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Events

  • 2008 – Asteroid 2008 TC3 impacts the Earth over Sudan, the first time an asteroid impact is detected prior to its entry into earth's atmosphere.
  • 1988 – An Iñupiat hunter discovers three gray whales trapped under the ice in Barrow, Alaska, US; the situation becomes a multinational effort to free the whales.
  • 1959 – U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 transmits the first ever photographs of the far side of the Moon.
  • 1942 – World War II: The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal begins as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
  • 1940 – World War II: The McCollum memo proposes bringing the United States into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • 1919 – KLM, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.
  • 1916 – Georgia Tech defeats Cumberland University 222–0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.
  • 1912 – The Helsinki Stock Exchange sees its first transaction.
  • 1868 – Cornell University holds opening day ceremonies; initial student enrollment is 412, the highest at any American university to that date.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Bahia incident: USS Wachusett illegally captures the CSS Florida Confederate raider while in port in Bahia, Brazil in violation of Brazilian neutrality.
  • 1862 – Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) opens as the first hospital in the Colony of British Columbia
  • 1826 – The Granite Railway begins operations as the first chartered railway in the U.S.
  • 1780 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Kings Mountain: American Patriot militia defeat Loyalist irregulars led by British major Patrick Ferguson in South Carolina.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeat the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.
  • 1571 – The Battle of Lepanto is fought, and the Ottoman Navy suffers its first defeat.
  • 1542 – Explorer Cabrillo discovers Santa Catalina Island off of the California coast.

Births

  • 1992 – Mookie Betts, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Aiden English, American wrestler
  • 1987 – Sam Querrey, American tennis player
  • 1986 – Bree Olson, American porn actress and producer
  • 1986 – Chase Daniel, American football player
  • 1986 – Lee Nguyen, American soccer player
  • 1985 – Evan Longoria, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Zachary Wyatt, American soldier and politician
  • 1983 – Flying Lotus, American rapper, DJ, and producer
  • 1982 – Lockett Pundt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1982 – Robby Ginepri, American tennis player
  • 1976 – Charles Woodson, American football player
  • 1976 – Taylor Hicks, American singer-songwriter
  • 1975 – Damian Kulash, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1973 – Priest Holmes, American football player
  • 1972 – Ben Younger, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Bobbie Brown, American model and actress
  • 1969 – Malia Hosaka, American wrestler
  • 1967 – Michelle Alexander, American law professor, author and activist
  • 1967 – Toni Braxton, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1966 – Marco Beltrami, Italian-American composer and conductor
  • 1966 – Sherman Alexie, American novelist, short story writer, poet, and filmmaker
  • 1964 – Dan Savage, American LGBT rights activist, journalist and television producer
  • 1961 – Tony Sparano, American football player and coach
  • 1960 – Kevin Boyle, American historian and author
  • 1959 – Dylan Baker, American actor
  • 1957 – Michael W. Smith, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1955 – Ralph Johnson, American computer scientist and author
  • 1955 – Yo-Yo Ma, French-American cellist and educator
  • 1953 – Tico Torres, American drummer
  • 1951 – John Mellencamp, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1950 – Dick Jauron, American football player and coach
  • 1949 – Dave Hope, American bass player and priest
  • 1948 – Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist
  • 1948 – Stephen Rucker, American composer
  • 1946 – Catharine MacKinnon, American lawyer, activist, and author
  • 1944 – Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1979)
  • 1943 – Oliver North, American colonel, journalist, and author
  • 1942 – Joy Behar, American talk show host, comedian and television personality
  • 1940 – Bruce Vento, American educator and politician (d. 2000)
  • 1939 – Bill Snyder, American football player and coach
  • 1939 – John Hopcroft, American computer scientist and author
  • 1937 – Chet Powers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (d. 1994)
  • 1934 – Amiri Baraka, American poet, playwright, and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1933 – Harold Dunaway, American race car driver and pilot (d. 2012)
  • 1931 – Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball player and coach (d. 2004)
  • 1931 – Tommy Lewis, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Curtis Crider, American race car driver (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – Graeme Ferguson, Canadian director and producer, co-founded the IMAX Corporation
  • 1929 – Mariano Gagnon, American Catholic priest and author (d. 2017)
  • 1927 – Al Martino, American singer and actor (d. 2009)
  • 1922 – Grady Hatton, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2013)
  • 1922 – William Zinsser, American journalist and critic (d. 2015)
  • 1919 – Henriette Avram, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2006)
  • 1918 – Harry V. Jaffa, American historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1917 – June Allyson, American actress (d. 2006)
  • 1914 – Alfred Drake, American actor and singer (d. 1992)
  • 1914 – Herman Keiser, American golfer (d. 2003)
  • 1911 – Vaughn Monroe, American singer, trumpet player, and bandleader (d. 1973)
  • 1910 – Henry Plumer McIlhenny, American art collector and philanthropist (d. 1986)
  • 1909 – Erastus Corning 2nd, American soldier and politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany (d. 1983)
  • 1909 – Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian-American pianist and educator (d. 1995)
  • 1907 – Helen MacInnes, Scottish-American librarian and author (d. 1985)
  • 1905 – Andy Devine, American actor (d. 1977)
  • 1897 – Elijah Muhammad, American religious leader (d. 1975)
  • 1894 – Del Lord, Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1970)
  • 1893 – Alice Dalgliesh, Trinidadian-American author and publisher (d. 1979)
  • 1892 – Dwain Esper, American director and producer (d. 1982)
  • 1889 – Robert Z. Leonard, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1968)
  • 1888 – Henry A. Wallace, American lawyer and politician, 33rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1965)
  • 1885 – Claud Ashton Jones, American admiral, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1948)
  • 1884 – Harold Geiger, American lieutenant and pilot (d. 1927)
  • 1879 – Joe Hill, Swedish-born American labor activist and poet (d. 1915)
  • 1870 – Uncle Dave Macon, American old-time country banjo player, singer-songwriter, and comedian (d. 1952)
  • 1849 – James Whitcomb Riley, American poet and author (d. 1916)
  • 1832 – Charles Crozat Converse, American lawyer and composer (d. 1918)
  • 1821 – Richard H. Anderson, American general (d. 1879)
  • 1769 – Solomon Sibley, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 1st Mayor of Detroit (d. 1846)
  • 1746 – William Billings, American composer and educator (d. 1800)
  • 1728 – Caesar Rodney, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 4th Governor of Delaware (d. 1784)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Harry Gallatin, American basketball player and coach (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Iva Withers, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1917)
  • 2013 – David E. Jeremiah, American admiral (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Joe Rogers, American lawyer and politician, 45th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado (b. 1964)
  • 2012 – Mervyn M. Dymally, Trinidadian-American politician, 41st Lieutenant Governor of California (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Wiley Reed, American-Australian singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1944)
  • 2011 – Andrew Laszlo, Hungarian-American cinematographer (b. 1926)
  • 2010 – T Lavitz, American keyboard player, composer, and producer (b. 1956)
  • 2009 – Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • 2007 – George E. Sangmeister, American lawyer and politician (b. 1931)
  • 2006 – Anna Politkovskaya, American-Russian journalist and activist (b. 1958)
  • 2003 – Arthur Berger, American composer and educator (b. 1912)
  • 2001 – Christopher Adams, English-American wrestler and trainer (b. 1955)
  • 2001 – Herblock, American cartoonist and author (b. 1909)
  • 1995 – Olga Taussky-Todd, Austrian-Czech-American mathematician, attendant of the Vienna Circle (b. 1906)
  • 1992 – Allan Bloom, American philosopher and educator (b. 1930)
  • 1991 – Harry W. Brown, American colonel and pilot (b. 1921)
  • 1991 – Leo Durocher, American baseball player and manager (b. 1905)
  • 1983 – George O. Abell, American astronomer, professor at UCLA, science popularizer, and skeptic (b. 1927)
  • 1959 – Mario Lanza, American tenor and actor (b. 1921)
  • 1956 – Clarence Birdseye, American businessman, founded Birds Eye (b. 1886)
  • 1951 – Anton Philips, Dutch businessman, co-founded Philips (b. 1874)
  • 1950 – Willis Haviland Carrier, American engineer (b. 1876)
  • 1939 – Harvey Williams Cushing, American neurosurgeon and academic (b. 1869)
  • 1925 – Christy Mathewson, American baseball player and manager (b. 1880)
  • 1894 – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., American physician, author, and poet (b. 1809)
  • 1849 – Edgar Allan Poe, American short story witer, poet, and critic (b. 1809)
  • 1792 – George Mason, American lawyer and politician (b. 1725)
  • 1787 – Henry Muhlenberg, German-American pastor and missionary (b. 1711)
  • 1772 – John Woolman, American preacher and abolitionist (b. 1720)
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