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Events

  • 2015 – The US Embassy in Havana, Cuba re-opens after 54 years of being closed when Cuba–United States relations were broken off.
  • 2003 – A widescale power blackout affects the northeast United States and Canada.
  • 1959 – Founding and first official meeting of the American Football League.
  • 1936 – Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last known public execution in the United States.
  • 1933 – Loggers cause a forest fire in the Coast Range of Oregon, later known as the first forest fire of the Tillamook Burn; it is not fully extinguished until September 5, after destroying 240,000 acres (970 km2).
  • 1914 – World War I: Start of the Battle of Lorraine, an unsuccessful French offensive designed to recover the lost province of Moselle from Germany.
  • 1911 – United States Senate leaders agree to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye's death.
  • 1901 – The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.
  • 1893 – France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.
  • 1888 – An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan's "The Lost Chord", one of the first recordings of music ever made, is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison's phonograph in London, England.
  • 1885 – Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
  • 1880 – Construction of Cologne Cathedral, the most famous landmark in Cologne, Germany, is completed.
  • 1842 – American Indian Wars: Second Seminole War ends, with the Seminoles forced from Florida to Oklahoma.
  • 1592 – The first sighting of the Falkland Islands by John Davis.
  • 1457 – Publication of the Mainz Psalter, the first book to feature a printed date of publication and printed colophon
  • 1040 – King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.

Births

  • 1987 – Tim Tebow, American football and baseball player, television personality and sportscaster
  • 1984 – Clay Buchholz, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-born American actress
  • 1983 – Spencer Pratt, American television personality
  • 1981 – Earl Barron, American basketball player
  • 1981 – Julius Jones, American football player
  • 1981 – Kofi Kingston, Ghanaian-American wrestler
  • 1980 – Roy Williams, American football player
  • 1977 – Juan Pierre, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Mike Vrabel, American football player and coach
  • 1974 – Chucky Atkins, American basketball player and coach
  • 1971 – Mark Loretta, American baseball player and coach
  • 1970 – Kevin Cadogan, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Third Eye Blind)
  • 1969 – Tracy Caldwell Dyson, American chemist and astronaut
  • 1968 – Catherine Bell, English-American actress and producer
  • 1966 – Halle Berry, American model, actress, and producer, Miss World United States 1986
  • 1965 – Brannon Braga, American producer, director, and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Terry Richardson, American photographer and director
  • 1964 – Neal Anderson, American football player and coach
  • 1962 – Mark Gubicza, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler and manager (d. 1995)
  • 1960 – Fred Roberts, American basketball player and educator
  • 1959 – Frank Brickowski, American basketball player
  • 1959 – Magic Johnson, American basketball player and coach
  • 1959 – Marcia Gay Harden, American actress
  • 1958 – Bobby Eaton, American wrestler and trainer
  • 1956 – Erica Flapan, American mathematician
  • 1956 – Jackée Harry, American actress and television personality
  • 1956 – Rusty Wallace, American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1956 – Sharon Bryant, American R&B singer
  • 1954 – Mark Fidrych, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2009)
  • 1954 – Stanley A. McChrystal, American general
  • 1953 – James Horner, American composer and conductor (d. 2015)
  • 1952 – Debbie Meyer, American swimmer
  • 1951 – Slim Dunlap, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – Gary Larson, American cartoonist
  • 1948 – Terry Adams, American pianist and composer
  • 1947 – Bruce Nash, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1947 – Danielle Steel, American author
  • 1946 – Larry Graham, American soul/funk bass player and singer-songwriter
  • 1946 – Susan Saint James, American actress
  • 1945 – Steve Martin, American actor, comedian, musician, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Ben Sidran, American jazz and rock keyboardist, producer, label owner, and music writer
  • 1941 – Connie Smith, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1941 – David Crosby, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1941 – Ernest Everett Just, African-American biologist and academic (d. 1941)
  • 1940 – Darrell "Dash" Crofts, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1940 – Galen Hall, American football player and coach
  • 1935 – John Brodie, American football player and golfer
  • 1932 – Lee Hoffman, American author (d. 2007)
  • 1931 – Frederic Raphael, American journalist, author, and screenwriter
  • 1930 – Earl Weaver, American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – Gene Scott, American pastor and broadcaster (d. 2005)
  • 1929 – Kinnaird R. McKee, American admiral (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Buddy Greco, American singer and pianist (d. 2017)
  • 1925 – Russell Baker, American critic and essayist
  • 1924 – Sverre Fehn, Norwegian architect, designed the Hedmark Museum (d. 2009)
  • 1923 – Alice Ghostley, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1916 – Frank and John Craighead, American naturalists (twins, Frank d. 2001, John d. 2016)
  • 1916 – Wellington Mara, American businessman (d. 2005)
  • 1914 – Herman Branson, African-American physicist, chemist, and academic (d. 1995)
  • 1913 – Paul Dean, American baseball player (d. 1981)
  • 1912 – Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist and academic (d. 1985)
  • 1907 – Skinnay Ennis, American bandleader and singer (d. 1963)
  • 1886 – Arthur Jeffrey Dempster, Canadian-American physicist and academic (d. 1950)
  • 1881 – Francis Ford, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1953)
  • 1880 – Fred Alexander, American tennis player (d. 1969)
  • 1875 – Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian-American painter and illustrator (d. 1957)
  • 1870 – Nelson McDowell, American actor (d. 1947)
  • 1867 – Cupid Childs, American baseball player (d. 1912)
  • 1863 – Ernest Thayer, American poet and author (d. 1940)
  • 1851 – Doc Holliday, American dentist and gambler (d. 1887)
  • 1817 – Alexander H. Bailey, American lawyer, judge, and politician (d. 1874)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Philip "Fyuvsh" Finkel, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Bob Farrell, American businessman, founded Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Bob Johnston, American songwriter and producer (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – George V. Hansen, American soldier and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Leonard Fein, American journalist and academic, co-founded Moment Magazine (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Jack Garfinkel, American basketball player and coach (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Jack Germond, American journalist and author (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Herman Leonard, American soldier and photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2006 – Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2004 – Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born American novelist, essayist, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2002 – Larry Rivers, American painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • 1999 – Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 1994 – Alice Childress, American actress, playwright, and author (b. 1912)
  • 1992 – John Sirica, American lawyer and judge (b. 1904)
  • 1989 – Ricky Berry, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • 1988 – Enzo Ferrari, Italian race car driver and businessman, founded Ferrari (b. 1898)
  • 1988 – Roy Buchanan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 1985 – Gale Sondergaard, American actress (b. 1899)
  • 1984 – Spud Davis, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1904)
  • 1980 – Dorothy Stratten, Canadian-American model and actress (b. 1960)
  • 1973 – Fred Gipson, American journalist and author (b. 1908)
  • 1972 – Oscar Levant, American actor, pianist, and composer (b. 1906)
  • 1964 – Johnny Burnette, American singer-songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 1963 – Clifford Odets, American director, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1906)
  • 1955 – Herbert Putnam, American lawyer and publisher, Librarian of Congress (b. 1861)
  • 1951 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (b. 1863)
  • 1943 – Joe Kelley, American baseball player and manager (b. 1871)
  • 1926 – John H. Moffitt, American sergeant and politician, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1843)
  • 1909 – William Stanley, American engineer and philanthropist (b. 1829)
  • 1890 – Michael J. McGivney, American priest, founded the Knights of Columbus (b. 1852)
  • 1874 – Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American minister and politician (b. 1821)
  • 1870 – David Farragut, American admiral (b. 1801)
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