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  • 2009 – Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard is discovered alive in California after being missing for over 18 years.
  • 1980 – After John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, in the United States, the FBI inadvertently detonates the bomb during its disarming.
  • 1940 – Chad becomes the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
  • 1920 – The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
  • 1791 – John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
  • 1778 – The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • 1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia.


  • 1993 – Keke Palmer, American singer-songwriter, presenter and television personality. She released her debut album, So Uncool, on September 18, 2007, through Atlantic Records.
  • 1991 – Dylan O'Brien, American actor. O'Brien's other work includes starring roles in films such as The First Time and American Assassin and supporting roles in The Internship and Deepwater Horizon.
  • 1989 – James Harden, American basketball player. James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1987 – Juan Joseph, American football player and coach (d. 2014), was a professional Arena football quarterback who also played American and Canadian football. He last played for the Lafayette Wildcatters of the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL).
  • 1982 – Jayson Nix, American baseball player. Jayson Truitt Edward Nix (born August 26, 1982) is an American former professional baseball utility player.
  • 1982 – John Mulaney, American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He was the creator and star of the short-lived Fox sitcom Mulaney, a semi-autobiographical series about his life.
  • 1982 – Noah Welch, American ice hockey player. Noah Paul Welch (born August 26, 1982) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Atlanta Thrashers.
  • 1980 – Brendan Harris, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
  • 1980 – Chris Pine, American actor. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot film series (2009–2016), Will Colson in Unstoppable (2010), Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (2014), Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), Toby Howard in Hell or High Water (2016), Bernie Webber in The Finest Hours (2016), Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman (2017), Dr.
  • 1980 – Macaulay Culkin, American actor. He is known for playing Kevin McCallister in the Christmas films Home Alone (1990), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
  • 1979 – Jamal Lewis, American football player. Jamal Lewis (born August 26, 1979) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1975 – Morgan Ensberg, American baseball player and coach. Morgan Paul Ensberg (born August 26, 1975) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball.
  • 1974 – Kelvin Cato, American basketball player and coach. Kelvin Tavares Cato (born August 26, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player.
  • 1971 – Thalía, Mexican-American singer-songwriter and actress. Apart from her native Spanish, Thalía has also sung in English, French, Portuguese and Tagalog.
  • 1970 – Melissa McCarthy, American actress, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. McCarthy was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, and she has been featured multiple times in annual rankings of the highest-paid actresses in the world.
  • 1969 – Adrian Young, American drummer and songwriter (No Doubt). Adrian Samuel Young (born August 26, 1969) is an American drummer, most popularly known as a member of the rock bands No Doubt and Dreamcar.
  • 1964 – Allegra Huston, English-American author and screenwriter. She is the author of Love Child, Say My Name: A Novel, and other books and screenplays and also the writer and producer of the award-winning short film Good Luck, Mr Gorski.
  • 1964 – Bobby Jurasin, American-Canadian football player and coach. Robert Jurasin (born August 26, 1964) is a former defensive lineman for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1986–1997 and the Toronto Argonauts in 1998.
  • 1964 – Chad Kreuter, American baseball player and manager. Chadden Michael Kreuter (/ˈkruːtər/; born August 26, 1964) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball and the former head coach of the USC Trojans baseball team.
  • 1963 – Patrice Oppliger, American author, critic, and academic. Oppliger (born 26 August 1963), is the assistant professor of communication at Boston University College of Communication.
  • 1963 – Stephen J. Dubner, American journalist and author. He is co-author of the popular Freakonomics book series and host of Freakonomics Radio, which gets 15 million global monthly downloads and is heard by millions more on public radio stations throughout the United States.
  • 1962 – Roger Kingdom, American hurdler. Roger Kingdom (born August 26, 1962) is a former sprint hurdler from the United States.
  • 1961 – Jeff Parrett, American baseball player. Jeffrey Dale Parrett (born August 26, 1961) is a former pitcher for the Montreal Expos (1986–88), Philadelphia Phillies (1989–90 and 1996), Atlanta Braves (1990–91), Oakland Athletics (1992), Colorado Rockies (1993) and St.
  • 1960 – Branford Marsalis, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque.
  • 1959 – Stan Van Gundy, American basketball player and coach. Stanley Alan Van Gundy (born August 26, 1959) is an American former basketball coach and current NBA analyst who most recently served as the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2014 to 2018.
  • 1957 – Nikky Finney, American poet and academic. Nikky Finney (born Lynn Carol Finney on August 26, 1957, in Conway, South Carolina) is an American poet.
  • 1956 – Mark Mangino, American football player and coach. Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2007) Sporting News Coach of the Year (2007)Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2007)
  • 1954 – Tracy Krohn, American race car driver and businessman. Krohn (born August 26, 1954, in Houston, Texas) is an entrepreneur and auto racing enthusiast who was a new addition to the 2006 Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans, at #320.
  • 1952 – Michael Jeter, American actor (d. 2003), was an American actor of film, stage, and television. His television roles included Herman Stiles on the sitcom Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and Mr.
  • 1952 – Will Shortz, American journalist and puzzle creator. Shortz (born August 26, 1952) is an American puzzle creator and editor and crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times.
  • 1951 – Edward Witten, American physicist and academic. Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • 1949 – Leon Redbone, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, was a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor specializing in jazz, blues, and Tin Pan Alley classics. Recognized by his Panama hat, dark sunglasses, and black tie, Redbone was born in Cyprus of Armenian ancestry and first appeared on stage in Toronto, Canada, in the early 1970s.
  • 1946 – Valerie Simpson, American singer-songwriter. Ashford & Simpson were an American husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording duo of Nickolas Ashford (May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946).
  • 1945 – Tom Ridge, American sergeant and politician, 1st Secretary of Homeland Security. Thomas Joseph Ridge (born August 26, 1945) is an American politician and author who served as the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security from 2001 to 2003, and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005.
  • 1944 – Maureen Tucker, American singer-songwriter and drummer. Maureen Ann "Moe" Tucker (born August 26, 1944) is an American musician and singer best known for having been the drummer for the New York City-based rock band the Velvet Underground.
  • 1940 – Don LaFontaine, American voice actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008), was an American voice actor, who recorded more than 5,000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of television advertisements, network promotions, and video game trailers.
  • 1940 – Vic Dana, American dancer and singer. Samuel Mendola (born August 26, 1940, Buffalo, New York), known professionally as Vic Dana, is an American dancer and singer.
  • 1936 – Benedict Anderson, American political scientist and academic (d. 2015), was an Irish political scientist and historian, best known for his 1983 book Imagined Communities, which explored the origins of nationalism. Anderson was the Aaron L.
  • 1935 – Geraldine Ferraro, American lawyer and politician (d. 2011), was an American attorney and Democratic Party politician who served in the United States House of Representatives. In 1984, she was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party.
  • 1934 – Tom Heinsohn, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster. He played for the Celtics from 1956 to 1965, and also coached the team from 1969 to 1978.
  • 1928 – Om Prakash Munjal, Indian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Hero Cycles (d. 2015), was an Indian businessman, poet and philanthropist. He was the founder and chairman of Hero Cycles, the world's largest integrated bicycle manufacturing company by volume and Hero Motors, an Indian two-wheeler components manufacturer, and ventured into newer business fields including luxury hotels and four-wheeler components.
  • 1926 – Robert Vickrey, American painter and author (d. 2011), was a Massachusetts-based artist and author who specialized in the ancient medium of egg tempera. His paintings are surreal dreamlike visions of sunset shadows of bicycles, nuns in front of mural-painted brick walls, and children playing.
  • 1925 – Jack Hirshleifer, American economist and academic (d. 2005), was an American economist and long-time professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 1924 – Alex Kellner, American baseball player (d. 1996), was an American starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics (1948–1958), Cincinnati Reds (1958) and St. Louis Cardinals (1959).
  • 1922 – Irving R. Levine, American journalist and author (d. 2009), was an American journalist and longtime correspondent for NBC News. During his 45-year career, Levine reported from more than two dozen countries.
  • 1921 – Benjamin C. Bradlee, American journalist and author (d. 2014), was an American newspaperman. He was the executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991.
  • 1920 – Brant Parker, American illustrator (d. 2007), was an American cartoonist. He co-created and drew The Wizard of Id comic strip until passing the job on to his son, Jeff Parker, in 1997.
  • 1919 – Gerard Campbell, American priest and academic (d. 2012). Gerard John Campbell, S.J. (August 26, 1919 – August 9, 2012) was the 45th President of Georgetown University serving from 1964 to June 17, 1968.
  • 1918 – Katherine Johnson, American physicist and mathematician. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson (born August 26, 1918) is an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.
  • 1911 – Otto Binder, American author and screenwriter (d. 1974), was an American author of science fiction and non-fiction books and stories, and comic books. He is best known as the co-creator of Supergirl and for his many scripts for Captain Marvel Adventures and other stories involving the entire superhero Marvel Family.
  • 1908 – Aubrey Schenck, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1999), was an American film producer from the 1940s through the 1970s.
  • 1908 – Walter Bruno Henning, Prussian-American linguist and scholar (d. 1967), was a German scholar of Middle Iranian languages and literature, especially of the corpus discovered by the Turpan expeditions of the early 20th century.
  • 1906 – Albert Sabin, Polish-American physician and virologist, developed the polio vaccine (d. 1993), was a Polish American medical researcher, best known for developing the oral polio vaccine, which has played a key role in nearly eradicating the disease.
  • 1904 – Christopher Isherwood, English-American author and academic (d. 1986), was an Anglo-American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, autobiographer, and diarist. His best-known works include Goodbye to Berlin (1939), a semi-autobiographical novel which inspired the musical Cabaret, A Single Man (1964) adapted as a film by Tom Ford in 2009, and Christopher and His Kind (1976), a memoir which "carried him into the heart of the Gay Liberation movement".
  • 1903 – Caroline Pafford Miller, American author (d. 1992), was an American writer.
  • 1901 – Jimmy Rushing, American singer and bandleader (d. 1972), was an American blues and jazz singer, and pianist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, best known as the featured vocalist of Count Basie's Orchestra from 1935 to 1948.
  • 1901 – Maxwell D. Taylor, American general and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Vietnam (d. 1987), was a senior United States Army officer and diplomat of the mid-20th century. He served with distinction in World War II, most notably as commander of the 101st Airborne Division, nicknamed "The Screaming Eagles."
  • 1900 – Hellmuth Walter, German-American engineer and businessman (d. 1980), was a German engineer who pioneered research into rocket engines and gas turbines. His most noteworthy contributions were rocket motors for the Messerschmitt Me 163:174 and Bachem Ba 349 interceptor aircraft, so-called Starthilfe jettisonable rocket propulsion units used for a variety of Luftwaffe aircraft during World War II, and a revolutionary new propulsion system for submarines known as air-independent propulsion (AIP).
  • 1898 – Peggy Guggenheim, American-Italian art collector and philanthropist (d. 1979), was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite. Born to the wealthy New York City Guggenheim family, she was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim, who went down with the Titanic in 1912, and the niece of Solomon R.
  • 1894 – Sparky Adams, American baseball player and farmer (d. 1989), was a professional Major League Baseball player who played with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds.
  • 1874 – Zona Gale, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1938). She became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1921.
  • 1873 – Lee de Forest, American engineer and academic, invented the Audion tube (d. 1961), was an American inventor, self-described "Father of Radio", and a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording used for motion pictures. He had over 180 patents, but also a tumultuous career—he boasted that he made, then lost, four fortunes.
  • 1865 – Arthur James Arnot, Scottish-Australian engineer, designed the Spencer Street Power Station (d. 1946), was an Australian electrical engineer and inventor, best known for patenting the world's first electric drill. He later designed the Spencer Street Power Station, Victoria.
  • 1797 – Saint Innocent of Alaska, Russian Orthodox missionary priest, then the first Orthodox bishop and archbishop in the Americas, and finally the Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia (d. 1879). Remembered for his missionary work, scholarship, and leadership in Alaska and the Russian Far East during the 19th century, he is known for his abilities as a scholar, linguist, and administrator, as well as his great zeal for his work.
  • 1740 – Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor, invented the hot air balloon (d. 1810). Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (26 August 1740 – 26 June 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799) were paper manufacturers from Annonay, in Ardèche, France best known as inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique.


  • 2017 – Tobe Hooper, American film director (b. 1943)
  • 2015 – Amelia Boynton Robinson, American activist (b. 1911)
  • 2015 – Donald Eric Capps, American theologian, author, and academic (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Peter Bacon Hales, American historian, photographer, and author (b. 1950)
  • 2013 – Bill Schmitz, American football player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 2013 – Clyde A. Wheeler, American soldier and politician (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Jack Sinagra, American lawyer and politician (b. 1950)
  • 2013 – John J. Gilligan, American soldier and politician, 62nd Governor of Ohio (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Reginald Bartholomew, American academic and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Italy (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Russ Alben, American composer and businessman (b. 1929)
  • 2011 – Patrick C. Fischer, American computer scientist and academic (b. 1935)
  • 2009 – Dominick Dunne, American journalist and novelist (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – Robert Denning, American art collector and interior designer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 – Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1952)
  • 2003 – Jim Wacker, American football player and coach (b. 1937)
  • 1998 – Frederick Reines, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1993 – Reima Pietilä, Finnish architect, co-designed the Kaleva Church (b. 1923)
  • 1989 – Irving Stone, American author (b. 1903)
  • 1986 – Ted Knight, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 1981 – Lee Hays, American singer-songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1981 – Roger Nash Baldwin, American trade union leader, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (b. 1884)
  • 1980 – Tex Avery, American animator, director, and voice actor (b. 1908)
  • 1978 – Charles Boyer, French-American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1899)
  • 1977 – H. A. Rey, German-American author and illustrator, created Curious George (b. 1898)
  • 1976 – Lotte Lehmann, German-American soprano (b. 1888)
  • 1974 – Charles Lindbergh, American pilot and explorer (b. 1902)
  • 1968 – Kay Francis, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1956 – Alfred Wagenknecht, German-American activist (b. 1881)
  • 1946 – Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1930 – Lon Chaney, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1883)
  • 1910 – William James, American psychologist and philosopher (b. 1842)