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Holidays and observances

Events

  • 2006 – Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years.
  • 1991 – The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
  • 1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.
  • 1976 – The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.
  • 1961 – The world's first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 1961 –The Minnesota Vikings play and win their first regular season National Football League game.
  • 1954 – The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is first published.
  • 1916 – World War I: Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
  • 1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.
  • 1900 – Philippine–American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham Jr. at Mabitac.
  • 1894 – Battle of the Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American military history.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.
  • 1859 – Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."
  • 1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.
  • 1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
  • 1778 – The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).
  • 1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: The Invasion of Canada begins with the Siege of Fort St. Jean.
  • 1683 – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek writes a letter to the Royal Society describing "animalcules": the first known description of protozoa.
  • 1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.

Births

  • 1997 – Auston Matthews, American ice hockey player. Auston Taylour Matthews (born September 17, 1997) is an American professional ice hockey center and an alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • 1989 – Kate Deines, American soccer player. Deines was a fourth round pick (23rd overall) of the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer in the 2012 WPS Draft of college seniors on January 13, 2012.
  • 1985 – Jon Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Having gone on to release several solo recordings, he is now mostly songwriting and producing.
  • 1984 – Mary DeScenza, American swimmer. Mary Elizabeth Mohler, née Mary Elizabeth DeScenza (born September 17, 1984) is an American former competition swimmer and former world record-holder in the Women's 200-meter butterfly (long course).
  • 1982 – Hope Larson, American illustrator. Her main field is comic books.
  • 1981 – Casey Janssen, American baseball player. Janssen was moved to the bullpen as a middle reliever and spot starter from 2007 to 2011, and in 2012 he was put in the closing role.
  • 1980 – Dan Haren, American baseball player. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, and Chicago Cubs.
  • 1979 – Akin Ayodele, American football player. Akinola James Ayodele (/ˈeɪkən ɑːjoʊdɛˈleɪ/; born September 17, 1979) is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1979 – Flo Rida, American rapper. Tramar Lacel Dillard (born September 16, 1979), known professionally as Flo Rida (/floʊ ˈraɪdə/, floh RY-də), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Carol City, Florida.
  • 1978 – Sheeri Cabral, American computer scientist and blogger. Sheeri Cabral (born September 17, 1978), née Kritzer, is a MySQL community contributor.
  • 1977 – Sam Esmail, American screenwriter. Sam Esmail (Egyptian Arabic: سام إسماعيل‎, born September 17, 1977) is an American film and television producer, director, and screenwriter who runs the production company Esmail Corp.
  • 1975 – Jade Esteban Estrada, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor. Out Magazine called him "the first gay Latin star."
  • 1975 – Jimmie Johnson, American race car driver. A seven-time champion in the NASCAR Cup Series, he currently competes full-time in the series, driving the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports.
  • 1974 – Mirah, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her 2009 album (a)spera peaked on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart at #46, while her 2011 collaborative album Thao + Mirah peaked at #7.
  • 1974 – Rasheed Wallace, American basketball player and coach. Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1972 – Bobby Lee, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. Robert Lee Jr. (born September 18, 1971) is an American actor and comedian of Korean descent, best known for being a cast member on MADtv from 2001 to 2009 and for his roles in the films Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), Pineapple Express (2008), and The Dictator (2012).
  • 1971 – Nate Berkus, American interior designer and television host. He has released numerous lines of products and authored several books.
  • 1971 – Steve Kerrigan, American businessman and politician, was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election.
  • 1970 – Mark Brunell, American football player and coach. Mark Allen Brunell (born September 17, 1970) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the current head coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
  • 1969 – Paul Varelans, American MMA fighter and wrestler. Paul Varelans (born September 17, 1969 in Sunnyvale, California) is an American former professional mixed martial arts fighter and professional wrestler.
  • 1968 – Cheryl Strayed, American author. Cheryl Strayed (/ˈstreɪd/; née Nyland; born September 17, 1968) is an American memoirist, novelist, essayist and podcast host.
  • 1967 – Michael Carbajal, American boxer. Michael Carbajal (born September 17, 1967 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American five-time world boxing champion of Mexican descent.
  • 1966 – Doug E. Fresh, American rapper and producer. Douglas Davis, better known by his stage name Doug E.
  • 1965 – Bryan Singer, American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is the founder of Bad Hat Harry Productions and has produced or co-produced almost all of the films he has directed.
  • 1965 – Guy Picciotto, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Guy Charles Picciotto (Italian: ; born September 17, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, and producer from Washington, DC.
  • 1965 – Kyle Chandler, American actor. This was followed by the lead role of Gary Hobson in the CBS series Early Edition (1996-2000), for which he won a Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television.
  • 1963 – James Urbaniak, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. James Christian Urbaniak (born September 17, 1963) is an American actor and voice actor.
  • 1963 – Masahiro Chono, American-Japanese wrestler and manager. Masahiro "Masa" Chono (蝶野正洋, Chōno Masahiro, born September 17, 1963) is a retired American-born Japanese professional wrestler and actor best known for his 26 year stint with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW).
  • 1962 – BeBe Winans, American singer-songwriter and producer. Benjamin "BeBe" Winans (born September 17, 1962) is an American gospel and R&B singer.
  • 1962 – Dustin Nguyen, Vietnamese-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles as Harry Truman Ioki on 21 Jump Street, and as Johnny Loh on VIP In films, he is known for starring in Little Fish, The Doom Generation and The Rebel.
  • 1961 – Jim Cornette, American wrestling manager and sportscaster. James Mark "Jim" Cornette (born September 17, 1961) is an American author and podcaster who has previously worked in the professional wrestling industry as an agent, booker, color commentator, manager, promoter, trainer, and occasional professional wrestler.
  • 1961 – Ty Tabor, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (King's X). Ty Tabor (born September 17, 1961) is the lead guitarist, songwriter, and co-lead vocalist for the progressive metal band, King's X.
  • 1960 – Alan Krueger, American economist and academic, was an American economist who was the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, nominated by President Barack Obama, from May 2009 to October 2010, when he returned to Princeton.
  • 1960 – John Franco, American baseball player. John Anthony Franco (born September 17, 1960) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher.
  • 1958 – Tom Waddell, Scottish-American baseball player. Tom Waddell (November 1, 1937 – July 11, 1987) was a gay American sportsman and competitor at the 1968 Summer Olympics who founded the Gay Olympics in 1982 in San Francisco.
  • 1957 – Steve Bryles, American businessman and politician (d. 2012), was an American politician and businessman. He was a member of the Arkansas Senate from 2001 to 2011, and a member of the Democratic Party.
  • 1956 – Thad Bosley, American baseball player and coach. Thaddis Bosley Jr. (born September 17, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder for the California Angels (1977, 1988), Chicago White Sox (1978–1980), Milwaukee Brewers (1981), Seattle Mariners (1982), Chicago Cubs (1983–1986), Kansas City Royals (1987–1988) and Texas Rangers (1989–1990).
  • 1955 – Charles Martinet, American actor. Martinet has voiced this title character of Nintendo's flagship video game franchise since 1990, and he also voices related characters such as Baby Mario, Luigi, Baby Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and Toadsworth.
  • 1953 – Rita Rudner, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter. Her performance on a variety of HBO specials and numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, helped establish Rudner as one of the premier comics to emerge from the comedy boom of the 1980s.
  • 1952 – Harold Solomon, American tennis player and coach. Harold Solomon (nicknamed the "Human Backboard"; born September 17, 1952) is an American former professional tennis player during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • 1951 – Cassandra Peterson, American actress, television host, and producer. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV wearing a revealing, black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Elvira's Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation.
  • 1950 – Fee Waybill, American singer-songwriter and producer. Waybill has also worked with other acts, including Toto, Richard Marx, and Billy Sherwood.
  • 1948 – John Ritter, American actor and producer (d. 2003), was an American actor and comedian. He was the son of the singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and the father of actors Jason and Tyler Ritter.
  • 1948 – Raphy Leavitt, Puerto Rican-American accordion player and composer (d. 2015), was a Puerto Rican composer and founder of the salsa orchestra "La Selecta".
  • 1947 – Gail Carson Levine, American author. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, received a Newbery Honor in 1998.
  • 1947 – Jeff MacNelly, American cartoonist (d. 2000), was an American editorial cartoonist and the creator of the comic strip Shoe. After Shoe had been established in papers, MacNelly created the single-panel strip Pluggers.
  • 1945 – Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach. Philip Douglas Jackson (born September 17, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1944 – Jean Taylor, American mathematician and academic. Jean Ellen Taylor (born 1944) is an American mathematician who is a professor emerita at Rutgers University and visiting faculty at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University.
  • 1942 – Lupe Ontiveros, American actress (d. 2012), was an American actress best known for portraying Yolanda Saldívar in the film Selena. She acted in numerous films and television shows, often playing a maid or, near the end of her career, an all-knowing grandmother.
  • 1942 – Robert Graysmith, American author and illustrator. Robert Graysmith (born Robert Gray Smith; September 17, 1942) is an American true crime author and former cartoonist.
  • 1941 – Bob Matsui, American lawyer and politician (d. 2005), was an American politician from the state of California. Matsui was a member of the Democratic Party and served in the U.S.
  • 1939 – Carl Dennis, American poet and educator. His book Practical Gods won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
  • 1939 – David Souter, American lawyer and jurist. David Hackett Souter (/ˈsuːtər/; born September 17, 1939) is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 1939 – Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter and voice actress. Shelby Flint (born September 17, 1939 in North Hollywood, California) is a singer-songwriter who had two top-100 hits, "Angel on My Shoulder" in 1961 and "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" in 1966.
  • 1938 – Bobby Wine, American baseball player and coach. Robert Paul Wine Sr. (born September 17, 1938) is a former shortstop, coach and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1938 – Paul Benedict, American actor (d. 2008), was an American actor who made numerous appearances in television and movies beginning in 1965. He was known for his roles as The Number Painter on the PBS children's show Sesame Street and as the English neighbor Harry Bentley on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons.
  • 1938 – Perry Robinson, American clarinet player and composer, was an American jazz clarinetist and composer. He was the son of composer Earl Robinson.
  • 1937 – Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican-American baseball player. Orlando Manuel "Peruchin" Cepeda Pennes (Spanish pronunciation: ; born September 17, 1937) is a Puerto Rican former Major League Baseball first baseman and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1936 – Gerald Guralnik, American physicist and academic (d. 2014), was the Chancellor’s Professor of Physics at Brown University. In 1964 he co-discovered the Higgs mechanism and Higgs boson with C.
  • 1936 – Michael Hennagin, American composer and educator (d. 1993), was an American composer and university professor.
  • 1935 – Ken Kesey, American novelist, essayist, and poet (d. 2001), was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s.
  • 1934 – Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (d. 1969), was an American tennis player, the winner of nine Grand Slam singles titles in the early 1950s. In 1953, she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments during the same calendar year.
  • 1933 – Bulldog Brower, American wrestler (d. 1997), was an American professional wrestler who used the ring name Dick "Bulldog" Brower.
  • 1933 – Chuck Grassley, American lawyer and politician. Charles Ernest Grassley (born September 17, 1933) is an American politician serving as the president pro tempore of the United States Senate, and the senior United States senator from Iowa.
  • 1933 – Claude Provost, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 1984), was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger.
  • 1932 – Robert B. Parker, American author and academic (d. 2010), was an American writer of fiction, primarily of the mystery/detective genre. His most famous works were the 40 novels written about the fictional private detective Spenser.
  • 1931 – Anne Bancroft, American actress (d. 2005), was an American actress, director, screenwriter, and singer associated with the method acting school, having studied under Lee Strasberg. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film, theatre, and television.
  • 1930 – David Huddleston, American actor (d. 2016). An Emmy Award nominee, Huddleston had a prolific television career, and appeared in many films including Blazing Saddles, Crime Busters, Santa Claus: The Movie and The Big Lebowski.
  • 1930 – Edgar Mitchell, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2016), was a United States Navy officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, ufologist and NASA astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.
  • 1930 – Jim Rohn, American philosopher and author (d. 2009), was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.
  • 1930 – Thomas P. Stafford, American general, pilot, and astronaut. Thomas Patten Stafford (born September 17, 1930; Lt Gen, USAF, Ret.) is an American former Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut.
  • 1929 – Sil Austin, American saxophonist (d. 2001), was an American jazz saxophonist. He had his biggest success in an overtly commercial rather than jazz vein, but he regarded Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Sonny Stitt as his major influences.
  • 1928 – Park Honan, American author and academic (d. 2014), was an American academic and author who spent most of his career in the UK. He wrote widely on the lives of authors and poets and published important biographies of such writers as Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.
  • 1928 – Roddy McDowall, English-American actor (d. 1998), was an English-American actor, voice artist, film director and photographer. He is best known for portraying Cornelius and Caesar in the original Planet of the Apes film series, as well as Galen in the spin-off television series.
  • 1927 – George Blanda, American football player (d. 2010), was an American football quarterback and placekicker who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL). Blanda played 26 seasons of professional football, the most in the sport's history, and had scored more points than anyone in history at the time of his retirement.
  • 1926 – Bill Black, American bass player and bandleader (d. 1965), was an American musician and bandleader who is noted as one of the pioneers of rock and roll. He was the bassist in Elvis Presley's early trio.
  • 1926 – Curtis Harrington, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2007), was an American and television director whose work included experimental films, horror films, and episodic television. He is considered one of the forerunners of New Queer Cinema.
  • 1926 – Hovie Lister, American minister and pianist (d. 2001), was an American gospel musician, Baptist Minister, and politician. Lister was best known for his time as the front man of the Statesmen Quartet, perhaps the most well known and renowned Southern Gospel quartet in the decades of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as one of the most respected groups of all time.
  • 1926 – Jack McDuff, American singer and organist (d. 2001), was an American jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who was most prominent during the hard bop and soul jazz era of the 1960s, often performing with an organ trio. He is also credited with giving guitarist George Benson his first break.
  • 1925 – Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (d. 2003). She won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical in 1977 for her performance as Miss Hannigan in Annie.
  • 1923 – Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1953), was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously).
  • 1923 – Ralph Sharon, English-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2015), was an Anglo-American jazz pianist and arranger.
  • 1918 – Lea Gottlieb, Hungarian-Israeli fashion designer, founded the Gottex Company (d. 2012), was an Israeli fashion designer and businesswoman. She immigrated to Israel from Hungary after World War II, and founded the Gottex company.
  • 1917 – Ib Melchior, Danish-American author and screenwriter (d. 2015), was a Danish-American novelist, short-story writer, film producer, film director, and screenwriter of low-budget American science fiction movies, most of them released by American International Pictures.
  • 1909 – Elizabeth Enright, American author and illustrator (d. 1968), was an American writer of children's books, an illustrator, writer of short stories for adults, literary critic and teacher of creative writing. Perhaps best known as the Newbery Medal-winning author of Thimble Summer (1938) and the Newbery runner-up Gone-Away Lake (1957), she also wrote the popular Melendy quartet (1941 to 1951).
  • 1908 – Rafael Israelyan, Armenian architect and educator, designed the Sardarapat Memorial and St. Vartan Cathedral (d. 1973). Seen as a follower of Alexander Tamanian, Israyelian designed some of Soviet Armenia's most prominent structures, including the Sardarapat Memorial, the Yerevan Wine Factory and several churches, both in Armenia and abroad, most notably St.
  • 1907 – Warren E. Burger, American lawyer and judge, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1995), was the 15th chief justice of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1986. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Burger graduated from the St.
  • 1906 – Edgar Wayburn, American physician and environmentalist (d. 2010), was an environmentalist who was elected president of the Sierra Club five times in the 1960s. One of America's legendary wilderness champions, Dr.
  • 1900 – Hughie Critz, American baseball player (d. 1980), was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1920s and the New York Giants in the 1930s.
  • 1900 – J. Willard Marriott, American businessman, founded the Marriott Corporation (d. 1985), was an American entrepreneur and businessman. He was the founder of the Marriott Corporation (which became Marriott International in 1993), the parent company of the world's largest hospitality, hotel chains, and food services companies.
  • 1897 – Earl Webb, American baseball player and coach (d. 1965), was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball, playing from 1925 to 1933. He played for five teams, including the Boston Red Sox for three years.
  • 1884 – Charles Griffes, American pianist and composer (d. 1920). GRIFF-iss) (September 17, 1884 – April 8, 1920) was an American composer for piano, chamber ensembles and voice.
  • 1883 – William Carlos Williams, American poet, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1963), was a Puerto Rican American poet and physician closely associated with modernism and imagism.
  • 1879 – Rube Foster, American baseball player and manager (d. 1930). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
  • 1859 – Billy the Kid, American gunman (d. 1881). Henry McCarty (September 17 or November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881), better known as "Billy the Kid" and also by the pseudonym William H.
  • 1859 – I. L. Patterson, American politician, 18th Governor of Oregon (d. 1929), was the 18th Governor of Oregon from 1927 to 1929. An Oregon native, he served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly from 1918 to 1922, and was a farmer in the Willamette Valley.
  • 1854 – David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick Motor Company (d. 1929), was a Scottish-born American Detroit-based inventor, best known for founding the Buick Motor Company. He headed this company and its predecessor from 1899 until 1906, thereby helping to create one of the most successful nameplates in United States motor vehicle history.
  • 1825 – Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II, American jurist and politician, 16th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1893), was an American politician, diplomat, and jurist. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Mississippi in both houses of Congress, served as the United States Secretary of the Interior, and was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 1773 – Jonathan Alder, American captain and farmer (d. 1849), was an American pioneer, and the first white settler in Madison County, Ohio. As a young child living in Virginia, Alder was kidnapped by Shawnee Indians, and later adopted by a Mingo chief in the Ohio Country.
  • 1739 – John Rutledge, American judge and politician, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1800), was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and also its second Chief Justice. Additionally, he served as the first President of South Carolina and, later, its first Governor after the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1730 – Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian-American general (d. 1794). Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand Steuben (born Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben; September 17, 1730 – November 28, 1794), also referred to as Baron von Steuben (German: ), was a Prussian and later an American military officer.
  • 1677 – Stephen Hales, English physiologist and chemist, invented Forceps (d. 1761), was an English clergyman who made major contributions to a range of scientific fields including botany, pneumatic chemistry and physiology. He was the first person to measure blood pressure.

Deaths

  • 2015 – Milo Hamilton, American sportscaster (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – George Hamilton IV, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 2013 – Larry Lake, American-Canadian trumpet player and composer (b. 1943)
  • 2013 – Marvin Rainwater, American singer-songwriter (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Russell E. Train, American soldier and civil servant (b. 1920)
  • 2011 – Colin Madigan, Australian architect and author, designed the National Gallery of Australia (b. 1921)
  • 2009 – Dick Durock, American stuntman and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2005 – Alfred Reed, American composer and educator (b. 1921)
  • 1998 – Ted Binion, American poker player and businessman (b. 1943)
  • 1997 – Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (b. 1913)
  • 1996 – Spiro Agnew, American soldier and politician, 39th Vice President of the United States (b. 1918)
  • 1995 – Isadore Epstein, Estonian-American astronomer and academic (b. 1919)
  • 1994 – John Delafose, American accordion player (b. 1939)
  • 1994 – Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 1993 – Christian Nyby, American director and producer (b. 1913)
  • 1993 – Willie Mosconi, American pool player and actor (b. 1913)
  • 1992 – Roger Wagner, American conductor and educator (b. 1914)
  • 1985 – Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, founded Laura Ashley plc (b. 1925)
  • 1984 – Richard Basehart, American actor and director (b. 1914)
  • 1983 – Humberto Sousa Medeiros, Portuguese-American cardinal (b. 1915)
  • 1975 – Nicola Moscona, Greek-American singer-songwriter (b. 1907)
  • 1973 – Hugo Winterhalter, American bandleader and composer (b. 1909)
  • 1972 – Akim Tamiroff, American actor (b. 1899)
  • 1953 – David Munson, American runner (b. 1884)
  • 1951 – Jimmy Yancey, American pianist and composer (b. 1898)
  • 1948 – Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1887)
  • 1925 – Carl Eytel, German-American painter and illustrator (b. 1862)
  • 1911 – Edmonia Lewis, American sculptor (b. 1844)
  • 1908 – Thomas Selfridge, American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1882)
  • 1899 – Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American businessman, co-founded the Pillsbury Company (b. 1842)
  • 1868 – Roman Nose, Native American warrior (b. circa 1823)
  • 1858 – Dred Scott, American slave (b. 1795)
  • 1808 – Benjamin Bourne, American judge and politician (b. 1755)
  • 1574 – Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Spanish admiral and explorer, founded St. Augustine, Florida (b. 1519)
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