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Holidays and observances

  • Anniversary of the First Cabinet of Kurdish Government (Iraqi Kurdistan)

Events

  • 2007 – Boris Yeltsin's funeral: The first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.
  • 1990 – Violeta Chamorro takes office as the President of Nicaragua, the first woman to hold the position.
  • 1983 – American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war.
  • 1975 – As North Vietnamese forces close in on the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the Australian Embassy is closed and evacuated, almost ten years to the day since the first Australian troop commitment to South Vietnam.
  • 1961 – Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.
  • 1960 – The United States Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
  • 1959 – The Saint Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping.
  • 1954 – The first practical solar cell is publicly demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories.
  • 1945 – Elbe Day: United States and Soviet troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two.
  • 1916 – Anzac Day is commemorated for the first time on the first anniversary of the landing at ANZAC Cove.
  • 1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.
  • 1898 – Spanish–American War: The United States declares war on Spain.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Marks' Mills.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Forces under U.S. Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1846 – Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican–American War.
  • 1792 – Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.
  • 1134 – The name Zagreb was mentioned for the first time in the Felician Charter relating to the establishment of the Zagreb Bishopric around 1094.

Births

  • 1993 – Alex Bowman, American race car driver
  • 1993 – Daniel Norris, American baseball player
  • 1991 – Alex Shibutani, American ice dancer
  • 1987 – Jay Park, American-South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1987 – Johann Smith, American soccer player
  • 1986 – Gwen Jorgensen, American triathlete
  • 1984 – Robert Andino, American baseball player
  • 1983 – DeAngelo Williams, American football player
  • 1982 – Brian Barton, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Dwone Hicks, American football player
  • 1977 – Marguerite Moreau, American actress and producer
  • 1977 – Matthew West, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1976 – Tim Duncan, American basketball player
  • 1975 – Jacque Jones, American baseball player and coach
  • 1971 – Brad Clontz, American baseball player
  • 1970 – Jason Lee, American skateboarder, actor, comedian and producer
  • 1969 – Darren Woodson, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1969 – Joe Buck, American sportscaster
  • 1969 – Renée Zellweger, American actress and producer
  • 1967 – Angel Martino, American swimmer
  • 1966 – Darren Holmes, American baseball player and coach
  • 1966 – Erik Pappas, American baseball player and coach
  • 1965 – Eric Avery, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1965 – John Henson, American puppeteer and voice actor (d. 2014)
  • 1965 – Mark Bryant, American basketball player and coach
  • 1964 – Hank Azaria, American actor, voice artist, comedian and producer
  • 1963 – Joy Covey, American businesswoman (d. 2013)
  • 1961 – Dinesh D'Souza, Indian-American journalist and author
  • 1960 – Paul Baloff, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1959 – Tony Phillips, American baseball player (d. 2016)
  • 1955 – Zev Siegl, American businessman, co-founded Starbucks
  • 1954 – Randy Cross, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Ron Clements, American animator, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1947 – Jeffrey DeMunn, American actor
  • 1946 – Talia Shire, American actress
  • 1945 – Richard C. Hoagland, American theorist and author
  • 1945 – Stu Cook, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1942 – Jon Kyl, American lawyer and politician
  • 1940 – Al Pacino, American actor and director
  • 1938 – Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist and engineer (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Bob Gutowski, American pole vaulter (d. 1960)
  • 1933 – Jerry Leiber, American songwriter and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1933 – Joyce Ricketts, American baseball player (d. 1992)
  • 1932 – Meadowlark Lemon, African-American basketball player and minister (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Paul Mazursky, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Cy Twombly, American-Italian painter and sculptor (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – Johnny Craig, American author and illustrator (d. 2001)
  • 1923 – Albert King, African-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)
  • 1918 – Astrid Varnay, Swedish-American soprano and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1918 – Gérard de Vaucouleurs, French-American astronomer and academic (d. 1995)
  • 1917 – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (d. 1996)
  • 1916 – Jerry Barber, American golfer (d. 1994)
  • 1915 – Mort Weisinger, American journalist and author (d. 1978)
  • 1914 – Ross Lockridge, Jr., American author and academic (d. 1948)
  • 1912 – Earl Bostic, African-American saxophonist (d. 1965)
  • 1909 – William Pereira, American architect, designed the Transamerica Pyramid (d. 1985)
  • 1908 – Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1906 – William J. Brennan, Jr., American colonel and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (d. 1997)
  • 1902 – Mary Miles Minter, American actress (d. 1984)
  • 1900 – Wolfgang Pauli, Austrian-Swiss-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
  • 1898 – Fred Haney, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1977)
  • 1892 – Maud Hart Lovelace, American author (d. 1980)
  • 1878 – William Merz, American gymnast and triathlete (d. 1946)
  • 1874 – Guglielmo Marconi, Italian businessman and inventor, developed Marconi's law, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)
  • 1873 – Howard Garis, American creator of the Uncle Wiggily series of children's stories (d. 1962)
  • 1868 – John Moisant, American pilot and engineer (d. 1910)
  • 1854 – Charles Sumner Tainter, American engineer and inventor (d. 1940)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Don Mankiewicz, American screenwriter and novelist (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Jim Fanning, American-Canadian baseball player and manager (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Mike Phillips, American basketball player (b. 1956)
  • 2014 – Barbara Fiske Calhoun, American cartoonist and painter (b. 1919)
  • 2014 – Earl Morrall, American football player and coach (b. 1934)
  • 2014 – William Judson Holloway, Jr., American soldier, lawyer, and judge (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Jacob Avshalomov, American composer and conductor (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Rick Camp, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 2012 – Charles G. Hall, American photographer and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Denny Jones, American rancher and politician (b. 1910)
  • 2012 – Moscelyne Larkin, American ballerina and educator (b. 1925)
  • 2010 – Dorothy Provine, American actress and singer (b. 1935)
  • 2009 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 – Bobby Pickett, American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2006 – Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist (b. 1916)
  • 2005 – Jim Barker, American politician (b. 1935)
  • 2004 – Thom Gunn, English-American poet and academic (b. 1929)
  • 2002 – Lisa Lopes, American rapper and dancer (b. 1971)
  • 2000 – David Merrick, American director and producer (b. 1911)
  • 1999 – Roger Troutman, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1951)
  • 1998 – Wright Morris, American author and photographer (b. 1910)
  • 1996 – Saul Bass, American graphic designer and director (b. 1920)
  • 1995 – Art Fleming, American game show host (b. 1925)
  • 1995 – Ginger Rogers, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1911)
  • 1990 – Dexter Gordon, American saxophonist, composer, and actor (b. 1923)
  • 1988 – Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1988 – Clifford D. Simak, American journalist and author (b. 1904)
  • 1983 – William S. Bowdern, American priest and author (b. 1897)
  • 1982 – John Cody, American cardinal (b. 1907)
  • 1973 – Olga Grey, Hungarian-American actress (b. 1896)
  • 1970 – Anita Louise, American actress (b. 1915)
  • 1961 – Robert Garrett, American discus thrower and shot putter (b. 1875)
  • 1944 – George Herriman, American cartoonist (b. 1880)
  • 1944 – Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player (b. 1859)
  • 1944 – William Stephens, American engineer and politician, 24th Governor of California (b. 1859)
  • 1919 – Augustus D. Juilliard, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1836)
  • 1915 – Frederick W. Seward, American journalist, lawyer, and politician, 6th United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • 1906 – John Knowles Paine, American composer and educator (b. 1839)
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