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Events

  • 1999 – Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
  • 1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
  • 1989 – Signing of an agreement between Egypt and the United States, allowing the manufacture of parts of the F-16 jet fighter plane in Egypt.
  • 1988 – The U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 1982 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
  • 1973 – Tom Bradley is elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, California.
  • 1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.
  • 1950 – The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • 1945 – First combat mission of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator heavy bomber.
  • 1935 – First flight of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aeroplane.
  • 1931 – Michele Schirru, a citizen of the United States, is executed by Italian military firing squad for intent to kill Benito Mussolini.
  • 1900 – N'Djamena is founded as Fort-Lamy by the French commander Émile Gentil.
  • 1886 – The pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal.
  • 1864 – Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico arrives in Mexico for the first time.
  • 1861 – The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce is founded, in Hong Kong.
  • 1852 – Jenny Lind leaves New York after her two-year American tour.
  • 1790 – Rhode Island becomes the last of the original United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th U.S. state.
  • 1780 – American Revolutionary War: At the Battle of Waxhaws, the British continue attacking after the Continentals lay down their arms, killing 113 and critically wounding all but 53 that remained.

Births

  • 1990 – Joe Biagini, American baseball pitcher
  • 1989 – Ezekiel Ansah, Ghanaian-American football player
  • 1989 – Riley Keough, American model and actress
  • 1984 – Carmelo Anthony, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Funmi Jimoh, American long jumper
  • 1982 – Matt Macri, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Brian Kendrick, American wrestler
  • 1979 – John Rheinecker, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Lorenzo Odone, Italian-American adrenoleukodystrophy patient who inspired the 1992 film, Lorenzo's Oil (d. 2008)
  • 1976 – Jerry Hairston Jr., American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1976 – Raef LaFrentz, American basketball player
  • 1975 – Daniel Tosh, American comedian, television host, actor, writer, and executive producer
  • 1974 – Aaron McGruder, American author and cartoonist
  • 1974 – Steve Cardenas, American martial artist and retired actor
  • 1973 – Mark Lee, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1972 – Bill Curley, American basketball player and coach
  • 1968 – Tate George, American basketball player
  • 1967 – Steven Levitt, American economist, author, and academic
  • 1964 – Howard Mills III, American academic and politician
  • 1962 – Eric Davis, American baseball player
  • 1961 – John Miceli, American drummer
  • 1961 – Melissa Etheridge, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist
  • 1958 – Annette Bening, American actress
  • 1958 – Mike Stenhouse, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1957 – Jeb Hensarling, American lawyer and politician
  • 1956 – La Toya Jackson, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1955 – David Kirschner, American animator, producer, and author
  • 1955 – John Hinckley Jr., American attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan
  • 1955 – Ken Schrader, American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1954 – Jerry Moran, American lawyer and politician
  • 1954 – Robert Beaser, American composer and educator
  • 1953 – Danny Elfman, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1950 – Rebbie Jackson, American singer and actress
  • 1949 – Robert Axelrod, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1947 – Anthony Geary, American actor
  • 1945 – Joyce Tenneson, American photographer
  • 1944 – Bob Benmosche, American businessman (d. 2015)
  • 1943 – Robert W. Edgar, American educator and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1942 – Kevin Conway, American actor and director
  • 1941 – Bob Simon, American journalist (d. 2015)
  • 1939 – Al Unser, American race car driver
  • 1938 – Fay Vincent, American lawyer and businessman
  • 1937 – Charles W. Pickering, American lawyer and judge
  • 1937 – Harry Statham, American basketball player and coach
  • 1932 – Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author
  • 1932 – Richie Guerin, American basketball player and coach
  • 1929 – Harry Frankfurt, American philosopher and academic
  • 1929 – Roberto Vargas, Puerto Rican-American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Jean Coutu, Canadian pharmacist and businessman, founded the Jean Coutu Group
  • 1924 – Pepper Paire, American baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Eugene Wright, American jazz bassist
  • 1922 – Joe Weatherly, American race car driver (d. 1964)
  • 1920 – Clifton James, American actor (d. 2017)
  • 1920 – John Harsanyi, Hungarian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1917 – John F. Kennedy, American lieutenant and politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)
  • 1914 – Stacy Keach Sr., American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1913 – Tony Zale, American boxer (d. 1997)
  • 1910 – Ralph Metcalfe, American sprinter and politician (d. 1978)
  • 1903 – Bob Hope, English-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2003)
  • 1897 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Czech-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1957)
  • 1894 – Josef von Sternberg, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1969)
  • 1893 – Max Brand, American journalist and author (d. 1944)
  • 1871 – Clark Voorhees, American painter (d. 1933)
  • 1823 – John H. Balsley, American carpenter and inventor (d. 1895)
  • 1736 – Patrick Henry, American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Virginia (d. 1799)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Betsy Palmer, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Doris Hart, American tennis player (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Henry Carr, American football player and sprinter (b. 1942)
  • 2014 – Herman Rattliff, American businessman and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Peter Glaser, Czech-American scientist and engineer (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – William M. Roth, American businessman (b. 1916)
  • 2013 – Andrew Greeley, American priest, sociologist, and author (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Mulgrew Miller, American pianist and composer (b. 1955)
  • 2013 – Richard Ballantine, American-English journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – Doc Watson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1923)
  • 2011 – Bill Clements, American soldier and politician, 42nd Governor of Texas (b. 1917)
  • 2010 – Dennis Hopper, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2008 – Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian (b. 1927)
  • 2005 – George Rochberg, American soldier and composer (b. 1918)
  • 2004 – Archibald Cox, American lawyer and politician, 31st United States Solicitor General (b. 1912)
  • 2004 – Samuel Dash, American academic and politician (b. 1925)
  • 1998 – Barry Goldwater, American general, activist, and politician (b. 1909)
  • 1997 – Jeff Buckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1966)
  • 1996 – Tamara Toumanova, American ballerina and actress (b. 1919)
  • 1993 – Billy Conn, American boxer (b. 1917)
  • 1989 – George C. Homans, American sociologist and academic (b. 1910)
  • 1979 – John H. Wood Jr., American lawyer and judge (b. 1916)
  • 1979 – Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded United Artists (b. 1892)
  • 1972 – Moe Berg, American baseball player, coach, and spy (b. 1902)
  • 1972 – Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic (b. 1878)
  • 1970 – Eva Hesse, American artist (b. 1936)
  • 1970 – John Gunther, American journalist and author (b. 1901)
  • 1953 – Morgan Russell, American painter and educator (b. 1886)
  • 1951 – Fanny Brice, American singer and comedian (b. 1891)
  • 1942 – John Barrymore, American actor (b. 1882)
  • 1939 – Ursula Ledóchowska, Austrian-Polish nun and saint, founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus (b. 1865)
  • 1921 – Abbott Handerson Thayer, American painter and educator (b. 1849)
  • 1919 – Robert Bacon, American colonel and politician, 39th United States Secretary of State (b. 1860)
  • 1917 – Kate Harrington, American poet and educator (b. 1831)
  • 1903 – Bruce Price, American architect, designed the Château Frontenac and American Surety Building (b. 1845)
  • 1892 – Bahá'u'lláh, Persian religious leader, founded the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1817)
  • 1866 – Winfield Scott, American general, lawyer, and politician (b. 1786)
  • 1814 – Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte (b. 1763)
  • 1790 – Israel Putnam, American general (b. 1718)
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