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Events

  • 2012 – Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast of the United States, killing 148 directly and 138 indirectly, while leaving nearly $70 billion in damages and causing major power outages.
  • 2004 – The Arabic-language news network Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a 2004 Osama bin Laden video in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election.
  • 1998 – ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.
  • 1998 – Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year-old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
  • 1991 – The American Galileo spacecraft makes its closest approach to 951 Gaspra, becoming the first probe to visit an asteroid.
  • 1985 – Major General Samuel K. Doe is announced the winner of the first multi-party election in Liberia.
  • 1972 – The three surviving perpetrators of the Munich massacre are released from prison in exchange for the hostages of hijacked Lufthansa Flight 615.
  • 1969 – The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
  • 1964 – A collection of irreplaceable gems, including the 565 carat (113 g) Star of India, is stolen by a group of thieves (among them is "Murph the surf") from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
  • 1960 – In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay (who later takes the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight.
  • 1921 – United States: Second trial of Sacco and Vanzetti in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Wauhatchie: Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant repel a Confederate attack led by General James Longstreet. Union forces thus open a supply line into Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • 1787 – Mozart's opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.
  • 1675 – Leibniz makes the first use of the long s (∫) as a symbol of the integral in calculus.
  • 1390 – First trial for witchcraft in Paris leading to the death of three people.

Births

  • 1993 – India Eisley, American actress. In 2019 she starred as Fauna Hodel on the TNT television series I Am the Night.
  • 1987 – Andy Dalton, American football player. Andrew Gregory Dalton (born October 29, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1986 – Nataly Dawn, American singer. Natalie Knutsen (born 1986), who goes by the stage name Nataly Dawn, is an American singer-songwriter and musician.
  • 1983 – Dana Eveland, American baseball player. Eveland has also played in the KBO League for the Hanwha Eagles.
  • 1983 – Maurice Clarett, American football player. Maurice Edward Clarett (born October 29, 1983) is a former American football running back who played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.
  • 1981 – Amanda Beard, American swimmer. Amanda Ray Beard (born October 29, 1981), also known by her married name Amanda Brown, is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist (two gold, four silver, one bronze).
  • 1980 – Ben Foster, American actor. He has had roles in films including The Punisher (2004), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Alpha Dog (2006), The Messenger (2009), Pandorum (2009), The Mechanic (2011), Contraband (2012), Kill Your Darlings (2013), Lone Survivor (2013), The Program (2015), and Leave No Trace (2018).
  • 1978 – Travis Henry, American football player. Travis Deion Henry (born October 29, 1978) is a former American football running back who played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1977 – Jon Abrahams, American actor. His most notable roles are Bobby in Scary Movie, Denny Byrnes in the Robert De Niro-Ben Stiller comedy Meet the Parents, and Dalton Chapman in the horror movie House of Wax.
  • 1976 – Milena Govich, American actress, singer, and dancer. Milena Govich (born October 29, 1976) is an American actress, director, singer, dancer, and musician, best known for portraying NYPD Detective Nina Cassady on the television series Law & Order.
  • 1975 – Baba Ali, Iranian-born American comedian, games developer, businessman, and actor. Ali Ardekani (Persian: علی اردکانی‎; born October 11, 1974), best known by his stage name Baba Ali (Persian: بابا علی‎), is an Iranian-born American comedian, games developer, businessman and actor.
  • 1973 – Vonetta Flowers, American bobsledder, sprinter, and long jumper. Vonetta Flowers (née Jeffery; born October 29, 1973) is an American bobsledder.
  • 1972 – Gabrielle Union, American actress and producer. Her breakthrough role was in the 2000 film Bring It On.
  • 1972 – Takafumi Horie, Japanese businessman, founded Livedoor. Takafumi Horie (堀江 貴文, Horie Takafumi, born October 29, 1972) is a Japanese entrepreneur who founded Livedoor, a website design operation that grew into a popular internet portal.
  • 1972 – Tracee Ellis Ross, American actress and producer. She is known for her lead roles in the comedy television series Girlfriends (2000–2008) and Black-ish (2014–present).
  • 1971 – Daniel J. Bernstein, American mathematician, cryptologist, and academic. He is a Personal professor ("Persoonlijk hoogleraar") in the department of mathematics and computer science at the Eindhoven University of Technology, as well as a Research Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • 1971 – Winona Ryder, American actress and producer. She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.
  • 1969 – Chris Verene, American photographer. Christopher Phillip Verene (born October 29, 1969) is an American fine arts and documentary photographer and performance artist.
  • 1967 – Joely Fisher, American actress and director. She is also known for singing on Broadway in the 1990s.
  • 1966 – Mary Bucholtz, American linguist and academic. Mary Bucholtz (born 29 October 1966), is professor of linguistics at UC Santa Barbara.
  • 1965 – Michael Passons, American singer-songwriter. In college, he performed in a band and in a New Jersey-based group that toured nationally.
  • 1963 – Gerald Morris, American author. Collectively called "The Squire's Tales", the books blend retellings of traditional Arthurian Myths, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Tristan and Iseult, with original plotlines.
  • 1961 – Joel Otto, American ice hockey player and coach. Joel Stuart Otto (born October 29, 1961) is an American former professional ice hockey center in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers.
  • 1959 – Jesse Barfield, American baseball player and sportscaster. Jesse Lee Barfield (born October 29, 1959) is a former Major League Baseball right fielder.
  • 1958 – David Remnick, American journalist and author. Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998.
  • 1957 – Dan Castellaneta, American actor, voice artist, comedian, singer and producer. Daniel Louis Castellaneta (/ˌkæstələˈnɛtə/; born October 29, 1957) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter, best known for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the Fox Broadcasting Company animated sitcom The Simpsons.
  • 1956 – Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican-American boxer. Wilfredo Gómez Rivera (Spanish pronunciation: ; born October 29, 1956), sometimes referred to as Bazooka Gómez, is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer and three-time world champion.
  • 1952 – Marcia Fudge, American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she won a special election to succeed Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who died in office.
  • 1951 – Dirk Kempthorne, American businessman and politician, 49th United States Secretary of the Interior, was the United States Secretary of the Interior from 2006 to 2009, serving under President George W. Bush.
  • 1949 – Paul Orndorff, American football player and wrestler. Paul Parlette Orndorff Jr. (born October 29, 1949) is an American former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as "Mr.
  • 1949 – Raphael Carl Lee, American surgeon and academic. Raphael Carl Lee (born October 29, 1949 in Sumter, South Carolina) is an American surgeon, medical researcher, biomedical engineer, and entrepreneur.
  • 1948 – Frans de Waal, Dutch-American ethologist, author, and academic. Franciscus Bernardus Maria "Frans" de Waal (born October 29, 1948) is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist.
  • 1948 – Kate Jackson, American actress, director, and producer. Lucy Kate Jackson (born October 29, 1948) is an American actress, director, and producer, known for her television roles as Sabrina Duncan in the series Charlie's Angels (1976–79) and Amanda King in the series Scarecrow and Mrs.
  • 1947 – Richard Dreyfuss, American actor and activist. Richard Stephen Dreyfuss (/ˈdraɪfəs/; né Dreyfus; born October 29, 1947) is an American actor best known for starring in popular films between the 1970s and 1990s, including American Graffiti, Jaws, Stand by Me, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Goodbye Girl, Tin Men, Stakeout, Always, What About Bob? and Mr.
  • 1945 – Melba Moore, American singer-songwriter and actress. Beatrice Melba Hill (born October 29, 1945), known by her stage name Melba Moore, is an American singer, actress, voice actress, and entertainer.
  • 1945 – Ron Maag, American businessman and politician. Ron Maag (born in 1945) is a former Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving in the House from 2009 to 2016.
  • 1942 – Bob Ross, American painter and television host (d. 1995), was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, and also aired in Canada, Latin America, and Europe.
  • 1940 – Connie Mack III, American lawyer and politician. He also served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference from 1997 to 2001.
  • 1940 – Galen Weston, English-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founded George Weston Limited. Weston and his family, with an estimated net worth of US$8.7 billion, are listed as the third wealthiest in Canada and 178th in the world by Forbes magazine (June 2019).
  • 1938 – Ralph Bakshi, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Between 1972 and 2015, he directed ten theatrically released feature films, six of which he wrote.
  • 1937 – Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass singer and banjo player. A master of the style developed by Earl Scruggs, called the "Scruggs style", he is best known for his collaboration with his brother Bobby Osborne as the Osborne Brothers.
  • 1930 – Natalie Sleeth, American pianist and composer (d. 1992), was an American composer.
  • 1925 – Dominick Dunne, American journalist and author (d. 2009), was an American writer, investigative journalist, and producer.
  • 1925 – Zoot Sims, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1985), was an American jazz saxophonist, playing mainly tenor but also alto (and, later, soprano) saxophone. He first gained attention in the "Four Brothers" sax section of Woody Herman's big band, afterward enjoying a long solo career, often in partnership with fellow saxmen Gerry Mulligan and Al Cohn, and the trombonist Bob Brookmeyer.
  • 1923 – Carl Djerassi, Austrian-American chemist, author, and playwright (d. 2015), was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, playwright and co-founder of Djerassi Resident Artists Program with Diane Wood Middlebrook. He is best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills, nicknamed the father of the pill.
  • 1922 – Neal Hefti, American trumpet player and composer (d. 2008), was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger. He wrote music for The Odd Couple movie and TV series and for the Batman TV series.
  • 1921 – Bill Mauldin, American soldier and cartoonist (d. 2003), was an American editorial cartoonist who won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He was most famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers, as represented by the archetypal characters Willie and Joe, two weary and bedraggled infantry troopers who stoically endure the difficulties and dangers of duty in the field.
  • 1920 – Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American physician and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011), was a Venezuelan-American immunologist, who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the "discovery of the major histocompatibility complex genes which encode cell surface protein molecules important for the immune system's distinction between self and non-self." His colleagues and shared recipients were Jean Dausset and George Davis Snell.
  • 1918 – Diana Serra Cary, American actress and author. Diana Serra Cary (born Peggy-Jean Montgomery, October 29, 1918), known as Baby Peggy, is an American former child film actress, vaudevillian, author and silent film historian.
  • 1917 – Eddie Constantine, American-French actor and singer (d. 1993), was an American actor and singer who spent his career working in Europe.
  • 1915 – William Berenberg, American physician and academic (d. 2005), was an American physician, Harvard professor, and pioneer in the treatment and rehabilitation of cerebral palsy.
  • 1913 – Al Suomi, American ice hockey player and referee (d. 2014), was an American NHL player, who played with the Chicago Black Hawks for the 1936–37 NHL season. Although he did not aspire to play at a professional level, Suomi nevertheless spent his young life playing hockey and was eventually scouted while playing with friends.
  • 1906 – Fredric Brown, American author (d. 1972), was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form—stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings.
  • 1899 – Akim Tamiroff, Georgian-American actor (d. 1972), was an Armenian-American actor. He was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in The General Died at Dawn (1936) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), and the latter won him the first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 1899 – Kate Seredy, Hungarian-American author and illustrator (d. 1975), was a Hungarian-born writer and illustrator of children's books. She won the Newbery Medal once, the Newbery Honor twice, the Caldecott Honor once, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.
  • 1891 – Fanny Brice, American actress and singer (d. 1951), was an American illustrated song model, comedienne, singer, theater, and film actress who made many stage, radio, and film appearances. She is known as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series The Baby Snooks Show.
  • 1879 – Alva B. Adams, American lawyer and politician (d. 1941), was a Democratic politician who represented Colorado in the United States Senate from 1923 until 1924 and again from 1933 to 1941.
  • 1815 – Dan Emmett, American composer (d. 1904), was an American songwriter, entertainer, and founder of the first troupe of the blackface minstrel tradition, the Virginia Minstrels.

Deaths

  • 2015 – Luther Burden, American basketball player and coach (b. 1953)
  • 2014 – H. Gary Morse, American businessman (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Roger Freeman, American lawyer and politician (b. 1965)
  • 2013 – John Spence, American soldier and engineer (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Sherman Halsey, American director and producer (b. 1957)
  • 2012 – Jack Vaughn, American boxer and diplomat (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Kenneth G. Ryder, American academic (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Letitia Baldrige, American etiquette expert and author (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Wallace L. W. Sargent, English-American astronomer and academic (b. 1935)
  • 2008 – Mike Baker, American singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2005 – Lloyd Bochner, Canadian-American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2003 – Hal Clement, American pilot, author, and educator (b. 1922)
  • 2002 – Glenn McQueen, Canadian-American animator (b. 1960)
  • 1997 – Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianos, Greek-American astronomer and astrophysicist (b. 1947)
  • 1995 – Terry Southern, American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, (b. 1924)
  • 1993 – Lipman Bers, Latvian-American mathematician and academic (b. 1914)
  • 1987 – Woody Herman, American singer, clarinet player, saxophonist, and bandleader (b. 1913)
  • 1971 – Duane Allman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1946)
  • 1969 – Pops Foster, American bassist and trumpet player (b. 1892)
  • 1963 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (b. 1890)
  • 1958 – Zoë Akins, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1886)
  • 1957 – Louis B. Mayer, Belarusian-American production manager and producer (b. 1885)
  • 1953 – William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • 1941 – Harvey Hendrick, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1939 – Dwight B. Waldo, American historian and academic (b. 1864)
  • 1933 – George Luks, American painter and illustrator (b. 1867)
  • 1924 – Frances Hodgson Burnett, English-American novelist and playwright (b. 1849)
  • 1919 – Albert Benjamin Simpson, Canadian preacher, theologian, and author, founded the Christian and Missionary Alliance (b. 1843)
  • 1916 – John Sebastian Little, American lawyer and politician, 21st Governor of Arkansas (b. 1851)
  • 1911 – Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-American publisher, lawyer, and politician, founded Pulitzer, Inc. (b. 1847)
  • 1901 – Leon Czolgosz, American assassin of William McKinley (b. 1873)
  • 1897 – Henry George, American journalist, philosopher, and economist (b. 1839)
  • 1892 – William Harnett, American painter (b. 1848)
  • 1877 – Nathan Bedford Forrest, American general and KKK leader (b. 1821)
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