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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. David Joseph Colditz (born August 13, 1991), commonly known as Dave Days, is a musician, entertainer and YouTube personality from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, currently living in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1990 – DeMarcus Cousins, American basketball player. DeMarcus Amir Cousins (born August 13, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1989 – Justin Greene, American basketball player. On May 20, 2008, Greene committed to attend Kent State University.
  • 1988 – Brandon Workman, American baseball player. Brandon Carlin Workman (born August 13, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1988 – Keith Benson, American basketball player. Keith Anderson Benson Jr. (born August 13, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Shabab Al Ahli of the UAE National Basketball League.
  • 1987 – Devin McCourty, American football player. Devin McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football free safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1987 – Jason McCourty, American football player. Jason McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1984 – Boone Logan, American baseball player. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, and Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 1983 – Dallas Braden, American baseball player. Listed at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and 185 pounds (84 kg), he both threw and batted left-handed.
  • 1982 – Sarah Huckabee Sanders, American political consultant and press secretary, was the White House press secretary under President Donald Trump. Sanders is the third woman to fill the position.
  • 1982 – Sebastian Stan, Romanian-American actor. Hammond in Political Animals.
  • 1979 – Corey Patterson, American baseball player. He is the older brother of outfielder Eric Patterson, and the son of former NFL defensive back Don Patterson.
  • 1977 – Kenyan Weaks, American basketball player and coach. He is 1.98 m shooting guard–small forward.
  • 1976 – Geno Carlisle, American basketball player. The 6' 3", 200-lb. point guard born in Grand Rapids, Michigan played in several leagues throughout the world.
  • 1974 – Jarrod Washburn, American baseball player and coach. He played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, and Detroit Tigers over the course of a 12–year MLB career.
  • 1974 – Scott MacRae, American baseball player and coach. He was active in the Cincinnati Reds organization from 6/1/1995 to 10/15/2004, and was active with the Houston Astros 3/2/2005 to 10/15/2005.
  • 1973 – Eric Medlen, American race car driver (d. 2007), was an NHRA Fuel Funny Car driver. Medlen drove for John Force Racing in 2004, 2005, and 2006, campaigning in the Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang Fuel Funny Car, and in 2007, campaigning in the Auto Club/Pleasant Holiday Ford Mustang Fuel Funny Car.
  • 1973 – Molly Henneberg, American journalist. Mary Janne "Molly" Henneberg (born August 13, 1973) is an American former news reporter for the Fox News Channel.
  • 1972 – Kevin Plank, American businessman, founded Under Armour. Plank (born August 13, 1972) is an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist.
  • 1971 – Adam Housley, American baseball player and journalist. Arthur Adam Housley (born August 13, 1971) is an Emmy, AP, and RTNDA Award–Winning American journalist, former professional baseball player, and current winery owner.
  • 1970 – Elvis Grbac, American football player and coach. Grbac (born August 13, 1970) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) and currently serves as the head football coach, Marianist Urban Student Program director, and athletic director at Villa Angela-St.
  • 1968 – Todd Hendricks, American football player and coach. Todd Hendricks (born August 13, 1968 in Graceville, Minnesota) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver, running back, and kick returner.
  • 1967 – Dave Jamerson, American basketball player, was selected by the Miami Heat in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 1990 NBA draft. Jamerson played for the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and New Jersey Nets in 3 NBA seasons.
  • 1966 – Scooter Barry, American basketball player. Richard Francis "Scooter" Barry IV (born August 13, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player.
  • 1965 – Mark Lemke, American baseball player, coach, and radio host. He won the 1995 World Series with the Braves over the Cleveland Indians.
  • 1964 – Debi Mazar, American actress. Deborah Anne Mazar Corcos (/ˈmeɪzɑːr/; born August 13, 1964) is an American actress and television personality, known for playing sharp-tongued women.
  • 1964 – Jay Buhner, American baseball player and sportscaster. Jay Campbell Buhner (born August 13, 1964), nicknamed "Bone", is a former Major League Baseball right fielder.
  • 1964 – Tom Prince, American baseball player and manager. Although Prince didn't produce impressive offensive statistics, he excelled defensively as a catcher which enabled him to sustain a seventeen-year playing career with several major league teams.
  • 1963 – Steve Higgins, American talk show co-host and announcer, writer, producer, comedian and impressionist. Prior to The Tonight Show, Higgins was also the announcer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014.
  • 1963 – Valerie Plame, American CIA agent and author. Valerie Elise Plame Wilson (née Plame, August 13, 1963), is an American writer, spy novelist, and former officer who worked at the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
  • 1962 – John Slattery, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Slattery Jr. (born August 13, 1962) is an American actor and director, best known for his role as Roger Sterling in the AMC drama series Mad Men.
  • 1961 – Tom Perrotta, American novelist and screenwriter. Perrotta (born August 13, 1961) is an American novelist and screenwriter best known for his novels Election (1998) and Little Children (2004), both of which were made into critically acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated films.
  • 1959 – Danny Bonaduce, American actor and wrestler. Dante Daniel Bonaduce (born August 13, 1959) is an American actor, comedian, radio personality, television personality and professional wrestler.
  • 1959 – Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player. Thomas Edward Niedenfuer (born August 13, 1959), is a retired American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.
  • 1958 – Randy Shughart, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993), was a United States Army Delta Force soldier who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993.
  • 1953 – Tom Cohen, American philosopher, theorist, and academic. Tom Dana Cohen (born August 13, 1953), is an American media and cultural theorist, currently a professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
  • 1952 – Dave Carter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002), was an American folk singer-songwriter who described their style as "post-modern mythic American folk music." He/She was one half of the duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, who were heralded as the new "voice of modern folk music" in the months before Carter's unexpected death in July 2002. They were ranked as number one on the year-end list for "Top Artists" on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Chart for 2001 and 2002, and their popularity has endured in the years following Carter's death. Joan Baez who went on tour with the duo in 2002 spoke of Carter's songs in the same terms that she once used to promote a young Bob Dylan:
  • 1952 – Gary Gibbs, American football player and coach. Gary Gibbs (born August 13, 1952) is an American football coach and former player who previously served as the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma for six years, compiling a record of 44–23–2.
  • 1952 – Herb Ritts, American photographer and director (d. 2002), was an American fashion photographer and director prolific for his photographs of celebrities, models, and other cultural figures throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His work concentrated on black and white photography and portraits, often in the style of classical Greek sculpture, which emphasized the human shape.
  • 1952 – Hughie Thomasson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007), was an American guitarist and singer, best known as a founding member of Outlaws. The band found great success in the late 70s and early 80s with a string of hits.
  • 1951 – Dan Fogelberg, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007), was an American musician, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is known for his 1980s songs, including "Longer" (1979), "Same Old Lang Syne" (1980), and "Leader of the Band" (1982).
  • 1950 – Rusty Gerhardt, American baseball player, coach, and manager. He was a left-handed pitcher who appeared in 23 games, 22 in relief, for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball in 1974.
  • 1949 – Jim Brunzell, American wrestler. Best known for his successful tag teams, Brunzell performed for various wrestling promotions during his 21-year career.
  • 1948 – Kathleen Battle, American operatic soprano. She made her opera debut in 1975.
  • 1945 – Gary Gregor, American basketball player. Gregor (born August 13, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player.
  • 1940 – Bill Musselman, American basketball player and coach (d. 2000), was an American basketball coach in the NCAA, the ABA, the WBA, the CBA and the NBA. He was known for his trademark intensity, once being quoted as saying, "Defeat is worse than death” because “you have to live with defeat."
  • 1938 – Dave "Baby" Cortez, American R&B pianist, organist, and composer. David Cortez Clowney (born August 13, 1938), known by the stage name Dave "Baby" Cortez, is an American pop and R&B organist and pianist, best known for his 1959 hit, "The Happy Organ".
  • 1935 – Alex de Renzy, American director and producer (d. 2001), was an American director and producer of pornographic movies.
  • 1935 – Mudcat Grant, American baseball player and sportscaster. James Timothy "Mudcat" Grant (born August 13, 1935) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians (1958–64), Minnesota Twins (1964–67), Los Angeles Dodgers (1968), Montreal Expos (1969), St.
  • 1933 – Joycelyn Elders, American admiral and physician, 15th Surgeon General of the United States. Elders is best known for her frank discussion of her views on controversial issues such as drug legalization, masturbation, and distributing contraception in schools.
  • 1930 – Bob Wiesler, American baseball player (d. 2014), was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees and Washington Senators in parts of five seasons spanning 1951–1958. Listed at 6' 3", 188 lb., he was a switch-hitter and threw left-handed.
  • 1930 – Don Ho, American singer and ukulele player (d. 2007), was an American traditional pop musician, singer and entertainer. He is best known for the song "Tiny Bubbles" from the album of the same name.
  • 1930 – Wilmer Mizell, American baseball player and politician (d. 1999), was a professional American athlete, playing as a pitcher for 14 years, and later a politician. After his sports career, he was elected and served three terms as a Republican U.S. congressman from North Carolina from 1969 to 1975.
  • 1925 – Benny Bailey, American trumpet player, songwriter, and producer (d. 2005), was an American jazz trumpeter.
  • 1922 – Chuck Gilmur, American basketball player, coach, and educator (d. 2011). Gilmur Jr. (August 13, 1922 – January 14, 2011) was an American basketball player and high school teacher.
  • 1921 – Jimmy McCracklin, American blues/R&B singer-songwriter and pianist (d 2012), was an American pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. His style contained West Coast blues, Jump blues, and R&B.
  • 1920 – Neville Brand, American actor (d. 1992). His most memorable film roles were in Stalag 17 (1953), Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), and Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).
  • 1919 – Rex Humbard, American evangelist and television host (d. 2007), was an American television evangelist whose Cathedral of Tomorrow show was aired on over 600 stations at the peak of its popularity.
  • 1917 – Sid Gordon, American baseball player (d. 1975), was an American right-handed Major League Baseball two-time All-Star outfielder, third baseman, and first baseman.
  • 1914 – Grace Bates, American mathematician and academic (d. 1996), was an American mathematician and one of few women in the United States to be granted a Ph.D. in mathematics in the 1940s. She became an emeritus professor at Mount Holyoke College.
  • 1912 – Ben Hogan, American golfer and sportscaster (d. 1997), was an American professional golfer who is generally considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Hogan is notable for his profound influence on golf swing theory and his legendary ball-striking ability.
  • 1912 – Claire Cribbs, American basketball player and coach (d. 1985), was an American basketball player and high school coach. He was a two-time All-American at the University of Pittsburgh and won over 400 games as a high school coach in the state of Ohio.
  • 1912 – Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991), was an Italian microbiologist, later a naturalized U.S. citizen. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1969, with Max Delbrück and Alfred Hershey, for their discoveries on the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses.
  • 1911 – William Bernbach, American advertiser, co-founded DDB Worldwide (d. 1982), was an American advertising creative director. He was one of the three founders in 1949 of the international advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB).
  • 1908 – Gene Raymond, American actor and pilot (d. 1998), was an American film, television, and stage actor of the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to acting, Raymond was also a composer, screenwriter, director, producer, and decorated military pilot.
  • 1907 – Basil Spence, Scottish architect, designed Coventry Cathedral (d. 1976), was a Scottish architect, most notably associated with Coventry Cathedral in England and the Beehive in New Zealand, but also responsible for numerous other buildings in the Modernist/Brutalist style.
  • 1906 – Art Shires, American baseball player and boxer (d. 1967), was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators and Boston Braves.
  • 1906 – Chuck Carroll, American football player and lawyer (d. 2003), was an American football player and attorney from Washington.
  • 1899 – Alfred Hitchcock, English-American director and producer (d. 1980), was an English film director and producer. He is one of the most influential and extensively studied filmmakers in the history of cinema.
  • 1898 – Regis Toomey, American actor (d. 1991), was an American film and television actor.
  • 1895 – Bert Lahr, American actor (d. 1967), was an American actor of stage and screen, vaudevillian and comedian. Lahr is best known for his role as the Cowardly Lion, as well as his counterpart Kansas farmworker "Zeke", in the MGM adaptation of The Wizard of Oz (1939).
  • 1888 – Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor (d. 1975). Derujinsky (August 13, 1888 – March 9, 1975) was a Russian-American sculptor.
  • 1888 – John Logie Baird, Scottish engineer, invented the television (d. 1946), was a Scottish engineer, innovator, one of the inventors of the mechanical television, demonstrating the first working television system on 26 January 1926, and inventor of both the first publicly demonstrated colour television system, and the first purely electronic colour television picture tube.
  • 1867 – George Luks, American painter and illustrator (d. 1933), was an American realist artist, painter, comics artist and illustrator. His vigorously painted genre paintings of urban subjects are examples of the Ashcan School of American art.
  • 1866 – Giovanni Agnelli, Italian businessman, founded Fiat S.p.A (d. 1945), was an Italian businessman, who founded Fiat car manufacturing in 1899.
  • 1860 – Annie Oakley, American target shooter (d. 1926), was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Her talent first came to light when at age 15 she won a shooting match against traveling-show marksman Frank E.

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 – 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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