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Events

  • 2014 – The American city of Flint, Michigan switches its water source to the Flint River, beginning the ongoing Flint water crisis which has caused lead poisoning in up to 12,000 people, and 15 deaths from Legionnaires disease, ultimately leading to criminal indictments against 15 people, five of whom have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
  • 1992 – The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12.
  • 1982 – Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves.
  • 1963 – The first election of the Universal House of Justice is held, marking its establishment as the supreme governing institution of the Bahá'í Faith.
  • 1962 – The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II.
  • 1952 – Secretary's Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) is first celebrated.
  • 1934 – The "Surgeon's Photograph", the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in the Daily Mail (in 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax).
  • 1898 – Spanish–American War: The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports. When the U.S. Congress issued a declaration of war on April 25, it declared that a state of war had existed from this date.
  • 1809 – Two Austrian army corps are driven from Landshut by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon as two French corps to the north hold off the main Austrian army on the first day of the Battle of Eckmühl.
  • 1782 – The city of Rattanakosin, now known internationally as Bangkok, is founded on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.
  • 1526 – The last ruler of the Lodi dynasty, Ibrahim Lodi is defeated and killed by Babur in the First Battle of Panipat.

Births

  • 1989 – Tatyana McFadden, Russian-American sprinter and skier
  • 1988 – Jencarlos Canela, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1987 – Eric Devendorf, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Audra Cohen, American tennis player
  • 1986 – Rodney Stuckey, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Shayna Fox, American voice actress
  • 1982 – Carnell Williams, American football player
  • 1982 – Khalif Barnes, American football player
  • 1980 – Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Tony Romo, American football player
  • 1974 – Orlando Jordan, American wrestler
  • 1971 – Axl Rotten, American wrestler (d. 2016)
  • 1971 – Michael Turner, American author and illustrator (d. 2008)
  • 1970 – Jeff Anderson, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Nicole Sullivan, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Rob Riggle, American actor and comedian
  • 1965 – Fiona Kelleghan, American academic, critic and librarian
  • 1965 – Gary Grant, American basketball player
  • 1965 – Karen Foster, American model and actress
  • 1963 – John Cameron Mitchell, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1962 – Craig Robinson, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Les Lancaster, American baseball player and coach
  • 1961 – Carey Hayes, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1961 – Chad Hayes, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Tim Jacobus, American illustrator and painter
  • 1958 – Andie MacDowell, American model, actress, and producer
  • 1958 – Michael Zarnock, American author
  • 1957 – Jesse Orosco, American baseball player
  • 1956 – Phillip Longman, German-American demographer and journalist
  • 1954 – James Morrison, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1952 – Gerald Early, American author and academic
  • 1951 – Michael Freedman, American mathematician and academic
  • 1951 – Tony Danza, American actor and producer
  • 1949 – Patti LuPone, American actress and singer
  • 1948 – Gary Condit, American businessman and politician
  • 1947 – Al Bumbry, American baseball player
  • 1947 – Iggy Pop, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1941 – David L. Boren, American lawyer and politician, 21st Governor of Oklahoma
  • 1939 – Reni Santoni, American actor
  • 1939 – Sister Helen Prejean, American nun, activist, and author
  • 1937 – Ben Zinn, Israeli-born American academic and former international soccer player
  • 1937 – Gary Peters (baseball), American baseball player
  • 1936 – James Dobson, American evangelist, psychologist, and author, founded Focus on the Family
  • 1936 – Reg Fleming, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2009)
  • 1935 – Charles Grodin, American actor and talk show host
  • 1935 – Thomas Kean, American academic and politician, 48th Governor of New Jersey
  • 1933 – Easley Blackwood, Jr., American pianist, composer, and educator
  • 1932 – Elaine May, American actress, comedian, director, and screenwriter
  • 1932 – Slide Hampton, African-American trombonist and composer
  • 1924 – Ira Louvin, American singer-songwriter and mandolin player (d. 1965)
  • 1919 – Don Cornell, American singer and trumpet player (d. 2004)
  • 1916 – Estella B. Diggs, American businesswoman and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1915 – Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1915 – Garrett Hardin, American ecologist, author, and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – Angelo Savoldi, Italian-American wrestler and promoter, co-founded International World Class Championship Wrestling (d. 2013)
  • 1912 – Eve Arnold, Russian-American photojournalist (d. 2012)
  • 1911 – Ivan Combe, American businessman, developed Clearasil (d. 2000)
  • 1905 – Pat Brown, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Governor of California (d. 1996)
  • 1899 – Randall Thompson, American composer and academic (d. 1984)
  • 1889 – Efrem Zimbalist, Sr., Russian-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1985)
  • 1887 – Joe McCarthy, American baseball player and manager (d. 1978)
  • 1882 – Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)
  • 1870 – Edwin Stanton Porter, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1941)
  • 1868 – Alfred Henry Maurer, American painter (d. 1932)
  • 1854 – William Stang, German-American bishop (d. 1907)
  • 1838 – John Muir, Scottish-American environmentalist and author (d. 1914)
  • 1811 – Alson Sherman, American merchant and politician, 8th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1903)
  • 1810 – John Putnam Chapin, American politician, 10th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1864)
  • 1775 – Alexander Anderson, Scottish-American illustrator and engraver (d. 1870)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Prince, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (b. 1958)
  • 2015 – Betsy von Furstenberg, German-American actress (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – M. H. Abrams, American author, critic, and academic (b. 1912)
  • 2015 – Steve Byrnes, American sportscaster and producer (b. 1959)
  • 2014 – George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Janet Gray Hayes, American politician, 60th Mayor of San Jose (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Win Tin, Burmese journalist and politician, co-founded the National League for Democracy (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Gordon D. Gayle, American general and historian (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Charles Colson, American lawyer and activist, founded Prison Fellowship (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Charles Higham, English-American author and poet (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Doris Betts, American author and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2009 — Vivian Maier, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • 2004 – Mary McGrory, American journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2003 – Nina Simone, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and activist (b. 1933)
  • 1999 – Buddy Rogers, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1996 – Jimmy Snyder, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
  • 1996 – Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-born American engineer and racing driver (b. 1909)
  • 1989 – James Kirkwood, Jr., American actor, playwright, and author (b. 1924)
  • 1987 – Gustav Bergmann, Austrian-American philosopher from the Vienna Circle (b. 1906)
  • 1986 – Marjorie Eaton, American painter and actress (b. 1901)
  • 1985 – Rudi Gernreich, Austrian-American fashion designer, created the monokini (b. 1922)
  • 1983 – Walter Slezak, Austrian-American actor and singer (b. 1902)
  • 1978 – Thomas Wyatt Turner, American biologist and academic (b. 1877)
  • 1977 – Gummo Marx, American vaudevillian and talent agent (b. 1893)
  • 1974 – Chic Harley, American football player (b. 1894)
  • 1956 – Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1895)
  • 1954 – Emil Leon Post, Polish-American mathematician and logician (b. 1897)
  • 1952 – Leslie Banks, American actor, director and producer (b. 1890)
  • 1948 – Aldo Leopold, American ecologist and author (b. 1887)
  • 1910 – Mark Twain, American novelist, humorist, and critic (b. 1835)
  • 1815 – Joseph Winston, American soldier and politician (b. 1746)
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