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Events

  • 1986 – Chernobyl disaster: American and European spy satellites capture the ruins of the 4th Reactor at the Chernobyl Power Plant
  • 1974 – Watergate scandal: United States President Richard Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings relating to the scandal.
  • 1970 – Vietnam War: United States and South Vietnamese forces invade Cambodia to hunt Viet Cong.
  • 1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the previous day, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.
  • 1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D television broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • 1945 – Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.
  • 1911 – Tsinghua University, one of mainland China's leading universities, is founded.
  • 1910 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the People's Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public.
  • 1864 – Theta Xi fraternity is founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the only fraternity to be founded during the American Civil War.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Capture of New Orleans by Union forces under David Farragut.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Maryland's House of Delegates votes not to secede from the Union.
  • 1781 – American Revolutionary War: British and French ships clash in the Battle of Fort Royal off the coast of Martinique.

Births

  • 1992 – Emilio Orozco, American soccer player
  • 1988 – Jovan Leacock, American football player
  • 1983 – David Lee, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Jay Cutler, American football player
  • 1983 – Tommie Harris, American football player
  • 1980 – Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Bob Bryan, American tennis player
  • 1978 – Javier Colon, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1978 – Mike Bryan, American tennis player
  • 1977 – Titus O'Neil, American football player and wrestler
  • 1972 – Dustin McDaniel, American lawyer and politician, 55th Arkansas Attorney General
  • 1970 – Andre Agassi, American tennis player
  • 1970 – Uma Thurman, American actress
  • 1969 – Jack Mackenroth, American swimmer, model, and fashion designer
  • 1968 – Carnie Wilson, American singer-songwriter
  • 1965 – Peter Rauhofer, Austrian-American disc jockey and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1964 – Federico Castelluccio, Italian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Bill Glasson, American golfer
  • 1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress
  • 1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress
  • 1958 – Mike Stenhouse, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1957 – Mark Kendall, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1956 – Karen Barad, American physicist and philosopher
  • 1955 – Kate Mulgrew, American actress
  • 1954 – Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder and businessman, founded Burton Snowboards
  • 1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian, actor, and producer
  • 1952 – Bob McClure, American baseball player and coach
  • 1952 – Nora Dunn, American actress and comedian
  • 1952 – Ron Washington, American baseball player and manager
  • 1951 – Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)
  • 1951 – Rick Burleson, American baseball player
  • 1950 – Debbie Stabenow, American social worker and politician
  • 1948 – Bruce Cutler, American lawyer
  • 1947 – Jim Ryun, American runner and politician
  • 1947 – Johnny Miller, American golfer and sportscaster
  • 1947 – Tommy James, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1945 – Tammi Terrell, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 1970)
  • 1943 – Duane Allen, American country singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)
  • 1938 – Bernard Madoff, American businessman and financier
  • 1936 – April Stevens, American pop singer
  • 1935 – Otis Rush, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1934 – Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan-American baseball player
  • 1933 – Ed Charles, African-American baseball player and coach
  • 1933 – Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2015)
  • 1933 – Willie Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
  • 1932 – Joy Clements, American soprano and actress (d. 2005)
  • 1929 – Mickey McDermott, American baseball player and coach (d. 2003)
  • 1928 – Carl Gardner, American R&B/rock & roll singer (The Robins, The Coasters) (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – Elmer Kelton, American journalist and author (d. 2009)
  • 1925 – Iwao Takamoto, American animator, director, and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1923 – Irvin Kershner, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1920 – Harold Shapero, American composer (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – George Allen, American football player and coach (d. 1990)
  • 1917 – Celeste Holm, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Maya Deren, Ukrainian-American director, poet, and photographer (d. 1961)
  • 1915 – Henry H. Barschall, German-American physicist and academic (d. 1997)
  • 1912 – Richard Carlson, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1977)
  • 1909 – Tom Ewell, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1908 – Jack Williamson, American author and academic (d. 2006)
  • 1907 – Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-American director and producer (d. 1997)
  • 1900 – Amelia Best, Australian politician, one of the first women elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly (d. 1979)
  • 1899 – Duke Ellington, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1974)
  • 1899 – Mary Petty, American illustrator (d. 1976)
  • 1893 – Harold Urey, American chemist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1887 – Raymond Thorne, American swimmer (d. 1921)
  • 1872 – Forest Ray Moulton, American astronomer and academic (d. 1952)
  • 1872 – Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and lawyer (d. 1930)
  • 1863 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (d. 1951)
  • 1784 – Samuel Turell Armstrong, American publisher and politician, 14th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1850)
  • 1745 – Oliver Ellsworth, American lawyer and politician, 3rd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1807)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Calvin Peete, American golfer (b. 1943)
  • 2015 – Dan Walker, American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Illinois (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman, co-founded Weight Watchers (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Al Feldstein, American author and illustrator (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Ernest Michael, American mathematician and scholar (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – John La Montaine, American pianist and composer (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Joel Goldsmith, American composer and conductor (b. 1957)
  • 2012 – Kenny Roberts, American singer-songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Roland Moreno. French engineer, invented the smart card (b. 1945)
  • 2010 – Sandy Douglas, English computer scientist and academic, designed OXO (b. 1921)
  • 2008 – Chuck Daigh, American racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – Josh Hancock, American baseball player (b. 1978)
  • 2007 – Milt Bocek, American baseball player and soldier (b. 1912)
  • 2006 – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist and diplomat, United States Ambassador to India (b. 1908)
  • 2005 – Louis Leithold, American mathematician and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2005 – William J. Bell, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2002 – Bob Akin, American race car driver and journalist (b. 1936)
  • 2001 – Arthur B. C. Walker, Jr., American physicist and academic (b. 1936)
  • 1997 – Mike Royko, American journalist and author (b. 1932)
  • 1993 – Michael Gordon, American actor and director (b. 1909)
  • 1992 – Mae Clarke, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1980 – Alfred Hitchcock, English-American director and producer (b. 1899)
  • 1979 – Hardie Gramatky, American author and illustrator (b. 1907)
  • 1967 – J. B. Lenoir, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 1966 – Paula Strasberg, American actress, acting coach, and member of the Communist Party (b. 1909)
  • 1947 – Irving Fisher, American economist and statistician (b. 1867)
  • 1937 – William Gillette, American actor and playwright (b. 1853)
  • 1920 – William H. Seward Jr., American general and banker (b. 1839)
  • 1903 – Paul Du Chaillu, French-American anthropologist and zoologist (b. 1835)
  • 1771 – Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, French-Italian architect, designed Winter Palace and Catherine Palace (b. 1700)
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