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Events

  • 1985 – STS-51-G Space Shuttle Discovery launches carrying Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a payload specialist.
  • 1967 – The People's Republic of China announces a successful test of its first thermonuclear weapon.
  • 1963 – The United States Supreme Court rules 8–1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
  • 1932 – Bonus Army: Around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
  • 1922 – Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral complete the first aerial crossing of the South Atlantic.
  • 1910 – Aurel Vlaicu pilots an A. Vlaicu nr. 1 on its first flight.
  • 1901 – The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
  • 1898 – The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
  • 1877 – American Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon: The Nez Perce defeat the U.S. Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
  • 1876 – American Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud: One thousand five hundred Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook's forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Battle of Vienna, Virginia.
  • 1843 – The Wairau Affray, the first serious clash of arms between Māori and British settlers in the New Zealand Wars, takes place.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • 1773 – Cúcuta, Colombia, is discovered by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar.
  • 1767 – Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.
  • 1673 – French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.
  • 1596 – The Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz discovers the Arctic archipelago of Spitsbergen.

Births

  • 1994 – Amari Cooper, American football player
  • 1989 – Simone Battle, American singer and actress (d. 2014)
  • 1987 – Kendrick Lamar, American rapper
  • 1981 – Kyle Boller, American football player
  • 1980 – Jeph Jacques, American author and illustrator
  • 1980 – Venus Williams, American tennis player
  • 1979 – Nick Rimando, American soccer player
  • 1979 – Tyson Apostol, American television personality
  • 1979 – Young Maylay, American rapper, producer, and voice actor
  • 1977 – Mark Tauscher, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1975 – Joshua Leonard, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Jason Hanson, American football player
  • 1970 – Michael Showalter, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Popeye Jones, American basketball player and coach
  • 1970 – Will Forte, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter
  • 1967 – Eric Stefani, American keyboard player and composer
  • 1966 – Jason Patric, American actor
  • 1966 – Ken Clark, American football player (d. 2013)
  • 1966 – Tory Burch, American fashion designer and philanthropist
  • 1965 – Dan Jansen, American speed skater and sportscaster
  • 1965 – Dermontti Dawson, American football player and coach
  • 1963 – Greg Kinnear, American actor, television presenter, and producer
  • 1960 – Thomas Haden Church, American actor
  • 1958 – Bobby Farrelly, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Daniel McVicar, American actor
  • 1958 – Jello Biafra, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1958 – Jon Leibowitz, American lawyer and politician
  • 1957 – Martin Dillon, American tenor and educator (d. 2005)
  • 1954 – Mark Linn-Baker, American actor and director
  • 1952 – Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach, and manager
  • 1951 – Joe Piscopo, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter
  • 1951 – Starhawk, American author and activist
  • 1949 – Russell Smith, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Jacqueline Jones, American historian and academic
  • 1947 – Christopher Allport, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1947 – George S. Clinton, American composer and songwriter
  • 1947 – Gregg Rolie, American rock singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Santana, Journey)
  • 1947 – Linda Chavez, American journalist and author
  • 1945 – Tommy Franks, American general
  • 1944 – Randy Johnson, American football player (d. 2009)
  • 1943 – Barry Manilow, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1943 – Burt Rutan, American engineer and pilot
  • 1943 – Newt Gingrich, American historian and politician, 58th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • 1942 – Roger Steffens, American actor and producer
  • 1940 – Bobby Bell, American football player
  • 1940 – Chuck Rainey, American bassist
  • 1940 – George Akerlof, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1937 – Ted Nelson, American sociologist and philosopher
  • 1933 – Harry Browne, American soldier and politician (d. 2006)
  • 1932 – John Murtha, American colonel and politician (d. 2010)
  • 1931 – John Baldessari, American painter and illustrator
  • 1930 – Cliff Gallup, American rock & roll guitarist (d. 1988)
  • 1929 – Bud Collins, American journalist and sportscaster (d. 2016)
  • 1927 – Wally Wood, American author, illustrator, and publisher (d. 1981)
  • 1925 – Alexander Shulgin, American pharmacologist and chemist (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Arnold S. Relman, American physician and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Elroy Hirsch, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1920 – Jacob H. Gilbert, American lawyer and politician (d. 1981)
  • 1919 – William Kaye Estes, American psychologist and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1916 – Terry Gilkyson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – David "Stringbean" Akeman, American singer and banjo player (d. 1973)
  • 1915 – Marcel Cadieux, Canadian civil servant and diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States (d. 1981)
  • 1914 – John Hersey, American journalist and author (d. 1993)
  • 1910 – Red Foley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1968)
  • 1909 – Elmer L. Andersen, American businessman and politician, 30th Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • 1909 – Ralph E. Winters, Canadian-American film editor (d. 2004)
  • 1904 – J. Vernon McGee, American pastor and theologian (d. 1988)
  • 1904 – Ralph Bellamy, American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1903 – Ruth Graves Wakefield, American chef, created the chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)
  • 1902 – Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
  • 1880 – Carl Van Vechten, American author and photographer (d. 1964)
  • 1876 – Edward Anthony Spitzka, American anatomist and author (d. 1922)
  • 1876 – William Carr, American rower (d. 1942)
  • 1871 – James Weldon Johnson, American author, journalist, and activist (d. 1938)
  • 1867 – Flora Finch, English-American actress (d. 1940)
  • 1867 – John Robert Gregg, Irish-born American educator, publisher, and humanitarian (d. 1948)
  • 1865 – Susan La Flesche Picotte, Native American physician (d. 1915)
  • 1861 – Omar Bundy, American general (d. 1940)
  • 1861 – Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)
  • 1858 – Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician, 44th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • 1821 – E. G. Squier, American archaeologist and journalist (d. 1888)
  • 1704 – John Kay, English engineer, invented the Flying shuttle (d. 1780)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Clementa C. Pinckney, American minister and politician (b. 1973)
  • 2015 – John David Crow, American football player and coach (b. 1935)
  • 2014 – Arnold S. Relman, American physician and academic (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Larry Zeidel, Canadian-American ice hockey player and sportscaster (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Stanley Marsh 3, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Bulbs Ehlers, American basketball player (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – James Holshouser, American politician, 68th Governor of North Carolina (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Patricia Brown, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Rodney King, American victim of police brutality (b. 1965)
  • 2009 – Darrell Powers, American sergeant (b. 1923)
  • 2008 – Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 – Serena Wilson, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1933)
  • 2002 – Willie Davenport, American sprinter and hurdler (b. 1943)
  • 2001 – Donald J. Cram, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1919)
  • 1996 – Curt Swan, American illustrator (b. 1920)
  • 1996 – Thomas Kuhn, American historian and philosopher (b. 1922)
  • 1987 – Dick Howser, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1936)
  • 1986 – Kate Smith, American singer (b. 1907)
  • 1983 – Peter Mennin, American composer and educator (b. 1923)
  • 1981 – Zerna Sharp, American author and educator (b. 1889)
  • 1979 – Duffy Lewis, American baseball player and manager (b. 1888)
  • 1975 – James Phinney Baxter III, American historian and academic (b. 1893)
  • 1961 – Jeff Chandler, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1957 – J. R. Williams, Canadian-American cartoonist (b. 1888)
  • 1956 – Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (b. 1926)
  • 1954 – Danny Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (b. 1920)
  • 1952 – Jack Parsons, American chemist and engineer (b. 1914)
  • 1939 – Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1893)
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