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Events

  • In 2016 carbon nanotube transistors are shown to outperform silicon for the first time.
  • 1963 – CBS Evening News becomes U.S. network television's first half-hour weeknight news broadcast, when the show is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
  • 1960 – The first election of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, in history of Tibet. The Tibetan community observes this date as Democracy Day.
  • 1958 – United States Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan in Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew members are killed.
  • 1957 – President Ngô Đình Diệm of South Vietnam becomes the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia.
  • 1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred is awarded the first Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • 1901 – Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Union forces enter Atlanta, a day after the Confederate defenders flee the city, ending the Atlanta Campaign.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: United States President Abraham Lincoln reluctantly restores Union General George B. McClellan to full command after General John Pope's disastrous defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
  • 1789 – The United States Department of the Treasury is founded.
  • 44 BC – Cicero launches the first of his Philippicae (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the following months.

Births

  • 1991 – Gyasi Zardes, American footballer. Zardes (born September 2, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC and the United States national team.
  • 1990 – Shayla Worley, American gymnast. She trained for most of her athletic career at Orlando Metro Gymnastics, where she was coached by Jeff Wood and Christi Barineau.
  • 1989 – Marcus Morris, American basketball player. Marcus Thomas Morris Sr. (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1989 – Markieff Morris, American basketball player. Markieff Morris (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1986 – Kyle Hines, American basketball player. Kyle Terrel Hines (born September 2, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who plays for and captains CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague.
  • 1983 – Rich Boy, American rapper and producer. Rich Boy is the stage name of Marece Benjamin Richards (born September 2, 1983), an American rapper from Mobile, Alabama.
  • 1982 – Jason Hammel, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, and Kansas City Royals.
  • 1981 – Jennifer Hopkins, American tennis player. Jennifer Dent (born Jennifer Hopkins on September 2, 1981) is an American former professional tennis player.
  • 1979 – Brian Westbrook, American football player. Brian Collins Westbrook (born September 2, 1979) is a former American football running back who played for nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1976 – Syleena Johnson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and actress. Syleena Johnson (born September 2, 1976) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, actress and talk show co-host.
  • 1975 – MC Chris, American rapper, actor, and screenwriter. Christopher Brendan Ward (born September 2, 1975), better known by his stage name MC Chris (stylized as mc chris), is an American rapper, voice actor, improvisational comedian, and writer.
  • 1971 – Tommy Maddox, American football player and coach. Thomas Alfred Maddox (born September 2, 1971) is a former football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL), the XFL, and the Arena Football League.
  • 1969 – Dave Naz, American photographer and director. Nazworthy, professionally known as Dave Naz (born 1969 in Los Angeles, California) is an American photographer and film director.
  • 1969 – K-Ci, American R&B singer-songwriter. Cedric Renard Hailey (born September 2, 1969), known professionally as K-Ci (formerly Little Cedric as a member of Little Cedric and the Hailey Singers), is an American singer, songwriter and member of K-Ci & JoJo and Jodeci.
  • 1968 – Cynthia Watros, American actress. Watros is known for her roles as Libby Smith on the ABC TV series Lost, Kellie in The Drew Carey Show, Erin in Titus, and Annie Dutton in Guiding Light.
  • 1967 – Frank Fontsere, American drummer and songwriter. He has also been a member of Agent Cooper (2004, 2005), The Duke (2005) and Primer 55 (2007).
  • 1966 – Dino Cazares, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer. Dino Cazares, (born in El Centro, California) is an American musician, known for being a co-founder and guitarist for industrial metal group Fear Factory.
  • 1966 – Salma Hayek, Mexican-American actress, director, and producer. In 1991, Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in films such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Wild Wild West, and Dogma (both 1999).
  • 1966 – Tuc Watkins, American actor. Charles Curtis "Tuc" Watkins III (born September 2, 1966) is an American actor, known for his roles as David Vickers on One Life to Live and Bob Hunter on Desperate Housewives.
  • 1961 – Ron Wasserman, American singer-songwriter and producer. Ronald Aaron Wasserman (born September 2, 1961), also known as Aaron Waters and The Mighty Raw, is an American musician who composed the original theme song for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and numerous original songs he also recorded for the franchise.
  • 1960 – Eric Dickerson, American football player and sportscaster, was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. Dickerson played college football for the SMU Mustangs of Southern Methodist University and was recognized as an All-American.
  • 1960 – Rex Hudler, American baseball player and sportscaster. Rex Allan Hudler (born September 2, 1960) is an American former Major League Baseball utility player and color commentator for the Kansas City Royals.
  • 1959 – Drungo Hazewood, American baseball player (d. 2013), was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1980.
  • 1959 – Guy Laliberté, Canadian businessman, philanthropist, and poker player, founded Cirque du Soleil. With an estimated net worth of US$1.37 billion (as of January 2018), Laliberté was ranked by Forbes as the 11th wealthiest Canadian.
  • 1957 – Steve Porcaro, American keyboard player and songwriter. Steven Maxwell Porcaro (born September 2, 1957) is an American keyboardist, singer and songwriter known as one of the founding members of the rock band Toto and the last surviving Porcaro brother (after the deaths of Jeff and Mike in 1992 and 2015, respectively).
  • 1957 – Tony Alva, American skateboarder and bass player. Tony Alva (born September 2, 1957) is an American skateboarder, entrepreneur, and musician, most prominently known as a pioneer of vertical skateboarding and as one of the original members of the Zephyr Competition Skateboarding Team, famously known as the Z-Boys.
  • 1954 – Billi Gordon, American neuroscientist, author, and actor, was an American author, television writer, neuroscientist, actor and model,
  • 1953 – John Zorn, American saxophonist, composer, and producer. John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music.
  • 1952 – Jimmy Connors, American tennis player, coach, and sportscaster. James Scott Connors (born September 2, 1952) is a retired American world No. 1 tennis player, often considered among the greatest in the history of the sport.
  • 1951 – Jim DeMint, American politician. James Warren DeMint (born September 2, 1951) is an American political advocate, businessman, author, and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from South Carolina and as president of the Heritage Foundation.
  • 1951 – Mark Harmon, American actor and producer. Initially a college football player, his role on St.
  • 1950 – Rosanna DeSoto, American actress. She is best known for her roles in Stand and Deliver, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, and in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as Azetbur, the daughter of Klingon Chancellor Gorkon.
  • 1948 – Christa McAuliffe, American educator and astronaut (d. 1986), was an American teacher and astronaut from Concord, New Hampshire, and one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
  • 1948 – Nate Archibald, American basketball player and coach. In 1991, he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • 1948 – Terry Bradshaw, American football player, sportscaster, and actor, was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). Since 1994, he has been a television sports analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.
  • 1946 – Billy Preston, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (d. 2006), was an American musician whose work encompassed R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Rev.
  • 1946 – Dan White, American sergeant and politician (d. 1985), was an American politician who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, on Monday, November 27, 1978, at City Hall. In a controversial verdict that led to the coining of the legal slang "Twinkie defense", White was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder in the deaths of Milk and Moscone.
  • 1946 – Luis Ávalos, Cuban-American actor (d. 2014), was a Cuban character actor. He made numerous film and television appearances, most notably in the 1971–1977 children's television show The Electric Company.
  • 1946 – Marty Grebb, American keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist, and music producer/arranger. A member of The Buckinghams in the late 1960s, Grebb was also a record producer and an arranger, who worked with musicians including Bill Payne, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Etta James, and Leon Russell.
  • 1946 – Walt Simonson, American author and illustrator. Walter "Walt" Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is an American comic book writer and artist, best known for a run on Marvel Comics' Thor from 1983 to 1987, during which he created the character Beta Ray Bill.
  • 1943 – Rosalind Ashford, American singer. Rosalind "Roz" Ashford-Holmes (born September 2, 1943) is an American soprano R&B and soul singer, known for her work as an original member of the Motown singing group Martha and the Vandellas.
  • 1938 – Jimmy Clanton, American pop singer-songwriter. It reached number four on the Billboard chart and sold a million copies.
  • 1937 – Peter Ueberroth, American businessman. Peter Victor Ueberroth (/ˈjuːbərɒθ/; born September 2, 1937) is an American sports and business executive known for his involvement in the Olympics and in Major League Baseball.
  • 1936 – Andrew Grove, Hungarian-American businessman, engineer, and author (d. 2016), was a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, author and a pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the United States where he finished his education.
  • 1935 – D. Wayne Lukas, American horse trainer. He has won twenty Breeders' Cup races, received five Eclipse Awards for his accomplishments, and his horses have won 25 year-end Eclipse Awards.
  • 1934 – Chuck McCann, American actor and screenwriter, was an American actor, voice artist, comedian, puppeteer, commercial presenter and television host. He was best known for his work in presenting children's television programming and animation, as well as his own program The Chuck McCann Show and he also recorded comedy parody style albums.
  • 1934 – Grady Nutt, American comedian, minister, and author (d. 1982), was a Southern Baptist minister, humorist, television personality, and author. His humor revolved around rural Southern Protestantism and earned him the title of "The Prime Minister of Humor".
  • 1934 – Sam Gooden, American soul singer (The Impressions). He is best known for being an original member of the successful group The Impressions from its beginnings as The Roosters in the 1950s.
  • 1933 – Ed Conlin, American basketball player and coach (d. 2012). A 6'5" guard/forward from Fordham University, Conlin played in the National Basketball Association from 1955 to 1962 as a member of the Syracuse Nationals, Detroit Pistons, and Philadelphia Warriors.
  • 1931 – Alan K. Simpson, American politician, senator of Wyoming. Alan Kooi Simpson (born September 2, 1931) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party, who represented Wyoming in the United States Senate (1979–97).
  • 1931 – Clifford Jordan, American saxophonist (d. 1993), was an American jazz tenor saxophone player. While in Chicago, he performed with Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, and some rhythm and blues groups.
  • 1929 – Hal Ashby, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1988), was an American film director and editor associated with the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking.
  • 1928 – Horace Silver, American pianist and composer (d. 2014), was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, particularly in the hard bop style that he helped pioneer in the 1950s.
  • 1928 – Mel Stuart, American director and producer (d. 2012), was an American film director and producer who often worked with producer David L. Wolper, whose production firm he worked for 17 years, before going freelance.
  • 1927 – Milo Hamilton, American sportscaster (d. 2015), was an American sportscaster, best known for calling play-by-play for seven different Major League Baseball teams since 1953. He received the Ford C.
  • 1925 – Hugo Montenegro, American composer and conductor (d. 1981), was an American orchestra leader and composer of film soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music from Spaghetti Westerns, especially his cover version of Ennio Morricone's main theme from the 1966 film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • 1922 – Leigh Kamman, American radio host (d. 2014), was an American radio host who focused on bringing jazz music to the airwaves during his career, which spanned more than six decades.
  • 1919 – Marge Champion, American actress, dancer, and choreographer. Marjorie Celeste Champion (née Belcher; born September 2, 1919) is an American dancer and actress.
  • 1918 – Allen Drury, American journalist and author (d. 1998), was an American novelist. He wrote the 1959 novel Advise and Consent, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960.
  • 1917 – Cleveland Amory, American author and critic (d. 1997), was an American author, reporter and commentator and animal-rights activist. He originally was known for writing a series of popular books poking fun at the pretensions and customs of society, starting with The Proper Bostonians in 1947.
  • 1917 – Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian-American guitarist and composer (d. 1995), was a Brazilian guitarist and composer in classical, jazz, and Latin music. He and Bud Shank were pioneers in the creation of bossa nova.
  • 1915 – Benjamin Aaron, American lawyer and scholar (d. 2007), was an American attorney, labor law scholar and civil servant. He is known for his work as an arbitrator and mediator, and for helping to advance the development of the field of comparative labor law in the United States.
  • 1913 – Israel Gelfand, Russian-American mathematician and biologist (d. 2009). Israel Moiseevich Gelfand, also written Israïl Moyseyovich Gel'fand, or Izrail M.
  • 1911 – Romare Bearden, American painter and author (d. 1988), was an African-American artist and author of a history of his people's art. He worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils, and collages.
  • 1911 – William F. Harrah, American businessman, founded the Caesars Entertainment Corporation (d. 1978), was an American businessman and the founder of Harrah's Hotel and Casinos, now part of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
  • 1908 – Ruth Bancroft, American landscape and garden designer, was the creator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California.
  • 1901 – Adolph Rupp, American basketball player and coach (d. 1977), was an American college basketball coach. Rupp is ranked fifth (behind Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight, and Dean Smith) in total victories by a men's NCAA Division I college coach, winning 876 games in 41 years of coaching at the University of Kentucky.
  • 1884 – Frank Laubach, American missionary and mystic (d. 1970), was a Congregational Christian missionary educated at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a mystic known as "The Apostle to the Illiterates." In 1915 (see Laubach, Thirty Years With the Silent Billion), while working among Muslims at a remote location in the Philippines, he developed the "Each One Teach One" literacy program. It has been used to teach about 60 million people to read in their own language.
  • 1850 – Albert Spalding, American baseball player, manager, and businessman, co-founded the Spalding Sporting Goods Company (d. 1915), was an American pitcher, manager, and executive in the early years of professional baseball, and the co-founder of A.G. Spalding sporting goods company.
  • 1850 – Eugene Field, American author and poet (d. 1895), was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. He was known as the "poet of childhood".
  • 1839 – Henry George, American economist and author (d. 1897), was an American political economist and journalist. He promoted the "single tax" on land, though he avoided that term.
  • 1830 – William P. Frye, American lawyer and politician (d. 1911), was an American politician from the Maine. Frye, a member of the Republican Party, spent most of his political career as a legislator, serving in the Maine House of Representatives and then U.S.
  • 1820 – Lucretia Hale, American journalist and author (d. 1900). Hale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and educated at George B.
  • 1810 – Lysander Button, American engineer (d. 1898), was the inventor of many of the early improvements made on hand and steam fire engines. Many of those improvements made their way to the modern fire engines of today.
  • 1810 – William Seymour Tyler, American historian and educator (d. 1897), was the Amherst College, Massachusetts, historian during his tenure as professor of Latin, Greek, and Greek literature from 1832-1893.

Deaths

  • 2015 – Ephraim Engleman, American rheumatologist, author, and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2014 – F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, American lawyer and politician, 20th District Attorney of Philadelphia (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Frederik Pohl, American author and publisher (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Ronald Coase, English-American economist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • 2012 – Jack Boucher, American photographer and director (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (b. 1966)
  • 2008 – Bill Melendez, Mexican-American animator, director, producer, and voice actor (b. 1916)
  • 2006 – Bob Mathias, American decathlete and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2006 – Dewey Redman, American saxophonist (b. 1931)
  • 2006 – Willi Ninja, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • 2005 – Bob Denver, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2001 – Troy Donahue, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2000 – Curt Siodmak, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 2000 – Elvera Sanchez, American dancer (b. 1905)
  • 1998 – Allen Drury, American journalist and author (b. 1918)
  • 1997 – Rudolf Bing, Austrian-American manager (b. 1902)
  • 1992 – Barbara McClintock, American geneticist and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1985 – Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • 1979 – Otto P. Weyland, American general (b. 1903)
  • 1978 – Fred G. Meyer, American businessman, founded Fred Meyer (b. 1886)
  • 1977 – Stephen Dunne, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1975 – Mabel Vernon, American activist (b. 1883)
  • 1973 – Carl Dudley, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1964 – Alvin C. York, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1887)
  • 1964 – Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist and scholar (b. 1900)
  • 1962 – William Wilkerson, American publisher and businessman (b. 1890)
  • 1953 – Jonathan M. Wainwright, American general, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1883)
  • 1948 – Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy (b. 1883)
  • 1945 – Mason Phelps, American golfer (b. 1885)
  • 1944 – Bella Rosenfeld, Russian-American model and author (b. 1895)
  • 1943 – Marsden Hartley, American painter and poet (b. 1877)
  • 1942 – James Juvenal, American rower (b. 1874)
  • 1941 – Lloyd Seay, American race car driver (b. 1919)
  • 1937 – Pierre de Coubertin, French historian and educator, founded the International Olympic Committee (b. 1863)
  • 1934 – Alcide Nunez, American clarinet player (Original Dixieland Jass Band) (b. 1884)
  • 1934 – Russ Columbo, American singer, violinist, and actor (b. 1908)
  • 1898 – Wilford Woodruff, American religious leader, 4th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1807)
  • 1834 – Thomas Telford, Scottish engineer and architect, designed the Menai Suspension Bridge (b. 1757)
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