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Holidays and observances

  • Bennington Battle Day (Vermont, United States)
  • Children's Day in Paraguay
  • National Airborne Day (United States)

Events

  • In 2016 Massachusetts Institute of Technology announces a breakthrough which can double lithium-ion battery capacity.
  • 1966 – Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
  • 1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.
  • 1946 – The All Hyderabad Trade Union Congress is founded in Secunderabad.
  • 1944 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 287.
  • 1930 – The first British Empire Games were opened in Hamilton, Ontario by the Governor General of Canada, the Viscount Willingdon.
  • 1930 – The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • 1920 – Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and dies early the next day. Chapman was the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.
  • 1916 – The Migratory Bird Treaty between Canada and the United States signed.
  • 1913 – Tōhoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tohoku University) becomes the first university in Japan to admit female students.
  • 1896 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • 1891 – The Basilica of San Sebastian, Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
  • 1841 – U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
  • 1812 – War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
  • 1780 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden: The British defeat the Americans near Camden, South Carolina.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York.
  • 1652 – Battle of Plymouth: Inconclusive naval action between the fleets of Michiel de Ruyter and George Ayscue in the First Anglo-Dutch War.

Births

  • 1999 – Karen Chen, American figure skater
  • 1997 – Greyson Chance, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1996 – Caeleb Dressel, American swimmer
  • 1991 – Young Thug, American rapper
  • 1985 – Cristin Milioti, American actress
  • 1984 – Candice Dupree, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Vanessa Carlton, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1975 – George Stults, American model and actor
  • 1973 – Damian Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Emily Robison, American singer-songwriter and banjo player
  • 1970 – Bonnie Bernstein, American journalist and sportscaster
  • 1966 – Eddie Olczyk, American ice hockey player, coach, and commentator
  • 1964 – Jimmy Arias, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1963 – Christine Cavanaugh, American voice artist (d. 2014)
  • 1962 – Steve Carell, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Christian Okoye, American football player
  • 1960 – Franz Welser-Möst, Austrian-American conductor and director
  • 1960 – Timothy Hutton, American actor, producer and director
  • 1958 – Angela Bassett, American actress
  • 1958 – Madonna, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director
  • 1957 – Laura Innes, American actress and director
  • 1953 – James "J.T." Taylor, American R&B singer-songwriter
  • 1953 – Kathie Lee Gifford, American talk show host, singer, and actress
  • 1949 – Bill Spooner, American guitarist and songwriter (The Tubes)
  • 1949 – Paul Pasqualoni, American football player and coach
  • 1949 – Scott Asheton, American drummer (d. 2014)
  • 1948 – Earl Blumenauer, American politician, U.S. Representative from Oregon
  • 1948 – Joey Spampinato, American singer-songwriter and bass player (NRBQ)
  • 1948 – Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 – Carol Moseley Braun, American lawyer and politician, United States Ambassador to New Zealand
  • 1946 – Lesley Ann Warren, American actress
  • 1945 – Bob Balaban, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1945 – Gary Loizzo, American guitarist, singer, recording engineer, and record producer (d. 2016)
  • 1945 – Suzanne Farrell, American ballerina and educator
  • 1943 – Woody Peoples, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1942 – Barbara George, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1942 – Robert Squirrel Lester, American soul singer (The Chi-Lites) (d. 2010)
  • 1939 – Billy Joe Shaver, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1939 – Eric Weissberg, American singer, banjo player, and multi-instrumentalist
  • 1937 – David Behrman, American composer and producer
  • 1936 – Anita Gillette, American actress and singer
  • 1934 – Donnie Dunagan, American actor and soldier
  • 1934 – Ketty Lester, American singer and actress
  • 1933 – Julie Newmar, American actress
  • 1933 – Stuart Roosa, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1994)
  • 1930 – Frank Gifford, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Robert Culp, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1929 – Bill Evans, American pianist and composer (d. 1980)
  • 1929 – Fritz Von Erich, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1997)
  • 1929 – Wyatt Tee Walker, American pastor, theologian, and activist
  • 1928 – Ann Blyth, American actress and singer
  • 1928 – Eddie Kirkland, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1928 – Eydie Gormé, American singer (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Lois Nettleton, American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1925 – Mal Waldron, American pianist and composer (d. 2002)
  • 1925 – Willie Jones, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1924 – Fess Parker, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1924 – Inez Voyce, American baseball player
  • 1922 – Ernie Freeman, American pianist and bandleader (d. 2001)
  • 1920 – Charles Bukowski, German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer (d. 1994)
  • 1917 – Matt Christopher, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1916 – Iggy Katona, American race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1915 – Al Hibbler, American baritone singer (d. 2001)
  • 1910 – Gloria Blondell, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1910 – Mae Clarke, American actress (d. 1992)
  • 1909 – Paul Callaway, American organist and conductor (d. 1995)
  • 1908 – Orlando Cole, American cellist and educator (d. 2010)
  • 1908 – William Keepers Maxwell, Jr., American editor, novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2000)
  • 1904 – Wendell Meredith Stanley, American biochemist and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1902 – Wallace Thurman, American author and playwright (d. 1934)
  • 1894 – George Meany, American plumber and labor leader (d. 1980)
  • 1892 – Hal Foster, Canadian-American author and illustrator (d. 1982)
  • 1892 – Otto Messmer, American cartoonist and animator, co-created Felix the Cat (d. 1983)
  • 1888 – Armand J. Piron, American violinist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1943)
  • 1884 – Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-American author and publisher (d. 1967)
  • 1868 – Bernarr Macfadden, American bodybuilder and publisher, founded Macfadden Publications (d. 1955)
  • 1862 – Amos Alonzo Stagg, American baseball player and coach (d. 1965)

Deaths

  • 2016 – John McLaughlin, American television personality (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Jacob Bekenstein, Mexican-American physicist, astronomer, and academic (b. 1947)
  • 2012 – William Windom, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2005 – Vassar Clements, American fiddler (b. 1928)
  • 2004 – Carl Mydans, American photographer and journalist (b. 1907)
  • 2004 – Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • 2002 – Jeff Corey, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2002 – John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 1998 – Dorothy West, American journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • 1998 – Phil Leeds, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 1993 – Stewart Granger, English-American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1992 – Mark Heard, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1951)
  • 1989 – Amanda Blake, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 1983 – Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • 1977 – Elvis Presley, American singer, guitarist, and actor (b. 1935)
  • 1973 – Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American biochemist and microbiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1971 – Spyros Skouras, Greek-American businessman (b. 1893)
  • 1959 – William Halsey, Jr., American admiral (b. 1882)
  • 1957 – Irving Langmuir, American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1956 – Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-American actor (b. 1882)
  • 1952 – Lydia Field Emmet, American painter and academic (b. 1866)
  • 1949 – Margaret Mitchell, American journalist and author (b. 1900)
  • 1948 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player and coach (b. 1895)
  • 1938 – Robert Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1911)
  • 1904 – Prentiss Ingraham, American soldier and author (b. 1843)
  • 1888 – John Pemberton, American pharmacist and chemist, invented Coca-Cola (b. 1831)
  • 1878 – Richard Upjohn, English-American architect (b. 1802)
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