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  • 2012 – China successfully launches its Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, carrying three astronauts, including the first female Chinese astronaut Liu Yang, to the Tiangong-1 orbital module.
  • 2012 – The United States Air Force's robotic Boeing X-37B spaceplane returns to Earth after a classified 469-day orbital mission.
  • 2010 – Bhutan becomes the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco.
  • 1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan awards the Congressional Gold Medal to Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, for helping six Americans escape from Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979-81; he is the first foreign citizen bestowed the honor.
  • 1963 – Soviet Space Program: Vostok 6 Mission: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
  • 1944 – At age 14, George Junius Stinney, Jr. becomes the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century.
  • 1925 – The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the Soviet Union, Artek, is established.
  • 1911 – IBM founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in Endicott, New York.
  • 1903 – Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage, leaving Oslo, Norway.
  • 1897 – A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later.
  • 1884 – The first purpose-built roller coaster, LaMarcus Adna Thompson's "Switchback Railway", opens in New York's Coney Island amusement park.
  • 1795 – Cornwallis's Retreat, also known as the First Battle of Groix.

Births

  • 1988 – Jermaine Gresham, American football player
  • 1987 – Diana DeGarmo, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1984 – Dan Ryckert, American writer and entertainer
  • 1980 – Brandon Armstrong, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Kerry Wood, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Anthony Carter, American basketball player and coach
  • 1973 – Eddie Cibrian, American actor
  • 1971 – Tupac Shakur, American rapper and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1970 – Cobi Jones, American soccer player and manager
  • 1970 – Phil Mickelson, American golfer
  • 1970 – Younus AlGohar, Pakistani poet and academic, co-founded Messiah Foundation International
  • 1968 – Adam Schmitt, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer
  • 1966 – Phil Vischer, American voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-created VeggieTales
  • 1965 – Michael Richard Lynch, Irish computer scientist and entrepreneur; co-founded HP Autonomy
  • 1965 – Richard Madaleno, American politician
  • 1964 – Danny Burstein, American actor and singer
  • 1963 – The Sandman, American wrestler
  • 1962 – Arnold Vosloo, South African-American actor
  • 1962 – Wally Joyner, American baseball player and coach
  • 1959 – The Ultimate Warrior, American wrestler (d. 2014)
  • 1958 – Darrell Griffith, American basketball player
  • 1957 – Ian Buchanan, Scottish-American actor
  • 1955 – Laurie Metcalf, American actress
  • 1954 – Matthew Saad Muhammad, American boxer and trainer (d. 2014)
  • 1953 – Valerie Mahaffey, American actress
  • 1951 – Charlie Dominici, American singer and guitarist
  • 1949 – Ralph Mann, American hurdler and author
  • 1948 – Ron LeFlore, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 – Buddy Roberts, American wrestler (d. 2012)
  • 1947 – Tom Malone, American trombonist, composer, and producer
  • 1947 – Tom Wyner, English-American voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1946 – Jodi Rell, American politician, 87th Governor of Connecticut
  • 1946 – Mark Ritts, American actor, puppeteer, and producer (d. 2009)
  • 1946 – Rick Adelman, American basketball player and coach
  • 1946 – Tom Harrell, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1942 – Eddie Levert, American R&B/soul singer-songwriter, musician, and actor
  • 1941 – Lamont Dozier, American songwriter and producer
  • 1940 – Neil Goldschmidt, American lawyer and politician, 33rd Governor of Oregon
  • 1939 – Billy "Crash" Craddock, American singer-songwriter
  • 1938 – Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist, short story writer, critic, and poet
  • 1937 – Erich Segal, American author and screenwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1935 – Jim Dine, American painter and illustrator
  • 1930 – Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-American cinematographer and producer (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Faith Domergue, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1920 – Isabelle Holland, Swiss-American author (d. 2002)
  • 1920 – John Howard Griffin, American journalist and author (d. 1980)
  • 1917 – Irving Penn, American photographer (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Katharine Graham, American publisher (d. 2001)
  • 1915 – John Tukey, American mathematician and academic (d. 2000)
  • 1909 – Archie Carr, American ecologist and zoologist (d. 1987)
  • 1907 – Jack Albertson, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1902 – Barbara McClintock, American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)
  • 1902 – George Gaylord Simpson, American paleontologist and author (d. 1984)
  • 1899 – Helen Traubel, American operatic soprano (d. 1972)
  • 1896 – Murray Leinster, American author and screenwriter (d. 1976)
  • 1888 – Peter Stoner, American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1980)
  • 1880 – Otto Eisenschiml, Austrian-American chemist and author (d. 1963)
  • 1838 – Cushman Kellogg Davis, American lieutenant and politician, 7th Governor of Minnesota (d. 1900)
  • 1836 – Wesley Merritt, American general and politician, Military Governor of the Philippines (d. 1910)
  • 1829 – Geronimo, American tribal leader (d. 1909)
  • 1738 – Mary Katherine Goddard, American publisher (d. 1816)
  • 1713 – Meshech Weare, American farmer, lawyer, and politician, 1st Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1786)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Tony Gwynn, American baseball player and coach (b. 1960)
  • 2013 – Sam Farber, American businessman, co-founded OXO (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Susan Tyrrell, American actress (b. 1945)
  • 2005 – Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican-American author and critic (b. 1906)
  • 1998 – Fred Wacker, American race car driver and engineer (b. 1918)
  • 1996 – Mel Allen, American sportscaster and game show host (b. 1913)
  • 1994 – Kristen Pfaff, American bass player and songwriter (b. 1967)
  • 1988 – Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican-American actor and playwright (b. 1946)
  • 1987 – Marguerite de Angeli, American author and illustrator (b. 1889)
  • 1984 – Lew Andreas, American football player and coach (b. 1895)
  • 1979 – Nicholas Ray, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1911)
  • 1977 – Wernher von Braun, German-American physicist and engineer (b. 1912)
  • 1971 – John Reith, 1st Baron Reith, Scottish broadcaster, co-founded BBC (b. 1889)
  • 1970 – Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 1959 – George Reeves, American actor and director (b. 1914)
  • 1952 – Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist and academic (b. 1861)
  • 1940 – DuBose Heyward, American author (b. 1885)
  • 1939 – Chick Webb, American drummer and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 1930 – Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American inventor, co-invented the gyrocompass (b. 1860)
  • 1930 – Ezra Fitch, American lawyer and businessman, co-founded Abercrombie & Fitch (b. 1866)
  • 1929 – Vernon Louis Parrington, American historian and scholar (b. 1871)
  • 1878 – Crawford Long, American surgeon and pharmacist (b. 1815)
  • 1792 – Benjamin Tupper, American general and surveyor (b. 1738)
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