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Holidays and observances

  • National Cat Day (United States)

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
  • 1987 – Andy Dalton, American football player
  • 1986 – Nataly Dawn, American singer
  • 1983 – Dana Eveland, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Maurice Clarett, American football player
  • 1981 – Amanda Beard, American swimmer
  • 1980 – Ben Foster, American actor
  • 1978 – Travis Henry, American football player
  • 1977 – Jon Abrahams, American actor
  • 1976 – Milena Govich, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1975 – Baba Ali, Iranian-born American comedian, games developer, businessman, and actor
  • 1973 – Vonetta Flowers American bobsledder, sprinter, and long jumper
  • 1972 – Gabrielle Union, American actress and producer
  • 1972 – Takafumi Horie, Japanese businessman, founded Livedoor
  • 1972 – Tracee Ellis Ross, American actress and producer
  • 1971 – Daniel J. Bernstein, American mathematician, cryptologist, and academic
  • 1971 – Winona Ryder, American actress and producer
  • 1969 – Chris Verene, American photographer
  • 1967 – Joely Fisher, American actress and director
  • 1966 – Mary Bucholtz, American linguist and academic
  • 1965 – Michael Passons, American singer-songwriter
  • 1965 – Tyler Collins, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1963 – Gerald Morris, American author
  • 1961 – Joel Otto, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1961 – Randy Jackson, American singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1959 – Jesse Barfield, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1958 – David Remnick, American journalist and author
  • 1957 – Dan Castellaneta, American actor, voice artist, comedian, singer and producer
  • 1956 – Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican-American boxer
  • 1952 – Marcia Fudge, American lawyer and politician
  • 1951 – Dirk Kempthorne, American businessman and politician, 49th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • 1949 – James Williamson, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1949 – Paul Orndorff, American football player and wrestler
  • 1949 – Raphael Carl Lee, American surgeon and academic
  • 1948 – Frans de Waal, Dutch-American ethologist, author, and academic
  • 1948 – Kate Jackson, American actress, director, and producer
  • 1947 – Richard Dreyfuss, American actor and activist
  • 1945 – Melba Moore, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1945 – Ron Maag, American businessman and politician
  • 1942 – Bob Ross, American painter and television host (d. 1995)
  • 1940 – Connie Mack III, American lawyer and politician
  • 1940 – Galen Weston, English-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founded George Weston Limited
  • 1938 – Ralph Bakshi, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1937 – Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass singer and banjo player
  • 1933 – William Harrison, American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Natalie Sleeth, American pianist and composer (d. 1992)
  • 1925 – Dominick Dunne, American journalist and author (d. 2009)
  • 1925 – Zoot Sims, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1985)
  • 1923 – Carl Djerassi, Austrian-American chemist, author, and playwright (d. 2015)
  • 1922 – Neal Hefti, American trumpet player and composer (d. 2008)
  • 1921 – Bill Mauldin, American soldier and cartoonist (d. 2003)
  • 1920 – Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American physician and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
  • 1918 – Bernard Gordon, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1918 – Diana Serra Cary, American actress and author
  • 1917 – Eddie Constantine, American-French actor and singer (d. 1993)
  • 1915 – William Berenberg, American physician and academic (d. 2005)
  • 1913 – Al Suomi, American ice hockey player and referee (d. 2014)
  • 1906 – Fredric Brown, American author (d. 1972)
  • 1899 – Akim Tamiroff, Georgian-American actor (d. 1972)
  • 1899 – Kate Seredy, Hungarian-American author and illustrator (d. 1975)
  • 1891 – Fanny Brice, American actress and singer (d. 1951)
  • 1881 – John DeWitt, American football player and hammer thrower (d. 1930)
  • 1879 – Alva B. Adams, American lawyer and politician (d. 1941)
  • 1815 – Dan Emmett, American composer (d. 1904)

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)
  • 1997 – Anton LaVey, American occultist, founded the Church of Satan (b. 1930)
  • 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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