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Events

  • 1991 – A rare tropical storm develops in the South Atlantic Ocean near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.
  • 1972 – Tombs containing bamboo slips, among them Sun Tzu's Art of War and Sun Bin's lost military treatise, are accidentally discovered by construction workers in Shandong.
  • 1972 – Vietnam War: For the first time since November 1967, American B-52 bombers reportedly begin bombing North Vietnam.
  • 1971 – Ping-pong diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People's Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a week-long visit.
  • 1963 – 129 American sailors die when the submarine USS Thresher sinks at sea.
  • 1925 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • 1872 – The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska.
  • 1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time.
  • 1816 – The Federal government of the United States approves the creation of the Second Bank of the United States.
  • 1710 – The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, comes into force in Great Britain.

Births

  • 1988 – Chris Heston, American baseball pitcher. On June 9, 2015, he threw the 17th no-hitter in Giants franchise history.
  • 1988 – Haley Joel Osment, American actor. Night Shyamalan's thriller film The Sixth Sense, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 1986 – Corey Kluber, American baseball pitcher. Corey Scott Kluber (born April 10, 1986), nicknamed Klubot, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1985 – Barkhad Abdi, Somali-American actor and director. He made his debut in the film Captain Phillips (2013), for which he received a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.
  • 1984 – Mandy Moore, English/Irish/Russian Jewish-American singer-songwriter and actress. Her debut studio album, So Real (1999), received a platinum certification from the RIAA.
  • 1983 – Andrew Dost, American guitarist and songwriter. Andrew Paul Dost (born April 10, 1983) is an American musician, singer and current member of the indie rock band Fun., in which he plays several instruments, mainly the piano.
  • 1983 – Ryan Merriman, American actor. He is best known for a handful of Disney Channel original movies and for portraying Jake Pierce in The Ring Two, Kevin Fischer in Final Destination 3 and Ian Thomas in Pretty Little Liars.
  • 1982 – Andre Ethier, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006 to 2017 and is second all-time in post-season appearances as a Dodger with 51.
  • 1981 – Laura Bell Bundy, American actress and singer. Laura Ashley Bell Bundy (born April 10, 1981) is an American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, her best known being the original Amber Von Tussle in the musical version of Hairspray, the original Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde and Dr.
  • 1981 – Michael Pitt, American actor, model and musician. Night Shyamalan's The Village (2004), and in television for his roles as Henry Parker in the teen drama Dawson's Creek, Jimmy Darmody in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Mason Verger in the NBC series Hannibal.
  • 1980 – Bryce Soderberg, American singer-songwriter and bass player. Bryce Dane Soderberg (born April 10, 1980) is a Canadian-American musician and songwriter, best known as the bassist and vocalist for American rock band Lifehouse.
  • 1980 – Kasey Kahne, American race car driver. Kasey Kenneth Kahne (/keɪn/; born April 10, 1980) is an American dirt track racing driver and former professional stock car racing driver.
  • 1979 – Kenyon Coleman, American football player. Kenyon Octavia Coleman (born April 10, 1979) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints.
  • 1979 – Rachel Corrie, American author and activist (d. 2003), was an American activist and diarist. She was a member of a pro-Palestinian group called the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
  • 1977 – Stephanie Sheh, Taiwanese-American voice actress, director, and producer. Her notable voice roles include Hinata Hyuga in Naruto, Orihime Inoue in Bleach, Eureka in Eureka Seven, Mikuru Asahina in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Mamimi Samejima in FLCL and Mitsuha Miyamizu in Your Name.
  • 1975 – Chris Carrabba, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Christopher Andrew "Ender" Carrabba (born April 10, 1975) is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Dashboard Confessional, lead singer of the band Further Seems Forever, and is the vocalist for the folk band Twin Forks.
  • 1974 – Eric Greitens, American lieutenant, was the 56th governor of Missouri from January 2017 until his resignation in June 2018.
  • 1973 – Christopher Simmons, Canadian-American graphic designer, author, and academic. Christopher Simmons (born April 10, 1973) is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based graphic designer, writer and educator.
  • 1971 – Al Reyes, Dominican-American baseball player. Rafael Alberto "Al" Reyes (born April 10, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.
  • 1971 – Brad William Henke, American football player and actor. He is best known for his role as prison guard Desi Piscatella on Orange Is The New Black, for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2016.
  • 1970 – Kenny Lattimore, American singer-songwriter. Kenny Lattimore (born April 10, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter.
  • 1970 – Q-Tip, American rapper, producer, and actor. Cotton swabs (American English) or cotton buds (British English) consist of one or two small wads of cotton wrapped around one or both ends of a short rod made of wood, rolled paper or plastic.
  • 1968 – Orlando Jones, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for being one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy series MADtv, for his role as the 7 Up spokesman from 1999 to 2002, and for his role as the African god Anansi on Starz's American Gods.
  • 1967 – David Rovics, American singer-songwriter. Rovics has been an outspoken critic of former President George W.
  • 1965 – Tim Alexander, American drummer and songwriter. Timothy W. "Tim" Alexander (born April 10, 1965 in Cherry Point, North Carolina) is an American musician best known as the drummer for the rock band Primus.
  • 1963 – Warren DeMartini, American guitarist and songwriter. Warren Justin DeMartini (born April 10, 1963), nicknamed Torch, is the former lead guitarist for Ratt, a popular American band during the 1980s Los Angeles glam metal scene.
  • 1962 – Steve Tasker, American football player and sportscaster. Steven Jay Tasker (born April 10, 1962) is an American sports reporter, nationally for CBS Sports and locally in Western New York on the MSG Western New York cable TV station, and on WGR Radio.
  • 1961 – Joe Cole, American roadie and author (d. 1991). Joseph John Cole (born 8 November 1981) is an English football coach and former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or winger in the Premier League, Ligue 1, League One and United Soccer League.
  • 1960 – Katrina Leskanich, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, was an international hit in 1985 and who in 1997 won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with the song "Love Shine a Light".
  • 1960 – Steve Bisciotti, American businessman, co-founded Allegis Group. Bisciotti (born April 10, 1960) is an American business executive and the current majority owner of the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.
  • 1960 – Terry Teagle, American basketball player. Terry Michael Teagle (born April 10, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player, whose National Basketball Association (NBA) career lasted from 1982 to 1993.
  • 1959 – Babyface, American singer-songwriter and producer. Babyface or Baby Face can refer to:
  • 1959 – Brian Setzer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He found widespread success in the early 1980s with the 1950s-style rockabilly group Stray Cats, and revitalized his career in the early 1990s with his swing revival band, the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
  • 1958 – Yefim Bronfman, Uzbek-American pianist. Yefim "Fima" Naumovich Bronfman (Russian: Ефим Наумович Бронфман; born April 10, 1958) is a Soviet-born Israeli-American pianist.
  • 1957 – Aliko Dangote, Nigerian businessman, founded Dangote Group. As of January 2020, he had an estimated net worth of US$10 billion.
  • 1957 – John M. Ford, American author and poet (d. 2006), was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet.
  • 1957 – Steve Gustafson, Spanish-American bass player. Steven E. "Steve" Gustafson (born April 10, 1957) is the bass guitarist for the American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs.
  • 1954 – Anne Lamott, American author and educator. Anne Lamott (born April 10, 1954) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer.
  • 1954 – Juan Williams, Panamanian-American journalist and author. He was a senior news analyst for National Public Radio (NPR) from 1999 until October 2010.
  • 1954 – Paul Bearer, American wrestler and manager (d. 2013), was an American professional wrestling manager and mortician. He is best known for his tenure with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) where he performed under the ring name Paul Bearer as the manager of The Undertaker.
  • 1954 – Peter MacNicol, American actor. His film roles include Galen in Dragonslayer (1981), Stingo in Sophie's Choice (1982), Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II (1989), camp organizer Gary Granger in Addams Family Values (1993), and David Langley in Bean (1997).
  • 1952 – Steven Seagal, American actor, producer, and martial artist. Steven Frederic Seagal (/sɪˈɡɑːl/; born April 10, 1952) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician who holds American, Serbian, and Russian citizenship.
  • 1951 – David Helvarg, American journalist and activist. His first book, The War against the Greens, puts a case that violent organized resistance is being orchestrated against the environmental movement.
  • 1950 – Eddie Hazel, American guitarist (d. 1992), was an American guitarist and singer in early funk music in the United States who played lead guitar with Parliament-Funkadelic. Hazel was a posthumous inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
  • 1950 – Ken Griffey, Sr., American baseball player and manager. George Kenneth Griffey Jr. (born November 21, 1969) nicknamed "Junior" and "the Kid", is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played 22 years in Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1948 – Mel Blount, American football player, was a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). A five-time Pro Bowler, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
  • 1947 – David A. Adler, American author and educator. The 2018 HBO Documentary based on David's book "The Number On My Grandfather's Arm."
  • 1946 – Bob Watson, American baseball player and manager. Robert José Watson (born April 10, 1946) is an American former professional baseball player and sports executive.
  • 1946 – David Angell, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2001), was an American television producer and screenwriter. Angell won multiple Emmy Awards as the creator and executive producer, along with Peter Casey and David Lee, of the sitcoms Wings and Frasier.
  • 1942 – Stuart Dybek, American novelist, short story writer, and poet. Stuart Dybek (born April 10, 1942) is an American writer of fiction and poetry.
  • 1941 – Paul Theroux, American novelist, short story writer, and travel writer. Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best-known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975).
  • 1938 – Don Meredith, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2010), was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career (1960–1968) with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1936 – John Madden, American football player, coach, and sportscaster. In 2006, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his coaching career.
  • 1935 – John A. Bennett, American soldier (d. 1961), was a United States Army soldier who was convicted and executed for the rape and attempted murder of an 11-year-old Austrian girl. As of 2019, he is the last person to have been executed by the U.S. military after court-martial.
  • 1934 – David Halberstam, American journalist and author (d. 2007), was an American journalist and historian, known for his work on the Vietnam War, politics, history, the Civil Rights Movement, business, media, American culture, and later, sports journalism. He won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1964.
  • 1930 – Dolores Huerta, American activist, co-founded the United Farm Workers. Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta (born April 10, 1930) is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).
  • 1929 – Liz Sheridan, American actress. Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (born April 10, 1929) is an American actress.
  • 1927 – Marshall Warren Nirenberg, American biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2010). He shared a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968 with Har Gobind Khorana and Robert W.
  • 1927 – Norma Candal, Puerto Rican-American actress (d. 2006), was a Puerto Rican actress and comedian who was best known for her role as Petunia on La criada malcriada.
  • 1926 – Junior Samples, American comedian (Hee Haw) (d. 1983), was an American comedian best known for his 14-year run as a cast member of the TV show Hee Haw.
  • 1925 – Angelo Poffo, American wrestler and promoter (d. 2010), was an American professional wrestler and wrestling promoter. He ran International Championship Wrestling for a number of years, holding cards in Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
  • 1925 – Linda Goodman, American astrologer and author (d. 1995), was a New York Times bestselling American astrologer and poet. She is notable as the author of the first astrology book to make The New York Times Best Seller list.
  • 1924 – Kenneth Noland, American soldier and painter (d. 2010), was an American painter. He was one of the best-known American Color Field painters, although in the 1950s he was thought of as an abstract expressionist and in the early 1960s he was thought of as a minimalist painter.
  • 1923 – Floyd Simmons, American decathlete and actor (d. 2008), was an American athlete and actor who competed mainly in the decathlon. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • 1923 – Jane Kean, American actress and singer (d. 2013), was an American actress and singer, whose career in show business spanned seven decades and included appearing in nightclubs, on recordings, and in radio, television, Broadway and films. Among her most famous roles were as Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, and as the voice of Belle in the perennial favorite Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol.
  • 1921 – Chuck Connors, American baseball player and actor (d. 1992), was an American actor, writer, and professional basketball and baseball player. He is one of only 13 athletes in the history of American professional sports to have played both Major League Baseball (Chicago Cubs, 1951) and in the National Basketball Association (Boston Celtics 1947–48).
  • 1921 – Jake Warren, Canadian soldier and diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States (d. 2008), was diplomat, civil servant and banker.
  • 1919 – John Houbolt, American engineer and academic (d. 2014), was an aerospace engineer credited with leading the team behind the lunar orbit rendezvous (LOR) mission mode, a concept that was used to successfully land humans on the Moon and return them to Earth. This flight path was first endorsed by Wernher von Braun in June 1961 and was chosen for Apollo program in early 1962.
  • 1917 – Robert Burns Woodward, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1979), was an American organic chemist. He is considered by many to be the preeminent organic chemist of the twentieth century, having made many key contributions to the subject, especially in the synthesis of complex natural products and the determination of their molecular structure.
  • 1915 – Harry Morgan, American actor and director (d. 2011), was an American actor and director whose television and film career spanned six decades. Morgan's major roles included Pete Porter in both December Bride (1954–1959) and Pete and Gladys (1960–1962); Officer Bill Gannon on Dragnet (1967–1970); Amos Coogan on Hec Ramsey (1972–1974); and his starring role as Colonel Sherman T.
  • 1915 – Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist, poet, and illustrator (d. 2014), was a Dutch-American hematologist, a prolific poet mainly in Dutch and an illustrator. Vroman was born in Gouda and studied biology in Utrecht.
  • 1913 – Stefan Heym, German-American soldier and author (d. 2001), was a German writer, known by his pseudonym Stefan Heym. He lived in the United States (or served in its army abroad) between 1935 and 1952, before moving back to the part of his native Germany which was, from 1949 to 1990, the German Democratic Republic (GDR, "East Germany").
  • 1911 – Martin Denny, American pianist and composer (d. 2005), was an American piano-player and composer best known as the "father of exotica." In a long career that saw him performing well into the 1980s, he toured the world popularizing his brand of lounge music which included exotic percussion, imaginative rearrangements of popular songs, and original songs that celebrated Tiki culture.
  • 1910 – Margaret Clapp, American scholar and academic (d. 1974), was an American scholar, educator and Pulitzer Prize winner.
  • 1910 – Paul Sweezy, American economist and publisher, founded the Monthly Review (d. 2004), was a Marxian economist, political activist, publisher, and founding editor of the long-running magazine Monthly Review. He is best remembered for his contributions to economic theory as one of the leading Marxian economists of the second half of the 20th century.
  • 1903 – Clare Turlay Newberry, American author and illustrator (d. 1970), was an American author and illustrator of 17 published children's books, who achieved fame for her drawings of cats, the subject of all but three of her books. Four of her works were named Caldecott Honor Books.
  • 1900 – Arnold Orville Beckman, American chemist, inventor, and philanthropist (d. 2004), was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at California Institute of Technology, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, a device for measuring acidity, later considered to have "revolutionized the study of chemistry and biology".
  • 1886 – Johnny Hayes, American runner and trainer (d. 1965), was an American athlete, a member of the Irish American Athletic Club, and winner of the marathon race at the 1908 Summer Olympics. Hayes' Olympic victory contributed to the early growth of long-distance running and marathoning in the United States.
  • 1880 – Frances Perkins, American sociologist, academic, and politician, 4th United States Secretary of Labor (d. 1965), was an American sociologist and workers-rights advocate who served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S.
  • 1865 – Jack Miner, American-Canadian farmer, hunter, and environmentalist (d. 1944), was a Canadian conservationist called by some the "father" of North American conservationism.
  • 1847 – Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian Jewish-American journalist, publisher, and politician, founded Pulitzer, Inc. (d. 1911), was a newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World.
  • 1829 – William Booth, English minister, founded The Salvation Army (d. 1912), was an English Methodist preacher who, along with his wife, Catherine, founded The Salvation Army and became its first General (1878–1912). The Christian movement with a quasi-military structure and government founded in 1865 has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world and is known for being one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid.
  • 1827 – Lew Wallace, American general, lawyer, and politician, 11th Governor of New Mexico Territory (d. 1905), was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana. Among his novels and biographies, Wallace is best known for his historical adventure story, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880), a bestselling novel that has been called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century."
  • 1806 – Leonidas Polk, Scotch-Irish/Scottish-American general and bishop (d. 1884), was a planter in Maury County, Tennessee, USA, and a second cousin of President James K. Polk.
  • 1794 – Matthew C. Perry, English-Scottish American commander (d. 1858). Second Barbary War Suppression of the Slave Trade
  • 1656 – René Lepage de Sainte-Claire, French-Canadian settler, founded Rimouski (d. 1718). Rene Lepage de Sainte-Claire (April 10, 1656 in Ouanne, Burgundy – August 4, 1718 in Rimouski, Quebec) is the lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, province of Quebec, in Canada.

Deaths

  • 2015 – Judith Malina, German-American actress and director, co-founded The Living Theatre (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Raúl Héctor Castro, Mexican-American politician and diplomat, 14th Governor of Arizona (b. 1916)
  • 2012 – Lili Chookasian, Armenian-American operatic singer (b. 1921)
  • 2010 – Casualties in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash included: - Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist, First Lady of Poland (b. 1942)
  • 2010 – Dixie Carter, American actress and singer (b. 1939)
  • 2009 – Deborah Digges, American poet and educator (b. 1950)
  • 2007 – Dakota Staton, American singer (b. 1930)
  • 2005 – Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • 2005 – Scott Gottlieb, American drummer (b. 1970)
  • 2004 – Sakıp Sabancı, Turkish businessman and philanthropist, founded Sabancı Holding (b. 1933)
  • 2003 – Little Eva, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 2000 – Larry Linville, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 1999 – Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, German-American biochemist and physician (b. 1910)
  • 1999 – Jean Vander Pyl, American actress and voice artist (b. 1919)
  • 1997 – Michael Dorris, American author and academic (b. 1945)
  • 1994 – Sam B. Hall, Jr., American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1924)
  • 1992 – Sam Kinison, American comedian and actor (b. 1953)
  • 1991 – Kevin Peter Hall, American actor (b. 1955)
  • 1991 – Natalie Schafer, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1986 – Linda Creed, American singer-songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 1981 – Howard Thurman, American author, philosopher and civil rights activist (b. 1899)
  • 1980 – Kay Medford, American actress and singer (b. 1919)
  • 1975 – Marjorie Main, American actress (b. 1890)
  • 1975 – Walker Evans, American photographer (b. 1903)
  • 1969 – Harley Earl, American businessman (b. 1893)
  • 1965 – Linda Darnell, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1965 – Lloyd Casner, American race car driver, founded Casner Motor Racing Division (b. 1928)
  • 1962 – Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1886)
  • 1958 – Chuck Willis, American singer-songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 1947 – Charles Nordhoff, English-American lieutenant and author (b. 1887)
  • 1938 – King Oliver, American cornet player and bandleader (b. 1885)
  • 1931 – Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, painter, and philosopher (b. 1883)
  • 1806 – Horatio Gates, English-American general (b. 1727)
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