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Events

  • 2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released.
  • 1986 – Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros sets a major league record by striking out the first eight batters he faces in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • 1950 – Korean War: The Battle of Hill 282: The first US friendly-fire incident on British military personnel since World War II occurs.
  • 1943 – World War II: The Nazi puppet state known as the Italian Social Republic is founded.
  • 1913 – Roland Garros of France becomes the first to fly in an airplane across the Mediterranean (from St. Raphael France to Bizerte, Tunisia).
  • 1911 – Pilot Earle Ovington makes the first official airmail delivery in America under the authority of the United States Post Office Department
  • 1909 – The Phantom of the Opera (original title: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra), a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, is first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois.
  • 1899 – American Asiatic Squadron destroys a Filipino battery at the Battle of Olongapo.
  • 1889 – Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.
  • 1846 – Astronomers Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier, John Couch Adams and Johann Gottfried Galle collaborate on the discovery of Neptune.
  • 1845 – The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York.
  • 1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
  • 1780 – American Revolution: British Major John André is arrested as a spy by American soldiers exposing Benedict Arnold's change of sides.
  • 1779 – American Revolution: John Paul Jones on board the USS Bonhomme Richard wins the Battle of Flamborough Head.
  • 1642 – First commencement exercises occur at Harvard College.
  • 1459 – Battle of Blore Heath, the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses, takes place.
  • 1338 – The Battle of Arnemuiden was the first naval battle of the Hundred Years' War and the first naval battle using artillery, as the English ship Christopher had three cannons and one hand gun.

Births

  • 1993 – Duke Johnson, American football player
  • 1991 – Melanie Oudin, American tennis player
  • 1989 – Brandon Jennings, American basketball player
  • 1985 – Brian Brohm, American football player
  • 1985 – Joba Chamberlain, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Anneliese van der Pol, Dutch-American actress and singer
  • 1984 – Brandon Richardson, American actor and military veteran
  • 1984 – Matt Kemp, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Regan Smith, American race car driver
  • 1983 – Shane del Rosario, American mixed martial artist and kick-boxer (d. 2013)
  • 1980 – Liz Murray, American inspirational speaker
  • 1980 – Matt White, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979 – Bryant McKinnie, American football player
  • 1979 – Ricky Davis, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Anthony Mackie, American actor
  • 1978 – Benjamin Curtis, American guitarist, drummer, and songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1977 – Rachael Yamagata, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1975 – Layzie Bone, American rapper
  • 1974 – Matt Hardy, American wrestler
  • 1972 – Jermaine Dupri, American rapper and producer
  • 1971 – Eric Montross, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Ani DiFranco, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1970 – Lucia Cifarelli, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1967 – Hilary Andersson, American-English journalist
  • 1966 – Pete Harnisch, American baseball player and coach
  • 1964 – Bill Phillips, American businessman and author
  • 1964 – Larry Krystkowiak, American basketball player and coach
  • 1961 – Chi McBride, American actor
  • 1961 – William C. McCool, American commander, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1960 – Kurt Beyer, American wrestler
  • 1959 – Elizabeth Peña, American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1959 – Jason Alexander, American actor, singer, and voice artist
  • 1958 – Larry Mize, American golfer
  • 1958 – Marvin Lewis, American football player and coach
  • 1958 – Tony Fossas, Cuban-American baseball player and coach
  • 1957 – Rosalind Chao, American actress
  • 1956 – Peter David, American author, actor, and screenwriter
  • 1954 – Charlie Barnett, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1952 – Dennis Lamp, American baseball player
  • 1952 – Jim Morrison, American baseball player and manager
  • 1952 – Mark Bego, American author
  • 1951 – Steven Springer, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1950 – George Garzone, American saxophonist and educator
  • 1949 – Bruce Springsteen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Dan Toler, American guitarist (d. 2013)
  • 1948 – Don Grolnick, American pianist and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1947 – Mary Kay Place, American actress
  • 1947 – Neal Smith, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1945 – Ron Bushy, American drummer
  • 1943 – Marty Schottenheimer, American football player and coach
  • 1942 – Sila María Calderón, Puerto Rican-American businesswoman and politician, 12th Secretary of State of Puerto Rico
  • 1941 – George Jackson, American activist and author, co-founded the Black Guerrilla Family (d. 1971)
  • 1939 – Roy Buchanan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1988)
  • 1939 – Sonny Vaccaro, American businessman
  • 1935 – Les McCann, American soul-jazz singer and pianist
  • 1933 – Lloyd J. Old, American immunologist and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1931 – Hilly Kristal, American businessman, founded CBGB (d. 2007)
  • 1931 – Stan Lynde, American author and illustrator (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Ray Charles, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (d. 2004)
  • 1928 – Frank Foster, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2011)
  • 1928 – Roger Grimsby, American journalist and actor (d. 1995)
  • 1926 – John Coltrane, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1967)
  • 1922 – Louise Latham, American actress
  • 1920 – Mickey Rooney, American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1915 – Clifford Shull, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2001)
  • 1915 – Julius Baker, American flute player and educator (d. 2003)
  • 1912 – Tony Smith, American sculptor and educator (d. 1980)
  • 1911 – Frank Moss, American lawyer and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1905 – Tiny Bradshaw, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1958)
  • 1899 – Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (d. 1988)
  • 1899 – Tom C. Clark, American lawyer and judge, 59th Attorney General of the United States (d. 1977)
  • 1897 – Walter Pidgeon, Canadian-American actor and singer (d. 1984)
  • 1895 – Johnny Mokan, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1889 – Walter Lippmann, American journalist and publisher, co-founded The New Republic (d. 1974)
  • 1867 – John Lomax, American teacher, musicologist, and folklorist (d. 1948)
  • 1863 – Mary Church Terrell, American author and activist (d. 1954)
  • 1861 – Robert Bosch, German engineer and businessman, founded Robert Bosch GmbH (d. 1942)
  • 1852 – James Carroll Beckwith, American painter and academic (d. 1917)
  • 1852 – William Stewart Halsted, American physician and surgeon (d. 1922)
  • 1851 – Ellen Hayes, American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1930)
  • 1838 – Victoria Woodhull, American journalist and activist (d. 1927)
  • 1800 – William Holmes McGuffey, American author and academic (d. 1873)

Deaths

  • 2014 – A. W. Davis, American basketball player and coach (b. 1943)
  • 2014 – Al Suomi, American ice hockey player and referee (b. 1913)
  • 2014 – Don Manoukian, American football player and wrestler (b. 1934)
  • 2014 – Irven DeVore, American anthropologist and biologist (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Gil Dozier, American captain, lawyer, and politician (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Ruth Patrick, American botanist and immunologist (b. 1907)
  • 2012 – Sam Sniderman, Canadian businessman, founded Sam the Record Man (b. 1920)
  • 2009 – Paul B. Fay, American sailor and politician, United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1918)
  • 2008 – Loren Pope, American journalist and author (b. 1910)
  • 2006 – Etta Baker, American singer and guitarist (b. 1913)
  • 2004 – Billy Reay, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1918)
  • 2000 – Carl Rowan, American journalist and author (b. 1925)
  • 2000 – Raoul Berger, American attorney and law professor (b. 1901)
  • 1999 – Ivan Goff, Australian-American screenwriter and producer (b. 1910)
  • 1998 – Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
  • 1997 – Natalie Savage Carlson, American author (b. 1906)
  • 1994 – Jerry Barber, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • 1994 – Robert Bloch, American author and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 1992 – Glendon Swarthout, American author and academic (b. 1918)
  • 1992 – James Van Fleet, American general (b. 1892)
  • 1987 – Bob Fosse, American actor, dancer, choreographer, and director (b. 1927)
  • 1978 – Lyman Bostock, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • 1974 – Cliff Arquette, American actor and comedian (b. 1905)
  • 1971 – James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist (b. 1888)
  • 1950 – Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)
  • 1940 – Hale Holden, American businessman (b. 1869)
  • 1900 – William Marsh Rice, American businessman, founded Rice University (b. 1816)
  • 1851 – Émilie Gamelin, Canadian nun, founded the Sisters of Providence (b. 1800)
  • 1789 – John Rogers, American lawyer and politician (b. 1723)
  • 1675 – Valentin Conrart, French author, founded the Académie française (b. 1603)
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