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Holidays and observances

  • National Aviation Day (United States)

Events

  • 2010 – Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait.
  • 2005 – The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins.
  • 1989 – Polish president Wojciech Jaruzelski nominates Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to be the first non-communist prime minister in 42 years.
  • 1981 – Gulf of Sidra Incident: United States fighters intercept and shoot down two Libyan Sukhoi Su-22 fighter jets over the Gulf of Sidra.
  • 1965 – Japanese prime minister Eisaku Satō becomes the first post-World War II sitting prime minister to visit Okinawa Prefecture.
  • 1964 – Syncom 3, the first geostationary communication satellite, was launched.
  • 1960 – Cold War: In Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage.
  • 1955 – In the Northeast United States, severe flooding caused by Hurricane Diane, claims 200 lives.
  • 1940 – First flight of the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.
  • 1934 – The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1909 – The first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • 1862 – American Indian Wars: During an uprising in Minnesota, Lakota warriors decide not to attack heavily defended Fort Ridgely and instead turn to the settlement of New Ulm, killing white settlers along the way.
  • 1861 – First ascent of Weisshorn, fifth highest summit in the Alps.
  • 1854 – The First Sioux War begins when United States Army soldiers kill Lakota chief Conquering Bear and in return are massacred.
  • 1848 – California Gold Rush: The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).
  • 1812 – War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada earning the nickname "Old Ironsides".
  • 1782 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Blue Licks: The last major engagement of the war, almost ten months after the surrender of the British commander Charles Cornwallis following the Siege of Yorktown.
  • 1612 – The "Samlesbury witches", three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused of practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in British history.
  • 295 BC – The first temple to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, is dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges during the Third Samnite War.

Births

  • 1989 – Romeo Miller, American basketball player, rapper, actor
  • 1988 – Hoodie Allen, American rapper
  • 1988 – Kirk Cousins, American football player
  • 1988 – Veronica Roth, American author
  • 1985 – David A. Gregory, American actor
  • 1985 – Lindsey Jacobellis, American snowboarder
  • 1983 – John McCargo, American football player
  • 1982 – J. J. Hardy, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Percy Watson, American football player and wrestler
  • 1980 – Michael Todd, American bass player
  • 1979 – Dave Douglas, American singer-songwriter and drummer
  • 1978 – Chris Capuano, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Chynna Clugston, American illustrator
  • 1971 – Mary Joe Fernández, Dominican-American tennis player and coach
  • 1970 – Jeff Tam, American baseball player
  • 1969 – Clay Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1969 – Matthew Perry, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Nate Dogg, American rapper (d. 2011)
  • 1966 – Lee Ann Womack, American singer-songwriter
  • 1965 – Kevin Dillon, American actor
  • 1965 – Kyra Sedgwick, American actress and producer
  • 1963 – John Stamos, American actor
  • 1960 – Morten Andersen, Danish-American football player
  • 1960 – Ron Darling, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1959 – Ricky Pierce, American basketball player
  • 1958 – Anthony Muñoz, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Gary Gaetti, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1958 – Rick Snyder, American politician and businessman, 48th Governor of Michigan
  • 1957 – Gary Chapman, American contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1957 – Martin Donovan, American actor and director
  • 1956 – Adam Arkin, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1955 – Ned Yost, American baseball player and manager
  • 1955 – Peter Gallagher, American actor
  • 1953 – Mary Matalin, American political consultant
  • 1952 – Jonathan Frakes, American actor and director
  • 1948 – Elliot Lurie, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Gerald McRaney, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1947 – Gerard Schwarz, American conductor and director
  • 1947 – Terry Hoeppner, American football player and coach (d. 2007)
  • 1946 – Bill Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 42nd President of the United States
  • 1946 – Charles Bolden, American general and astronaut
  • 1946 – Dawn Steel, American film producer (d. 1997)
  • 1945 – Dennis Eichhorn, American author and illustrator (d. 2015)
  • 1944 – Charles Wang, Chinese-American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Computer Associates International
  • 1944 – Eddy Raven, American country music singer-songwriter
  • 1944 – Jack Canfield, American author
  • 1942 – Fred Thompson, American actor, lawyer, and politician (d. 2015)
  • 1940 – Jill St. John, American model and actress
  • 1940 – Johnny Nash, American singer-songwriter
  • 1938 – Diana Muldaur, American actress
  • 1937 – Richard Ingrams, English journalist, founded The Oldie
  • 1937 – William Motzing, American composer and conductor (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Richard McBrien, American priest, theologian, and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1935 – Bobby Richardson, American baseball player and coach
  • 1934 – David Durenberger, American soldier, lawyer, and politician
  • 1934 – Renée Richards, American tennis player and ophthalmologist
  • 1933 – Bettina Cirone, American model and photographer
  • 1933 – Debra Paget, American actress
  • 1932 – Thomas P. Salmon, American lawyer and politician, 75th Governor of Vermont
  • 1931 – Bill Shoemaker, American jockey and author (d. 2003)
  • 1930 – Frank McCourt, American author and educator (d. 2009)
  • 1929 – Bill Foster, American basketball player and coach (d. 2016)
  • 1926 – Angus Scrimm, American actor and author (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – Gene Roddenberry, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1991)
  • 1919 – Malcolm Forbes, American publisher and politician (d. 1990)
  • 1918 – Jimmy Rowles, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1996)
  • 1915 – Ring Lardner, Jr., American journalist and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1913 – Richard Simmons, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1907 – Thruston Ballard Morton, American soldier and politician (d. 1982)
  • 1906 – Philo Farnsworth, American inventor, invented the Fusor (d. 1971)
  • 1903 – James Gould Cozzens, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1978)
  • 1902 – Ogden Nash, American poet (d. 1971)
  • 1899 – Colleen Moore, American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1883 – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer, founded the Chanel Company (d. 1971)
  • 1873 – Fred Stone, American actor and producer (d. 1959)
  • 1872 – Albert C. Campbell, American popular music singer (d. 1947)
  • 1871 – Orville Wright, American engineer and pilot, co-founded the Wright Company (d. 1948)
  • 1870 – Bernard Baruch, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1965)
  • 1843 – C. I. Scofield, American minister and theologian (d. 1921)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Jack Riley, American actor and voice artist (b. 1935)
  • 2015 – George Houser, American minister and activist (b. 1916)
  • 2014 – James Foley, American photographer and journalist (b. 1973)
  • 2013 – Donna Hightower, American singer-songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Russell S. Doughten, American director and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Donal Henahan, American journalist and critic (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Edmund Skellings, American poet and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – Tony Scott, English-American director and producer (b. 1944)
  • 2009 – Don Hewitt, American television producer, created 60 Minutes (b. 1922)
  • 2000 – Theodore Trautwein, American lawyer and judge (b. 1920)
  • 1994 – Linus Pauling, American chemist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
  • 1977 – Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (b. 1890)
  • 1975 – Mark Donohue, American race car driver and engineer (b. 1937)
  • 1968 – George Gamow, Ukrainian-American physicist and cosmologist (b. 1904)
  • 1967 – Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born American author and publisher (b. 1884)
  • 1929 – Sergei Diaghilev, Russian critic and producer, founded Ballets Russes (b. 1872)
  • 1883 – Jeremiah S. Black, American lawyer and politician, 24th United States Attorney General (b. 1810)
  • 1753 – Johann Balthasar Neumann, German engineer and architect, designed Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (b. 1687)
  • 1680 – Jean Eudes, French priest, founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (b. 1601)
  • 1580 – Andrea Palladio, Italian architect, designed the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore (b. 1508)
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