942 – Roger Crozier, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1996)
  • 1941 – Chuck Woolery, American game show host and television personality
  • 1937 – Amos Tversky, Israeli-American psychologist and academic (d. 1996)
  • 1936 – Fred Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)
  • 1936 – Raymond Vahan Damadian, Armenian-American inventor, invented the MRI
  • 1933 – Keith Critchlow, English architect and academic, co-founded Temenos Academy
  • 1933 – Sanford I. Weill, American banker, financier, and philanthropist
  • 1932 – Don Blasingame, American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)
  • 1932 – Walter Cunningham, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1931 – Alan Heyman, American-South Korean musicologist and composer (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Tommy Flanagan, American pianist and composer (d. 2001)
  • 1929 – Betty Johnson, American singer
  • 1929 – Tihomir Novakov, Serbian-American physicist and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American sociologist and politician, 12th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2003)
  • 1927 – Olga San Juan, American actress and dancer (d. 2009)
  • 1926 – Charles Goodell, American lawyer and politician (d. 1987)
  • 1926 – Jerry Lewis, American actor and comedian (d. 2017)
  • 1925 – Mary Hinkson, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2014)
  • 1922 – Harding Lemay, American screenwriter and playwright
  • 1920 – John Addison, English-American soldier and composer (d. 1998)
  • 1920 – Sid Fleischman, American author and screenwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1918 – Frederick Reines, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1917 – Louis C. Wyman, American lawyer and politician (d. 2002)
  • 1916 – Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1912 – Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States (d. 1993)
  • 1908 – Robert Rossen, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1966)
  • 1906 – Henny Youngman, English-American violinist and comedian (d. 1998)
  • 1903 – Mike Mansfield, American politician and diplomat, 22nd United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 2001)
  • 1900 – Cyril Hume, American novelist (d. 1966)
  • 1897 – Conrad Nagel, American actor (d. 1970)
  • 1887 – S. Stillman Berry, American marine zoologist (1984)
  • 1884 – Eric P. Kelly, American journalist and author (d. 1960)
  • 1882 – James Lightbody, American runner (d. 1953)
  • 1881 – Fannie Charles Dillon, American composer (d. 1947)
  • 1865 – Patsy Donovan, Irish-American baseball player and manager (d. 1953)
  • 1846 – Rebecca Cole, American physician and social reformer (d. 1922)
  • 1836 – Andrew Smith Hallidie, English-American engineer and businessman (d. 1900)
  • 1822 – John Pope, American general (d. 1892)
  • 1751 – James Madison, American academic and politician, 4th President of the United States (d. 1836)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian-American mathematician and poet (b. 1924)
  • 2016 – Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and actor (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Don Robertson, American pianist and composer (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Jack Haley, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1964)
  • 2014 – Donald Crothers, American chemist and academic (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Gary Bettenhausen, American race car driver (b. 1941)
  • 2013 – Ruchoma Shain, American-born teacher and author (b. 1914)
  • 2012 – Donald E. Hillman, American colonel and pilot (b. 1918)
  • 2011 – Richard Wirthlin, American religious leader (b. 1931)
  • 2008 – Gary Hart, American wrestler and manager (b. 1942)
  • 2008 – Ivan Dixon, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1931)
  • 2005 – Dick Radatz, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – Ralph Erskine, English architect, designed The London Ark (b. 1914)
  • 2005 – Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • 2003 – Rachel Corrie, American activist (b. 1979)
  • 2000 – Thomas Ferebee, American colonel and pilot (b. 1918)
  • 1998 – Derek Barton, English-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1998 – Esther Bubley, American photographer (b. 1921)
  • 1994 – Eric Show, American baseball player (b. 1956)
  • 1991 – Chris Austin, American country singer (b .1964)
  • 1990 – Ernst Bacon, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1898)
  • 1988 – Mickey Thompson, American race car driver (b. 1928)
  • 1985 – Eddie Shore, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1985 – Roger Sessions, American composer, critic, and educator (b. 1896)
  • 1983 – Arthur Godfrey, American actor and television host (b. 1903)
  • 1980 – Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-American painter (b. 1898)
  • 1975 – T-Bone Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1910)
  • 1971 – Bebe Daniels, American actress (b. 1901)
  • 1971 – Thomas E. Dewey, American lawyer and politician, 47th Governor of New York (b. 1902)
  • 1968 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian-American pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • 1963 – Laura Adams Armer, American author and photographer (b. 1874)
  • 1958 – Leon Cadore, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • 1903 – Roy Bean, American lawyer and judge (b. 1825)
  • 1899 – Joseph Medill, American journalist and politician, 26th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1823)
  • 1892 – Samuel F. Miller, American lawyer and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1884 – Art Croft, American baseball player (b. 1855)
  • 1838 – Nathaniel Bowditch, American captain and mathematician (b. 1773)
  • 1738 – George Bähr, German architect, designed the Dresden Frauenkirche (b. 1666)
  • 1737 – Benjamin Wadsworth, American minister and academic (b. 1670)
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