In 2016 scientists report that, based on human DNA genetic studies, all non-African humans in the world today can be traced to a single population that exited Africa between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago.
1996 – The Defense of Marriage Act passes the United States Congress (a vote of 342-67 in the House of Representatives and a vote of 85-14 in the Senate). The law prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage, while allowing states to adopt any marital definition of their choosing.
1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.
1964 – The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world's first Mach 3 bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.
1933 – Salvador Lutteroth ran the first ever EMLL (now CMLL) show in Mexico, marking the birth of Lucha libre.
1780 – American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.
1990 – Al-Farouq Aminu, American basketball player. Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu (born September 21, 1990) is an American-Nigerian professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1990 – Ivan Dorschner, American-Filipino model and actor. Ivan Anthony Reyes Dorschner (born September 21, 1990) is a Filipino American actor, television host and model based in the Philippines.
1989 – Jason Derulo, American singer-songwriter. Jason Joel Desrouleaux (born September 21, 1989), known professionally as Jason Derulo (/dəˈruːloʊ/; formerly stylised as Derülo), is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer.
1988 – Doug Baldwin, American football player. Baldwin is the Seahawks third all-time leader in team receptions and receiving yards, and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and won Super Bowl XLVIII with them.
1987 – Ashley Paris, American basketball player. She has been nationally recognized for her basketball achievements at the University of Oklahoma.
1987 – Courtney Paris, American basketball player. Courtney Paris (born September 21, 1987) is an American basketball center for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
1987 – Jimmy Clausen, American football player. James Richard Clausen (born September 21, 1987) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 2010 to 2015.
1986 – Lindsey Stirling, American violinist and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her eponymous YouTube channel, which she created in 2007.
1985 – Justin Durant, American football player. He played college football at Hampton University.
1984 – Ben Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer. Benjamin Marshall Wildman-Tobriner (born September 21, 1984) is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder.
1983 – Greg Jennings, American football player. Gregory Jennings Jr. (born September 21, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
1983 – Joseph Mazzello, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles as Tim Murphy in Jurassic Park, Eugene Sledge in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, Dustin Moskovitz in The Social Network and Queen bass player John Deacon in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
1983 – Maggie Grace, American actress. She is known for playing Shannon Rutherford on the ABC television series Lost (2004–2006; 2010), Kim Mills in the Taken trilogy (2008–2014), and Irina in The Twilight Saga (2011–2012).
1981 – Nicole Richie, American actress, fashion designer, and author. The Simple Life was a hit for the Fox network, premiering with 13 million viewers.
1980 – Autumn Reeser, American actress. She has appeared in films The Girl Next Door (2004), So Undercover (2012), Clint Eastwood's Sully (2016), and ten Hallmark Channel's television films, in leading roles.
1977 – Brian Tallet, American baseball player. He also played for the St.
1974 – Bryce Drew, American basketball player and coach. He also served in the same capacity at his alma mater, Valparaiso, having succeeded his father, Homer Drew.
1973 – Vanessa Grigoriadis, American journalist and author. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone among other publications.
1972 – Jon Kitna, American football player and coach. Jon Kelly Kitna (born September 21, 1972) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.
1971 – Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor and golf player. Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Sr. (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, dancer, singer, director, game show host, and television personality.
1971 – Luke Wilson, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor known for his roles in films such as Idiocracy, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Ridiculous 6, Old School, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak, Bongwater, and Legally Blonde.
1970 – Melissa Ferrick, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Melissa Ferrick (born September 21, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University.
1970 – Samantha Power, Irish-American journalist, academic, and diplomat, 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
1969 – Anne Burrell, American chef and television host. Burrell (born September 21, 1969) is an American chef, television personality, and former instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education.
1969 – Jason Christiansen, American baseball player. Jason Samuel Christiansen (born September 21, 1969) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher.
1968 – David Jude Jolicoeur, American rapper, songwriter, and producer (De La Soul). He was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in East Massapequa.
1968 – Ricki Lake, American actress, producer, and talk show host. She is also known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from September 1993 until May 2004.
1967 – Faith Hill, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. Audrey Faith McGraw (née Perry; born September 21, 1967), known professionally as Faith Hill, is an American singer and record producer.
1965 – Cheryl Hines, American actress, was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
1963 – Cecil Fielder, American baseball player and manager. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
1962 – Rob Morrow, American actor. Joel Fleischman on Northern Exposure, a role that garnered him three Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, and later for his role as FBI agent Don Eppes on Numb3rs.
1961 – Dan Borislow, American businessman, invented the magicJack (d. 2014), was an American entrepreneur, sports team owner, inventor, and thoroughbred horse breeder. Borislow was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Widener University.
1961 – Nancy Travis, American actress and producer. Nancy Ann Travis (born September 21, 1961) is an American actress.
1960 – David James Elliott, Canadian-American actor and director, was the star of the series JAG, playing lead character Harmon Rabb Jr. from 1995 to 2005.
1960 – Kelley Eskridge, American author and screenwriter. Kelley Eskridge (born 21 September 1960) is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and screenplays.
1960 – Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian journalist, politician and scientist, first woman Vice President of Iran. Masoumeh Ebtekar (Persian: معصومه ابتکار; born Masoumeh, Niloufar Ebtekar; 21 September 1960) is current Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs, being appointed on 9 August 2017.
1959 – Dave Coulier, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. David Alan Coulier (born September 21, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, impressionist, television host, and private pilot.
1958 – Rick Mahorn, American basketball player and coach. Derrick Allen Mahorn (born September 21, 1958) is an American retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player who played power forward and center.
1957 – Ethan Coen, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Joel Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Coen (born September 21, 1957), collectively referred to as the Coen brothers (/ˈkoʊən/), are American filmmakers.
1957 – Mark Levin, American lawyer, radio host, and author. Levin worked in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and was a chief of staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese.
1957 – Sidney Moncrief, American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed Sid the Squid, Sir Sid, and El Sid, Moncrief went on to play 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association, including ten seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.
1956 – Jack Givens, American basketball player and sportscaster. Jack "Goose" Givens (born September 21, 1956) is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player.
1956 – Marta Kauffman, American screenwriter and producer. Marta Fran Kauffman (born September 21, 1956) is an American writer and TV producer, best known as the co-creator of the popular sitcom Friends, alongside David Crane.
1956 – Ricky Morton, American wrestler. Richard Wendell Morton (born September 21, 1956) is an American professional wrestler, currently performing on the independent circuit.
1955 – Richard Hieb, American engineer and astronaut. Richard James Hieb (born September 21, 1955 in Jamestown, North Dakota) is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions.
1954 – Thomas S. Ray, American ecologist and academic. Ray (also known as Tom Ray; born September 21, 1954) is an ecologist who created and developed the Tierra project, a computer simulation of artificial life.
1951 – Bruce Arena, American soccer player and manager. Bruce Arena (born September 21, 1951) is an American soccer coach who is currently is the head coach and sporting director of the New England Revolution.
1950 – Bill Murray, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. He also co-directed Quick Change (1990).
1949 – Artis Gilmore, American basketball player and radio host. Artis Gilmore (born September 21, 1949) is an American retired basketball player who played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA).
1949 – Henry Butler, American pianist and photographer, was an American jazz and blues pianist. He learned piano, drums, and saxophone in school.
1947 – Don Felder, American musician and songwriter (Eagles). Felder was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2016.
1947 – Marsha Norman, American playwright and author. She wrote the book and lyrics for such Broadway musicals as The Secret Garden, for which she won a Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, and The Red Shoes, as well as the libretto for the musical The Color Purple and the book for the musical The Bridges of Madison County.
1947 – Stephen King, American author and screenwriter. Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy novels.
1945 – Kay Ryan, American poet and educator. From 2008 to 2010 she was the sixteenth United States Poet Laureate.
1945 – Richard Childress, American race car driver and businessman. Richard Childress (born September 21, 1945) is a former NASCAR driver and the current team owner of Richard Childress Racing (RCR).
1944 – Fannie Flagg, American actress, comedian, and author. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation.
1944 – Hamilton Jordan, American politician, 8th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2008), was an American politician who served as Chief of Staff to President of the United States Jimmy Carter.
1944 – Steve Beshear, American lawyer and politician, 61st Governor of Kentucky. He served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980, was the state's 44th attorney general from 1980 to 1983, and was the 49th lieutenant governor from 1983 to 1987.
1943 – David Hood, American session bassist and trombone player (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section). He is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
1943 – Jerry Bruckheimer, American film and television producer. He has been active in the genres of action, drama, fantasy, and science fiction.
1942 – Sam McDowell, American baseball player. Samuel Edward Thomas McDowell (born September 21, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), is an American former professional baseball player.
1941 – Jack Brisco, American wrestler and manager (d. 2010), was an American professional wrestler. He performed for various territories of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), becoming a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, and multi-time NWA Tag Team Champion with his brother Gerald Brisco.
1941 – R. James Woolsey, Jr., American scholar and diplomat, 16th Director of Central Intelligence. His career also included time as a professional lawyer, venture capitalist and investor in the private sector.
1940 – Bill Kurtis, American journalist and producer. Bill Kurtis (born William Horton Kuretich; September 21, 1940) is an American television journalist, producer, narrator, and news anchor.
1938 – Doug Moe, American basketball player and coach. As a head coach with the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 1988.
1936 – Diane Rehm, American journalist and radio host. The show was produced at WAMU, which is licensed to American University in Washington, D.C.
1936 – Dickey Lee, American pop-country singer-songwriter and guitarist. Royden Dickey Lipscomb (born September 21, 1936), known professionally as Dickey Lee (sometimes misspelled Dickie Lee or Dicky Lee), is an American pop/country singer and songwriter, best known for the 1960s teenage tragedy songs "Patches" and "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)."
1935 – Henry Gibson, American actor (d. 2009), was an American actor, singer, and songwriter.
1933 – Dick Simon, American race car driver. Richard Raymond Simon (Dick Simon)(born September 21, 1933) is one of the oldest men to ever have raced in the Indianapolis 500.
1932 – Don Preston, American keyboard player and composer. He is known for working with Frank Zappa from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s.
1931 – Larry Hagman, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2012), was an American film and television actor, director and producer best known for playing ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing in the 1978-91 primetime television soap opera Dallas and befuddled astronaut Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson in the 1965-70 sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
1926 – Donald A. Glaser, American physicist and neurobiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013), was an American physicist, neurobiologist, and the winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the bubble chamber used in subatomic particle physics.
1919 – Herman Fowlkes, Jr., American trumpet player and educator (d. 1993), was an American jazz musician and educator from Chicago, Illinois.
1918 – John Gofman, American physicist, chemist, and biologist (d. 2007), was an American scientist and advocate. He was Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology at University of California at Berkeley.
1918 – Karl Slover, American actor (d. 2011), was an Hungarian-born American actor best known as one of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Only three other Munchkin performers remained alive at the time of Slover's death.
1912 – Chuck Jones, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002), was an American animated filmmaker and cartoonist, best known for his work with Warner Bros. Cartoons on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts.
1906 – Henry Beachell, American biologist and botanist (d. 2006). Born in Waverly, Nebraska, Beachell and his family moved to a corn and wheat farm in western Nebraska.
1903 – Preston Tucker, American engineer and businessman, designed the Tucker Sedan (d. 1956), was an American automobile entrepreneur.
1902 – Allen Lane, English publisher, founded Penguin Books (d. 1970), was a British publisher who together with his brothers Richard and John Lane founded Penguin Books in 1935, bringing high-quality paperback fiction and non-fiction to the mass market.
1873 – Papa Jack Laine, American drummer and bandleader (d. 1966), was an American musician and a pioneering band leader in New Orleans in the years from the Spanish–American War to World War I. He was often credited for training many musicians who would later become successful in jazz music.
1867 – Henry L. Stimson, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 46th United States Secretary of State (d. 1950), was an American statesman, lawyer and Republican Party politician. Over his long career, he emerged as a leading figure in the foreign policy of the United States, serving in Republican and Democratic administrations.
1863 – John Bunny, American actor (d. 1915). Bunny began his career as a stage actor, but transitioned to a film career after joining Vitagraph Studios around 1910.
1862 – James E. Talmage, English-American religious leader and author (d. 1933), was an English chemist, geologist, and religious leader who served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1911 until his death.
1849 – Maurice Barrymore, American actor (d. 1905), was an Indian-born British stage actor. He was the patriarch of the Barrymore acting family, father of John, Lionel and Ethel, and great-grandfather of actress Drew.
1758 – Christopher Gore, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 8th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1827), was a prominent Massachusetts lawyer, Federalist politician, and U.S. diplomat. Born into a family divided by the American Revolution, Gore sided with the victorious Patriots, established a successful law practice in Boston, and built a fortune by purchasing Revolutionary government debts at a discount and receiving full value for them from the government.
2015 – Richard Williamson, American footballer and coach (b. 1941)
2014 – Caldwell Jones, American basketball player and coach (b. 1950)
2014 – Sheldon Patinkin, American director and playwright (b. 1935)
2013 – Harl H. Haas, Jr., American lawyer, jurist, and politician (b. 1932)
2012 – José Curbelo, Cuban-American pianist and manager (b. 1917)
2012 – Tom Umphlett, American baseball player and manager (b. 1930)
2011 – Pamela Ann Rymer, American lawyer and judge (b. 1941)
2009 – Robert Ginty, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1948)
2007 – Alice Ghostley, American actress (b. 1923)
2007 – Rex Humbard, American evangelist and television host (b. 1919)
2002 – Robert L. Forward, American physicist and engineer (b. 1932)
1998 – Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (b. 1959)
1995 – Rudy Perpich, American dentist and politician, 34th Governor of Minnesota (b. 1928)
1992 – Tarachand Barjatya, Indian film producer, founded Rajshri Productions (b. 1914)
1988 – Glenn Robert Davis, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1914)
1987 – Jaco Pastorius, American bass player, composer, and producer (b. 1951)
1974 – Jacqueline Susann, American author and actress (b. 1918)
1974 – Walter Brennan, American actor (b. 1894)
1962 – Bo Carter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1892)
1905 – Nikolay Benardos, Ukrainian inventor (b. 1842)
1904 – Chief Joseph, American tribal leader (b. 1840)