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Events

  • 1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York City That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  • 1954 – Radio Pakistan broadcasts the "Qaumī Tarāna", the national anthem of Pakistan for the first time.
  • 1918 – Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha May Johnson is the first woman to enlist.
  • 1913 – First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.
  • 1898 – Carl Gustav Witt discovers 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found.
  • 1898 – Spanish–American War: Spanish and American forces engage in a mock battle for Manila, after which the Spanish commander surrendered in order to keep the city out of Filipino rebel hands.
  • 1889 – William Gray of Hartford, Connecticut is granted United States Patent Number 408,709 for "Coin-controlled apparatus for telephones."
  • 1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Royal Navy defeats the Penobscot Expedition with the most significant loss of United States naval forces prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • 29 BC – Octavian holds the first of three consecutive triumphs in Rome to celebrate the victory over the Dalmatian tribes.

Births

  • 1991 – Dave Days, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1990 – DeMarcus Cousins, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Justin Greene, American basketball player
  • 1988 – Brandon Workman, American baseball player
  • 1988 – Keith Benson, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Devin McCourty, American football player
  • 1987 – Jason McCourty, American football player
  • 1984 – Boone Logan, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Dallas Braden, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Sarah Huckabee Sanders, American political consultant and press secretary
  • 1982 – Sebastian Stan, Romanian-American actor
  • 1979 – Corey Patterson, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Dwight Smith, American football player
  • 1977 – Kenyan Weaks, American basketball player and coach
  • 1976 – Geno Carlisle, American basketball player
  • 1974 – Jarrod Washburn, American baseball player and coach
  • 1974 – Scott MacRae, American baseball player and coach
  • 1973 – Eric Medlen, American race car driver (d. 2007)
  • 1973 – Molly Henneberg, American journalist
  • 1972 – Kevin Plank, American businessman, founded Under Armour
  • 1971 – Adam Housley, American baseball player and journalist
  • 1970 – Elvis Grbac, American football player and coach
  • 1970 – Will Clarke, American author
  • 1968 – Todd Hendricks, American football player and coach
  • 1967 – Dave Jamerson, American basketball player
  • 1966 – Scooter Barry, American basketball player
  • 1965 – Mark Lemke, American baseball player, coach, and radio host
  • 1964 – Debi Mazar, American actress
  • 1964 – Jay Buhner, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Tom Prince, American baseball player and manager
  • 1963 – Steve Higgins, American talk show co-host and announcer, writer, producer, comedian and impressionist
  • 1963 – Valerie Plame, American CIA agent and author
  • 1962 – John Slattery, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Tom Perrotta, American novelist and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Danny Bonaduce, American actor and wrestler
  • 1959 – Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player
  • 1958 – Randy Shughart, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
  • 1953 – Tom Cohen, American philosopher, theorist, and academic
  • 1952 – Dave Carter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)
  • 1952 – Gary Gibbs, American football player and coach
  • 1952 – Herb Ritts, American photographer and director (d. 2002)
  • 1952 – Hughie Thomasson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)
  • 1951 – Dan Fogelberg, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)
  • 1950 – Rusty Gerhardt, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1949 – Jim Brunzell, American wrestler
  • 1948 – Kathleen Battle, American operatic soprano
  • 1947 – Fred Stanley, American baseball player and manager
  • 1945 – Gary Gregor, American basketball player
  • 1943 – Fred Hill, American football player
  • 1940 – Bill Musselman, American basketball player and coach (d. 2000)
  • 1938 – Dave "Baby" Cortez, American R&B pianist, organist, and composer
  • 1935 – Alex de Renzy, American director and producer (d. 2001)
  • 1935 – Mudcat Grant, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1933 – Joycelyn Elders, American admiral and physician, 15th Surgeon General of the United States
  • 1930 – Bob Wiesler, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Don Ho, American singer and ukulele player (d. 2007)
  • 1930 – Wilmer Mizell, American baseball player and politician (d. 1999)
  • 1929 – Pat Harrington, Jr., American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1925 – Benny Bailey, American trumpet player, songwriter, and producer (d. 2005)
  • 1922 – Chuck Gilmur, American basketball player, coach, and educator (d. 2011)
  • 1921 – Jimmy McCracklin, American blues/R&B singer-songwriter and pianist (d 2012)
  • 1920 – Neville Brand, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1919 – Rex Humbard, American evangelist and television host (d. 2007)
  • 1917 – Sid Gordon, American baseball player (d. 1975)
  • 1914 – Grace Bates, American mathematician and academic (d. 1996)
  • 1912 – Ben Hogan, American golfer and sportscaster (d. 1997)
  • 1912 – Claire Cribbs, American basketball player and coach (d. 1985)
  • 1912 – Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1911 – William Bernbach, American advertiser, co-founded DDB Worldwide (d. 1982)
  • 1908 – Gene Raymond, American actor and pilot (d. 1998)
  • 1907 – Basil Spence, Scottish architect, designed Coventry Cathedral (d. 1976)
  • 1906 – Art Shires, American baseball player and boxer (d. 1967)
  • 1906 – Chuck Carroll, American football player and lawyer (d. 2003)
  • 1904 – Buddy Rogers, American actor and musician (d. 1999)
  • 1899 – Alfred Hitchcock, English-American director and producer (d. 1980)
  • 1898 – Regis Toomey, American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1895 – Bert Lahr, American actor (d. 1967)
  • 1888 – Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor (d. 1975)
  • 1888 – John Logie Baird, Scottish engineer, invented the television (d. 1946)
  • 1867 – George Luks, American painter and illustrator (d. 1933)
  • 1866 – Giovanni Agnelli, Italian businessman, founded Fiat S.p.A (d. 1945)
  • 1860 – Annie Oakley, American target shooter (d. 1926)
  • 1851 – Felix Adler, German-American religious leader and educator (d. 1933)
  • 1842 – Charles Wells, English brewer, founded Charles Wells Ltd (d. 1914)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Om Prakash Munjal, Indian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Hero Cycles (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Aaron Selber, Jr., American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Helen Gurley Brown, American journalist and author (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Hugo Adam Bedau, American philosopher and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Joan Roberts, American actress and singer (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Johnny Pesky, American baseball player and manager (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Edwin Newman, American journalist and author (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Lance Cade, American wrestler (b. 1981)
  • 2009 – Lavelle Felton, American basketball player (b. 1980)
  • 2009 – Les Paul, American musician (b. 1915)
  • 2008 – Bill Gwatney, American politician (b. 1959)
  • 2008 – Jack Weil, American businessman (b. 1901)
  • 2007 – Brian Adams, American wrestler (b. 1964)
  • 2007 – Brooke Astor, American philanthropist and socialite (b. 1902)
  • 2007 – Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • 2004 – Julia Child, American chef, author, and television host (b. 1912)
  • 2003 – Ed Townsend, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2001 – Jim Hughes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1923)
  • 1998 – Edward Ginzton, Ukrainian-American physicist and academic (b. 1915)
  • 1998 – Julien Green, American author (b. 1900)
  • 1998 – Rafael Robles, Dominican-American baseball player (b. 1947)
  • 1995 – Mickey Mantle, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1931)
  • 1991 – James Roosevelt, American general and politician (b. 1907)
  • 1989 – Larkin I. Smith, American police officer and politician (b. 1944)
  • 1989 – Tim Richmond, American race car driver (b. 1955)
  • 1986 – Helen Mack, American actress (b. 1913)
  • 1979 – Andrew Dasburg, American painter and sculptor (b. 1887)
  • 1978 – Lonnie Mayne, American wrestler (b. 1944)
  • 1971 – W. O. Bentley, English race car driver and engineer, founded Bentley Motors Limited (b. 1888)
  • 1958 – Francis J. McCormick, American football, basketball player, and coach (b. 1903)
  • 1934 – Mary Hunter Austin, American author and playwright (b. 1868)
  • 1826 – René Laennec, French physician, invented the stethoscope (b. 1781)
  • 1744 – John Cruger, Danish-American businessman and politician, 39th Mayor of New York City (b. 1678)
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