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Holidays and observances

  • Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • Pranav Sivakumar Day (Illinois, United States)

Events

  • 2009 – Two American journalists are found guilty of illegally entering North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of penal labour.
  • 2004 – The first Venus Transit in well over a century takes place, the previous one being in 1882.
  • 1992 – The first World Oceans Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 1966 – An F-104 Starfighter collides with XB-70 Valkyrie prototype no. 2, destroying both aircraft during a photo shoot near Edwards Air Force Base. Joseph A. Walker, a NASA test pilot, and Carl Cross, a United States Air Force test pilot, are both killed.
  • 1966 – The National Football League and American Football League announced a merger effective in 1970.
  • 1966 – Topeka, Kansas, is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita scale: The first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
  • 1959 – The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
  • 1953 – The United States Supreme Court rules that restaurants in Washington, D.C. cannot refuse to serve black patrons.
  • 1929 – Margaret Bondfield is appointed Minister of Labour. She is the first woman appointed to the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
  • 1918 – A solar eclipse is observed at Baker City, Oregon by scientists and an artist hired by the United States Navy.
  • 1887 – Herman Hollerith applies for US patent #395,781 for the 'Art of Compiling Statistics', which was his punched card calculator.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Cross Keys: Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson save the Army of Northern Virginia from a Union assault on the James Peninsula led by General George B. McClellan.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Tennessee secedes from the Union.
  • 1789 – James Madison introduces twelve proposed amendments to the United States Constitution in Congress.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: American attackers are driven back at the Battle of Trois-Rivières.

Births

  • 2004 – Francesca Capaldi, American actress
  • 1989 – Mitchell Schwartz, American football player
  • 1986 – Patrick Kaleta, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 – Coby Karl, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Gaines Adams, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1981 – Alex Band, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1981 – Sara Watkins, American singer-songwriter and fiddler
  • 1979 – Derek Trucks, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1979 – Pete Orr, Canadian-American baseball player
  • 1979 – Rob Holliday, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1978 – Maria Menounos, American television journalist
  • 1977 – Kanye West, American rapper, producer, director, and fashion designer
  • 1976 – Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player and coach
  • 1975 – Bryan McCabe, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1973 – Bryant Reeves, American basketball player
  • 1971 – Mark Feuerstein, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1970 – Gabrielle Giffords, American businesswoman and politician
  • 1970 – Kwame Kilpatrick, American educator and politician, 68th Mayor of Detroit
  • 1970 – Troy Vincent, American football player
  • 1969 – J. P. Manoux, American actor
  • 1969 – Marcos Siega, American director and producer
  • 1966 – Julianna Margulies, American actress
  • 1965 – Kevin Farley, American screenwriter
  • 1964 – Butch Reynolds, American runner and coach
  • 1963 – Karen Kingsbury, American journalist and author
  • 1962 – John Gibbons, American baseball player and manager
  • 1958 – Keenen Ivory Wayans, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Don Robinson, American baseball player and politician
  • 1957 – Scott Adams, American author and illustrator
  • 1955 – Griffin Dunne, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1955 – Tim Berners-Lee, English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web
  • 1954 – Greg Ginn, American punk rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Black Flag)
  • 1951 – Tony Rice, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1950 – Kathy Baker, American actress
  • 1949 – Emanuel Ax, Polish-American pianist and educator
  • 1947 – Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, geneticist, and academic Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1947 – Sara Paretsky, American author
  • 1945 – Steven Fromholz, American singer-songwriter, producer, and poet (d. 2014)
  • 1944 – Boz Scaggs, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1944 – Mark Belanger, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • 1943 – William Calley, American lieutenant
  • 1943 – Willie Davenport, American colonel and hurdler (d. 2002)
  • 1940 – Nancy Sinatra, American singer and actress
  • 1939 – Herb Adderley, American football player
  • 1936 – James Darren, American actor
  • 1936 – Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – Joan Rivers, American comedian, actress, and television host (d. 2014)
  • 1933 – Rommie Loudd, American football player and coach (d. 1998)
  • 1931 – James Goldstone, American director and screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1930 – Robert Aumann, German-American mathematician and economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1927 – Jerry Stiller, American actor, comedian and producer
  • 1925 – Barbara Bush, American wife of George H. W. Bush, 41st First Lady of the United States
  • 1924 – Kenneth Waltz, American political scientist and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Alexis Smith, Canadian-born American actress and singer (d. 1993)
  • 1921 – Gordon McLendon, American broadcaster and businessman (d. 1986)
  • 1921 – LeRoy Neiman, American soldier and painter (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Olga Nardone, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1919 – John R. Deane, Jr., American general (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – John D. Roberts, American chemist and academic (d. 2016)
  • 1918 – John H. Ross, American captain and pilot (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Robert Preston, American captain, actor, and singer (d. 1987)
  • 1917 – Byron White, American football player and judge (d. 2002)
  • 1916 – Richard Pousette-Dart, American painter and educator (d. 1992)
  • 1912 – Harry Holtzman, American painter (d. 1987)
  • 1910 – C. C. Beck, American illustrator (d. 1989)
  • 1910 – Fernand Fonssagrives, French-American photographer, sculptor, and painter (d. 2003)
  • 1910 – John W. Campbell, American journalist and author (d. 1971)
  • 1903 – Ralph Yarborough, American colonel and politician (d. 1996)
  • 1900 – Lena Baker, African-American maid executed for capital murder, later pardoned posthumously (d. 1945)
  • 1868 – Robert Robinson Taylor, American architect (d. 1942)
  • 1867 – Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, designed the Price Tower and Fallingwater (d. 1959)
  • 1842 – John Q. A. Brackett, American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1918)
  • 1831 – Thomas J. Higgins, Canadian-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1917)
  • 1788 – Charles A. Wickliffe, American politician, 14th Governor of Kentucky (d. 1869)
  • 1724 – John Smeaton, English engineer, designed the Coldstream Bridge and Perth Bridge (d. 1794)
  • 1717 – John Collins, American lawyer and politician, 3rd Governor of Rhode Island (d. 1795)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Alexander Imich, Polish-American chemist, parapsychologist, and academic (b. 1903)
  • 2013 – Paul Cellucci, American soldier and politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1948)
  • 2013 – Taufiq Kiemas, Indonesian politician, 5th First Spouse of Indonesia (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Pete Brennan, American basketball player (b. 1936)
  • 2006 – Jaxon, American illustrator and publisher, co-founded Rip Off Press (b. 1941)
  • 2004 – Charles Hyder, American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1930)
  • 2004 – Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • 2001 – Alex de Renzy, American director and producer (b. 1935)
  • 2000 – Jeff MacNelly, American cartoonist (b. 1948)
  • 1997 – Karen Wetterhahn, American chemist and academic (b. 1948)
  • 1987 – Alexander Iolas, Egyptian-American art collector (b. 1907)
  • 1982 – Satchel Paige, American baseball player and coach (b. 1906)
  • 1970 – Abraham Maslow, American psychologist and academic (b. 1908)
  • 1969 – Robert Taylor, American actor and singer (b. 1911)
  • 1968 – Elizabeth Enright, American author and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1929 – Bliss Carman, Canadian-American poet and playwright (b. 1861)
  • 1874 – Cochise, American tribal chief (b. 1805)
  • 1845 – Andrew Jackson, American general, judge, and politician, 7th President of the United States (b. 1767)
  • 1809 – Thomas Paine, English-American theorist and author (b. 1737)
  • 1621 – Anne de Xainctonge, French saint, founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin (b. 1567)
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