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Holidays and observances

  • United States National Maritime Day

Events

  • 2015 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum.
  • 1987 – First ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 1906 – The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine".
  • 1864 – American Civil War: After ten weeks, the Union Army's Red River Campaign ends in failure.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Union forces begin the Siege of Port Hudson which lasts 48 days, the longest siege in U.S. military history.
  • 1856 – Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina severely beats Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made regarding Southerners and slavery.
  • 1849 – Future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats, making him the only U.S. President to ever hold a patent.
  • 1826 – HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
  • 1819 – The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1809 – On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna, Austria), Napoleon I is repelled by an enemy army for the first time.
  • 1807 – A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
  • 1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially began as the Corps of Discovery departed from St. Charles, Missouri.
  • 1570 – The first atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, is published with 70 maps.
  • 1455 – Start of the Wars of the Roses: At the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.

Births

  • 1999 – Camren Bicondova, American actress
  • 1984 – Dustin Moskovitz, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Facebook
  • 1983 – Natasha Kai, American soccer player and Olympic medalist
  • 1982 – Apolo Ohno, American speed skater
  • 1981 – Daniel Bryan, American wrestler
  • 1980 – Nazanin Boniadi, Iranian-American actress
  • 1979 – Maggie Q, American actress
  • 1978 – Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
  • 1972 – Max Brooks, American author and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Cathy McMorris Rodgers, American lawyer and politician
  • 1966 – Johnny Gill, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1965 – Jay Carney, American journalist, 29th White House Press Secretary
  • 1962 – Brian Pillman, American football player and wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1957 – Lisa Murkowski, American lawyer and politician
  • 1954 – Shuji Nakamura, Japanese-American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1942 – Richard Oakes, Native American civil rights activist (d. 1972)
  • 1942 – Ted Kaczynski, American academic and mathematician turned anarchist and serial murderer (Unabomber)
  • 1940 – Bernard Shaw, American journalist
  • 1940 – Kieth Merrill, American filmmaker
  • 1940 – Mick Tingelhoff American Pro Football Hall of Famer
  • 1939 – Paul Winfield, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1938 – Richard Benjamin, American actor and director
  • 1938 – Susan Strasberg, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1936 – George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – Peter Nero, American pianist and conductor
  • 1932 – Robert Spitzer, American psychiatrist and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Harvey Milk, American lieutenant and politician (d. 1978)
  • 1930 – Marisol Escobar, French-American sculptor (d. 2016)
  • 1928 – T. Boone Pickens, American businessman
  • 1927 – George Andrew Olah, Hungarian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017)
  • 1927 – Michael Constantine, American actor
  • 1927 – Peter Matthiessen, American novelist, short story writer, editor, co-founded The Paris Review (d. 2014)
  • 1922 – Quinn Martin, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1987)
  • 1921 – George S. Hammond, American scientist (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Thomas Gold, Austrian-American astrophysicist and academic (d. 2004)
  • 1917 – George Aratani, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1914 – Sun Ra, American pianist, composer, bandleader, poet (d. 1993)
  • 1912 – Herbert C. Brown, English-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1908 – Horton Smith. American golfer and captain (d. 1963)
  • 1905 – Bodo von Borries, German physicist and academic, co-invented the electron microscope (d. 1956)
  • 1904 – Uno Lamm, Swedish electrical engineer and inventor (d. 1989)
  • 1902 – Al Simmons, American baseball player and coach (d. 1956)
  • 1901 – Maurice J. Tobin, American politician, 6th United States Secretary of Labor (d. 1953)
  • 1844 – Mary Cassatt, American painter and educator (d. 1926)
  • 1820 – Worthington Whittredge, American painter (d. 1910)
  • 1783 – William Sturgeon, English physicist and inventor, invented the electromagnet and electric motor (d. 1850)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Nicky Hayden, American professional motorcycle racer (b. 1981)
  • 2015 – Marques Haynes, American basketball player and coach (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Wesley A. Brown, American lieutenant and engineer (b. 1927)
  • 2011 – Joseph Brooks, American director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (b. 1938)
  • 2010 – Martin Gardner, American mathematician, cryptographer, and author (b. 1914)
  • 2008 – Robert Asprin, American soldier and author (b. 1946)
  • 2005 – Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • 2004 – Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • 1998 – John Derek, American actor, director, and photographer (b. 1926)
  • 1997 – Alfred Hershey, American biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1908)
  • 1993 – Mieczysław Horszowski, Polish-American pianist and composer (b. 1892)
  • 1992 – Zellig Harris, American linguist and academic (b. 1909)
  • 1990 – Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 1985 – Wolfgang Reitherman, German-American animator, director, and producer (b. 1909)
  • 1975 – Lefty Grove, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • 1974 – Irmgard Flügge-Lotz, German-American mathematician and aerospace engineer (b. 1903)
  • 1967 – Langston Hughes, American poet, social activist, novelist, and playwright (b. 1902)
  • 1954 – Chief Bender, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1884)
  • 1938 – William Glackens, American painter and illustrator (b. 1870)
  • 1932 – Augusta, Lady Gregory, Anglo-Irish activist, landlord, and playwright, co-founded the Abbey Theatre (b. 1852)
  • 1901 – Gaetano Bresci, Italian-American anarchist, assassin of Umberto I of Italy (b. 1869)
  • 1861 – Thornsbury Bailey Brown, American soldier (b. 1829)
  • 1851 – Mordecai Manuel Noah, American journalist and diplomat (b. 1755)
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