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Events

  • 2016 – Donald Trump is elected the 45th President of the United States, defeating Hillary Clinton.
  • 1994 – Republican Revolution: On the night of the 1994 United States midterm elections, Republicans make historic electoral gains by securing massive majorities in both houses of congress (54 seats in the House and eight seats in the Senate, additionally). Thus bringing a close to four decades of Democratic domination.
  • 1977 – Manolis Andronikos, a Greek archaeologist and professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina.
  • 1966 – Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.
  • 1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the upstart American Football League.
  • 1965 – The 173rd Airborne is ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong in Operation Hump during the Vietnam War, while the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment fight one of the first set-piece engagements of the war between Australian forces and the Viet Cong at the Battle of Gang Toi.
  • 1960 – John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th century to become the 35th president of the United States.
  • 1957 – Operation Grapple X, Round C1: The United Kingdom conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific.
  • 1957 – Pan Am Flight 7 disappears between San Francisco and Honolulu. Wreckage and bodies are discovered a week later.
  • 1950 – Korean War: United States Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown, while piloting an F-80 Shooting Star, shoots down two North Korean MiG-15s in the first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history.
  • 1933 – Great Depression: New Deal: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed.
  • 1932 – Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected the 32nd President of the United States, defeating incumbent Herbert Hoover.
  • 1917 – The first Council of People's Commissars is formed, including Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin.
  • 1895 – While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.
  • 1892 – The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The "Trent Affair": The USS San Jacinto stops the British mail ship Trent and arrests two Confederate envoys, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US.
  • 1644 – The Shunzhi Emperor, the third emperor of the Qing dynasty, is enthroned in Beijing after the collapse of the Ming dynasty as the first Qing emperor to rule over China.

Births

  • 1991 – Aaron Fotheringham, American wheelchair athlete
  • 1991 – Riker Lynch, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1989 – Giancarlo Stanton, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Sam Bradford, American football player
  • 1986 – Aaron Swartz, American computer programmer and activist (d. 2013)
  • 1983 – Danielle Valore Evans American short story writer
  • 1982 – Ted DiBiase, Jr., American wrestler and actor
  • 1980 – Laura Jane Grace, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1978 – Maurice Evans, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Bucky Covington, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1977 – Nick Punto, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Colin Strause, American director, producer, and visual effects designer
  • 1975 – Brevin Knight, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1974 – Joshua Ferris, American author
  • 1973 – David Muir, American journalist
  • 1972 – Gretchen Mol, American model and actress
  • 1970 – Tom Anderson, American businessman, co-founded Myspace
  • 1968 – Parker Posey, American actress
  • 1967 – Courtney Thorne-Smith, American actress
  • 1965 – Craig Chester, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Jeff Blauser, American baseball player and manager
  • 1965 – Mike Matarazzo, American bodybuilder and boxer (d. 2014)
  • 1959 – Chi Chi LaRue, American drag queen performer and director
  • 1958 – Don Byron, American clarinet player and composer
  • 1958 – Ken Lamberton, American author and educator
  • 1957 – Tim Shaw, American swimmer
  • 1956 – Steven Miller, American record producer and engineer
  • 1955 – Jeffrey Ford, American author and educator
  • 1955 – Patricia Barber, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1954 – Michael D. Brown, American lawyer and radio host
  • 1954 – Rickie Lee Jones, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1954 – Timothy Egan, American journalist and author
  • 1953 – John Musker, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1952 – Alfre Woodard, American actress
  • 1952 – Christie Hefner, American publisher and businesswoman
  • 1952 – Jerry Remy, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1952 – John Denny, American baseball player and coach
  • 1951 – Gerald Alston, American R&B singer
  • 1951 – Peter Suber, American philosopher and academic
  • 1950 – Mary Hart, American journalist and actress
  • 1949 – Bonnie Raitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Wayne LaPierre, American businessman, author, and activist
  • 1948 – Dale Gardner, American captain and astronaut (d. 2014)
  • 1947 – Lewis Yocum, American physician and surgeon (d. 2013)
  • 1947 – Margaret Rhea Seddon, American physician and astronaut
  • 1947 – Minnie Riperton, American singer-songwriter (d. 1979)
  • 1945 – Arnold Rosner, American composer (d. 2013)
  • 1944 – Bonnie Bramlett, American singer and actress (Delaney & Bonnie)
  • 1942 – Angel Cordero Jr., Puerto Rican-American jockey
  • 1932 – Ben Bova, American journalist and author
  • 1931 – Morley Safer, Canadian-American journalist and author (d. 2016)
  • 1929 – Bobby Bowden, American football player and coach
  • 1927 – Chris Connor, American singer (d. 2009)
  • 1927 – Patti Page, American singer and actress (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Carroll E. Lanier, American sailor and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Darleane C. Hoffman, American nuclear chemist
  • 1924 – Joe Flynn, American actor (d. 1974)
  • 1924 – Robert V. Hogg, American statistician and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Jack Kilby, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)
  • 1922 – Thea D. Hodge, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2008)
  • 1921 – Douglas Townsend, American composer, musicologist, and academic (d. 2012)
  • 1920 – Esther Rolle, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1919 – James S. Ackerman, American historian and academic
  • 1914 – Norman Lloyd, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1913 – Lou Ambers, American boxer (d. 1995)
  • 1912 – June Havoc, American actress, singer and dancer (d. 2010)
  • 1911 – Al Brosch, American golfer (d. 1975)
  • 1910 – James McCormack, American general (d. 1975)
  • 1908 – Martha Gellhorn, American journalist and author (d. 1998)
  • 1904 – Cedric Belfrage, English-American journalist and author, co-founded the National Guardian (d. 1990)
  • 1900 – Margaret Mitchell, American journalist and author (d. 1949)
  • 1898 – Marie Prevost, Canadian-American actress and singer (d. 1937)
  • 1897 – Dorothy Day, American journalist and activist (d. 1980)
  • 1896 – Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (d. 1977)
  • 1883 – Charles Demuth, American painter (d. 1935)
  • 1866 – Herbert Austin, 1st Baron Austin, English businessman, founded the Austin Motor Company (d. 1941)
  • 1836 – Milton Bradley, American businessman, founded the Milton Bradley Company (d. 1911)
  • 1772 – William Wirt, American lawyer and politician, 9th United States Attorney General (d. 1834)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Joseph Cure, American ice hockey player and actor (b. 1984)
  • 2015 – Rhea Chiles, American philanthropist, founded the Polk Museum of Art (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Don Paul, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Ernie Vandeweghe, Canadian-American basketball player and physician (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Phil Crane, American academic and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Arnold Rosner, American composer (b. 1945)
  • 2013 – Penn Kimball, American journalist and academic (b. 1915)
  • 2013 – William C. Davidon, American physicist, mathematician, and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Lee MacPhail, American businessman (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Peggy Vaughan, American author (b. 1936)
  • 2011 – Bil Keane, American cartoonist (b. 1922)
  • 2011 – Heavy D, Jamaican-American rapper, producer, and actor (b. 1967)
  • 2010 – Jack Levine, American soldier and painter (b. 1915)
  • 2010 – Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (b. 1961)
  • 2007 – Chad Varah, English priest, founded The Samaritans (b. 1911)
  • 2006 – Basil Poledouris, American composer and conductor (b. 1945)
  • 2005 – David Westheimer, American soldier and author (b. 1917)
  • 2003 – C.Z. Guest, American actress, fashion designer, and author (b. 1920)
  • 2003 – Guy Speranza, American singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 1999 – Lester Bowie, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1941)
  • 1994 – Michael O'Donoghue, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 1985 – Jacques Hnizdovsky, Ukrainian-American painter and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 1983 – James Booker, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • 1983 – Mordecai Kaplan, Lithuanian-American rabbi and educator (b. 1881)
  • 1978 – Norman Rockwell, American painter and illustrator (b. 1894)
  • 1977 – Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (b. 1896)
  • 1974 – Ivory Joe Hunter, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1914)
  • 1968 – Wendell Corey, American actor and politician (b. 1914)
  • 1965 – Dorothy Kilgallen, American journalist, television personality, and game show panelist (b. 1913)
  • 1959 – Frank S. Land, American activist, founded the DeMolay International (b. 1890)
  • 1895 – Robert Battey, American surgeon and academic (b. 1828)
  • 1887 – Doc Holliday, American dentist and poker player (b. 1851)
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