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Events

  • 2003 – The Wikimedia Foundation is founded in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • 1990 – Asteroid Eureka is discovered.
  • 1975 – The film Jaws is released in the United States, becoming the highest-grossing film of that time and starting the trend of films known as "summer blockbusters".
  • 1963 – Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union and the United States sign an agreement to establish the so-called "red telephone" link between Washington and Moscow.
  • 1945 – The United States Secretary of State approves the transfer of Wernher von Braun and his team of Nazi rocket scientists to the U.S. under Operation Paperclip.
  • 1944 – The experimental MW 18014 V-2 rocket reaches an altitude of 176 km, becoming the first man-made object to reach outer space.
  • 1943 – World War II: The Royal Air Force launches Operation Bellicose, the first shuttle bombing raid of the war. Lancaster bombers damage the V-2 rocket production facilities at the Zeppelin Works while en route to an air base in Algeria.
  • 1941 – The United States Army Air Corps is deprecated to being the American training and logistics section of what is known until 1947 as the United States Army Air Forces, just two days before Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union.
  • 1877 – Alexander Graham Bell installs the world's first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: West Virginia is admitted as the 35th U.S. state.
  • 1840 – Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph.
  • 1819 – The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, United Kingdom. It is the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey is made under sail.
  • 1787 – Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the 'United States'.
  • 1782 – The U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States.

Births

  • 1994 – Leonard Williams, American football player
  • 1990 – DeQuan Jones, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor
  • 1989 – Terrelle Pryor, American football player
  • 1986 – Dreama Walker, American actress
  • 1985 – Matt Flynn, American football player
  • 1984 – Hassan Adams, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Darren Sproles, American football player
  • 1983 – Josh Childress, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Tony Lovato, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979 – Charles Howell III, American golfer
  • 1977 – Amos Lee, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973 – Chino Moreno, American singer-songwriter
  • 1971 – Jeordie White, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bass player
  • 1971 – Josh Lucas, American actor
  • 1971 – Rodney Rogers, American basketball player and coach
  • 1969 – MaliVai Washington, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1968 – Robert Rodriguez, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1967 – Dan Tyminski, American singer-songwriter
  • 1967 – Nicole Kidman, American-Australian actress
  • 1966 – Boaz Yakin, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – Kirk Baptiste, American sprinter
  • 1960 – Philip M. Parker, American economist and author
  • 1955 – E. Lynn Harris, American author (d. 2009)
  • 1953 – Robert Crais, American author and screenwriter
  • 1952 – John Goodman, American actor
  • 1951 – Tress MacNeille, American actress and voice artist
  • 1949 – Lionel Richie, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor
  • 1948 – Cirilo Flores, American bishop (d. 2014)
  • 1947 – Dolores "LaLa" Brooks, American pop singer (The Crystals)
  • 1946 – André Watts, American pianist and educator
  • 1942 – Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1937 – Jerry Keller, American singer-songwriter
  • 1936 – Billy Guy, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1935 – Jim Barker, American politician (d. 2005)
  • 1935 – Len Dawson, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1933 – Danny Aiello, American actor
  • 1931 – James Tolkan, American actor and director
  • 1931 – Olympia Dukakis, American actress
  • 1929 – Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – Edith Windsor, American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist (d. 2017)
  • 1928 – Eric Dolphy, American saxophonist, flute player, and composer (d. 1964)
  • 1928 – Martin Landau, American actor and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1925 – Audie Murphy, American lieutenant and actor Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1971)
  • 1925 – Doris Hart, American tennis player and educator (d. 2015)
  • 1924 – Chet Atkins, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2001)
  • 1924 – Fritz Koenig, German sculptor and academic, designed The Sphere (d.2017)
  • 1923 – Peter Gay, German-American historian, author, and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1921 – Byron Farwell, American historian and author (d. 1999)
  • 1920 – Danny Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (d. 1954)
  • 1920 – Thomas Jefferson, American trumpet player
  • 1918 – George Lynch, American race car driver (d. 1997)
  • 1918 – Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian-American author (d. 2011)
  • 1916 – T. Texas Tyler, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)
  • 1912 – Jack Torrance, American shot putter and football player (d. 1969)
  • 1911 – Gail Patrick, American actress (d. 1980)
  • 1910 – Josephine Johnson, American author and poet (d. 1990)
  • 1909 – Errol Flynn, Australian-American actor (d. 1959)
  • 1908 – Billy Werber, American baseball player (d. 2009)
  • 1907 – Jimmy Driftwood, American singer-songwriter and banjo player (d. 1998)
  • 1906 – Bob King, American high jumper and obstetrician (d. 1965)
  • 1905 – Lillian Hellman, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1894 – Lloyd Hall, American chemist and academic (d. 1971)
  • 1884 – Mary R. Calvert, American astronomer and author (d. 1974)
  • 1882 – Daniel Sawyer, American golfer (d. 1937)
  • 1872 – George Carpenter, American 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)
  • 1869 – Laxmanrao Kirloskar, Indian businessman, founded the Kirloskar Group (d. 1956)
  • 1860 – Alexander Winton, Scottish-American race car driver and engineer (d. 1932)
  • 1858 – Charles W. Chesnutt, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1932)
  • 1770 – Moses Waddel, American minister and academic (d. 1840)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Prodigy, (Albert Johnson), American music artist (b. 1974)
  • 2015 – Miriam Schapiro, Canadian-American painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Andrew Sarris, American critic (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – LeRoy Neiman, American painter (b. 1921)
  • 2011 – Ryan Dunn, American television personality (b. 1977)
  • 2005 – Jack Kilby, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1923)
  • 2005 – Larry Collins, American journalist, historian, and author (b. 1929)
  • 2002 – Erwin Chargaff, Austrian-American biochemist and academic (b. 1905)
  • 1999 – Clifton Fadiman, American game show host, author, and critic (b. 1902)
  • 1978 – Mark Robson, Canadian-American director and producer (b. 1913)
  • 1965 – Bernard Baruch, American financier and politician (b. 1870)
  • 1947 – Bugsy Siegel, American mobster (b. 1906)
  • 1875 – Joseph Meek, American police officer and politician (b. 1810)
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