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Events

  • 1991 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
  • 1988 – A report by the Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
  • 1960 – Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser (a ruby laser), at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • 1951 – The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
  • 1929 – In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards ceremony takes place.
  • 1919 – A naval Curtiss NC-4 aircraft commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
  • 1891 – The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world's first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electric current (the most common form today).
  • 1868 – United States President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.
  • 1866 – The United States Congress establishes the nickel.
  • 1843 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
  • 1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called The "Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
  • 1204 – Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.

Births

  • 1996 – Louisa Chirico, American tennis player
  • 1991 – Ashley Wagner, American figure skater
  • 1990 – Omar Strong, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Megan Fox, American actress
  • 1984 – Jensen Lewis, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Sonny Sandoval, American singer-songwriter and rapper
  • 1973 – Tori Spelling, American actress, reality television personality, and author
  • 1969 – David Boreanaz, American actor
  • 1969 – Steve Lewis, American sprinter
  • 1969 – Tucker Carlson, American journalist, co-founded The Daily Caller
  • 1968 – Ralph Tresvant, American singer and producer
  • 1967 – Doug Brocail, American baseball player and coach
  • 1966 – Janet Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress
  • 1966 – Scott Reeves, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1966 – Thurman Thomas, American football player
  • 1965 – Krist Novoselic, American bass player, songwriter, author, and activist
  • 1964 – Boyd Tinsley, American singer-songwriter and violinist
  • 1964 – John Salley, American basketball player and actor
  • 1963 – Rachel Griffith, Anglo-American economist
  • 1961 – Charles Wright, American wrestler
  • 1959 – Mare Winningham, American actress and singer-songwriter
  • 1959 – Mitch Webster, American baseball player
  • 1957 – Bob Suter, American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1957 – Joan Benoit, American runner
  • 1955 – Debra Winger, American actress
  • 1955 – Jack Morris, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Pierce Brosnan, Irish-American actor and producer
  • 1953 – Richard Page, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1952 – James Herndon, American psychologist and academic
  • 1951 – Jonathan Richman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – Bruce Coville, American author
  • 1949 – Rick Reuschel, American baseball player
  • 1947 – Barbara Lee, American singer (d. 1992)
  • 1944 – Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American drummer, composer, and bandleader
  • 1944 – Danny Trejo, American actor
  • 1943 – Dan Coats, American politician and diplomat, 29th United States Ambassador to Germany
  • 1938 – Ivan Sutherland, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1937 – Yvonne Craig, American ballet dancer and actress (d. 2015)
  • 1931 – Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., American soldier and politician, 85th Governor of Connecticut
  • 1929 – Adrienne Rich, American poet, essayist, and feminist (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – Betty Carter, American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1929 – John Conyers, American lawyer and politician
  • 1928 – Billy Martin, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)
  • 1925 – Nancy Roman, American astronomer
  • 1923 – Merton Miller, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1923 – Victoria Fromkin, American linguist and academic (d. 2000)
  • 1921 – Harry Carey, Jr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1919 – Liberace, American pianist and entertainer (d. 1987)
  • 1917 – Ben Kuroki, American sergeant and pilot (d. 2015)
  • 1917 – James C. Murray, American lawyer and politician (d. 1999)
  • 1914 – Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Woody Herman, American singer, saxophonist, and clarinet player (d. 1987)
  • 1912 – Studs Terkel, American historian and author (d. 2008)
  • 1909 – Margaret Sullavan, American actress and singer (d. 1960)
  • 1905 – Henry Fonda, American actor (d. 1982)
  • 1903 – Charles F. Brannock, American inventor and manufacturer (d. 1992)
  • 1898 – Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-American painter (d. 1980)
  • 1888 – Royal Rife, American microbiologist and instrument maker (d. 1971)
  • 1882 – Simeon Price, American golfer (d. 1945)
  • 1831 – David Edward Hughes, Welsh-American physicist, co-invented the microphone (d. 1900)
  • 1827 – Pierre Cuypers, Dutch architect, designed the Amsterdam Centraal railway station and Rijksmuseum (d. 1921)
  • 1824 – Edmund Kirby Smith, American general (d. 1893)
  • 1824 – Levi P. Morton, American banker and politician, 22nd United States Vice President (d. 1920)
  • 1804 – Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator who founded the first U.S. kindergarten (d. 1894)
  • 1801 – William H. Seward, American lawyer and politician, 24th United States Secretary of State (d. 1872)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Prashant Bhargava, American director and producer (b. 1973)
  • 2014 – Bud Hollowell, American baseball player and manager (b. 1943)
  • 2014 – Clyde Snow, American anthropologist and author (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Angelo Errichetti, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Bernard Waber, American author and illustrator (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Dick Trickle, American race car driver (b. 1941)
  • 2013 – Frankie Librán, Puerto Rican-American baseball player (b. 1948)
  • 2012 – Chuck Brown, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Ernie Chan, Filipino-American illustrator (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – James Abdnor, American soldier and politician, 30th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Kevin Hickey, American baseball player (b. 1956)
  • 2012 – Patricia Aakhus, American author and academic (b. 1952)
  • 2010 – Hank Jones, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1918)
  • 2010 – Ronnie James Dio, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)
  • 2008 – Robert Mondavi, American winemaker, co-founded the Opus One Winery (b. 1913)
  • 2005 – Andrew Goodpaster, American general (b. 1915)
  • 2003 – Mark McCormack, American lawyer and sports agent, founded IMG (b. 1930)
  • 1997 – Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • 1996 – Jeremy Michael Boorda, American admiral (b. 1939)
  • 1993 – Marv Johnson, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1938)
  • 1990 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer, director, producer, and screenwriter, created The Muppets (b. 1936)
  • 1990 – Sammy Davis Jr., American singer, dancer, and actor (b. 1925)
  • 1985 – Margaret Hamilton, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1984 – Andy Kaufman, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (b. 1949)
  • 1984 – Irwin Shaw, American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1913)
  • 1981 – Ernie Freeman, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1922)
  • 1979 – A. Philip Randolph, American union leader and activist (b. 1889)
  • 1973 – Jacques Lipchitz, Lithuanian-American sculptor (b. 1891)
  • 1961 – George A. Malcolm, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1881)
  • 1957 – Eliot Ness, American federal agent (b. 1903)
  • 1956 – H. B. Reese, American candy-maker and businessman, created Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (b. 1876)
  • 1955 – James Agee, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic(b. 1909)
  • 1955 – Manny Ayulo, American racing driver (b. 1921)
  • 1944 – George Ade, American journalist, author, and playwright (b. 1866)
  • 1938 – Joseph Strauss, American engineer, co designed The Golden Gate Bridge (b. 1870)
  • 1920 – Levi P. Morton, American politician, 22nd United States Vice President (b. 1824)
  • 1882 – Reuben Chapman, American lawyer and politician, 13th Governor of Alabama (b. 1799)
  • 1691 – Jacob Leisler, German-American politician, 8th Colonial Governor of New York (b. 1640)
  • 1669 – Pietro da Cortona, Italian painter and architect, designed the Santi Luca e Martina (b. 1596)
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