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Events

  • 1973 – A fire destroys the entire sixth floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.
  • 1971 – The Australian Aboriginal Flag is flown for the first time.
  • 1963 – Pauline Reade (16 years old) disappears in Gorton, England, the first victim in the Moors murders.
  • 1962 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at London's Marquee Club.
  • 1960 – Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
  • 1862 – The Medal of Honor is authorized by the United States Congress.
  • 1812 – The American Army of the Northwest briefly occupies the Upper Canadian settlement at what is now at Windsor, Ontario.
  • 1804 – Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel.

Births

  • 1996 – Jordan Romero, American mountaineer
  • 1995 – Jordyn Wieber, American gymnast
  • 1990 – Chasen Shreve, American baseball player
  • 1989 – Nick Palmieri, American ice hockey player
  • 1988 – LeSean McCoy, American football player
  • 1984 – Jonathan Lewis, American football player
  • 1984 – Natalie Martinez, American actress
  • 1980 – Kristen Connolly, American actress
  • 1978 – Michelle Rodriguez, American actress
  • 1978 – Topher Grace, American actor
  • 1977 – Brock Lesnar, American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1977 – Steve Howey, American actor
  • 1976 – Tracie Spencer, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1974 – Gregory Shane Helms, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 – Travis Best, American basketball player
  • 1971 – Kristi Yamaguchi, American figure skater
  • 1971 – Loni Love, American comedian, actress, and talk show host
  • 1969 – Jesse Pintado, Mexican-American guitarist (d. 2006)
  • 1969 – Lisa Nicole Carson, American actress
  • 1967 – John Petrucci, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Mac McCaughan, American singer and guitarist
  • 1966 – Jeff Bucknum, American race car driver
  • 1965 – Robin Wilson, American singer and guitarist
  • 1962 – Joanna Shields, American-English businesswoman
  • 1959 – Charlie Murphy, American actor and comedian (d. 2017)
  • 1958 – J. D. Hayworth, American politician and radio host
  • 1957 – Rick Husband, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1956 – Mel Harris, American actress
  • 1956 – Sandi Patty, American singer and pianist
  • 1955 – Jimmy LaFave, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)
  • 1954 – Eric Adams, American singer-songwriter
  • 1954 – Robert Carl, American pianist and composer
  • 1952 – Philip Taylor Kramer, American bass player (d. 1995)
  • 1952 – Voja Antonić, Serbian computer scientist and journalist, designed the Galaksija computer
  • 1951 – Brian Grazer, American screenwriter and producer, founded Imagine Entertainment
  • 1951 – Cheryl Ladd, American actress
  • 1951 – Jamey Sheridan, American actor
  • 1951 – Joan Bauer, American author
  • 1950 – Eric Carr, American drummer and songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1949 – Rick Hendrick, American businessman, founded Hendrick Motorsports
  • 1948 – Ben Burtt, American director, screenwriter, and sound designer
  • 1948 – Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer and actor
  • 1948 – Walter Egan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1947 – Loren Coleman, American cryptozoologist, author, and academic
  • 1947 – Richard C. McCarty, American psychologist and academic
  • 1945 – Butch Hancock, American country-folk singer-songwriter and musician (The Flatlanders)
  • 1944 – Delia Ephron, American author, playwright, and screenwriter
  • 1944 – Pat Woodell, American actress and singer (d. 2015)
  • 1943 – Paul Silas, American basketball player and coach
  • 1942 – Steve Young, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016)
  • 1942 – Swamp Dogg, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1941 – Benny Parsons, American race car driver and sportscaster (d. 2007)
  • 1938 – Ron Fairly, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1937 – Bill Cosby, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1937 – Mickey Edwards, American lawyer and politician
  • 1937 – Robert McFarlane, American colonel and diplomat, 13th United States National Security Advisor
  • 1934 – Van Cliburn, American pianist and composer (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – Donald E. Westlake, American author and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1933 – Victor Poor, American engineer, developed the Datapoint 2200 (d. 2012)
  • 1932 – Monte Hellman, American director and producer
  • 1932 – Otis Davis, American sprinter
  • 1931 – Geeto Mongol, Canadian-American wrestler and trainer (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Elias James Corey, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1928 – Imero Fiorentino, American lighting designer (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Conte Candoli, American trumpet player (d. 2001)
  • 1927 – Jack Harshman, American baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Roger Smith, American businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1922 – Mark Hatfield, American soldier and politician, 29th Governor of Oregon (d. 2011)
  • 1920 – Beah Richards, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1920 – Paul Gonsalves, American saxophonist (d. 1974)
  • 1918 – Doris Grumbach, American novelist, memoirist, biographer, literary critic, and essayist
  • 1918 – Vivian Mason, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Andrew Wyeth, American artist (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Willis Lamb, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1909 – Fritz Leonhardt, German engineer, designed Fernsehturm Stuttgart (d. 1999)
  • 1909 – Herbert Zim, American naturalist, author, and educator (d. 1994)
  • 1909 – Joe DeRita, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1908 – Milton Berle, American comedian and actor (d. 2002)
  • 1908 – Paul Runyan, American golfer and sportscaster (d. 2002)
  • 1895 – Buckminster Fuller, American architect and engineer, designed the Montreal Biosphère (d. 1983)
  • 1895 – Oscar Hammerstein II, American director, producer, and songwriter (d. 1960)
  • 1886 – Jean Hersholt, Danish-American actor and director (d. 1956)
  • 1884 – Louis B. Mayer, Russian-born American film producer, co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (d. 1957)
  • 1880 – Tod Browning, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1962)
  • 1876 – Alphaeus Philemon Cole, American artist, engraver and etcher (d. 1988)
  • 1857 – George E. Ohr, American potter (d. 1918)
  • 1854 – George Eastman, American businessman, founded Eastman Kodak (d. 1933)
  • 1821 – D. H. Hill, American general and academic (d. 1889)
  • 1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, and philosopher (d. 1862)
  • 1730 – Josiah Wedgwood, English potter, founded the Wedgwood Company (d. 1795)

Deaths

  • 2015 – D'Army Bailey, American lawyer, judge, and actor (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Alfred de Grazia, American political scientist and author (b. 1919)
  • 2014 – Kenneth J. Gray, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Amar Bose, American businessman, founded the Bose Corporation (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Else Holmelund Minarik, Danish-American author and illustrator (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – George C. Stoney, American director and producer (b. 1916)
  • 2011 – Sherwood Schwartz, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1916)
  • 2010 – Harvey Pekar, American author and critic (b. 1939)
  • 2010 – James P. Hogan, English-American author (b. 1941)
  • 2010 – Olga Guillot, Cuban-American singer (b. 1922)
  • 2008 – Bobby Murcer, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1946)
  • 2008 – Tony Snow, American journalist, 26th White House Press Secretary (b. 1955)
  • 2004 – Betty Oliphant, English-Canadian ballerina, co-founded the National Ballet School of Canada (b. 1918)
  • 2003 – Benny Carter, American trumpet player, saxophonist, and composer (b. 1907)
  • 2001 – Fred Marcellino, American author and illustrator (b. 1939)
  • 1998 – Jimmy Driftwood, American singer-songwriter and banjo player (b. 1907)
  • 1996 – John Chancellor, American journalist (b. 1927)
  • 1992 – Caroline Pafford Miller, American journalist and author (b. 1903)
  • 1979 – Minnie Riperton, American singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 1975 – James Ormsbee Chapin, American painter and illustrator (b. 1887)
  • 1973 – Lon Chaney, Jr., American actor (b. 1906)
  • 1962 – Roger Wolfe Kahn, American composer and bandleader (b. 1907)
  • 1950 – Elsie de Wolfe, American actress, author, and interior decorator (b. 1865)
  • 1947 – Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1946 – Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist and author (b. 1870)
  • 1944 – Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., American general and politician, Governor of Puerto Rico (b. 1887)
  • 1934 – Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor and businessman, invented the outboard motor (b. 1877)
  • 1929 – Robert Henri, American painter and educator (b. 1865)
  • 1910 – Charles Rolls, English engineer and businessman, co-founded Rolls-Royce Limited (b. 1887)
  • 1892 – Alexander Cartwright, American firefighter, invented baseball (b. 1820)
  • 1870 – John A. Dahlgren, American admiral (b. 1809)
  • 1804 – Alexander Hamilton, American general, economist, and politician, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1755)
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