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  • 2001 – An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, China and is detained.
  • 2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it.
  • 1970 – President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio in the United States, effective 1 January 1971.
  • 1960 – The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
  • 1954 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.
  • 1945 – World War II: The Tenth United States Army attacks the Thirty-Second Japanese Army on Okinawa.
  • 1944 – Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.
  • 1893 – The rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy is established.
  • 1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Union troops led by Philip Sheridan decisively defeat Confederate troops led by George Pickett, cutting the Army of Northern Virginia's last supply line.
  • 1826 – Samuel Morey received a patent for a compressionless "Gas or Vapor Engine".
  • 1789 – In New York City, the United States House of Representatives holds its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first Speaker.
  • 1572 – In the Eighty Years' War, the Watergeuzen capture Brielle from the Seventeen Provinces, gaining the first foothold on land for what would become the Dutch Republic.
  • 1545 – Potosí is founded after the discovery of huge silver deposits in the area.
  • 528 – The daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei was made the "Emperor" as a male heir of the late emperor by Empress Dowager Hu, deposed and replaced by Yuan Zhao the next day; she was the first female monarch in the History of China, but not widely recognised.

Births

  • 1988 – Brook Lopez, American basketball player
  • 1988 – Robin Lopez, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Hillary Scott, American country singer-songwriter
  • 1985 – Daniel Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Sean Taylor, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1982 – Taran Killam, American actor, voice artist, comedian, and writer
  • 1980 – Bijou Phillips, American actress and model
  • 1980 – Randy Orton, American wrestler
  • 1978 – Etan Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Vitor Belfort, Brazilian-American boxer and mixed martial artist
  • 1976 – David Gilliland, American race car driver
  • 1975 – John Butler, American-Australian singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1973 – Christian Finnegan, American comedian and actor
  • 1973 – Rachel Maddow, American journalist and author
  • 1972 – Jesse Tobias, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1970 – Brad Meltzer, American author, screenwriter, and producer
  • 1965 – Jane Adams, American film, television, and stage actress
  • 1965 – Mark Jackson, American basketball player and coach
  • 1964 – Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (d. 2008)
  • 1963 – Aprille Ericsson-Jackson American aerospace engineer
  • 1962 – Mark Shulman, American author
  • 1955 – Don Hasselbeck, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1955 – Terry Nichols, American criminal
  • 1954 – Jeff Porcaro, American drummer, songwriter, and producer (d. 1992)
  • 1953 – Barry Sonnenfeld, American cinematographer, director, and producer
  • 1952 – Annette O'Toole, American actress
  • 1951 – Frederic Schwartz, American architect, co-designed Empty Sky (d. 2014)
  • 1951 – John Abizaid, American general
  • 1950 – Samuel Alito, American lawyer and jurist
  • 1949 – Gil Scott-Heron, American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2011)
  • 1947 – Francine Prose, American novelist, short story writer, and critic
  • 1947 – Norm Van Lier, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2009)
  • 1942 – Richard D. Wolff, American economist and academic
  • 1942 – Samuel R. Delany, American author and critic
  • 1939 – Ali MacGraw, American model and actress
  • 1939 – Phil Niekro, American baseball player and manager
  • 1936 – Peter Collinson, English-American director and producer (d. 1980)
  • 1935 – Larry McDonald, American physician and politician (d. 1983)
  • 1934 – Vladimir Posner, French-American journalist and radio host
  • 1933 – Dan Flavin, American sculptor and educator (d. 1996)
  • 1932 – Debbie Reynolds, Scottish-Irish American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2016)
  • 1930 – Grace Lee Whitney, American actress and singer (d. 2015)
  • 1929 – Jane Powell, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1929 – Jonathan Haze, American actor, producer, screenwriter, and production manager
  • 1927 – Walter Bahr, American soccer player, coach, and manager
  • 1926 – Anne McCaffrey, American-Irish author (d. 2011)
  • 1924 – Brendan Byrne, American lieutenant, judge, and politician, 47th Governor of New Jersey
  • 1922 – Duke Jordan, American pianist and composer (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – William Manchester, American historian and author (d. 2004)
  • 1921 – Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, American guitarist, fiddler, and composer (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – William Bergsma, American composer and educator (d. 1994)
  • 1919 – Joseph Murray, American surgeon and soldier, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Melville Shavelson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1910 – Bob Van Osdel, American high jumper and soldier (d. 1987)
  • 1910 – Harry Carney, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1974)
  • 1909 – Abner Biberman, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1977)
  • 1909 – Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (d. 1951)
  • 1908 – Abraham Maslow, American psychologist and academic (d. 1970)
  • 1908 – Harlow Rothert, American shot putter, lawyer, and academic (d. 1997)
  • 1906 – Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Russian engineer, founded the Yakovlev Design Bureau (d. 1989)
  • 1901 – Whittaker Chambers, American journalist and spy (d. 1961)
  • 1898 – William James Sidis, Ukrainian-Russian Jewish American mathematician, anthropologist, and historian (d. 1944)
  • 1895 – Alberta Hunter, African-American singer-songwriter and nurse (d. 1984)
  • 1885 – Wallace Beery, American actor (d. 1949)
  • 1883 – Laurette Taylor, Irish-American actress (d. 1946)
  • 1883 – Lon Chaney, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1930)
  • 1871 – F. Melius Christiansen, Norwegian-American violinist and conductor (d. 1955)
  • 1852 – Edwin Austin Abbey, American painter and illustrator (d. 1911)
  • 1834 – James Fisk, American businessman (d. 1872)
  • 1823 – Simon Bolivar Buckner, American general and politician, 30th Governor of Kentucky (d. 1891)
  • 1815 – Edward Clark, American lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of Texas (d. 1880)

Deaths

  • 2014 – King Fleming, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian-American soccer player and radio host (b. 1947)
  • 2010 – John Forsythe, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Robert Coldwell Wood, American political scientist and academic (b. 1923)
  • 2004 – Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1945)
  • 1999 – Jesse Stone, American pianist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1901)
  • 1998 – Rozz Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1963)
  • 1995 – H. Adams Carter, American mountaineer, journalist, and educator (b. 1914)
  • 1993 – Alan Kulwicki, American race car driver (b. 1954)
  • 1991 – Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1894)
  • 1984 – Marvin Gaye, American singer-songwriter (b. 1939)
  • 1965 – Helena Rubinstein, Polish-American businesswoman (b. 1870)
  • 1950 – Charles R. Drew, American physician and surgeon (b. 1904)
  • 1946 – Noah Beery, Sr., American actor (b. 1882)
  • 1924 – Jacob Bolotin, American physician (b. 1888)
  • 1917 – Scott Joplin, American pianist and composer (b. 1868)
  • 1914 – Rube Waddell, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • 1890 – David Wilber, American politician (b. 1820)
  • 1839 – Benjamin Pierce, American soldier and politician, 11th Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1757)
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