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Holidays and observances

  • Confederate Memorial Day (Florida, United States)

Events

  • 1991 – Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak's end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado.
  • 1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.
  • 1958 – Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
  • 1956 – SS Ideal X, the world's first successful container ship, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.
  • 1945 – World War II: Filipino troops of the 66th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL and the American troops of the 33rd and 37th Infantry Division, United States Army are liberated in Baguio City and they fight against the Japanese forces under General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
  • 1925 – Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic.
  • 1903 – Atlético Madrid Association football club is founded
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. Also the date of Confederate Memorial Day for two states.
  • 1805 – First Barbary War: United States Marines captured Derne under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon.
  • 1794 – Battle of Beaumont during the Flanders Campaign of the War of the First Coalition.
  • 1777 – Legend tells that Sybil Ludington, aged 16, rode 40 miles to alert American colonial forces to the approach of the British regular forces

Births

  • 1992 – Aaron Judge, American baseball player
  • 1989 – Melvin Ingram, American football player
  • 1985 – John Isner, American tennis player
  • 1984 – Emily Wickersham, American actress
  • 1983 – Jessica Lynch, American soldier and POW
  • 1980 – Channing Tatum, American actor and producer
  • 1980 – Jordana Brewster, Panamanian-American actress
  • 1978 – Joe Crede, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Roxana Saberi, American journalist and author
  • 1977 – Tom Welling, American actor
  • 1975 – Joey Jordison, American musician, songwriter, record producer
  • 1973 – Geoff Blum, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1973 – Jules Naudet, French-American director and producer
  • 1972 – Natrone Means, American football player and coach
  • 1971 – Jay DeMarcus, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1970 – Kristen R. Ghodsee, American ethnographer and academic
  • 1970 – Melania Trump, Slovene-American model; First Lady of the United States; wife of United States President Donald Trump
  • 1970 – Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, African-American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1965 – Kevin James, American actor and comedian
  • 1963 – Colin Scotts, Australian-American football player
  • 1962 – Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian
  • 1961 – Joan Chen, Chinese-American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Steve Lombardozzi, American baseball player and coach
  • 1959 – John Corabi, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1958 – Giancarlo Esposito, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1956 – Koo Stark, American actress and photographer
  • 1949 – Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1947 – [[Terrance Pavlack}}, Polish American inventor and steelmaker
  • 1946 – Marilyn Nelson, African-American poet and author
  • 1943 – Gary Wright, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
  • 1943 – Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect and academic, designed the Therme Vals
  • 1942 – Bobby Rydell, American singer and actor
  • 1942 – Michael Kergin, Canadian diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States
  • 1938 – Duane Eddy, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1938 – Maurice Williams, American doo-wop/R&B singer-songwriter (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs)
  • 1935 – Patricia Reilly Giff, American author and educator
  • 1933 – Arno Allan Penzias, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1933 – Carol Burnett, American actress, singer, and producer
  • 1933 – Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, Puerto Rican-American general (d. 2005)
  • 1932 – Frank D'Rone, American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent and producer (d. 2008)
  • 1929 – Richard Mitchell, American author and educator (d. 2002)
  • 1927 – Granny Hamner, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1927 – Harry Gallatin, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1925 – Gerard Cafesjian, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Browning Ross, American runner and soldier (d. 1998)
  • 1921 – Jimmy Giuffre, American clarinet player, saxophonist, and composer (d. 2008)
  • 1917 – I. M. Pei, Chinese-American architect, designed the National Gallery of Art and Bank of China Tower
  • 1917 – Sal Maglie, American baseball player and coach (d. 1992)
  • 1917 – Virgil Trucks, American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1916 – Eyvind Earle, American artist, author, and illustrator (d. 2000)
  • 1914 – Bernard Malamud, Jewish American novelist and short story writer (d. 1986)
  • 1914 – James Rouse, American real estate developer (d. 1996)
  • 1912 – A. E. van Vogt, Canadian-American author (d. 2000)
  • 1900 – Charles Francis Richter, American seismologist and physicist (d. 1985)
  • 1900 – Hack Wilson, American baseball player (d. 1948)
  • 1898 – Eddie Eagan, American boxer and bobsledder (d. 1967)
  • 1897 – Douglas Sirk, German-American director and screenwriter (d. 1987)
  • 1889 – Anita Loos, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1981)
  • 1886 – Ma Rainey, American singer (d. 1939)
  • 1862 – Edmund C. Tarbell, American painter and educator (d. 1938)
  • 1834 – Charles Farrar Browne, American author (d. 1867)
  • 1822 – Frederick Law Olmsted, American journalist and designer, co-designed Central Park (d. 1903)
  • 1804 – Charles Goodyear, American banker, lawyer, and politician (d. 1876)
  • 1801 – Ambrose Dudley Mann, American politician and diplomat, 1st United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1889)
  • 1785 – John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter (d. 1851)
  • 1718 – Esek Hopkins, American commander (d. 1802)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Jonathan Demme, American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Jayne Meadows, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2014 – Gerald Guralnik, American physicist and academic (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Paul Robeson, Jr., American historian and author (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – George Jones, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Jacqueline Brookes, American actress and educator (b. 1930)
  • 2011 – Phoebe Snow, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1950)
  • 2009 – Hans Holzer, Austrian-American paranormal investigator and author (b. 1920)
  • 2007 – Jack Valenti, American businessman, created the MPAA film rating system (b. 1921)
  • 2005 – Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2004 – Hubert Selby, Jr., American author, poet, and screenwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2003 – Edward Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist, co-founded the World Wide Fund for Nature (b. 1904)
  • 1996 – Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1918)
  • 1994 – Mas Oyama, Japanese martial artist, founded Kyokushin kaikan (b. 1927)
  • 1991 – A. B. Guthrie, Jr., American novelist and historian, (b. 1901)
  • 1991 – Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (b. 1910)
  • 1991 – Leo Arnaud, French-American composer and conductor (b. 1904)
  • 1989 – Lucille Ball, American model, actress, comedian, and producer (b. 1911)
  • 1986 – Bessie Love, American actress (b. 1898)
  • 1986 – Broderick Crawford, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1984 – Count Basie, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1904)
  • 1981 – Jim Davis, American actor (b. 1909)
  • 1976 – Armstrong Sperry, American author and illustrator (b. 1897)
  • 1976 – Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
  • 1973 – Irene Ryan, American actress and philanthropist (b. 1902)
  • 1970 – Gypsy Rose Lee, American actress, striptease dancer, and writer (b. 1911)
  • 1969 – Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, founded aikido (b. 1883)
  • 1957 – Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, founded Shotokan (b. 1868)
  • 1956 – Edward Arnold, American actor (b. 1890)
  • 1950 – George Murray Hulbert, American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1881)
  • 1946 – James Larkin White, American miner, explorer, and park ranger (b. 1882)
  • 1915 – John Bunny, American actor (b. 1863)
  • 1865 – John Wilkes Booth, American actor, assassin of Abraham Lincoln (b. 1838)
  • 1784 – Nano Nagle, Irish nun and educator, founded the Presentation Sisters (b. 1718)
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