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Events

  • 2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first person of biracial or African-American descent to be elected President of the United States.
  • 1980 – Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th President of The United States, defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter.
  • 1979 – Iran hostage crisis: A mob of Iranians, mostly students, overruns the US embassy in Tehran and takes 90 hostages (53 of whom are American).
  • 1973 – The Netherlands experiences the first Car-Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are used only by cyclists and roller skaters.
  • 1970 – Salvador Allende takes office as President of Chile, the first Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through open elections.
  • 1970 – Vietnam War: Vietnamization: The United States turns control of the air base at Bình Thủy in the Mekong Delta over to South Vietnam.
  • 1962 – The United States concludes Operation Fishbowl, its final above-ground nuclear weapons testing series, in anticipation of the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
  • 1960 – At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals.
  • 1952 – Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected the 34th President of the United States.
  • 1952 – The United States government establishes the National Security Agency, or NSA.
  • 1939 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States Customs Service to implement the Neutrality Act of 1939, allowing cash-and-carry purchases of weapons by belligerents.
  • 1924 – Calvin Coolidge wins a full term as President of the United States.
  • 1924 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is elected the first female governor in the United States.
  • 1912 – First Balkan War: The First Battle of Çatalca begins - an attempt by Bulgaria to break through the last defensive line before the Turkish capital Constantinople.
  • 1890 – City and South London Railway: London's first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Johnsonville: Confederate troops bombard a Union supply base and destroy millions of dollars in material.
  • 1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, a Scottish physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.
  • 1791 – The Western Confederacy of American Indians wins a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash.
  • 1783 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria.
  • 1501 – Catherine of Aragon (later Henry VIII's first wife) meets Arthur Tudor, Henry VIII's older brother – they would later marry.

Births

  • 1996 – Kaitlin Hawayek, American ice dancer
  • 1984 – Dustin Brown, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Devin Hester, American football player
  • 1981 – Vince Wilfork, American football player
  • 1980 – Richard Owens, American football player and coach
  • 1978 – John Grabow, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Larry Bigbie, American baseball player
  • 1976 – James Dale Ritchie, American serial killer (d. 2016)
  • 1975 – Lorenzen Wright, American basketball player (d. 2010)
  • 1975 – Mikki Moore, American basketball player
  • 1975 – Orlando Pace, American football player
  • 1970 – Tim DeBoom, American triathlete
  • 1970 – Tony Sly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)
  • 1969 – Matthew McConaughey, American actor and producer
  • 1969 – Sean Combs, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1968 – Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach
  • 1968 – Matthew Tobin Anderson, American author, critic, and educator
  • 1967 – Eric Karros, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1965 – Wayne Static, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)
  • 1964 – Kurt Krakowian, American actor
  • 1961 – Daron Hagen, American pianist, composer, and conductor
  • 1961 – Edward Knight, American composer and academic
  • 1961 – Jeff Probst, American television host and producer
  • 1961 – Ralph Macchio, American actor
  • 1960 – Kathy Griffin, American comedian and actress
  • 1960 – Marc Awodey, American painter and poet
  • 1958 – Anne Sweeney, American businesswoman
  • 1956 – Jordan Rudess, American keyboard player and songwriter
  • 1953 – Carlos Gutierrez, Cuban-American businessman and politician, 35th United States Secretary of Commerce
  • 1953 – P. J. Carey, American baseball player and manager (d. 2012)
  • 1953 – Peter Lord, English animator, director, and producer, co-founded Aardman Animations
  • 1953 – Van Stephenson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)
  • 1950 – Charles Frazier, American novelist
  • 1950 – Markie Post, American actress
  • 1950 – Nik Powell, English businessman, co-founded Virgin Group
  • 1947 – Bob Jenkins, American sportscaster
  • 1947 – Jerry Fleck, American actor, director, and production manager (d. 2003)
  • 1946 – Frederick Elmes, American cinematographer
  • 1946 – Laura Bush, American educator and librarian, 45th First Lady of the United States
  • 1946 – Robert Mapplethorpe, American photographer (d. 1989)
  • 1943 – Clark Graebner, American tennis player
  • 1942 – Patricia Bath, American ophthalmologist and academic
  • 1940 – Delbert McClinton, American singer-songwriter
  • 1939 – Gail E. Haley, American author and illustrator
  • 1937 – Loretta Swit, American actress and singer
  • 1936 – C. K. Williams, American poet, critic, and translator (d. 2015)
  • 1933 – Tito Francona, American baseball player
  • 1931 – Bernard Francis Law, Mexican-American cardinal
  • 1930 – Dick Groat, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1930 – Frank J. Prial, American journalist and author (d. 2012)
  • 1930 – James E. Brewton, American painter (d. 1967)
  • 1928 – Hannah Weiner, American poet and author (d. 1997)
  • 1928 – Larry Bunker, American drummer and vibraphone player (d. 2005)
  • 1926 – Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Cuban-American conga player and composer (d. 2007)
  • 1925 – Doris Roberts, American actress (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Eugene Sledge, American soldier, author, and academic (d. 2001)
  • 1921 – Mary Sherman Morgan, American scientist and engineer (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Martin Balsam, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1918 – Art Carney, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1918 – Cameron Mitchell, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1916 – John Basilone, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1945)
  • 1916 – Ruth Handler, American businesswoman, created Barbie (d. 2002)
  • 1916 – Walter Cronkite, American journalist, voice actor, and producer (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Gig Young, American actor (d. 1978)
  • 1911 – Dixie Lee, American actress and singer (d. 1952)
  • 1909 – Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • 1909 – Evelyn Bryan Johnson, American colonel and pilot (d. 2012)
  • 1909 – Skeeter Webb, American baseball player and manager (d. 1986)
  • 1908 – Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer and photographer (d. 1997)
  • 1906 – Sterling North, American author and critic (d. 1974)
  • 1897 – Dolly Stark, American baseball player and umpire (d. 1968)
  • 1887 – Alfred Lee Loomis, American physicist and philanthropist (d. 1975)
  • 1884 – Harry Ferguson, Irish engineer, invented the tractor (d. 1960)
  • 1879 – Will Rogers, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1935)
  • 1836 – Henry J. Lutcher, American businessman (d. 1912)
  • 1816 – Stephen Johnson Field, American lawyer and jurist 5th Chief Justice of California (d. 1899)
  • 1809 – Benjamin Robbins Curtis, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1874)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Lee Robinson, American lawyer and politician (b. 1943)
  • 2015 – Piotr Domaradzki, Polish-American historian and journalist (b. 1946)
  • 2015 – René Girard, French-American historian, philosopher, and critic (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – George Edgar Slusser, American author and academic (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – S. Donald Stookey, American physicist and chemist, invented CorningWare (b. 1915)
  • 2013 – John D. Hawk, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Ray Willsey, Canadian-American football player and coach (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – David Resnick, Brazilian-Israeli architect, designed Yad Kennedy (b. 1924)
  • 2011 – Andy Rooney, American author, critic, journalist, and television personality (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Sparky Anderson, American baseball player and manager (b. 1934)
  • 2008 – Michael Crichton, American physician, author, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1942)
  • 2008 – Rosella Hightower, American ballerina (b. 1920)
  • 2007 – Peter Viertel, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2006 – Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (b. 1908)
  • 2005 – Sheree North, American actress and dancer (b. 1932)
  • 1997 – Richard Hooker, American novelist (b. 1924)
  • 1995 – Morrie Schwartz, American sociologist, author, and academic (b. 1916)
  • 1994 – Sam Francis, American soldier and painter (b. 1923)
  • 1992 – George Klein, Canadian engineer, invented the motorized wheelchair (b. 1904)
  • 1982 – Gil Whitney, American journalist (b. 1940)
  • 1980 – Elsie MacGill, Canadian-American engineer and author (b. 1905)
  • 1977 – Tom Reamy, American author and illustrator (b. 1935)
  • 1974 – Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (b. 1909)
  • 1955 – Cy Young, American baseball player and manager (b. 1867)
  • 1955 – Robert E. Sherwood, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1950 – Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player and coach (b. 1887)
  • 1930 – Buddy Bolden, American cornet player and bandleader (b. 1877)
  • 1924 – Richard Conner, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1843)
  • 1906 – John H. Ketcham, American general and politician (b. 1832)
  • 1895 – Eugene Field, American journalist, author, and poet (b. 1850)
  • 1801 – William Shippen, American physician and anatomist (b. 1712)
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