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  • 1985 – United States Navy F-14 fighter jets intercept an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise ship, and force it to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily where they are arrested.
  • 1980 – FMLN is founded in El Salvador.
  • 1973 – Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with evasion of federal income tax.
  • 1971 – Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
  • 1964 – The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, is broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary satellite.
  • 1957 – The Windscale fire in Cumbria, U.K. is the world's first major nuclear accident.
  • 1953 – A Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States and the Republic of Korea is concluded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933 – United Airlines Boeing 247 mid-air explosion: A United Airlines Boeing 247 is destroyed by sabotage, the first such proven case in the history of commercial aviation.
  • 1913 – United States President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike, ending construction on the Panama Canal.
  • 1903 – The Women's Social and Political Union was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst
  • 1897 – German chemist Felix Hoffmann discovers an improved way of synthesizing acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin).
  • 1846 – Triton, the largest moon of the planet Neptune, is discovered by English astronomer William Lassell.
  • 1845 – In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (later renamed the United States Naval Academy) opens with 50 midshipman students and seven professors.

Births

  • 1991 – Michael Carter-Williams, American basketball player
  • 1990 – Geno Smith, American football player
  • 1989 – Aimee Teegarden, American actress and producer
  • 1987 – Ryan Mathews, American football player
  • 1986 – Andrew McCutchen, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Lzzy Hale, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1984 – Paul Posluszny, American football player
  • 1984 – Troy Tulowitzki, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Casey FitzSimmons, American football player
  • 1980 – Tim Maurer, American singer-songwriter
  • 1979 – Joel Przybilla, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Mýa, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress
  • 1978 – Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, American model and actress
  • 1976 – Bob Burnquist, Brazilian-American skateboarder
  • 1976 – Pat Burrell, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Plácido Polanco, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1974 – Dale Earnhardt, Jr., American race car driver and actor
  • 1973 – Mario Lopez, American actor, television personality, and producer
  • 1973 – Zach Thornton, American soccer player and coach
  • 1972 – Dean Roland, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1969 – Brett Favre, American football player
  • 1969 – Shawn Jamison, American basketball player and coach
  • 1969 – Wendi McLendon-Covey, American actress
  • 1967 – Gavin Newsom, American businessman and politician, 49th Lieutenant Governor of California
  • 1967 – Jonathan Littell, American-French author and humanitarian
  • 1967 – Michael Giacchino, American composer
  • 1967 – Mike Malinin, American drummer and producer
  • 1966 – Bai Ling, Chinese-American model and actress
  • 1966 – Derrick McKey, American basketball player
  • 1965 – Chris Penn, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1965 – Rebecca Pidgeon, American-English singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1964 – Crystal Waters, American singer-songwriter, musician and producer
  • 1963 – Daniel Pearl, American-Israeli journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1961 – Scott Hoffman, American drummer
  • 1960 – Eric Martin, American singer-songwriter
  • 1960 – Paul Thiebaud, American art dealer (d. 2010)
  • 1959 – Bradley Whitford, American actor and producer
  • 1959 – Julia Sweeney, American actress, comedian, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Tanya Tucker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – David Lee Roth, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1953 – Gus Williams, American basketball player
  • 1950 – Nora Roberts, American author
  • 1949 – Warren Burt, American-Australian composer
  • 1948 – Cyril Neville, American R&B percussionist and singer
  • 1947 – Gary Beach, American actor and singer
  • 1946 – Ben Vereen, American actor, singer, and dancer
  • 1946 – John Prine, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1943 – Frederick Barthelme, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1941 – Peter Coyote, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1939 – Joe Pitts, American captain and politician
  • 1938 – Leroy Hood, American biologist and academic
  • 1938 – Lily Tuck, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1935 – Khalil al-Wazir, Palestinian commander, founded Fatah (d. 1988)
  • 1933 – Jay Sebring, American hair stylist and businessman (d. 1969)
  • 1929 – Bernard Mayes, English-American journalist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – Herb Levinson, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1927 – Dana Elcar, American actor and director (d. 2005)
  • 1927 – Jon Locke, American actor (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Thomas Wilson, American-Scottish composer and educator (d. 2001)
  • 1926 – Oscar Brown, American singer-songwriter, playwright, and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1926 – Richard Jaeckel, American actor (d. 1997)
  • 1924 – Ed Wood, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1924 – James Clavell, Australian-American director, producer, screenwriter, and author (d. 1994)
  • 1923 – Louis Gottlieb, American singer and bass player (d. 1996)
  • 1922 – Merv Pregulman, American football player, businessman, and philanthropist (d. 2012)
  • 1920 – Gail Halvorsen, American air force pilot known as the "Berlin Candy Bomber."
  • 1917 – Thelonious Monk, American pianist and composer (d. 1982)
  • 1915 – Harry Edison, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1999)
  • 1914 – Ivory Joe Hunter, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1974)
  • 1914 – Tommy Fine, American baseball player and businessman (d. 2005)
  • 1910 – Julius Shulman, American photographer and environmentalist (d. 2009)
  • 1909 – Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director (d. 2010)
  • 1908 – Johnny Green, American conductor and composer (d. 1989)
  • 1906 – Paul Creston, American composer and educator (d. 1985)
  • 1903 – Vernon Duke, Russian-American composer and songwriter (d. 1969)
  • 1900 – Helen Hayes, American actress (d. 1993)
  • 1898 – Lilly Daché, French-American fashion designer (d. 1989)
  • 1877 – William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield, English businessman and philanthropist, founded Morris Motors (d. 1963)
  • 1864 – T. Frank Appleby, American businessman and politician (d. 1924)
  • 1858 – Maurice Prendergast, American painter and academic (d. 1924)
  • 1837 – Robert Gould Shaw, American colonel (d. 1863)
  • 1828 – Samuel J. Randall, American captain, lawyer and politician, 33rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1890)
  • 1794 – William Whiting Boardman, American judge and politician (d. 1871)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Donn Fendler, American author and speaker (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Richard F. Heck, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Steve Mackay, American saxophonist and composer (b. 1949)
  • 2015 – Sybil Stockdale, American activist, co-founded the National League of Families (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Lari Ketner, American football and basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2013 – Cal Smith, American singer and guitarist (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Jay Conrad Levinson, American author and educator (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Scott Carpenter, American commander, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Alex Karras, American football player, wrestler, and actor (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Basil L. Plumley, American sergeant (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Mark Poster, American philosopher and educator (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Sam Gibbons, American captain and politician (b. 1920)
  • 2010 – Solomon Burke, American singer-songwriter and preacher (b. 1940)
  • 2005 – Wayne C. Booth, American educator and critic (b. 1921)
  • 2004 – Arthur H. Robinson, American geographer and cartographer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 – Christopher Reeve, American actor, producer, and activist (b. 1952)
  • 2004 – Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • 2003 – Eugene Istomin, American pianist (b. 1925)
  • 2001 – Eddie Futch, American boxer and trainer (b. 1911)
  • 1998 – Clark Clifford, American captain, lawyer, and politician 9th United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1906)
  • 1998 – Marvin Gay, Sr., American minister (b. 1914)
  • 1997 – Michael J. S. Dewar, Indian-born American theoretical chemist who developed the Dewar-Chatt-Duncanson model (b. 1918)
  • 1990 – Tom Murton, American penologist and activist (b. 1928)
  • 1985 – Orson Welles, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1978 – Ralph Marterie, Italian-American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1914)
  • 1978 – Ralph Metcalfe, American sprinter and politician (b. 1910)
  • 1973 – Ludwig von Mises, Ukrainian-American economist and sociologist (b. 1881)
  • 1964 – Eddie Cantor, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (b. 1892)
  • 1949 – Chikuhei Nakajima, Japanese engineer, businessman, and politician, founded Nakajima Aircraft Company (b. 1884)
  • 1948 – Ted Horn, American race car driver (b. 1910)
  • 1940 – Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor and singer (b. 1876)
  • 1927 – Gustave Whitehead, German-American pilot and engineer (b. 1874)
  • 1913 – Adolphus Busch, German-American brewer and businessman, co-founded Anheuser-Busch (b. 1839)
  • 1911 – Jack Daniel, American businessman, founded Jack Daniel's (b. 1849)
  • 1901 – Lorenzo Snow, American religious leader, 5th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1814)
  • 1893 – Lip Pike, American baseball player and manager (b. 1845)
  • 1872 – William H. Seward, American lawyer and politician, 24th United States Secretary of State (b. 1801)
  • 1857 – George Washington Parke Custis, American author and playwright (b. 1781)
  • 1800 – Gabriel Prosser, American rebel leader (b. 1776)
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