In 2016 the development of 1 terabit-per-second transmission rates over optical fiber is announced by Nokia Bell Labs, Deutsche Telekom T-Labs and the Technical University of Munich.
1992 – The trial of the deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega ends in the United States with a 40-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering.
1975 – The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor makes its maiden flight.
1961 – The United States National Hurricane Research Project drops eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduces by 10%, giving rise to Project Stormfury.
1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.
1956 – TCN-9 Sydney is the first Australian television station to commence regular broadcasts.
1955 – A Soviet Navy Zulu-class submarine becomes the first to launch a ballistic missile.
1908 – The General Motors Corporation is founded.
1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the nation's oldest, continuously-independent college daily.
1863 – Robert College, in Istanbul, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.
1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah begins.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Harlem Heights is fought.
1992 – Nick Jonas, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. The group released their debut studio album It's About Time through the Columbia label in 2006.
1989 – Lancelot Bravado, American wrestler. Harlem Bravado and Lance Bravado are an American professional wrestling tag team, collectively known as The Bravado Brothers.
1988 – Teddy Geiger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Geiger's compositions and productions have sold over 50 million units worldwide, and have been nominated for the BMI Song of the Year for "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes (2015) and the Grammy Award-nominated single "In My Blood" (2018).
1987 – Travis Wall, American dancer and choreographer. Travis Michael Wall (born September 16, 1987) is an American dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer specializing in contemporary dance and jazz dance.
1986 – Gordon Beckham, American baseball player. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and Detroit Tigers.
1986 – Kyla Pratt, American actress and singer. After playing the daughter of Eddie Murphy's character in the films Dr.
1984 – Sabrina Bryan, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress. Reba Sabrina Hinojosa (born September 16, 1984), better known by her stage name Sabrina Bryan, is an American singer, actress, author, songwriter, fashion designer, choreographer, dancer, and television personality best known as a member of the girl group The Cheetah Girls, and for starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name and its sequels, The Cheetah Girls 2 and The Cheetah Girls: One World.
1983 – Brandon Moss, American baseball player. Brandon Douglas Moss (born September 16, 1983), is an American former professional baseball outfielder / first baseman / designated hitter (DH).
1983 – Legedu Naanee, American football player. Naanee (pronounced LEG-a-doo Nah-NAY, born September 16, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver.
1981 – Alexis Bledel, American actress. In 2016, Bledel reprised her role on the Netflix reunion miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
1979 – Bobby Korecky, American baseball player. Robert John Korecky (born September 16, 1979) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher.
1978 – Dan Dickau, American basketball player and coach. Daniel David Dickau (born September 16, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who currently works as an on-air broadcaster for the Pac-12 Network, CBS Sports Network and Westwood One.
1977 – Gregory Ball, American captain and politician. Ball (born September 16, 1977) was an American politician from 2006-2014 (now a business executive), former active duty U.S.
1977 – Musiq Soulchild, American singer-songwriter. Taalib Johnson, professionally known as Musiq Soulchild or simply Musiq (/ˈmjuːsɪk/; born September 16, 1977) is an American singer and songwriter whose style blends R&B, funk, blues, jazz, gospel influences fused with hip hop.
1976 – Greg Buckner, American basketball player and coach. Gregory Derayle Buckner (born September 16, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who is served an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.
1975 – Jason Leffler, American race car driver (d. 2013), was an American professional open-wheel and stock car racing driver. Leffler began racing in the open-wheel ranks, competing in the 2000 Indianapolis 500 before moving to primarily NASCAR competition.
1974 – Joaquín Castro, American lawyer and politician. Joaquin Castro (born September 16, 1974) is an American Democratic politician who has served in the United States House of Representatives for Texas' 20th congressional district since 2013.
1974 – Julian Castro, American lawyer and politician, 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Julián Castro (/ˌhuːliˈɑːn/ HOO-lee-AHN, Spanish: ; born September 16, 1974) is an American politician from San Antonio.
1973 – Justin Haythe, American author and screenwriter. His book The Honeymoon was long-listed for The Booker Prize in 2004.
1972 – Mark Bruener, American football player. Mark Frederick Bruener (born September 16, 1972) is a former American football tight end of the National Football League, and a current college scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1971 – Amy Poehler, American actress, comedian, and producer. Poehler founded the improv troupe and theater Upright Citizens Brigade, was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and starred in NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
1971 – Joel Heyman, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Joel Pearce Heyman (born September 16, 1971) is an American actor, best known for voicing Private Michael J.
1971 – Richard Slinger, American wrestler. Richard Aslinger (born September 16, 1971) is a retired American professional wrestler, known by his ring name Richard Slinger.
1968 – Marc Anthony, American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Marco Antonio Muñiz (born September 16, 1968), known professionally as Marc Anthony, is an American singer, actor, fashion designer, producer and philanthropist.
1968 – Walt Becker, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Walter William Becker is an American film director, writer and actor best known for directing the films Van Wilder, Wild Hogs and Old Dogs.
1966 – John Bel Edwards, American attorney and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the Democratic leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives for two terms.
1966 – Scott Workman, American stuntman and actor (d. 2013), was an American stuntman and actor whose career spanned over the course of 20 years. Workman's contributed to both film and television, with titles such as Crank, and End of Days, a film which would be amongst many films alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.
1966 – Wil McCarthy, American author and playwright. Wil McCarthy (born September 16, 1966 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a science fiction novelist, president and co-founder of RavenBrick (a solar technology company), and the science columnist for Syfy.
1965 – Katy Kurtzman, American actress and producer. In 1977, Michael Landon cast Katy as stuttering Anna who was abused by Nellie on Little House on the Prairie.
1964 – Dave Sabo, American guitarist and songwriter. David Michael Sabo (born September 16, 1964), nicknamed "The Snake", is an American guitarist who plays in the American metal band, Skid Row.
1964 – Molly Shannon, American actress, comedian and producer, was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001. In 2017 she won the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Other People.
1963 – Richard Marx, American singer-songwriter and producer. Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963) is an American, adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician and record producer who has sold over 30 million records.
1960 – Graham Haynes, American trumpet player and composer. The son of jazz drummer Roy Haynes, Graham is known for his work in nu jazz, fusing jazz with elements of hip hop and electronic music.
1960 – Mike Mignola, American author and illustrator. Michael Joseph Mignola (/mɪɡˈnoʊlə/; born September 16, 1960) is an American comics artist and writer best known for creating Hellboy for Dark Horse Comics, part of a shared universe of titles including B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder and various spinoffs.
1959 – Tim Raines, American baseball player, coach, and manager. Timothy Raines Sr. (born September 16, 1959), nicknamed "Rock", is an American professional baseball coach and former player.
1959 – Victory Tischler-Blue, American bass player, director, and producer. Tischler-Blue began working in the entertainment industry at age 17, using the name Vicki Blue as the bassist in the American all-girl teenage rock band The Runaways.
1958 – Jennifer Tilly, American actress and poker player. Her first notable acting role was on the sitcom Shaping Up (1984), which she followed with her film debut in No Small Affair the same year.
1958 – Orel Hershiser, American baseball player, coach, and manager. He is also a professional poker player.
1957 – DC Drake, American wrestler. Don Clyde Drake (born September 16, 1957) is an American addictions counselor, retired professional wrestler and former promoter.
1956 – Dave Schulthise, American bass player (d. 2004), was the bass guitarist for the punk band The Dead Milkmen. Schulthise was born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.
1956 – David Copperfield, American magician and actor. David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens.
1956 – Ross Greenberg, American journalist and antivirus pioneer (d. 2017), was an American software developer, noted for creating one of the first antivirus software products. He also worked in journalism, and was a founding member of the Internet Press Guild.
1955 – Robin Yount, American baseball player and coach. Yount (/ˈjaʊnt/; nicknamed,"The Kid", and "Rockin' Robin", born September 16, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player.
1955 – Ron Brewer, American basketball player. A 6'4" (1.93 m) guard from the University of Arkansas, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 1978 NBA draft.
1954 – Earl Klugh, American guitarist and composer. Earl Klugh (/kluː/ KLOO; born September 16, 1953) is an American acoustic guitarist and composer.
1954 – William McKeen, American author and academic. He is professor and chairman of the Department of Journalism at Boston University.
1953 – Jerry Pate, American golfer and sportscaster. Jerome Kendrick "Jerry" Pate (born September 16, 1953) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour Champions, formerly on the PGA Tour.
1953 – Kurt Fuller, American character actor. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Stockton, California in 1971, and the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976.
1953 – Nancy Huston, Canadian-American author and translator. Nancy Louise Huston, OC (born September 16, 1953) is a Canadian-born novelist and essayist who writes primarily in French and translates her own works into English.
1952 – Mickey Rourke, American boxer and actor. Philip Andre "Mickey" Rourke Jr. (/rʊərk/; born September 16, 1952), is an American actor, screenwriter, and former boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films.
1951 – Vince Bell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Vince Bell is a Texas singer-songwriter who has appeared on the PBS television program Austin City Limits along with NPR broadcasts such as Mountain Stage, World Café and Morning Edition.
1950 – David Bellamy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, was an English botanist, television presenter, author and environmental campaigner.
1950 – Henry Louis Gates Jr., American historian, scholar, and journalist. Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. (born September 16, 1950) is an American literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual who serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
1950 – Loyd Grossman, American-English singer, guitarist, and television host. Loyd Daniel Gilman Grossman CBE (born 16 September 1950) is an American-British author, broadcaster and cultural campaigner who has mainly worked in the United Kingdom.
1949 – Ed Begley Jr., American actor and environmental activist. Edward James Begley Jr. (born September 16, 1949) is an American actor.
1948 – Ron Blair, American bass player. Ronald Edward Blair (born September 16, 1948 in San Diego, California) is an American musician notable for being the bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
1948 – Rosemary Casals, American tennis player and sportscaster. Rosemary "Rosie" Casals (born September 16, 1948) is a former American professional tennis player.
1948 – Susan Ruttan, American actress. Law (1986–1993), for which she was nominated four times for a Primetime Emmy Award.
1946 – Sonny LeMaire, American country music singer-songwriter and bass player (Exile). After lead singer J.
1944 – Betty Kelly, American soul/R&B singer (Martha and the Vandellas). Betty Kelly (born September 16, 1944) (also known as her correct name Betty Kelley) is a former American singer, most famous for her tenure in the popular Motown singing group Martha and the Vandellas.
1944 – Linda Kaye Henning, American actress. Linda Kaye Henning (born September 16, 1944) is an American actress and singer most notable for starring in the 1960s sitcom Petticoat Junction.
1943 – James Alan McPherson, American short story writer and essayist (d. 2016), was an American essayist and short-story writer. He was the first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was included among the first group of artists who received a MacArthur Fellowship.
1942 – Susan L. Graham, American computer scientist and academic. Graham is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Computer Science Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
1941 – Joe Butler, American singer, autoharp player, and drummer. Joseph Campbell Butler (born September 16, 1941) is a rock drummer and vocalist.
1941 – Richard Perle, American political scientist and politician. Richard Norman Perle (born September 16, 1941) is a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs who served under President Ronald Reagan.
1940 – Butch Buchholz, American tennis player, was one of the game's top players in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
1940 – Hamiet Bluiett, American saxophonist and composer, was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. His primary instrument was the baritone saxophone, and he was considered one of the finest players of this instrument.
1939 – Bill McGill, American basketball player (d. 2014), was an American basketball player best known for inventing the jump hook. McGill was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1962 NBA draft from the University of Utah, after leading the NCAA in scoring with 38.8 points per game in 1961-1962.
1937 – Vince Naimoli, American businessman and philanthropist, was an American businessman, and the first owner of the Major League Baseball team the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
1935 – Billy Boy Arnold, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. William "Billy Boy" Arnold (born September 16, 1935, Chicago, Illinois) is an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter.
1935 – Bob Kiley, American-English businessman (d. 2016). Kiley (September 16, 1935 – August 9, 2016) was an American public transit planner and supervisor, with a reputation of being able to save transit systems experiencing serious problems.
1935 – Carl Andre, American sculptor. Carl Andre (born September 16, 1935) is an American minimalist artist recognized for his ordered linear format and grid format sculptures.
1935 – Jules Bass, American director, producer, composer, and author. He joined ASCAP in 1963 and collaborated musically with Edward Thomas and James Polack.
1934 – Elgin Baylor, American basketball player and coach. Baylor was a gifted shooter, strong rebounder, and an accomplished passer.
1934 – George Chakiris, American actor, singer, and dancer. He is best known for his appearance in the film version of West Side Story as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks gang, for which he won both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture.
1933 – Steve Shirley, German-English businesswoman and philanthropist, founded Xansa. Dame Vera Stephanie "Steve" Shirley CH DBE FREng FBCS (née Buchthal; born 16 September 1933) is a British information technology pioneer, businesswoman and philanthropist.
1931 – Little Willie Littlefield, American-Dutch singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2013), was an American R&B and boogie-woogie pianist and singer whose early recordings "formed a vital link between boogie-woogie and rock and roll". Littlefield was regarded as a teenage wonder and overnight sensation when in 1949, at the age of 18, he popularized the triplet piano style on his Modern Records debut single, "It's Midnight".
1930 – Anne Francis, American actress (d. 2011), was an American actress known for her role in the science fiction film Forbidden Planet (1956) and for having starred in the television series Honey West (1965–1966), which was the first TV series with a female detective character's name in the title. She won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the series.
1929 – Stan Stephens, American politician, 20th Governor of Montana. Stanley Graham Stephens (born September 16, 1929) is a Canadian-American politician, journalist, and broadcaster who served as the 20th Governor of Montana from 1989 until 1993.
1928 – Rex Trailer, American television host, actor, and singer (d. 2013), was a Boston-based regional television personality, broadcast pioneer, cowboy and Country and Western recording artist. He is best known as the host of the long-running children's television show Boomtown.
1927 – Peter Falk, American actor (d. 2011), was an American actor and comedian, known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running television series Columbo (1968–2003), for which he won four Primetime Emmy Awards (1972, 1975, 1976, 1990) and a Golden Globe Award (1973). He first starred as Columbo in two 90-minute TV pilots; the first with Gene Barry in 1968 and the second with Lee Grant in 1971.
1926 – John Knowles, American novelist (d. 2001), was an American novelist best known for A Separate Peace (1959).
1926 – Robert H. Schuller, American pastor and author (d. 2015), was an American Christian televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author.
1926 – Rogers McKee, American baseball player (d. 2014), was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1943 through 1944 for the Philadelphia Phillies. As a 16-year-old rookie in 1943, he was the youngest player to appear in a National League game that season.
1925 – B.B. King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2015). King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B.
1925 – Charlie Byrd, American singer and guitarist (d. 1999), was an American jazz guitarist. Byrd was best known for his association with Brazilian music, especially bossa nova.
1924 – Lauren Bacall, American actress (d. 2014), was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. She was named the 20th-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute and received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009 "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures".
1922 – Janis Paige, American actress and singer. She is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
1921 – Jon Hendricks, American singer-songwriter, was an American jazz lyricist and singer. He is one of the originators of vocalese, which adds lyrics to existing instrumental songs and replaces many instruments with vocalists, such as the big-band arrangements of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
1921 – Korla Pandit, American pianist and composer (d. 1998), was an American musician, composer, pianist, organist, and television pioneer of national notability. After moving to California in the late 1940s and getting involved in show business, Redd became known as "Korla Pandit", a French-Indian musician from New Delhi, India.
1920 – Art Sansom, American cartoonist (d. 1991). Sansom (September 16, 1920 – July 4, 1991), better known as Art Sansom, was an American comic strip cartoonist who created the long-running comic strip The Born Loser.
1920 – Staryl C. Austin, American air force general (d. 2015), was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force. He was a P-47 pilot during World War II.
1919 – Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-American hierarchiologist and educator (d. 1990), was a Canadian educator and "hierarchiologist" best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter principle.
1915 – Cy Walter, American pianist (d. 1968), was an American café society pianist based in New York City for four decades. Dubbed the "Art Tatum of Park Avenue," he was praised for his extensive repertoire (with an emphasis on show tunes) and improvisatory skill.
1914 – Allen Funt, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999), was an American television producer, director, writer and television personality best known as the creator and host of Candid Camera from the 1940s to 1980s, as either a regular television show or a television series of specials. Its most notable run was from 1960 to 1967 on CBS.
1911 – Paul Henning, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005), was an American producer and screenwriter. Most famous for the television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, he was also crucial in developing the "rural" comedies Petticoat Junction (1963–1970) and Green Acres (1965–1971) for CBS.
1898 – H. A. Rey, American author and illustrator, co-created Curious George (d. 1977), was a German-born American illustrator and author, known best for the Curious George series of children's picture books that he and his wife Margret Rey created from 1939 to 1966.
1897 – Milt Franklyn, American composer (d. 1962), was a musical composer and arranger who worked on the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated cartoons.
1893 – Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian-American physiologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986), was a Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with first isolating vitamin C and discovering the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle.
1888 – W. O. Bentley, English race car driver and engineer, founded Bentley Motors Limited (d. 1971), was an English engineer who designed engines for cars, and aircraft, raced cars and motorcycles, and founded Bentley Motors Limited in Cricklewood near London.
1877 – Jacob Schick, American-Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Schick Razors (d. 1937). He is the father of electric razors.
1876 – Marvin Hart, American boxer (d. 1931), was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from July 3, 1905 to February 23, 1906.
1875 – James Cash Penney, American businessman and philanthropist, founded J. C. Penney (d. 1971). C.
1861 – Miriam Benjamin, African-American educator and inventor (d. 1947). On July 17, 1888 she obtained a patent for her invention, the Gong and Signal Chair for Hotels.
1838 – James J. Hill, Canadian-American railroad executive (d. 1916). He was the chief executive officer of a family of lines headed by the Great Northern Railway, which served a substantial area of the Upper Midwest, the northern Great Plains, and Pacific Northwest.
1823 – Francis Parkman, American historian and author (d. 1893), was the patriarch of the Flores-Parkman family, and an American historian, best known as author of The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life and his monumental seven-volume France and England in North America. These works are still valued as historical sources and as literature.
2016 – Edward Albee, American director and playwright (b. 1928)
2016 – Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, French-born American businessman (b. 1932)
2016 – W. P. Kinsella, American novelist (b. 1935)
2015 – Julio Brady, Virgin Islander lawyer, judge, and politician, 5th Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (b. 1942)
2014 – H. M. Fowler American sergeant and politician (b. 1918)
2013 – Patsy Swayze, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1927)
2012 – Julien J. LeBourgeois, American admiral (b. 1923)
2012 – Roman Kroitor, Canadian director and producer, co-founded IMAX (b. 1926)
2011 – Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, American singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and drummer (b. 1936)
2010 – George N. Parks, American educator and bandleader (b. 1953)
2009 – Mary Travers, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)
2009 – Myles Brand, American philosopher and academic (b. 1942)
2008 – Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer (b. 1940)
2007 – Robert Jordan, American engineer and author (b. 1948)
2005 – Gordon Gould, American physicist and academic, invented the laser (b. 1920)
2004 – Michael Donaghy, American-English poet and author (b. 1954)
2003 – Sheb Wooley, American singer-songwriter (b. 1921)
2001 – Samuel Z. Arkoff, American producer (b. 1918)
1996 – Gene Nelson, American actor, dancer, and director (b. 1920)
1996 – McGeorge Bundy, American intelligence officer and diplomat, 6th United States National Security Advisor (b. 1919)
1992 – Millicent Fenwick, American journalist and politician (b. 1910)
1991 – Olga Spessivtseva, Russian-American ballerina (b. 1895)
1984 – Richard Brautigan, American novelist, poet, and short story writer (b. 1935)
1965 – Fred Quimby, American animator and producer (b. 1886)
1950 – Pedro de Cordoba, American actor (b. 1881)
1933 – George Gore, American baseball player and manager (b. 1857)
1914 – C. X. Larrabee, American businessman (b. 1843)
1819 – John Jeffries, American physician and surgeon (b. 1744)
1736 – Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Polish-Dutch physicist and engineer, invented the thermometer (b. 1686)