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Events

  • 1993 – The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.
  • 1972 – In Eisenstadt v. Baird, the United States Supreme Court decides that unmarried persons have the right to possess contraceptives.
  • 1972 – The United States Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.
  • 1960 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser
  • 1945 – The Arab League is founded when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1906 – The first England vs France rugby union match is played at Parc des Princes in Paris
  • 1894 – The first playoff game for the Stanley Cup starts.
  • 1872 – Illinois becomes the first state to require gender equality in employment.
  • 1871 – In North Carolina, William Woods Holden becomes the first governor of a U.S. state to be removed from office by impeachment.
  • 1765 – The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.

Births

  • 1989 – J. J. Watt, American football player
  • 1987 – Ike Davis, American baseball player
  • 1986 – David Choi, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1986 – Dexter Fowler, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Justin Masterson, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Mike Jenkins, American football player
  • 1979 – Aaron North, American guitarist
  • 1977 – Joey Porter, American football player and coach
  • 1977 – Tom Poti, American ice hockey player
  • 1976 – Kathryn Jean Lopez, American journalist
  • 1976 – Kellie Shanygne Williams, American actress
  • 1976 – Reese Witherspoon, American actress and producer
  • 1975 – Cole Hauser, American actor and producer
  • 1974 – Marcus Camby, American basketball player
  • 1972 – Cory Lidle, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1972 – Shawn Bradley, German-American basketball player, coach, and actor
  • 1971 – Keegan-Michael Key, American actor, comedian, and writer
  • 1966 – Brian Shaw, American basketball player and coach
  • 1959 – Matthew Modine, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Stephanie Mills, American actress and singer
  • 1955 – Pete Sessions, American politician
  • 1948 – Wolf Blitzer, American journalist
  • 1947 – James Patterson, American author and producer
  • 1946 – Don Chaney, American basketball player and coach
  • 1946 – Rudy Rucker, American mathematician, computer scientist, and author
  • 1945 – Eric Roth, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1943 – George Benson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1941 – Billy Collins, American poet
  • 1940 – George Edward Alcorn, Jr. American physicist and inventor
  • 1940 – Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-American physician and author (d. 1996)
  • 1937 – Angelo Badalamenti, American pianist and composer
  • 1937 – Jon Hassell, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1936 – Ron Carey, American trade union leader (d. 2008)
  • 1935 – Frank Pulli, American baseball player and umpire (d. 2013)
  • 1935 – M. Emmet Walsh, American actor
  • 1934 – Orrin Hatch, American lawyer and politician
  • 1932 – Larry Evans, American chess player and journalist (d. 2010)
  • 1931 – Burton Richter, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1930 – Derek Bok, American lawyer and academic
  • 1930 – Pat Robertson, American minister and broadcaster, founded the Christian Broadcasting Network
  • 1930 – Stephen Sondheim, American composer and songwriter
  • 1928 – Carrie Donovan, American journalist (d. 2001)
  • 1928 – E. D. Hirsch, American author, critic, and academic
  • 1928 – Ed Macauley, American basketball player, coach, and priest (d. 2011)
  • 1927 – Marty Blake, American basketball player and manager (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Al Neuharth, American journalist and author, founded USA Today (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Bill Wendell, American television announcer (d. 1999)
  • 1924 – Yevgeny Ostashev, the test pilot of rocket, participant in the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite, Lenin prize winner, Candidate of Technical Sciences (d. 1960)
  • 1922 – John J. Gilligan, American lieutenant and politician, 62nd Governor of Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1922 – Stewart Stern, American screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1920 – Fanny Waterman, English pianist and educator, founded the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition
  • 1920 – James Brown, American actor and singer (d. 1992)
  • 1920 – Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1919 – Bernard Krigstein, American illustrator (d. 1990)
  • 1917 – Irving Kaplansky, Canadian-American mathematician and academic (d. 2006)
  • 1917 – Virginia Grey, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1914 – John Stanley, American author and illustrator (d. 1993)
  • 1913 – Lew Wasserman, American businessman and talent agent (d. 2002)
  • 1913 – Tom McCall, American journalist and politician, 30th Governor of Oregon (d. 1983)
  • 1912 – Agnes Martin, Canadian-American painter and educator (d. 2004)
  • 1912 – Karl Malden, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1908 – Louis L'Amour, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1988)
  • 1907 – James M. Gavin, American general and diplomat, United States Ambassador to France (d. 1990)
  • 1903 – Bill Holman, American cartoonist (d. 1987)
  • 1902 – Johannes Brinkman, Dutch architect, designed the Van Nelle Factory (d. 1949)
  • 1901 – Greta Kempton, Austrian-American painter (d. 1991)
  • 1899 – Ruth Page, American ballerina and choreographer (d. 1991)
  • 1896 – Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian-American actor (d. 1964)
  • 1892 – Charlie Poole, American country banjo player (d. 1931)
  • 1890 – George Clark, American racing driver (d. 1978)
  • 1887 – Chico Marx, American actor (d. 1961)
  • 1884 – Arthur H. Vandenberg, American journalist and politician (d. 1951)
  • 1880 – Ernest C. Quigley, Canadian-American football player and coach (d. 1960)
  • 1873 – Ernest Lawson, Canadian-American painter (d. 1939)
  • 1868 – Robert Andrews Millikan, American colonel and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1953)
  • 1866 – Jack Boyle, American baseball player and umpire (d. 1913)
  • 1846 – James Timberlake, American lieutenant, police officer, and farmer (d. 1891)
  • 1818 – John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-Australian explorer, founded Penwortham (d. 1846)
  • 1817 – Braxton Bragg, American general (d. 1876)
  • 1814 – Thomas Crawford, American sculptor, designed the Statue of Freedom (d. 1857)
  • 1812 – Stephen Pearl Andrews, American author and activist (d. 1886)
  • 1808 – David Swinson Maynard, American physician and lawyer (d. 1873)
  • 1723 – Charles Carroll, American lawyer and politician (d. 1783)
  • 1720 – Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect, designed the Yellow Palace and Bernstorff Palace (d. 1799)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Phife Dawg, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • 2016 – Rita Gam, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – George Neel, Jr., American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Norman Scribner, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – James Nabrit, American lawyer and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Ray Williams, American basketball player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – David Waltz, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1943)
  • 2012 – Joe Blanchard, American football player and wrestler (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – John Payton, American lawyer and activist (b. 1946)
  • 2012 – Mickey Sullivan, American baseball player and coach (b. 1932)
  • 2008 – Cachao López, Cuban-American bassist and composer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Kenzō Tange, Japanese architect, designed the Yoyogi National Gymnasium and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (b. 1913)
  • 2004 – Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian leader, co-founded Hamas (b. 1937)
  • 2004 – Janet Akyüz Mattei, Turkish-American astronomer and academic (b. 1943)
  • 2001 – William Hanna, American animator, director, producer, and voice actor, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (b. 1910)
  • 1999 – David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
  • 1996 – Billy Williamson, American guitarist (b. 1925)
  • 1996 – Don Murray, American drummer (b. 1945)
  • 1996 – Robert F. Overmyer, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1936)
  • 1994 – Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter, and producer (b. 1950)
  • 1994 – Walter Lantz, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1900)
  • 1993 – Steve Olin, American baseball player (b. 1965)
  • 1991 – Dave Guard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1934)
  • 1991 – Gloria Holden, English-American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1991 – Paul Engle, American novelist, poet, playwright, and critic (b. 1908)
  • 1986 – Mark Dinning, American singer (b. 1933)
  • 1986 – Olive Deering, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 1981 – James Elliott, American runner and coach (b. 1915)
  • 1979 – Ben Lyon, American actor and studio executive (b. 1901)
  • 1978 – Karl Wallenda, German-American acrobat and tightrope walker, founded The Flying Wallendas (b. 1905)
  • 1976 – John Dwyer McLaughlin, American painter (b. 1898)
  • 1974 – Peter Revson, American race car driver (b. 1939)
  • 1971 – Johannes Villemson, Estonian-American runner (b. 1893)
  • 1966 – John Harlin, American mountaineer and pilot (b. 1935)
  • 1958 – Mike Todd, American film producer (b. 1909)
  • 1945 – John Hessin Clarke, American lawyer and judge (b. 1857)
  • 1820 – Stephen Decatur, American commander (b. 1779)
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