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Events

  • 2008 – The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain.
  • 1975 – Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball's first African American manager.
  • 1959 – The Organization of American States drafts an agreement to create the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • 1913 – The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, becomes law.
  • 1911 – Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovers superconductivity.
  • 1906 – Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dies.
  • 1904 – British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of The Book of the Law.
  • 1895 – In Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co. the Supreme Court of the United States declares unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional.
  • 1886 – William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Mansfield: Union forces are thwarted by the Confederate army at Mansfield, Louisiana.
  • 1832 – Black Hawk War: Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
  • 1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.
  • 1730 – Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, is dedicated.
  • 1665 – English colonial patents are granted for the establishment of the Monmouth Tract, for what would eventually become Monmouth County in northeastern New Jersey.

Births

  • 1987 – Alexander Jarvey, American Painter
  • 1987 – Jeremy Hellickson, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Félix Hernández, Venezuelan-American baseball player
  • 1984 – Ezra Koenig, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1984 – Taran Noah Smith, American actor
  • 1980 – Katee Sackhoff, American actress
  • 1977 – Mark Spencer, American computer programmer and engineer
  • 1975 – Timo Pérez, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1974 – Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian-American author and educator
  • 1973 – Emma Caulfield, American actress
  • 1972 – Paul Gray, American bass player and songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1971 – Darren Jessee, American singer-songwriter and drummer
  • 1968 – Patricia Arquette, French-Canadian Russian/Polish Jewish-American actress and director
  • 1968 – Tracy Grammer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Robin Wright, American actress, director, producer
  • 1964 – Biz Markie, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1963 – Donita Sparks, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1963 – Seth Tobias, American businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1963 – Terry Porter, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Izzy Stradlin, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1961 – Richard Hatch, American reality contestant, winner of Survivor: Borneo
  • 1960 – John Schneider, American actor and country singer
  • 1958 – Tom Petranoff, American javelin thrower and coach
  • 1957 – Fred Smerlas, American football player and radio host
  • 1955 – Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist, essayist and poet.
  • 1955 – David Wu, Taiwanese-American lawyer and politician
  • 1955 – Ricky Bell, American football player (d. 1984)
  • 1955 – Ron Johnson, American businessman and politician
  • 1954 – G.V. Loganathan, Indian-American engineer and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1954 – Gary Carter, American baseball player and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1951 – Mel Schacher, American bass player
  • 1949 – Brenda Russell, African-American-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1947 – Larry Norman, American singer-songwriter, and producer (d. 2008)
  • 1947 – Robert Kiyosaki, American businessman, co-founded Cashflow Technologies
  • 1947 – Tom DeLay, American lawyer and politician
  • 1946 – Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (d. 1999)
  • 1946 – Tim Thomerson, American actor and producer
  • 1944 – Deke Richards, American songwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1943 – Michael Bennett, American dancer, choreographer, and director (d. 1987)
  • 1943 – Miller Farr, American football player
  • 1942 – Douglas Trumbull, American director, producer, and special effects artist
  • 1941 – J. J. Jackson, American soul/R&B singer, songwriter, and arranger
  • 1940 – John Havlicek, American basketball player
  • 1939 – Trina Schart Hyman, American author and illustrator (d. 2004)
  • 1938 – Mary W. Gray, American mathematician, statistician, and lawyer
  • 1937 – Seymour Hersh, American journalist and author
  • 1935 – Albert Bustamante, American soldier, educator, and politician
  • 1935 – Oscar Zeta Acosta, American lawyer and politician (d. 1974)
  • 1934 – Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect, designed the Nakagin Capsule Tower and Singapore Flyer (d. 2007)
  • 1933 – James Lockhart, American scholar of colonial Latin America, especially Nahua peoples (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – John Gavin, American actor and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Mexico
  • 1928 – Fred Ebb, American lyricist (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Ollie Mitchell, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Henry N. Cobb, American architect and academic, co-founded Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
  • 1926 – Shecky Greene, American actor
  • 1924 – Sara Northrup Hollister, American occultist (d. 1997)
  • 1923 – Edward Mulhare, Irish-American actor (d. 1997)
  • 1923 – George Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
  • 1920 – Carmen McRae, African-American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (d. 1994)
  • 1918 – Betty Ford, American wife of Gerald Ford, 40th First Lady of the United States (d. 2011)
  • 1918 – Glendon Swarthout, American author and academic (d. 1992)
  • 1917 – Winifred Asprey, American mathematician and computer scientist (d. 2007)
  • 1912 – Sonja Henie, Norwegian-American figure skater and actress (d. 1969)
  • 1911 – Melvin Calvin, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1910 – George Musso, American football player and police officer (d. 2000)
  • 1909 – John Fante, American author and screenwriter (d. 1983)
  • 1904 – Hirsch Jacobs, American horse trainer (d. 1970)
  • 1896 – Yip Harburg, American composer (d. 1981)
  • 1892 – Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded United Artists (d. 1979)
  • 1892 – Richard Neutra, Austrian-American architect, designed the Los Angeles County Hall of Records (d. 1970)
  • 1888 – Dennis Chávez, American journalist and politician (d. 1964)
  • 1886 – Margaret Ayer Barnes, American author and playwright (d. 1967)
  • 1871 – Clarence Hudson White, American photographer and educator (d. 1925)
  • 1869 – Harvey Cushing, American surgeon and academic (d. 1939)
  • 1867 – Allen Butler Talcott, American painter and educator (d. 1908)
  • 1842 – Elizabeth Bacon Custer, American author and educator (d. 1933)
  • 1761 – William Joseph Chaminade, French priest, founded the Society of Mary (d. 1850)
  • 1732 – David Rittenhouse, American astronomer and mathematician (d. 1796)
  • 1726 – Lewis Morris, American judge and politician (d. 1798)

Deaths

  • 2015 – David Laventhol, American journalist and publisher (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – Ivan Mercep, New Zealand architect, designed the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Annette Funicello, American actress and singer (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Blair Kiel, American football player and coach (b. 1961)
  • 2012 – Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, founded Commodore International (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Janusz K. Zawodny, Polish-American soldier, historian, and political scientist (b. 1921)
  • 2011 – Hedda Sterne, Romanian-American painter and photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2009 – Richard de Mille, American Scientologist, author, investigative journalist, and psychologist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 – Sol LeWitt, American painter and sculptor (b. 1928)
  • 2002 – Harvey Quaytman, American painter (b. 1937)
  • 2000 – Claire Trevor, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1997 – Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1947)
  • 1996 – Ben Johnson, American actor and stuntman (b. 1918)
  • 1993 – Marian Anderson, American operatic singer (b. 1897)
  • 1990 – Ryan White, American activist, inspired the Ryan White Care Act (b. 1971)
  • 1985 – John Frederick Coots, American pianist and composer (b. 1897)
  • 1981 – Omar Bradley, American general (b. 1893)
  • 1979 – Breece D'J Pancake American short story writer (b. 1952)
  • 1920 – Charles Griffes, American pianist and composer (b. 1884)
  • 1906 – Auguste Deter, German woman, first person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (b. 1850)
  • 1861 – Elisha Otis, American businessman, founded the Otis Elevator Company (b. 1811)
  • 1725 – John Wise, American minister (b. 1652)
  • 1691 – Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect, designed the Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto (b. 1611)
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