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Events

  • 2012 – Forty-nine dismembered bodies are discovered by Mexican authorities on Mexican Federal Highway 40.
  • 1998 – India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • 1995 – Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.
  • 1992 – Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.
  • 1967 – Dr. Zakir Husain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
  • 1960 – Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
  • 1958 – Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey.
  • 1958 – During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
  • 1952 – The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • 1951 – The 400th anniversary of the founding of the National University of San Marcos is commemorated by the opening of the first large-capacity stadium in Peru.
  • 1950 – The first round of the Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • 1939 – The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM.
  • 1917 – Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.
  • 1909 – The first Giro d'Italia starts from Milan. Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna will be the winner.
  • 1880 – In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch: In far south Texas, the last land battle of the Civil War ends with a Confederate victory.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Resaca: The battle begins with Union General Sherman fighting toward Atlanta.
  • 1862 – The USS Planter, a steamer and gunship, steals through Confederate lines and is passed to the Union, by a southern slave, Robert Smalls, who later was officially appointed as captain, becoming the first black man to command a United States ship.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a "proclamation of neutrality" which recognizes the breakaway states as having belligerent rights.
  • 1861 – Pakistan's (then a part of British India) first railway line opens, from Karachi to Kotri.
  • 1861 – The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1846 – Mexican–American War: The United States declares war on Mexico.
  • 1804 – Forces sent by Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli to retake Derna from the Americans attack the city.
  • 1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the "First Fleet") to establish a penal colony in Australia.

Births

  • 1993 – Debby Ryan, American actress and singer
  • 1992 – Bill Arnold, American ice hockey player
  • 1990 – Mychal Givens, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Bobby Shuttleworth, American soccer player
  • 1987 – Candice Accola, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1987 – Matt Doyle, American actor and singer
  • 1986 – Lena Dunham, American actress, director, and screenwriter
  • 1985 – David Hernandez, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Dawn Harper, American hurdler
  • 1984 – J. B. Cox, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Jacob Reynolds, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1982 – Oguchi Onyewu, American soccer player
  • 1981 – Shaun Phillips, American football player
  • 1980 – L. J. Smith, American football player
  • 1978 – Barry Zito, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Brooke Anderson, American journalist
  • 1978 – Mike Bibby, American basketball player and coach
  • 1978 – Ryan Bukvich, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Anthony Q. Farrell, Canadian-American actor and screenwriter
  • 1977 – Brian Thomas Smith, American actor and producer
  • 1977 – Neil Hopkins, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1977 – Pusha T, American rapper
  • 1977 – Robby Hammock, American baseball player and coach
  • 1976 – Ana Popović, Serbian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1976 – Trajan Langdon, American basketball player and scout
  • 1973 – Bridgett Riley, American boxer and stuntwoman
  • 1973 – Eric Lewis, American pianist
  • 1971 – Rob Fredrickson, American football player
  • 1971 – Tom Nalen, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Doug Evans, American football player
  • 1969 – Buckethead, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1968 – PMD, American rapper
  • 1967 – Chuck Schuldiner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)
  • 1967 – Melanie Thornton, American-German singer (d. 2001)
  • 1966 – Darius Rucker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1965 – Lari White, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1964 – Stephen Colbert, American comedian and talk show host
  • 1961 – Dennis Rodman, American basketball player, wrestler, and actor
  • 1957 – Alan Ball, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1953 – David Voelker, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1953 – Ruth A. David, American electrical engineer
  • 1952 – John Kasich, American politician, 69th Governor of Ohio
  • 1952 – Londa Schiebinger, American academic and author
  • 1951 – Sharon Sayles Belton, American politician, 45th Mayor of Minneapolis
  • 1950 – Bobby Valentine, American baseball player and manager
  • 1950 – Manning Marable, American author and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1950 – Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
  • 1949 – Zoë Wanamaker, American-British actress
  • 1948 – Dean Meminger, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1947 – Charles Baxter, American novelist, essayist, and poet
  • 1947 – Edgar Burcksen, Dutch-American film editor
  • 1946 – Marv Wolfman, American author
  • 1945 – Lou Marini, American saxophonist and composer
  • 1945 – Magic Dick, American blues-rock harmonica, trumpet, and saxophone player (The J. Geils Band)
  • 1944 – Armistead Maupin, American author, screenwriter, and actor
  • 1944 – Carolyn Franklin, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 1988)
  • 1943 – Mary Wells, American singer-songwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1942 – Leighton Gage, American author (d. 2013)
  • 1942 – Roger Young, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1941 – Jody Conradt, American basketball player and coach
  • 1941 – Ritchie Valens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)
  • 1939 – Harvey Keitel, American actor
  • 1938 – Francine Pascal, American author and playwright
  • 1937 – Roger Zelazny, American author and poet (d. 1995)
  • 1937 – Trevor Baylis, English inventor, invented the wind-up radio
  • 1937 – Zohra Lampert, American actress
  • 1935 – Dominic Cossa, American opera singer
  • 1935 – Teddy Randazzo, American singer-songwriter and accordion player (d. 2003)
  • 1934 – Leon Wagner, American baseball player and actor (d. 2004)
  • 1933 – John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (d. 2002)
  • 1931 – Jim Jones, American cult leader, founder of the Peoples Temple (d. 1978)
  • 1930 – Mike Gravel, American lieutenant and politician
  • 1929 – John Galvin, American general (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Fred Hellerman, American folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Weavers) (d. 2016)
  • 1927 – Herbert Ross, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2001)
  • 1924 – Harry Schwarz, German-South African lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 13th South African Ambassador to the United States (d. 2010)
  • 1924 – Theodore Mann, American director and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (d. 2009)
  • 1914 – Joe Louis, American boxer, wrestler, and actor (d. 1981)
  • 1914 – Johnnie Wright, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1912 – Gil Evans, Canadian-American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1988)
  • 1912 – Judah Nadich, American colonel and rabbi (d. 2007)
  • 1911 – Maxine Sullivan, American singer and actress (d. 1987)
  • 1911 – Robert Middleton, American actor (d. 1977)
  • 1909 – Ken Darby, American composer and conductor (d. 1992)
  • 1895 – Nandor Fodor, Hungarian-American psychologist, parapsychologist, and author (d. 1964)
  • 1883 – Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek-American pathologist, invented the pap smear (d. 1962)
  • 1881 – Joe Forshaw, American runner (d. 1964)
  • 1868 – Sumner Paine, American target shooter (d. 1904)
  • 1856 – Tom O'Rourke, American boxer and manager (d. 1938)
  • 1830 – Zebulon Baird Vance, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of North Carolina (d. 1894)

Deaths

  • 2015 – David Sackett, American-Canadian physician and academic (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Earl Averill, Jr., American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Robert Drasnin, American clarinet player and composer (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – J. F. Coleman, American soldier and pilot (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, American occultist and author (b. 1948)
  • 2013 – Chuck Muncie, American football player (b. 1953)
  • 2013 – Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, author, and actress (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Cuban-American theologian, author, and academic (b. 1943)
  • 2012 – Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (b. 1941)
  • 2011 – Bruce Ricker, American director and producer (b. 1942)
  • 2011 – Stephen De Staebler, American sculptor and educator (b. 1933)
  • 2011 – Wallace McCain, Canadian businessman, co-founded McCain Foods (b. 1930)
  • 2009 – Frank Aletter, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Ron Stone, American journalist and author (b. 1936)
  • 2006 – Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian and scholar (b. 1923)
  • 2006 – Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (b. 1949)
  • 2005 – Eddie Barclay, French record producer, founded Barclay Records (b. 1921)
  • 2005 – George Dantzig, American mathematician and academic (b. 1914)
  • 2001 – Jason Miller, American actor and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2000 – Paul Bartel, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1938)
  • 1999 – Gene Sarazen, American golfer and journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1995 – Hao Wang, Chinese-American logician, philosopher, and mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 1988 – Chet Baker, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1929)
  • 1985 – Leatrice Joy, American actress (b. 1893)
  • 1985 – Richard Ellmann American literary critic and biographer (b. 1918)
  • 1977 – Mickey Spillane, American mobster (b. 1934)
  • 1975 – Bob Wills, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1905)
  • 1974 – Arthur J. Burks, American colonel and author (b. 1898)
  • 1972 – Dan Blocker, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1962 – Franz Kline, American painter and academic (b. 1910)
  • 1962 – Henry Trendley Dean, American dentist (b. 1893)
  • 1961 – Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1945 – Tubby Hall, American drummer (b. 1895)
  • 1926 – Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian-American bishop (b. 1857)
  • 1916 – Sholem Aleichem, Ukrainian-American author and playwright (b. 1859)
  • 1884 – Cyrus McCormick, American businessman, co-founded the International Harvester Company (b. 1809)
  • 1878 – Joseph Henry, American physicist and academic (b. 1797)
  • 1835 – John Nash, English architect, designed the Royal Pavilion (b. 1752)
  • 1807 – Eliphalet Dyer, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1721)
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