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Events

  • 2001 – The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
  • 2000 – The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
  • 1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (which would later become known as "spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
  • 1952 – Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.
  • 1952 – The Kentucky Derby is televised nationally for the first time, on the CBS network.
  • 1951 – The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services and United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begin their closed door hearings into the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman.
  • 1942 – World War II: Japanese naval troops invade Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that results in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.
  • 1921 – West Virginia becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until a number of years later due to enforcement issues.
  • 1913 – Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.
  • 1855 – American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
  • 1848 – The boar-crested Anglo-Saxon Benty Grange helmet is discovered.
  • 1837 – The University of Athens is founded in Athens, Greece.
  • 1830 – The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened; it is the first steam-hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
  • 1791 – The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Births

  • 1996 – Mary Cain, American runner
  • 1990 – Brooks Koepka, American golfer
  • 1988 – Ben Revere, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Joseph Addai, American football player
  • 1982 – Igor Olshansky, Ukrainian-American football player
  • 1982 – Nick Stavinoha, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Marcel Vigneron, American chef
  • 1979 – Steve Mack, American wrestler
  • 1978 – Lawrence Tynes, American football player
  • 1978 – Paul Banks, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1977 – Ben Olsen, American soccer player and coach
  • 1977 – Tyronn Lue, American basketball player and coach
  • 1976 – Jeff Halpern, American ice hockey player
  • 1975 – Christina Hendricks, American actress
  • 1975 – Dulé Hill, American actor, dancer, and producer
  • 1975 – Willie Geist, American television journalist and host
  • 1971 – Josey Scott, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1970 – Bobby Cannavale, American actor
  • 1970 – Jeffrey Sebelia, American fashion designer
  • 1969 – Amy Ryan, American actress
  • 1969 – Bruce Reyes-Chow, American minister and author
  • 1969 – Daryl F. Mallett, American author and actor
  • 1964 – Ron Hextall, Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager
  • 1964 – Sterling Campbell, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1963 – Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach
  • 1963 – Marco Mendoza, American guitarist
  • 1961 – David Vitter, American lawyer and politician
  • 1961 – Joe Murray, American animator, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Bill Sienkiewicz, American author and illustrator
  • 1957 – Rod Langway, Taiwanese-American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1954 – Angela Bofill, American singer-songwriter
  • 1953 – Bruce Hall, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer
  • 1953 – Jake Hooker, Israeli-American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1952 – Caitlin Clarke, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1952 – Chuck Baldwin, American pastor and politician
  • 1952 – Joseph W. Tobin, American cardinal
  • 1951 – Christopher Cross, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1949 – Ron Wyden, American academic and politician
  • 1948 – Chris Mulkey, American actor
  • 1948 – Denis Cosgrove, British-American academic and geographer (d. 2008)
  • 1946 – Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster
  • 1946 – Norm Chow, American football player and coach
  • 1945 – Davey Lopes, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1943 – Jim Risch, American lawyer and politician, 31st Governor of Idaho
  • 1942 – Butch Otter, American soldier and politician, 32nd Governor of Idaho
  • 1942 – Dave Marash, American journalist and sportscaster
  • 1941 – Edward Malloy, American priest and academic
  • 1940 – David Koch, American engineer, businessman, and philanthropist
  • 1938 – Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player
  • 1938 – Napoleon XIV, American singer, songwriter and record producer
  • 1935 – Ron Popeil, American businessman, founded the Ronco Company
  • 1934 – Frankie Valli, American singer and actor
  • 1933 – James Brown, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Famous Flames and The J.B.'s) (d. 2006)
  • 1933 – Steven Weinberg, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1932 – Robert Osborne, American actor and historian (d. 2017)
  • 1929 – Denise Lor, American singer and actress (d. 2015)
  • 1928 – Dave Dudley, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1926 – Herbert Blau, American engineer and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Ken Tyrrell, English race car driver, founded Tyrrell Racing (d. 2001)
  • 1923 – Ralph Hall, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician
  • 1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (d. 1989)
  • 1920 – John Lewis, American pianist and composer (d. 2001)
  • 1919 – John Cullen Murphy, American soldier and illustrator (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Pete Seeger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist (The Weavers and Almanac Singers) (d. 2014)
  • 1917 – Betty Comden, American screenwriter and librettist (d. 2006)
  • 1917 – George Gaynes, Finnish-American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1915 – Richard Lippold, American sculptor and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1915 – Stu Hart, Canadian wrestler and trainer, founded Stampede Wrestling (d. 2003)
  • 1913 – William Inge, American playwright and novelist (d. 1973)
  • 1912 – May Sarton, American poet, novelist and memoirist (d. 1995)
  • 1912 – Virgil Fox, American organist and composer (d. 1980)
  • 1910 – Norman Corwin, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1906 – Anna Roosevelt Halsted, American journalist and author (d. 1975)
  • 1906 – Mary Astor, American actress (d. 1987)
  • 1905 – Edmund Black, American hammer thrower (d. 1996)
  • 1905 – Red Ruffing, American baseball pitcher and coach (d. 1986)
  • 1903 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (d. 1977)
  • 1898 – Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and activist (d. 1987)
  • 1892 – Jacob Viner, Canadian-American economist and academic (d. 1970)
  • 1891 – Eppa Rixey, American baseball pitcher (d. 1963)
  • 1889 – Beulah Bondi, American actress (d. 1981)
  • 1879 – Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and soldier, co-founded Qantas (d. 1950)
  • 1874 – François Coty, French businessman and publisher, founded Coty, Inc. (d. 1934)
  • 1871 – Emmett Dalton, American criminal (d. 1937)
  • 1867 – Andy Bowen, American boxer (d. 1894)
  • 1859 – August Herrmann, American executive in Major League Baseball (d.1931)
  • 1854 – George Gore, American baseball player and manager (d. 1933)
  • 1849 – Jacob Riis, Danish-American journalist and photographer (d. 1914)
  • 1695 – Henri Pitot, French physicist and engineer, invented the Pitot tube (d. 1771)
  • 1662 – Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect, designed the Pillnitz Castle (d. 1736)
  • 1632 – Catherine of St. Augustine, French-Canadian nurse and saint, founded the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec (d. 1668)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Warren Smith, American golfer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 2014 – Gary Becker, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Jim Oberstar, American educator and politician (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Cedric Brooks, Jamaican-American saxophonist and flute player (b. 1943)
  • 2013 – Curtis Rouse, American football player (b. 1960)
  • 2013 – David Morris Kern, American pharmacist, co-invented Orajel (b. 1909)
  • 2013 – Herbert Blau, American engineer and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Joe Astroth, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – Keith Carter, American swimmer and soldier (b. 1924)
  • 2011 – Jackie Cooper, American actor, television director, producer and executive (b. 1922)
  • 2010 – Guenter Wendt, German-American engineer (b. 1923)
  • 2010 – Roy Carrier, American accordion player (b. 1947)
  • 2007 – Wally Schirra, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1923)
  • 2006 – Earl Woods, American colonel, baseball player, and author (b. 1932)
  • 2004 – Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1928)
  • 2003 – Suzy Parker, American model and actress (b. 1932)
  • 2002 – Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn, English politician, First Secretary of State (b. 1910)
  • 2000 – John Joseph O'Connor, American cardinal (b. 1920)
  • 1999 – Joe Adcock, American baseball player and manager (b. 1927)
  • 1999 – Steve Chiasson, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • 1998 – Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1996 – Alex Kellner, American baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 1996 – Jack Weston, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1992 – George Murphy, American actor, dancer, and politician (b. 1902)
  • 1991 – Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1933)
  • 1989 – Christine Jorgensen, American trans woman (b. 1926)
  • 1986 – Robert Alda, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1978 – Bill Downs, American journalist (b. 1914)
  • 1972 – Bruce Cabot, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1972 – Emil Breitkreutz, American runner and coach (b. 1883)
  • 1943 – Harry Miller, American engineer (b. 1875)
  • 1935 – Jessie Willcox Smith, American illustrator (b. 1863)
  • 1932 – Charles Fort, American journalist and author (b. 1874)
  • 1925 – Clément Ader, French engineer, designed the Ader Avion III (b. 1841)
  • 1910 – Howard Taylor Ricketts, American pathologist (b. 1871)
  • 1779 – John Winthrop, American mathematician, physicist, and astronomer (b. 1714)
  • 1752 – Samuel Ogle, English-American captain and politician, 5th Governor of Restored Proprietary Government (b. 1692)
  • 1724 – John Leverett the Younger, American lawyer, academic, and politician (b. 1662)
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