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Events

  • 1985 – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the "Night Stalker", commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles murder spree.
  • 1973 – The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family, which came to symbolize the end of United States involvement in the Vietnam War.
  • 1970 – My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
  • 1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  • 1966 – Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
  • 1958 – The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 1947 – First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
  • 1942 – Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.
  • 1860 – The First Taranaki War begins in Taranaki, New Zealand, a major phase of the New Zealand land wars.
  • 1780 – American Revolution: George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence".
  • 1776 – American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
  • 1337 – Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.

Births

  • 1997 – Katie Ledecky, American swimmer
  • 1987 – Bobby Ryan, American ice hockey player
  • 1986 – Chris Davis, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Ryan Rottman, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1981 – Aaron Baddeley, American-Australian golfer
  • 1981 – Kyle Korver, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • 1979 – Samoa Joe, American professional wrestler
  • 1979 – Stephen Kramer Glickman, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and fashion designer
  • 1978 – Zachery Kouwe, American journalist
  • 1977 – Tamar Braxton, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1976 – Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Natalie Zea, American actress
  • 1975 – Test, Canadian-American wrestler (d. 2009)
  • 1973 – Vance Wilson, American baseball player and manager
  • 1972 – Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1972 – Mia Hamm, American soccer player
  • 1971 – Bill Mueller, American baseball player and coach
  • 1970 – Gene Ween, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1969 – Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, founded own eponymous brand (d. 2010)
  • 1968 – Mathew St. Patrick, American actor and producer
  • 1967 – Barry Minkow, American pastor and businessman
  • 1967 – Billy Corgan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1964 – Rob Lowe, American actor and producer
  • 1962 – Janet Gardner, American singer and guitarist
  • 1961 – Casey Siemaszko, American actor
  • 1961 – Dana Reeve, American actress, singer, and activist (d. 2006)
  • 1961 – Sam Bowie, American basketball player
  • 1960 – Arye Gross, American actor
  • 1960 – Vicki Lewis, American actress and singer
  • 1959 – Danny Ainge, American baseball and basketball player
  • 1959 – Paul Black, American singer-songwriter and drummer
  • 1958 – Christian Clemenson, American actor
  • 1958 – Jorge Ramos, Mexican-American journalist and author
  • 1957 – Michael Kelly, American journalist and author (d. 2003)
  • 1956 – Patrick McDonnell, American author and illustrator
  • 1955 – Cynthia McKinney, American activist and politician
  • 1955 – Gary Sinise, American actor, director, and bass player
  • 1955 – Paul Overstreet, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1953 – Chuck Muncie, American football player (d. 2013)
  • 1951 – Kurt Russell, American actor and producer
  • 1951 – Scott Gorham, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Patrick Duffy, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1948 – William Gibson, American-Canadian author and screenwriter
  • 1947 – Yury Chernavsky, Russian-American songwriter and producer
  • 1945 – Michael Hayden, American general, 20th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • 1944 – Cito Gaston, American baseball player and manager
  • 1944 – John Sebastian, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1941 – Paul Kantner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016)
  • 1940 – Mark White, American lawyer and politician, 43rd Governor of Texas
  • 1939 – Jim Gary, American sculptor (d. 2006)
  • 1939 – Robin Knox-Johnston, English sailor and first person to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe
  • 1938 – Zola Taylor, American singer (d. 2007)
  • 1936 – Ken Mattingly, American admiral, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1935 – Adam Wade, American singer, drummer, and actor
  • 1935 – Fred T. Mackenzie, American biologist and academic
  • 1933 – Myrlie Evers-Williams, American journalist and activist
  • 1931 – David Peakall, English-American chemist and toxicologist (d. 2001)
  • 1931 – Patricia Breslin, American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1930 – James Irwin, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1991)
  • 1930 – Paul Horn, American-Canadian flute player and saxophonist (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Betty Allen, American soprano and educator (d. 2009)
  • 1922 – Patrick Suppes, American psychologist and philosopher (d. 2014)
  • 1919 – Nat King Cole, American singer, pianist, and television host (d. 1965)
  • 1914 – Sammy Baugh, American football player and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1912 – Bayard Rustin, American activist (d. 1987)
  • 1910 – Sonny Werblin, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1991)
  • 1904 – Chaim Gross, Austrian-American sculptor and educator (d. 1991)
  • 1902 – Bobby Jones, American golfer and lawyer (d. 1971)
  • 1901 – Alfred Newman, American composer and conductor (d. 1970)
  • 1894 – Paul Green, American playwright and academic (d. 1981)
  • 1885 – Ralph Rose, American shot putter, discus thrower, and tug of war competitor (d. 1913)
  • 1884 – Alcide Nunez, American clarinet player (d. 1934)
  • 1866 – Pierce Butler, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1939)
  • 1849 – Charles F. Brush, American businessman and philanthropist, co-invented the Arc lamp (d. 1929)
  • 1849 – Cornelia Clapp, American marine biologist (d. 1934)
  • 1834 – Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and businessman, co-founded Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (d. 1900)
  • 1806 – Norbert Rillieux, African American inventor and chemical engineer (d. 1894)
  • 1804 – Jim Bridger, American fur trader and explorer (d. 1881)
  • 1777 – Roger B. Taney, American politician and jurist, 5th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1864)
  • 1725 – Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-American general and politician (d. 1806)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Joseph Kerman, American musicologist and critic (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Rachel Lambert Mellon, American gardener, philanthropist, art collector and political patron (b. 1910)
  • 2013 – A.B.C. Whipple, American journalist and historian (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Lawrence Fuchs, American scholar and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – William B. Caldwell III, American general (b. 1925)
  • 2010 – Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1950)
  • 2010 – Sid Fleischman, American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2008 – Roland Arnall, French-American businessman and diplomat, 63rd United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1939)
  • 2007 – John Backus, American mathematician and computer scientist, designed Fortran (b. 1924)
  • 2007 – Roger Bennett, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1959)
  • 2006 – Oleg Cassini, French-American fashion designer (b. 1913)
  • 2006 – Ray Meyer, American basketball player and coach (b. 1913)
  • 2005 – Andre Norton, American author (b. 1912)
  • 2005 – George F. Kennan, American historian and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union (b. 1904)
  • 2002 – Rosetta LeNoire, American actress and producer (b. 1911)
  • 2002 – Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, American television broadcaster and producer (b. 1908)
  • 1999 – Ernest Gold, Austrian-American composer (b. 1921)
  • 1997 – Jermaine Stewart, American singer-songwriter and dancer (b. 1957)
  • 1996 – Terry Stafford, American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 1993 – Helen Hayes, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1992 – Grace Stafford, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1983 – Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1983 – Louisa E. Rhine, American botanist and parapsychologist (b. 1891)
  • 1981 – Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1974 – Louis Kahn, American architect and academic, designed Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban (b. 1901)
  • 1965 – Amos Alonzo Stagg, American football player and coach (b. 1862)
  • 1961 – Susanna M. Salter, American activist and politician (b. 1860)
  • 1956 – Fred Allen, American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and author (b. 1894)
  • 1871 – Robert Chambers, Scottish geologist and publisher, co-founded Chambers Harrap (b. 1802)
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