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Events

  • 2008 – Íngrid Betancourt, a member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia, is released from captivity after being held for six and a half years by FARC.
  • 2002 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
  • 2001 – The AbioCor self-contained artificial heart is first implanted.
  • 2000 – Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional, after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
  • 1966 – The French military explodes a nuclear test bomb code-named Aldébaran in Moruroa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.
  • 1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
  • 1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
  • 1921 – World War I: U.S. President Warren G. Harding signs the Knox–Porter Resolution formally ending the war between the United States and Imperial Germany.
  • 1900 – The first Zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • 1897 – British-Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.
  • 1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.
  • 1613 – The first English expedition (from Virginia) against Acadia led by Samuel Argall takes place.

Births

  • 1995 – Ryan Murphy, American swimmer
  • 1992 – Madison Chock, American ice dancer
  • 1990 – Merritt Mathias, American soccer player
  • 1989 – Alex Morgan, American soccer player
  • 1986 – Brett Cecil, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Lindsay Lohan, American actress and singer
  • 1985 – Ashley Tisdale, American actress
  • 1985 – Chad Henne, American football player
  • 1985 – Rhett Bomar, American football player
  • 1984 – Johnny Weir, American figure skater
  • 1983 – Michelle Branch, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1981 – Carlos Rogers, American football player
  • 1980 – Nicole Briscoe, American model and journalist
  • 1980 – Nyjer Morgan, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Sam Hornish Jr., American race car driver
  • 1979 – Walter Davis, American triple jumper
  • 1976 – Tomáš Vokoun, Czech-American ice hockey player
  • 1974 – Sean Casey, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1971 – Troy Brown, American football player and actor
  • 1970 – Derrick Adkins, American hurdler
  • 1964 – Joe Magrane, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Jose Canseco, Cuban-American baseball player and mixed martial artist
  • 1964 – Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1961 – Clark Kellogg, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1957 – Purvis Short, American basketball player
  • 1956 – Jerry Hall, American model and actress
  • 1952 – Johnny Colla, American guitarist, saxophonist, and songwriter
  • 1949 – Greg Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Gene McFadden, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2006)
  • 1947 – Larry David, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1946 – Richard Axel, American neuroscientist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1946 – Ron Silver, American actor, director, and political activist (d. 2009)
  • 1943 – Larry Lake, American-Canadian trumpet player and composer (d. 2013)
  • 1941 – William Guest, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2015)
  • 1939 – John H. Sununu, American engineer and politician, 14th White House Chief of Staff
  • 1939 – Paul Williams, American singer and choreographer (d. 1973)
  • 1937 – Polly Holliday, American actress
  • 1937 – Richard Petty, American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1935 – Gilbert Kalish, American pianist and educator
  • 1932 – Dave Thomas, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Wendy's (d. 2002)
  • 1929 – Imelda Marcos, Filipino politician; 10th First Lady of the Philippines
  • 1927 – Brock Peters, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1927 – Lee Allen, American saxophone player (d. 1994)
  • 1925 – Marvin Rainwater, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Medgar Evers, American soldier and activist (d. 1963)
  • 1923 – Cyril M. Kornbluth, American soldier and author (d. 1958)
  • 1920 – John Kneubuhl, Samoan-American historian, screenwriter, and playwright (d. 1992)
  • 1919 – Jean Craighead George, American author (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Leonard J. Arrington, American author and academic, founded the Mormon History Association (d. 1999)
  • 1916 – Ken Curtis, American actor and singer (d. 1991)
  • 1914 – Ethelreda Leopold, American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1914 – Frederick Fennell, American conductor and educator (d. 2004)
  • 1908 – Thurgood Marshall, American lawyer and jurist, 32nd Solicitor General of the United States (d. 1993)
  • 1906 – Hans Bethe, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)
  • 1881 – Royal Hurlburt Weller, American lawyer and politician (d. 1929)
  • 1877 – Rinaldo Cuneo, American artist ("the painter of San Francisco") (d. 1939)
  • 1820 – George Law Curry, American publisher and politician, 5th Governor of the Oregon Territory (d. 1878)
  • 1665 – Samuel Penhallow, English-American soldier and historian (d. 1726)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Michael Cimino, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1939)
  • 2015 – Charlie Sanders, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1946)
  • 2015 – Jim Weaver, American football player and coach (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – Harold W. Kuhn, American mathematician and academic (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Louis Zamperini, American runner and captain (b. 1917)
  • 2013 – Anthony G. Bosco, American bishop (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Anthony Llewellyn, Welsh-American chemist, academic, and astronaut (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist, invented the computer mouse (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Betty Meggers, American archaeologist and academic (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Ed Stroud, American baseball player (b. 1939)
  • 2012 – Julian Goodman, American journalist (b. 1922)
  • 2008 – Natasha Shneider, Russian-American singer, keyboard player, and actress (b. 1956)
  • 2007 – Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano and television personality (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – Jan Murray, American comedian, actor, and game show host (b. 1916)
  • 2005 – Ernest Lehman, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2005 – Norm Prescott, American actor, composer, and producer, co-founded Filmation Studios (b. 1927)
  • 2003 – Briggs Cunningham, American race car driver and businessman (b. 1907)
  • 2002 – Ray Brown, American bassist and composer (b. 1926)
  • 1999 – Mario Puzo, American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 1997 – James Stewart, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1993 – Fred Gwynne, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 1991 – Lee Remick, American actress (b. 1935)
  • 1990 – Snooky Lanson, American singer (b. 1914)
  • 1986 – Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • 1973 – Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1916)
  • 1973 – George McBride, American baseball player and manager (b. 1880)
  • 1972 – Joseph Fielding Smith, American religious leader, 10th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1876)
  • 1964 – Fireball Roberts, American race car driver (b. 1929)
  • 1963 – Alicia Patterson, American publisher, co-founded Newsday (b. 1906)
  • 1961 – Ernest Hemingway, American novelist, short story writer, and journalist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1929 – Gladys Brockwell, American actress (b. 1894)
  • 1920 – William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (b. 1846)
  • 1903 – Ed Delahanty, American baseball player (b. 1867)
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