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Events

  • 2006 – Over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; Tennessee is hardest hit with 29 people killed.
  • 1991 – Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province when she succeeds William Vander Zalm (who had resigned) as Premier of British Columbia.
  • 1980 – United States President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act.
  • 1972 – Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.
  • 1956 – As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.
  • 1917 – World War I: United States President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
  • 1911 – The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country's first national census.
  • 1902 – "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles.
  • 1900 – The United States Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Defeat at the Third Battle of Petersburg forces the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederate government to abandon Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The largest in a series of Southern bread riots occurs in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1800 – Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.
  • 1792 – The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
  • 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now the United States state of Florida.

Births

  • 1991 – Quavo, American rapper
  • 1986 – Lee DeWyze, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1983 – Yung Joc, American rapper
  • 1982 – Jack Evans, American wrestler
  • 1982 – Jeremy Bloom, American football player and skier
  • 1980 – Ricky Hendrick, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • 1979 – Jesse Carmichael, American keyboard player
  • 1978 – Ethan Smith, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1978 – Scott Lynch, American author
  • 1975 – Randy Livingston, American basketball player
  • 1973 – Roselyn Sánchez, Puerto Rican-American actress
  • 1972 – Calvin Davis, American sprinter and hurdler
  • 1972 – Zane Lamprey, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1967 – Greg Camp, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Phil Demmel, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1966 – Bill Romanowski, American football player and actor
  • 1965 – Rodney King, American victim of police brutality (d. 2012)
  • 1964 – Jonathon Sharkey, American wrestler
  • 1964 – Pete Incaviglia, American baseball player and coach
  • 1962 – Billy Dean, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1962 – Clark Gregg, American actor
  • 1961 – Buddy Jewell, American singer-songwriter
  • 1961 – Christopher Meloni, American actor
  • 1959 – David Frankel, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Larry Drew, American basketball player and coach
  • 1957 – Hank Steinbrenner, American businessman, co-owner of the New York Yankees
  • 1954 – Donald Petrie, American actor and director
  • 1954 – Gregory Abbott, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1953 – James Vance, American author and playwright
  • 1952 – Leon Wilkeson, American bass player and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1950 – Lynn Westmoreland, American politician
  • 1949 – David Robinson, American drummer
  • 1949 – Pamela Reed, American actress
  • 1949 – Paul Gambaccini, American-English radio and television host
  • 1948 – Daniel Okrent, American journalist and author
  • 1948 – Joan D. Vinge, American author
  • 1947 – Camille Paglia, American author and critic
  • 1947 – Emmylou Harris, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1945 – Anne Waldman, American poet
  • 1945 – Don Sutton, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1945 – Linda Hunt, American actress
  • 1945 – Reggie Smith, American baseball player and coach
  • 1944 – Bill Malinchak, American football player
  • 1943 – Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (d. 2017)
  • 1942 – Leon Russell, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2016)
  • 1941 – Dr. Demento, American radio host
  • 1941 – Sonny Throckmorton, American country singer-songwriter
  • 1939 – Anthony Lake, American academic and diplomat, 18th United States National Security Advisor
  • 1939 – Marvin Gaye, American singer-songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1938 – Al Weis, American baseball player
  • 1938 – Booker Little, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1961)
  • 1937 – Dick Radatz, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1934 – Carl Kasell, American journalist and game show host
  • 1934 – Paul Cohen, American mathematician and theorist (d. 2007)
  • 1934 – Richard Portman, American sound engineer (d. 2017)
  • 1932 – Edward Egan, American cardinal (d. 2015)
  • 1929 – Ed Dorn, American poet and educator (d. 1999)
  • 1928 – Joseph Bernardin, American cardinal (d. 1996)
  • 1928 – Roy Masters, English-American radio host
  • 1927 – Billy Pierce, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Carmen Basilio, American boxer and soldier (d. 2012)
  • 1927 – Howard Callaway, American soldier and politician, 11th United States Secretary of the Army (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Rita Gam, American actress (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Gloria Henry, American actress
  • 1922 – John C. Whitehead, American banker and politician, 9th United States Deputy Secretary of State (d. 2015)
  • 1920 – Jack Webb, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1908 – Buddy Ebsen, American actor and dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1907 – Harald Andersson, American-Swedish discus thrower (d. 1985)
  • 1907 – Luke Appling, American baseball player and manager (d. 1991)
  • 1900 – Anis Fuleihan, Cypriot-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1970)
  • 1896 – Johnny Golden, American golfer (d. 1936)
  • 1875 – Walter Chrysler, American businessman, founded Chrysler (d. 1940)
  • 1869 – Hughie Jennings, American baseball player and manager (d. 1928)
  • 1862 – Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1947)
  • 1841 – Clément Ader, French engineer, designed the Ader Avion III (d. 1926)
  • 1835 – Jacob Nash Victor, American engineer (d. 1907)
  • 1814 – Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor (d. 1879)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Robert H. Schuller, American pastor and author (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Milo O'Shea, Irish-American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Elizabeth Catlett, American-Mexican sculptor and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2012 – Mauricio Lasansky, American graphic designer and academic (b. 1914)
  • 2011 – John C. Haas, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • 2010 – Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)
  • 2009 – Bud Shank, American saxophonist and flute player (b. 1926)
  • 2007 – Henry L. Giclas, American astronomer and academic (b. 1910)
  • 2003 – Edwin Starr, American singer-songwriter (b. 1942)
  • 2002 – John R. Pierce, American engineer and author (b. 1910)
  • 1998 – Rob Pilatus, American-German singer-songwriter (b. 1965)
  • 1994 – Betty Furness, American actress, consumer advocate, game show panelist, television journalist and television personality (b. 1916)
  • 1987 – Buddy Rich, American drummer, songwriter, and bandleader (b. 1917)
  • 1928 – Theodore William Richards, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1868)
  • 1896 – Theodore Robinson, American painter and academic (b. 1852)
  • 1891 – Albert Pike, American lawyer and general (b. 1809)
  • 1872 – Samuel Morse, American painter and academic, invented the Morse code (b. 1791)
  • 1865 – A. P. Hill, American general (b. 1825)
  • 1657 – Jean-Jacques Olier, French priest, founded the Society of Saint-Sulpice (b. 1608)
  • 1507 – Francis of Paola, Italian friar and saint, founded the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)
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