In 2017 a 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident is reported to have shown signs of consciousness after neurosurgeons implanted a vagus nerve stimulator into his chest.
In 2017 the Australian government announces that it will establish a national space agency.
1992 – NASA launches the Mars Observer, a $511 million probe to Mars, in the first U.S. mission to the planet in 17 years. Eleven months later, the probe would fail.
1977 – About 4,200 people take part in the first running of the Chicago Marathon.
1974 – The first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John surgery) performed, on baseball player Tommy John.
1957 – Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is integrated by the use of United States Army troops.
1956 – TAT-1, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable system, is inaugurated.
1955 – The Royal Jordanian Air Force is founded.
1926 – The international Convention to Suppress the Slave Trade and Slavery is first signed.
1912 – Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is founded in New York City.
1906 – Leonardo Torres y Quevedo demonstrates the Telekino, guiding a boat from the shore, in what is considered to be the first use of a remote control.
1890 – The United States Congress establishes Sequoia National Park.
1789 – The United States Congress passes twelve amendments to the United States Constitution: The Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the ten that are known as the Bill of Rights.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: Ethan Allen surrenders to British forces after attempting to capture Montreal during the Battle of Longue-Pointe. Benedict Arnold and his expeditionary company set off from Fort Western, bound for Quebec City.
1690 – Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, is published for the first and only time.
1992 – Keauna McLaughlin, American figure skater. National Champion, the 2010 Four Continents silver medalist, and the 2007 World Junior Champion.
1991 – Emmy Clarke, American actress. Mary Elizabeth Clarke (born September 25, 1991), better known as Emmy Clarke, is an American actress.
1989 – Aldon Smith, American football player. Smith also played for the Oakland Raiders.
1983 – Donald Glover, American actor, rapper, producer, and screenwriter. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ.
1983 – Terrance Pennington, American football player. He played college football at New Mexico.
1981 – Jason Bergmann, American baseball player. In college, he played for Rutgers University.
1981 – Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player. Rocco Dan Baldelli (/bɔːlˈdɛli/; born September 25, 1981), is an American former professional baseball outfielder and coach who is the manager of the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).
1980 – T.I., American rapper, songwriter, producer, and actor. Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (born September 25, 1980), known professionally as T.I. and Tip (often stylized as TIP or T.I.P.), is an American rapper, actor, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, record executive, and author.
1979 – Rashad Evans, American mixed martial artist and wrestler. Evans started his professional career in 2003, he was the Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2 and is also a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and a 2019 inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame.
1978 – Ryan Leslie, American singer-songwriter and producer. From 2005–2006, he had his most commercial success to date with NextSelection/Bad Boy singer Cassie, when they released her debut single, "Me & U".
1977 – Clea DuVall, American actress. Clea Helen D'Etienne DuVall (born September 25, 1977) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director.
1977 – Joel David Moore, American actor. His first major role was as Owen Dittman in the 2004 comedy DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, followed by roles in the comedy Grandma's Boy (2006), Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential (2006), and the independent slasher film Hatchet (2006).
1977 – Mike Krahulik, American illustrator. Michael Krahulik (/krəˈhuːlɪk/; born September 25, 1977) is an American artist for the popular webcomic Penny Arcade and co-founder with Jerry Holkins of Child's Play, a charity that organizes toy drives for children's hospitals.
1977 – Wil Nieves, Puerto Rican-American baseball player. Wilbert "Wil" Nieves (born September 25, 1977) is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball catcher and current minor league coach.
1976 – Chauncey Billups, American basketball player. After playing college basketball with the Colorado Buffaloes, he was selected third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
1976 – Eric Roberson, American singer-songwriter and producer. His first single, "The Moon", was released through Warner Bros.
1976 – Santigold, American singer-songwriter and producer. Her second album, Master of My Make-Believe, was released in 2012.
1975 – Dat Nguyen, American football player and coach. Dat Tan Nguyen (/ˌdæt ˈwɪn/; Vietnamese: Nguyễn Tấn Đạt, pronounced ; born September 25, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
1975 – Matt Hasselbeck, American football player. Matthew Michael Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975) is a former American football quarterback and current analyst for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown.
1974 – Daniel Alexander Kessler, English-American singer and guitarist. Daniel Alexander Kessler (born 25 September 1974, London, England) is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the New York City-based band Interpol.
1974 – Eric Moss, American football player, was a professional American football player.
1970 – Curtis Buckley, American football player and psychiatrist. Curtis LaDonn Buckley (born September 25, 1970 in Oakdale, Louisiana) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins.
1969 – Bill Simmons, American journalist and author. William John Simmons III (born September 25, 1969) is an American sports writer, sports analyst, author, and podcaster who is the founder and CEO of the sports and pop culture website The Ringer.
1969 – Tony Womack, American baseball player. A middle infielder, Womack was recognized for his speed and base-stealing prowess and his key hits in the 2001 playoffs which led to the 2001 World Series win over the New York Yankees.
1968 – John A. List, American economist and academic. John August List (born September 25, 1968) is an American economist at the University of Chicago, where he serves as Kenneth C.
1968 – Will Smith, American actor, producer, and rapper. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.
1966 – Todd Philcox, American football player. Todd Philcox (born September 25, 1966 in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a former NFL quarterback.
1965 – Matt Battaglia, American football player, actor, and producer. Matteo Martin "Matt" Battaglia (born September 25, 1965) is an American producer, actor and former football player.
1965 – Rob Schmidt, American director and screenwriter. He also created a pilot called American Town for Twentieth Century Fox.
1965 – Scottie Pippen, American basketball player and sportscaster. Scotty Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965), commonly spelled Scottie Pippen, is an American former professional basketball player.
1963 – Keely Shaye Smith, American journalist and author. Keely Shаye Smith (born September 25, 1963), also known as Keely Shaye Brosnan, is an American journalist, author, television host/correspondent, glamour model and actress.
1963 – Tate Donovan, American actor. Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor, voice artist, and director, known for portraying Tom Shayes in Damages, Jimmy Cooper in The O.C., and the voice of the title character in the 1997 Disney animated film Hercules, the animated television series of the same name and in a few Kingdom Hearts video games.
1962 – Aida Turturro, American actress. Aida Turturro (born September 25, 1962) is an American actress best known for playing Janice Soprano, sister of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, on the HBO drama series The Sopranos (1999–2007).
1961 – Heather Locklear, American actress. She is also known for her role as Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty from 1981 to 1989, her first major television role, which began a longtime collaboration with producer Aaron Spelling.
1958 – Randy Kerber, American keyboard player, composer, and conductor. Randy Kerber (born September 25, 1958 in Encino, California) is a composer, orchestrator and keyboard player, who has had a prolific career in the world of cinema.
1957 – Michael Madsen, American actor and producer. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs (1992), as Budd in both segments of Kill Bill (2003 and 2004), and appearing in The Hateful Eight (2015) and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019).
1956 – Jamie Hyneman, American special effects designer and television host, founded M5 Industries. He is known among Robot Wars devotees for his robot entry Blendo, which was deemed too dangerous for entry in the competition.
1956 – W. Daniel Hillis, American computer scientist, engineer, and author, founded the Thinking Machines Corporation. William Daniel "Danny" Hillis (born September 25, 1956) is an American inventor, entrepreneur, and scientist, who pioneered parallel computers and their use in artificial intelligence.
1955 – Luanne Rice, American author and activist. She often writes about nature and the sea, and many of her novels deal with love and family.
1954 – Sylvester Croom, American football player and coach. His father, Sylvester Croom Sr., was himself an All-American football player at Alabama A&M, later the team chaplain at the University of Alabama, and has been recognized by that school as one of the state's 40 pioneers of civil rights.
1953 – Ron Rash, American novelist, short story writer, poet. Ron Rash (born September 25, 1953), an American poet, short story writer and novelist, is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University.
1952 – Cherríe Moraga, American poet, playwright, and activist. Moraga is also a founding member of the social justice activist group La Red Xicana Indígena which is an organization of Xicanas fighting for education, culture rights, and Indigenous Rights.
1952 – Christopher Reeve, American actor, producer, and activist (d. 2004), was an American actor, writer and director. He was best known for playing DC comic book superhero Superman, beginning with the acclaimed Superman (1978), for which he won a BAFTA Award.
1952 – Jimmy Garvin, American wrestler and manager. James Williams (born September 25, 1952) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name "Gorgeous" Jimmy "Jam" Garvin.
1952 – Tommy Norden, American actor. Tommy Norden (born September 25, 1952, New York City) is a former American actor.
1952 – bell hooks, American author and activist. Gloria Jean Watkins (born September 25, 1952), better known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, professor, feminist, and social activist.
1951 – Bob McAdoo, American basketball player and coach. He won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s.
1951 – Burleigh Drummond, American drummer and songwriter. He currently performs onstage in the band with his fellow member and wife Mary Harris, and the couple are also both active members of Bill Champlin’s Wunderground and their own band ‘Tin Drum’.
1951 – Mark Hamill, American actor, singer, and producer. Mark Richard Hamill (/ˈhæmɪl/; born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, and writer.
1949 – Jeff Borowiak, American tennis player. Jeff Borowiak (born September 25, 1949) is a former professional tennis player from the United States, who won five singles and three doubles titles during his professional career, reaching a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 20 in August 1977.
1949 – Steve Mackay, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2015), was an American tenor saxophonist best known for his membership in the Stooges. His performances are showcased on several tracks on the band's second album, Fun House (1970).
1948 – Mimi Kennedy, American actress and screenwriter. Mary Claire "Mimi" Kennedy (born September 25, 1948) is an American actress, author, and activist, best known for her performances in television comedies.
1947 – Cecil Womack, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013), was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He was one of the musical Womack brothers, and had success both as a songwriter and recording artist, notably with his wife Linda as Womack & Womack.
1947 – Cheryl Tiegs, American model and actress. Frequently described as the first American supermodel, Tiegs is best known for her multiple appearances on the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and TIME and for her 1978 "Pink Bikini" poster, which became an iconic image of 1970s pop culture.
1946 – Bryan MacLean, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1998), was an American singer, guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work with the influential rock band Love. His famous compositions for Love include "Alone Again Or," "Old Man," and "Orange Skies."
1946 – Gil Morgan, American golfer. Gilmer Bryan Morgan II, OD (born September 25, 1946) is an American professional golfer.
1946 – Jerry Penrod, American bass player. In addition to playing bass with Iron Butterfly, he contributed one of the lead vocals on their song "Look for the Sun".
1945 – Kathleen Brown, American lawyer and politician, 29th California State Treasurer. Kathleen Lynn Brown (born September 25, 1945) is an American Democratic politician from California.
1944 – Doris Matsui, American politician. Doris Okada Matsui (/ˌmætˈsuːi/; born Doris Kazue Okada; September 25, 1944) is an American politician from the Democratic Party, serving since 2005 in the House of Representatives.
1944 – Michael Douglas, American actor and producer. DeMille Award, and the AFI Life Achievement Award.
1943 – Aram Saroyan, American poet and novelist. Aram Saroyan (born September 25, 1943) is an American poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright, who is especially known for his minimalist poetry, famous examples of which include the one-word poem "lighght" and a one-letter poem comprising a four-legged version of the letter "m".
1943 – John Locke, American keyboard player (d. 2006), was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism". Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory.
1943 – Robert Gates, American lieutenant, academic, and politician, 22nd United States Secretary of Defense. Bush but was retained for service by President Barack Obama.
1943 – Robert Walden, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Robert Walden (born Robert Wolkowitz; September 25, 1943) is an American television and motion picture actor.
1942 – Dee Dee Warwick, American singer (d. 2008), was an American soul singer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she was the sister of Dionne Warwick, the niece of Cissy Houston, and the first cousin of Whitney Houston.
1942 – Robert Miano, American actor and producer. Robert Miano (born September 25, 1942) is an American actor.
1939 – David S. Mann, American lawyer and politician, Mayor of Cincinnati. He is also a former member of the United States House of Representatives.
1937 – Mary Allen Wilkes, American computer scientist and lawyer. Mary Allen Wilkes (born September 25, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former computer programmer and logic designer, most known for her work with the LINC computer, now recognized by many as the world's first "personal computer".
1936 – Juliet Prowse, South African-American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1996), was a dancer, whose four-decade career included stage, television and film. She was raised in South Africa, where her family emigrated after World War II.
1936 – Ken Forsse, American toy creator and author, created Teddy Ruxpin (d. 2014), was an American inventor, author, and producer who created the toy Teddy Ruxpin and the subsequent animated series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.
1933 – Hubie Brown, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster. Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.
1930 – Nino Cerruti, Italian fashion designer, founded Cerruti. Nino Cerruti (born September 25, 1930 in Biella, Piedmont, in Italy) is an Italian businessman and stylist.
1930 – Shel Silverstein, American author, poet, illustrator, and songwriter (d. 1999), was an American writer known for his cartoons, songs, and children's books. He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in some works.
1929 – Barbara Walters, American journalist, producer, and author. Since retirement as a full-time host and contributor, she continued to occasionally report for ABC News through 2015.
1926 – Aldo Ray, American actor (d. 1991). Ray was born Aldo Da Re in Pen Argyl in Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania, to an Italian family with five brothers (Mario, Guido, Dante, Dino, and Louis) and one sister (Regina).
1926 – Jack Hyles, American pastor and author (d. 2001), was a leading figure in the Independent Baptist movement, having pastored the First Baptist Church of Hammond in Hammond, Indiana, from 1959 until his death. He was well known for being an innovator of the church bus ministry that brought thousands of people each week from surrounding towns to Hammond for services.
1924 – Red Webb, American baseball player (d. 1996), was an American professional baseball player. A 6 ft (1.8 m), 175 lb (79 kg) right-handed pitcher, he appeared in 25 Major League games, 22 in relief, for the 1948–1949 New York Giants.
1923 – Robert Laxalt, American author and academic (d. 2001), was a Basque-American writer from Nevada.
1923 – Sam Rivers, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 2011), was an American jazz musician and composer. He performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano.
1917 – Phil Rizzuto, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2007), was an American Major League Baseball shortstop. He spent his entire 13-year baseball career with the New York Yankees (1941–1956), and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.
1910 – Ralph Jordan, American football player and coach (d. 1980), was an American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach of football and basketball. He served as the head football coach at Auburn University from 1951 to 1975, where he compiled a record of 176–83–6.
1903 – Mark Rothko, Latvian-American painter and educator (d. 1970), was an American painter of Lithuanian Jewish descent. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an abstract expressionist.
1898 – Robert Brackman, Ukrainian-American painter and educator (d. 1980), was an American artist and teacher of Ukrainian origin, best known for large figural works, portraits, and still lifes.
1897 – William Faulkner, American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962), was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry, essays, and a play.
1866 – Thomas Hunt Morgan, American biologist, geneticist, and embryologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1945), was an American evolutionary biologist, geneticist, embryologist, and science author who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933 for discoveries elucidating the role that the chromosome plays in heredity.
1825 – William Pitt Ballinger, American lawyer and politician (d. 1888), was a respected and influential Texas lawyer and statesman. His behind-the-scenes life had a major impact on the development of Texas realty and railroad law, furthering the Confederacy during the Civil War, the Reconstruction in Texas, the emancipation of black slaves, and the industrialization of the South.
1599 – Francesco Borromini, Swiss-Italian architect, designed the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant'Agnese in Agone (d. 1667), was an Italian architect born in the modern Swiss canton of Ticino who, with his contemporaries Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Pietro da Cortona, was a leading figure in the emergence of Roman Baroque architecture.
2016 – Arnold Palmer, American golfer (b. 1929)
2016 – José Fernández, Cuban-American baseball player (b. 1992)
2015 – Tom Kelley, American baseball player and manager (b. 1944)
2013 – Bennet Wong, Canadian psychiatrist and academic, co-founded Haven Institute (b. 1930)
2013 – Billy Mure, American guitarist and composer (b. 1915)
2013 – José Montoya, American poet and academic (b. 1932)
2012 – Andy Williams, American singer (b. 1927)
2012 – Billy Barnes, American composer and songwriter (b. 1927)
2007 – André Emmerich, German-American art dealer (b. 1924)
2006 – Jeff Cooper, American target shooter and author (b. 1920)
2006 – John M. Ford, American author and poet (b. 1957)
2005 – Don Adams, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1923)
2005 – George Archer, American golfer (b. 1939)
2005 – M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1936)
2005 – Urie Bronfenbrenner, Russian-American psychologist and ecologist (b. 1917)
2003 – Edward Said, Palestinian-American philosopher and critic (b. 1935)
2003 – Franco Modigliani, Italian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
2003 – George Plimpton, American writer and literary editor (b. 1927)
2003 – Herb Gardner, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
1999 – Marion Zimmer Bradley, American author (b. 1930)
1995 – Annie Elizabeth Delany, American dentist and author (b. 1891)
1988 – Arthur Võõbus, Estonian-American orientalist and scholar (b. 1909)
1988 – Billy Carter, American farmer and businessman (b. 1937)
1987 – Mary Astor, American actress (b. 1906)
1984 – Walter Pidgeon, Canadian-American actor (b. 1897)
1980 – Lewis Milestone, Russian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1895)
1971 – Hugo Black, American captain, jurist, and politician (b. 1886)
1968 – Cornell Woolrich, American author and screenwriter (b. 1903)
1960 – Emily Post, American author and educator (b. 1873)
1958 – John B. Watson, American psychologist and academic (b. 1878)
1941 – Foxhall P. Keene, American polo player, golfer, and race car driver (b. 1867)
1933 – Ring Lardner, American journalist and author (b. 1885)
1929 – Miller Huggins, American baseball player and manager (b. 1879)
1928 – Richard F. Outcault, American cartoonist, created The Yellow Kid and Buster Brown (b. 1863)
1900 – John M. Palmer, American general and politician, 15th Governor of Illinois (b. 1817)
1867 – Oliver Loving, American rancher, co-developed the Goodnight–Loving Trail (b. 1812)
1791 – William Bradford, American soldier and publisher (b. 1719)