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Events

  • 1996 – The first flight of Ariane 5 explodes after roughly 37 seconds. It was a Cluster mission.
  • 1989 – Solidarity's victory in the first (somewhat) free parliamentary elections in post-war Poland sparks off a succession of peaceful anti-communist revolutions in Eastern Europe, leads to the creation of the so-called Contract Sejm and begins the Autumn of Nations.
  • 1986 – Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.
  • 1975 – The Governor of California Jerry Brown signs the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act into law, the first law in the U.S. giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights.
  • 1961 – In the Vienna summit, the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev sparks the Berlin Crisis by threatening to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and ending American, British and French access to East Berlin.
  • 1944 – World War II: A hunter-killer group of the United States Navy captures the German submarine U-505: The first time a U.S. Navy vessel had captured an enemy vessel at sea since the 19th century.
  • 1944 – World War II: Rome falls to the Allies, the first Axis capital to fall.
  • 1940 – World War II: The Dunkirk evacuation ends: British forces complete evacuation of 338,000 troops from Dunkirk in France. To rally the morale of the country, Winston Churchill delivers, only to the House of Commons, his famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech.
  • 1939 – The Holocaust: The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida, in the United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps.
  • 1919 – Women's rights: The U.S. Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.
  • 1917 – The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded: Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World.
  • 1912 – Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage.
  • 1896 – Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run.
  • 1876 – An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Confederate troops evacuate Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River, leaving the way clear for Union troops to take Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1825 – General Lafayette, a French officer in the American Revolutionary War, speaks at what would become Lafayette Square, Buffalo, during his visit to the United States.
  • 1784 – Élisabeth Thible becomes the first woman to fly in an untethered hot air balloon. Her flight covers four kilometres in 45 minutes, and reached 1,500 metres altitude (estimated).

Births

  • 1995 – Tyler Anderson, American, Excelling Partnerships Intern
  • 1990 – Evan Spiegel, American Internet entrepreneur
  • 1990 – Zac Farro, American singer and drummer
  • 1988 – Matt Bartkowski, American ice hockey defenseman
  • 1985 – Evan Lysacek, American figure skater
  • 1982 – Ronnie Prude, American-Canadian football player
  • 1978 – Robin Lord Taylor, American actor
  • 1977 – Roland G. Fryer Jr., American economist and professor
  • 1975 – Angelina Jolie, American actress, filmmaker, humanitarian, and activist
  • 1975 – Henry Burris, American football player
  • 1974 – Buddy Wakefield, American poet and author
  • 1974 – Darin Erstad, American baseball player and coach
  • 1973 – Mikey Whipwreck, American wrestler and trainer
  • 1972 – Derian Hatcher, American ice hockey defenseman
  • 1972 – Rob Huebel, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Mike Lee, American lawyer and politician
  • 1971 – Noah Wyle, American actor and producer
  • 1969 – Horatio Sanz, Chilean-American actor and comedian
  • 1968 – Al B. Sure!, American R&B singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
  • 1968 – Roger Lim, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1968 – Scott Wolf, American actor
  • 1967 – Robert S. Kimbrough, American colonel and astronaut
  • 1965 – Andrea Jaeger, American tennis player and preacher (Anglican Order of Preachers)
  • 1963 – Jim Lachey, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1963 – Xavier McDaniel, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – John P. Kee, American singer-songwriter and pastor
  • 1961 – El DeBarge, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1960 – Paul Taylor, American guitarist and keyboard player
  • 1958 – Eddie Velez, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1956 – John Hockenberry, American journalist and author
  • 1956 – Joyce Sidman, American author and poet
  • 1956 – Keith David, American actor
  • 1956 – Terry Kennedy, American baseball player and manager
  • 1955 – Mary Testa, American singer and actress
  • 1953 – Linda Lingle, American journalist and politician, 6th Governor of Hawaii
  • 1953 – Susumu Ojima, Japanese businessman, founded Huser
  • 1951 – Wendy Pini, American author and illustrator
  • 1949 – Mark B. Cohen, American lawyer and politician
  • 1945 – Anthony Braxton, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer
  • 1944 – Michelle Phillips, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1943 – Sandra Haynie, American golfer
  • 1942 – Louis Reichardt, American mountaineer
  • 1939 – Henri Pachard, American director and producer (d. 2008)
  • 1938 – Art Mahaffey, American baseball player
  • 1937 – Freddy Fender, American singer and guitarist (d. 2006)
  • 1937 – Mortimer Zuckerman, Canadian-American businessman and publisher, founded Boston Properties
  • 1936 – Bruce Dern, American actor
  • 1936 – Vince Camuto, American fashion designer and businessman, co-founded Nine West (d. 2015)
  • 1932 – John Drew Barrymore, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1932 – Oliver Nelson, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1975)
  • 1930 – Morgana King, American singer and actress
  • 1928 – Ruth Westheimer, German-American therapist and author
  • 1926 – Judith Malina, German-American actress and director, co-founded The Living Theatre (d. 2015)
  • 1926 – Robert Earl Hughes, American who was the heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world during his lifetime (d. 1958)
  • 1924 – Dennis Weaver, American actor and director (d. 2006)
  • 1921 – Bobby Wanzer, American basketball player and coach (d. 2016)
  • 1917 – Robert Merrill, American actor and singer (d. 2004)
  • 1916 – Robert F. Furchgott, American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1910 – Christopher Cockerell, English engineer, invented the hovercraft (d. 1999)
  • 1907 – Rosalind Russell, American actress (d. 1976)
  • 1880 – Clara Blandick, American actress (d. 1962)
  • 1801 – James Pennethorne, English architect, designed Victoria Park (d. 1871)
  • 1744 – Patrick Ferguson, Scottish soldier, designed the Ferguson rifle (d. 1780)
  • 1704 – Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and businessman (d. 1776)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Jabe Thomas, American race car driver (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Don Zimmer, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1931)
  • 2014 – George Ho, American-Hong Kong businessman (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Joey Covington, American drummer (b. 1945)
  • 2013 – Walt Arfons, American race car driver (b. 1916)
  • 2013 – Will Wynn, American football player (b. 1949)
  • 2012 – Herb Reed, American violinist (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Pedro Borbón, Dominican-American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • 2012 – Peter Beaven, New Zealand architect, designed the Lyttelton Road Tunnel Administration Building (b. 1925)
  • 2011 – Juan Francisco Luis, Virgin Islander sergeant and politician, 23rd Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (b. 1940)
  • 2010 – John Wooden, American basketball player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 2007 – Bill France, Jr., American businessman (b. 1933)
  • 2007 – Clete Boyer, American baseball player and manager (b. 1937)
  • 2007 – Craig L. Thomas, American captain and politician (b. 1933)
  • 2004 – Steve Lacy, American saxophonist and composer (b. 1934)
  • 1998 – Josephine Hutchinson, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1993 – Bernard Evslin, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 1992 – Carl Stotz, American businessman, founded Little League Baseball (b. 1910)
  • 1990 – Stiv Bators, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1949)
  • 1989 – Dik Browne, American cartoonist (b. 1917)
  • 1973 – Murry Wilson, American songwriter, producer, and manager (b. 1917)
  • 1970 – Sonny Tufts, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1968 – Dorothy Gish, American actress (b. 1898)
  • 1962 – Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • 1956 – Katherine MacDonald, American actress and producer (b. 1881)
  • 1951 – Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American bassist, composer, and conductor (b. 1874)
  • 1939 – Tommy Ladnier, American trumpet player (b. 1900)
  • 1929 – Harry Frazee, American director, producer, and agent (b. 1881)
  • 1801 – Frederick Muhlenberg, American minister and politician, 1st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1750)
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