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Events

  • 1986 – The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise becomes the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal, navigating from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to relieve the USS Coral Sea.
  • 1970 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon formally authorizes American combat troops to fight communist sanctuaries in Cambodia.
  • 1967 – Vietnam War: Boxer Muhammad Ali refuses his induction into the United States Army and is subsequently stripped of his championship and license.
  • 1965 – United States occupation of the Dominican Republic: American troops land in the Dominican Republic to "forestall establishment of a Communist dictatorship" and to evacuate U.S. Army troops.
  • 1952 – Occupied Japan by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers: The United States occupation of Japan ends as the Treaty of San Francisco, ratified September 8, 1951, comes into force.
  • 1949 – The Hukbalahap are accused of assassinating former First Lady of the Philippines Aurora Quezon, while she is en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and ten others are also killed.
  • 1948 – Igor Stravinsky conducted the premier of his American ballet, Orpheus at the New York City Center.
  • 1941 – The Ustaše massacre nearly 200 Serbs in the village of Gudovac, the first massacre of their genocidal campaign against Serbs of the Independent State of Croatia.
  • 1930 – The Independence Producers hosted the first night game in the history of Organized Baseball in Independence, Kansas.
  • 1910 – Frenchman Louis Paulhan wins the 1910 London to Manchester air race, the first long-distance aeroplane race in England.
  • 1887 – A week after being arrested by the Prussian Secret Police, French police inspector Guillaume Schnaebelé is released on order of William I, German Emperor, defusing a possible war.
  • 1869 – Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad working on the First Transcontinental Railroad lay ten miles of track in one day, a feat which has never been matched.
  • 1788 – Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • 1503 – The Battle of Cerignola is fought. It is noted as the first battle in history won by small arms fire using gunpowder.
  • 1253 – Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō for the very first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.
  • 357 – Emperor Constantius II enters Rome for the first time to celebrate his victory over Magnus Magnentius.

Births

  • 1995 – Melanie Martinez, American singer
  • 1986 – Jenna Ushkowitz, Korean-American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1983 – David Freese, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Chris Kaman, American basketball player
  • 1981 – Jessica Alba, American model and actress
  • 1979 – Scott Fujita, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1978 – Nate Richert, American actor
  • 1973 – Earl Holmes, American football player and coach
  • 1973 – Jorge Garcia, American actor and producer
  • 1972 – Violent J, American rapper, Insane Clown Posse
  • 1966 – John Daly, American golfer
  • 1966 – Too Short, American rapper, producer and actor
  • 1965 – Jennifer Rardin, American author (d. 2010)
  • 1964 – Barry Larkin, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster
  • 1964 – L'Wren Scott, American model and fashion designer (d. 2014)
  • 1960 – Elena Kagan, American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1960 – Tom Browning, American baseball player
  • 1958 – Hal Sutton, American golfer
  • 1954 – Michael P. Jackson, American politician, 3rd Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
  • 1954 – Ron Zook, American football player and coach
  • 1954 – Timothy Curley, American educator
  • 1953 – Kim Gordon, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1952 – Chuck Leavell, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1952 – Mary McDonnell, American actress
  • 1950 – Jay Leno, American comedian, talk show host, and producer
  • 1950 – Willie Colón, Puerto Rican-American trombonist and producer
  • 1949 – Bruno Kirby, American actor and director (d. 2006)
  • 1949 – Paul Guilfoyle, American actor
  • 1948 – Marcia Strassman, American actress and singer (d. 2014)
  • 1946 – Larissa Grunig, American theorist and activist
  • 1944 – Alice Waters, American chef and author
  • 1944 – Elizabeth LeCompte, American director and producer
  • 1941 – Ann-Margret, Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1941 – Karl Barry Sharpless, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1938 – Madge Sinclair, Jamaican-American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1934 – Lois Duncan, American journalist and author (d. 2016)
  • 1933 – Miodrag Radulovacki, Serbian-American neuropharmacologist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Carolyn Jones, American actress (d. 1983)
  • 1930 – James Baker, American lawyer and politician, 61st United States Secretary of State
  • 1928 – Eugene Merle Shoemaker, American geologist and astronomer (d. 1997)
  • 1926 – Bill Blackbeard, American historian and author (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – Harper Lee, American novelist (d. 2016)
  • 1926 – James Bama, American artist and illustrator
  • 1925 – T. John Lesinski, American judge and politician, 51st Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 1924 – Blossom Dearie, American singer and pianist (d. 2009)
  • 1924 – Dick Ayers, American author and illustrator (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Carolyn Cassady, American author (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – William Guarnere, American sergeant (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Rowland Evans, American soldier, journalist, and author (d. 2001)
  • 1917 – Robert Cornthwaite, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1913 – Rose Murphy, American singer (d. 1989)
  • 1911 – Lee Falk, American director, producer, and playwright (d. 1999)
  • 1910 – Sam Merwin, Jr., American author (d. 1996)
  • 1909 – Arthur Võõbus, Estonian-American theologist and orientalist (d. 1988)
  • 1908 – Ethel Catherwood, American-Canadian high jumper and javelin thrower (d. 1987)
  • 1906 – Kurt Gödel, Czech-American mathematician, philosopher, and academic (d. 1978)
  • 1886 – Art Shaw, American hurdler (d. 1955)
  • 1878 – Lionel Barrymore, American actor and director (d. 1954)
  • 1874 – Sidney Toler, American actor and director (d. 1947)
  • 1865 – Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist and academic (d. 1940)
  • 1819 – Ezra Abbot, American scholar and academic (d. 1884)
  • 1758 – James Monroe, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th President of the United States (d. 1831)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Mariano Gagnon, American Catholic priest and author (b. 1929)
  • 2015 – Marcia Brown, American author and illustrator (b. 1918)
  • 2015 – Michael J. Ingelido, American general (b. 1916)
  • 2014 – Dennis Kamakahi, American guitarist and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2014 – Frederic Schwartz, American architect, co-designed Empty Sky (b. 1951)
  • 2014 – Jack Ramsay, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – William Honan, American journalist and author (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Brad Lesley, American baseball player (b. 1958)
  • 2013 – Fredrick McKissack, American author (b. 1939)
  • 2013 – János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist and educator (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Jack Shea, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – John C. Reynolds, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Al Ecuyer, American football player (b. 1937)
  • 2007 – Dabbs Greer, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2007 – Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – Steve Howe, American baseball player (b. 1958)
  • 2005 – Percy Heath, American bassist (b. 1923)
  • 2002 – Lou Thesz, American wrestler and trainer (b. 1916)
  • 1999 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1921)
  • 1999 – Rolf Landauer, German-American physicist and engineer (b. 1927)
  • 1999 – Rory Calhoun, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1998 – Jerome Bixby, American author and screenwriter (b. 1923)
  • 1997 – Ann Petry, American novelist (b. 1908)
  • 1996 – Lester Sumrall, American minister, founded LeSEA (b. 1913)
  • 1994 – Berton Roueché, American journalist and author (b. 1910)
  • 1993 – Jim Valvano, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1946)
  • 1991 – Steve Broidy, American film producer (b. 1905)
  • 1987 – Ben Linder, American engineer and activist (b. 1959)
  • 1980 – Tommy Caldwell, American bass player (b. 1949)
  • 1977 – Ricardo Cortez, American actor (b. 1900)
  • 1976 – Richard Hughes, American author and poet (b. 1900)
  • 1970 – Ed Begley, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1956 – Fred Marriott, American racing driver (b. 1872)
  • 1944 – Frank Knox, American journalist and politician, 46th United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1874)
  • 1905 – Fitzhugh Lee, American general and politician, 40th Governor of Virginia (b. 1835)
  • 1865 – Samuel Cunard, Canadian-English businessman, founded Cunard Line (b. 1787)
  • 1781 – Cornelius Harnett, American merchant, farmer, and politician (b. 1723)
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