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Events

  • 2002 – "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
  • 1975 – Space Race: Apollo–Soyuz Test Project features the dual launch of an Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz spacecraft on the first joint Soviet-United States human-crewed flight. It was both the last launch of an Apollo spacecraft, and the Saturn family of rockets.
  • 1971 – The United Red Army is founded in Japan.
  • 1966 – Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam begin Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.
  • 1959 – The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.
  • 1954 – First flight of the Boeing 367-80, prototype for both the Boeing 707 and C-135 series.
  • 1870 – Reconstruction Era of the United States: Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 1806 – Pike expedition: United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins an expedition from Fort Bellefontaine near St. Louis, Missouri, to explore the west.
  • 1741 – Aleksei Chirikov sights land in Southeast Alaska. He sends men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
  • 1099 – First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.

Births

  • 1992 – Tobias Harris, American basketball player
  • 1991 – Derrick Favors, American basketball player
  • 1990 – Damian Lillard, American basketball player
  • 1990 – Zach Bogosian, American ice hockey player
  • 1989 – Anthony Randolph, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Tristan Wilds, American actor, singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1983 – Heath Slater, American wrestler
  • 1980 – Kelli Martin, American fashion designer
  • 1980 – Reggie Abercrombie, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Laura Benanti, American actress and singer
  • 1977 – John St. Clair, American football player
  • 1977 – Lana Parrilla, American actress
  • 1977 – Ray Toro, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1976 – Gabriel Iglesias, Mexican-American comedian and voice actor
  • 1976 – Steve Cunningham, American boxer
  • 1975 – Cherry, American wrestler and manager
  • 1973 – Brian Austin Green, American actor
  • 1972 – Scott Foley, American actor
  • 1968 – Eddie Griffin, American comedian, actor, and producer
  • 1967 – Adam Savage, American actor and special effects designer
  • 1967 – Elbert West, American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1961 – Forest Whitaker, American actor
  • 1961 – Scott Ritter, American soldier and international weapons inspector
  • 1960 – Kim Alexis, American fashion model
  • 1958 – Mac Thornberry, American lawyer and politician
  • 1956 – Joe Satriani, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – Giorgos Kaminis, American-Greek lawyer and politician, 78th Mayor of Athens
  • 1954 – Jeff Jarvis, American journalist and blogger
  • 1953 – Alicia Bridges, American singer-songwriter
  • 1952 – David Pack, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1952 – Johnny Thunders, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1991)
  • 1952 – Marky Ramone, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1952 – Terry O'Quinn, American actor
  • 1951 – Jesse Ventura, American wrestler, actor, and politician, 38th Governor of Minnesota
  • 1950 – Arianna Huffington, Greek-American journalist and publisher (The Huffington Post)
  • 1949 – Richard Russo, American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter
  • 1948 – Artimus Pyle, American rock drummer and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1947 – Lydia Davis, American short story writer, novelist, and essayist
  • 1947 – Roky Erickson, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1946 – Linda Ronstadt, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1945 – Peter Lewis (musician), American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1944 – Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor
  • 1944 – Millie Jackson, American singer-songwriter
  • 1942 – Vivian Malone Jones, American civil rights activist (d. 2005)
  • 1940 – Ronald Gene Simmons, American sergeant and convicted murderer (d. 1990)
  • 1938 – Barry Goldwater, Jr., American lawyer and politician
  • 1938 – Carmen Callil, Australian publisher, founded Virago Press
  • 1938 – Ernie Barnes, American football player, actor, and painter (d. 2009)
  • 1936 – George Voinovich, American lawyer and politician, 65th Governor of Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1935 – Alex Karras, American football player, wrestler, and actor (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Donn Clendenon, American baseball player and lawyer (d. 2005)
  • 1935 – Ken Kercheval, American actor and director
  • 1931 – Clive Cussler, American archaeologist and author
  • 1931 – Joanna Merlin, American actress and casting director
  • 1930 – Stephen Smale, American mathematician and computer scientist
  • 1929 – Charles Anthony, American tenor and actor (d. 2012)
  • 1928 – Carl Woese, American microbiologist and biophysicist (d. 2012)
  • 1927 – Carmen Zapata, American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Nan Martin, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1925 – Philip Carey, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1925 – Taylor Hardwick, American architect, designed Haydon Burns Library and Friendship Fountain Park (d. 2014)
  • 1924 – Jeremiah Denton, American admiral and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1922 – Leon M. Lederman, American physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1921 – Jack Beeson, American pianist and composer (d. 2010)
  • 1921 – Robert Bruce Merrifield, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)
  • 1917 – Joan Roberts, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Robert Conquest, English-American historian, poet, and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1916 – Sumner Gerard, American politician and diplomat (d. 2004)
  • 1915 – Albert Ghiorso, American chemist and academic (d. 2010)
  • 1913 – Cowboy Copas, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)
  • 1905 – Dorothy Fields, American songwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1904 – Rudolf Arnheim, German-American psychologist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1903 – Walter D. Edmonds, American journalist and author (d. 1998)
  • 1894 – Tadeusz Sendzimir, Polish-American engineer (d. 1989)
  • 1893 – Dick Rauch, American football player and coach (d. 1970)
  • 1893 – Enid Bennett, Australian-American actress (d. 1969)
  • 1887 – Wharton Esherick, American sculptor (d. 1970)
  • 1865 – Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, Irish-English publisher, founded the Amalgamated Press (d. 1922)
  • 1850 – Francesca S. Cabrini, Italian-American nun and saint (d. 1917)
  • 1827 – W. W. Thayer American lawyer and politician, 6th Governor of Oregon (d. 1899)
  • 1817 – Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet, English engineer, designed the Forth Bridge (d. 1898)
  • 1800 – Sidney Breese, American jurist and politician (d. 1878)
  • 1799 – Reuben Chapman, American lawyer and politician, 13th Governor of Alabama (d. 1882)
  • 1796 – Thomas Bulfinch, American mythologist (d. 1867)
  • 1779 – Clement Clarke Moore, American author, poet, and educator (d. 1863)
  • 1573 – Inigo Jones, English architect, designed the Queen's House (d. 1652)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Martin Landau, American film and television actor (b. 1928)
  • 2015 – Masahiko Aoki, Japanese-American economist and academic (b. 1938)
  • 2014 – Edward Perl, American neuroscientist and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – James MacGregor Burns, American historian, political scientist, and author (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Robert A. Roe, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Earl Gros, American football player (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Henry Braden, American lawyer and politician (b. 1944)
  • 2013 – John T. Riedl, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1962)
  • 2013 – Ninos Aho, Syrian-American poet and activist (b. 1945)
  • 2013 – Noël Lee, Chinese-American pianist and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Tom Greenwell, American lawyer and judge (b. 1956)
  • 2012 – Celeste Holm, American actress and singer (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Grant Feasel, American football player (b. 1960)
  • 2010 – James E. Akins, American politician and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (b. 1926)
  • 2006 – Robert H. Brooks, American businessman, founder of Hooters and Naturally Fresh, Inc. (b. 1937)
  • 2003 – Elisabeth Welch, American actress and singer (b. 1904)
  • 1997 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, founded Versace (b. 1946)
  • 1991 – Bert Convy, American actor, singer, and game show host (b. 1933)
  • 1990 – Omar Abu Risha, Syrian poet and diplomat, 4th Syrian Ambassador to the United States (b. 1910)
  • 1988 – Eleanor Estes, American librarian, author, and illustrator (b. 1906)
  • 1986 – Billy Haughton, American harness racer and trainer (b. 1923)
  • 1982 – Bill Justis, American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1926)
  • 1976 – Paul Gallico, American journalist and author (b. 1897)
  • 1974 – Christine Chubbuck, American journalist (b. 1944)
  • 1965 – Francis Cherry, American lawyer and politician, 35th Governor of Arkansas (b. 1908)
  • 1960 – Lawrence Tibbett, American singer and actor (b. 1896)
  • 1959 – Ernest Bloch, Swiss-American composer and academic (b. 1880)
  • 1957 – James M. Cox, American publisher and politician, 46th Governor of Ohio (b. 1870)
  • 1953 – Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Indian archbishop, founded the Order of the Imitation of Christ (b. 1882)
  • 1948 – John J. Pershing, American general (b. 1860)
  • 1947 – Walter Donaldson, American soldier and songwriter (b. 1893)
  • 1940 – Robert Wadlow, American giant, 8"11' 271 cm (b.1918)
  • 1933 – Freddie Keppard, American cornet player (b. 1890)
  • 1933 – Irving Babbitt, American scholar, critic, and academic (b. 1865)
  • 1898 – Jean-Baptiste Salpointe, French-American archbishop (d. 1825)
  • 1883– General Tom Thumb, American circus performer (b. 1838)
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