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Events

  • 2001 – Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.
  • 1998 – Russell Eugene Weston, Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
  • 1980 – The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.
  • 1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • 1966 – Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.
  • 1959 – At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a "Kitchen Debate".
  • 1943 – World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, and American planes by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.
  • 1929 – The Kellogg–Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it is first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928 by most leading world powers).
  • 1911 – Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".
  • 1901 – O. Henry is released from prison in Columbus, Ohio after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.
  • 1866 – Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Kernstown: Confederate General Jubal Early defeats Union troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.
  • 1847 - Richard March Hoe, American inventor, patented the rotary-type printing press.
  • 1814 – War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown's American invaders.

Births

  • 1989 – Maurkice Pouncey, American football player
  • 1987 – Nathan Gerbe, American ice hockey player
  • 1985 – Aries Merritt, American hurdler
  • 1985 – Eric Wright, American football player
  • 1982 – Chris Barrett, American director, producer, and author
  • 1982 – Elisabeth Moss, American actress
  • 1982 – Mewelde Moore, American football player
  • 1982 – Trevor Matthews, Canadian actor and producer, founded Brookstreet Pictures
  • 1980 – Joel Stroetzel, American guitarist
  • 1979 – Jerrod Niemann, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979 – Mark Andrew Smith, American author
  • 1979 – Ryan Speier, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Andy Irons, American surfer (d. 2010)
  • 1976 – Rafer Alston, American basketball player
  • 1975 – Eric Szmanda, American actor
  • 1975 – Jamie Langenbrunner, American ice hockey player
  • 1975 – Torrie Wilson, American model, fitness competitor, actress and professional wrestler
  • 1969 – Jennifer Lopez, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1968 – Colleen Doran, American author and illustrator
  • 1968 – Kristin Chenoweth, American actress and singer
  • 1968 – Laura Leighton, American actress
  • 1965 – Doug Liman, American director and producer
  • 1965 – Kadeem Hardison, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Barry Bonds, American baseball player
  • 1964 – John Rosengren, American journalist and author
  • 1963 – Karl Malone, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Johnny O'Connell, American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1957 – Pam Tillis, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1956 – Charlie Crist, American lawyer and politician, 44th Governor of Florida
  • 1955 – Brad Watson, American author and academic
  • 1953 – Claire McCaskill, American lawyer and politician
  • 1953 – Jon Faddis, American trumpet player, composer, and conductor
  • 1952 – Gus Van Sant, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1951 – Lynda Carter, American actress
  • 1949 – Michael Richards, American actor and comedian
  • 1947 – Peter Serkin, American pianist and educator
  • 1946 – Gallagher, American comedian and actor
  • 1945 – Hugh Ross, Canadian-American astrophysicist and astronomer
  • 1942 – Chris Sarandon, American actor
  • 1942 – David Miner, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1940 – Dan Hedaya, American actor
  • 1939 – Walt Bellamy, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Eugene J. Martin, American painter (d. 2005)
  • 1937 – Quinlan Terry, English architect, designed the Brentwood Cathedral
  • 1936 – Ruth Buzzi, American actress and comedian
  • 1935 – Aaron Elkins, American author and academic
  • 1935 – Mel Ramos, American painter, illustrator, and academic
  • 1933 – Doug Sanders, American golfer
  • 1930 – Alfred Balk, American journalist and author (d. 2010)
  • 1927 – Alex Katz, American painter and sculptor
  • 1921 – Billy Taylor, American pianist and composer (d. 2010)
  • 1920 – Bella Abzug, American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1920 – Constance Dowling, American model and actress (d. 1969)
  • 1919 – John Winkin, American baseball player, coach, and journalist (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Ruggiero Ricci, American violinist and educator (d. 2012)
  • 1916 – John D. MacDonald, American colonel and author (d. 1986)
  • 1914 – Ed Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (d. 2007)
  • 1913 – Britton Chance, American biologist and sailor (d. 2010)
  • 1910 – Harry Horner, American director and production designer (d. 1994)
  • 1904 – Leo Arnaud, French-American trombonist, composer, and conductor (d. 1991)
  • 1904 – Richard B. Morris, American historian and academic (d. 1989)
  • 1900 – Zelda Fitzgerald, American author and poet (d. 1948)
  • 1897 – Amelia Earhart, American pilot and author (d. 1937)
  • 1889 – Agnes Meyer Driscoll, American cryptanalyst (d. 1971)
  • 1880 – Ernest Bloch, Swiss-American composer and educator (d. 1959)
  • 1821 – William Poole, American boxer and gangster (d. 1855)
  • 1803 – Alexander J. Davis, American architect (d. 1892)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Marni Nixon, American actress and singer (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Ingrid Sischy, South African-American journalist and critic (b. 1952)
  • 2015 – Jim Mitchell, American captain, lawyer, and judge (b. 1946)
  • 2015 – Peg Lynch, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2014 – Dale Schlueter, American basketball player (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – Ik-Hwan Bae, Korean-American violinist and educator (b. 1956)
  • 2013 – Fred Dretske, American philosopher and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Garry Davis, American pilot and activist, created the World Passport (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Virginia E. Johnson, American psychologist and sexologist (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Chad Everett, American actor and director (b. 1937)
  • 2012 – Larry Hoppen, American singer and guitarist (b. 1951)
  • 2012 – Robert Ledley, American physiologist and physicist, invented the CT scanner (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Sherman Hemsley, American actor and singer (b. 1938)
  • 2011 – Dan Peek, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1950)
  • 2011 – Skip Thomas, American football player (b. 1950)
  • 2008 – Norman Dello Joio, American pianist and composer (b. 1913)
  • 2007 – Albert Ellis, American psychologist and author (b. 1913)
  • 1997 – William J. Brennan, Jr., American colonel and jurist (b. 1906)
  • 1994 – Helen Cordero, Cochiti Pueblo (Native American) Pueblo potter (b. 1915)
  • 1991 – Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1986 – Fritz Albert Lipmann, German-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1966 – Tony Lema, American golfer (b. 1934)
  • 1965 – Constance Bennett, American actress and producer (b. 1904)
  • 1891 – Hermann Raster, German-American journalist and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1862 – Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (b. 1782)
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