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Events

  • 2007 – An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.
  • 2000 – Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor and 30 years after its discovery by undersea explorer E. Lee Spence.
  • 1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.
  • 1967 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • 1946 – First flight of the Convair B-36, the world's first mass-produced nuclear weapon delivery vehicle, the heaviest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft, with the longest wingspan of any military aircraft, and the first bomber with intercontinental range.
  • 1945 – The London Charter is signed by France, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the United States, establishing the laws and procedures for the Nuremberg trials.
  • 1908 – Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers' first public flight.
  • 1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis (which is refused upon receipt).
  • 1786 – Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border is climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 1605 – The city of Oulu, Finland, is founded by Charles IX of Sweden.

Births

  • 1990 – Parker Kligerman, American race car driver
  • 1989 – Anthony Rizzo, American baseball player
  • 1989 – Ken Baumann, American actor and author
  • 1988 – Laura Slade Wiggins, American actress and singer
  • 1986 – Chris Pressley, American football player
  • 1986 – Pierre Garçon, American football player
  • 1985 – Brett Ratliff, American football player
  • 1984 – Martrez Milner, American football player
  • 1982 – Ross Ohlendorf, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Meagan Good, American actress and producer
  • 1980 – Craig Breslow, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Jack Cassel, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Michael Urie, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1980 – Mike Hindert, American singer and bass player
  • 1980 – Pat Noonan, American soccer player
  • 1979 – Rashard Lewis, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Darren Manzella, American sergeant (d. 2013)
  • 1976 – Drew Lachey, American singer and actor
  • 1976 – JC Chasez, American singer and dancer
  • 1974 – Manjul Bhargava, Canadian-American mathematician and academic
  • 1973 – Scott Stapp, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1970 – Trev Alberts, American football player and journalist
  • 1968 – Huey Morgan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Marcelo Balboa, American soccer player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1966 – John Hudek, American baseball player and coach
  • 1964 – Anastasia M. Ashman, American blogger and author
  • 1964 – Scott Sandelin, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1963 – Jon Turteltaub, American director and producer
  • 1963 – Ron Karkovice, American baseball player and manager
  • 1962 – Kool Moe Dee, American musician, singer and actor
  • 1961 – Bruce Matthews, American football player and coach
  • 1961 – Daniel House, American bass player and producer
  • 1961 – Rikki Rockett, American glam rock drummer (Poison)
  • 1961 – Ron Klain, American lawyer and politician, Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States
  • 1958 – Deborah Norville, American journalist
  • 1957 – Dennis Drew, American keyboard player
  • 1953 – Don Most, American actor and director
  • 1952 – Anton Fig, South African-American drummer
  • 1952 – Robin Quivers, American nurse, radio host/personality, and author
  • 1951 – Martin Brest, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1951 – Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • 1950 – Willie Hall, American drummer and producer
  • 1949 – Keith Carradine, American actor
  • 1948 – Margaret Urban Walker, American philosopher
  • 1947 – Larry Wilcox, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1946 – Joe Bethancourt, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1944 – Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1940 – Dennis Tito, American engineer and businessman, founded Wilshire Associates
  • 1939 – Alexander Watson, American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Peru
  • 1938 – Connie Stevens, American actress and businesswoman
  • 1937 – Dustin Hoffman, American actor and director
  • 1937 – Sheila Varian, American horse breeder (d. 2016)
  • 1936 – Frank Howard, American baseball player and manager
  • 1935 – Donald P. Bellisario, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1933 – Joe Tex, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1932 – Mel Tillis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1930 – Jerry Tarkanian, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Terry Nation, Welsh-American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1927 – Johnny Temple, American baseball player and coach (d. 1994)
  • 1927 – Maia Wojciechowska, Polish-American author (d. 2002)
  • 1926 – Richard Anderson, American actor and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1922 – Gertrude Himmelfarb, American historian, author, and academic
  • 1922 – Rory Calhoun, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1922 – Rudi Gernreich, Austrian-American fashion designer, created the Monokini (d. 1985)
  • 1921 – Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Webb Pierce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1991)
  • 1921 – William Asher, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1920 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (d. 1997)
  • 1915 – James Elliott, American runner and coach (d. 1981)
  • 1911 – Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1910 – Sylvia Sidney, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1908 – Arthur Goldberg, American jurist and politician, 6th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1990)
  • 1907 – Benny Carter, American saxophonist, trumpet player, and composer (d. 2003)
  • 1902 – Paul Dirac, English-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)
  • 1901 – Ernest Lawrence, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
  • 1896 – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, American author and academic (d. 1953)
  • 1884 – Sara Teasdale, American poet and educator (d. 1933)
  • 1879 – Bob Smith, American physician and surgeon, co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)
  • 1876 – Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly, Indian-Syrian priest, founded the Sisters of the Destitute (d. 1929)
  • 1866 – Matthew Henson, American explorer (d. 1955)
  • 1839 – Nelson A. Miles, American general (d. 1925)
  • 1822 – George Stoneman, Jr., United States Army cavalry officer (d. 1894)
  • 1814 – Esther Hobart Morris, American lawyer and judge (d. 1902)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Glen Campbell, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1936)
  • 2015 – Sam S. Walker, American general (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Charles Keating, English-American actor (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Red Wilson, American football and baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Karen Black, American actress (b. 1939)
  • 2013 – Regina Resnik, American soprano and actress (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Fay Ajzenberg-Selove, German-American physicist and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2010 – Patricia Neal, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Orville Moody, American golfer (b. 1933)
  • 2007 – Melville Shavelson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 2005 – Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 2005 – Dean Rockwell, American commander, wrestler, and coach (b. 1912)
  • 2005 – Gene Mauch, American baseball player and manager (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – John H. Johnson, American publisher, founded the Johnson Publishing Company (b. 1918)
  • 2004 – Fay Wray, Canadian-American actress (b. 1907)
  • 2004 – Leon Golub, American painter and academic (b. 1922)
  • 1991 – James Irwin, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 1985 – Louise Brooks, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 1984 – Ellen Raskin, American author and illustrator (b. 1928)
  • 1984 – Richard Deacon, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 1975 – Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • 1965 – Shirley Jackson, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1916)
  • 1950 – Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman, founded Qantas (b. 1879)
  • 1940 – Johnny Dodds, American clarinet player and saxophonist (b. 1892)
  • 1934 – Wilbert Robinson, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1863)
  • 1911 – William P. Frye, American lawyer and politician (b. 1830)
  • 1909 – Mary MacKillop, Australian nun and saint, co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (b. 1842)
  • 1902 – John Henry Twachtman, American painter and academic (b. 1853)
  • 1887 – Alexander William Doniphan, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1808)
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