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Events

  • 1992 – The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk.
  • 1988 – In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elect populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • 1979 – The first line of Bucharest Metro (Line M1) is opened from Timpuri Noi to Semănătoarea in Bucharest, Romania.
  • 1965 – Venera program: The Soviet Union launches the Venera 3 space probe toward Venus, which will be the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet.
  • 1945 – UNESCO is founded.
  • 1943 – World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1940 – New York City's "Mad Bomber" George Metesky places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
  • 1938 – LSD is first synthesized by Albert Hofmann from ergotamine at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel.
  • 1920 – Qantas, Australia's national airline, is founded as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.
  • 1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.
  • 1904 – English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Campbell's Station near Knoxville, Tennessee: Confederate troops unsuccessfully attack Union forces.
  • 1855 – David Livingstone becomes the first European to see the Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia-Zimbabwe.
  • 1852 – The English astronomer John Russell Hind discovers the asteroid 22 Kalliope.
  • 1822 – American Old West: Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail.
  • 1776 – American Revolution: The United Provinces (Low Countries) recognize the independence of the United States.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: British and Hessian units capture Fort Washington from the Patriots.

Births

  • 1995 – Noah Gray-Cabey, American actor and pianist
  • 1993 – Pete Davidson, American comedian and actor
  • 1989 – Iamsu!, American rapper and producer
  • 1987 – Jordan Walden, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Chris Gocong, American football player
  • 1983 – Kool A.D., American rapper
  • 1982 – Amar'e Stoudemire, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Nonito Donaire, Filipino-American boxer
  • 1981 – Caitlin Glass, American voice actress, singer, and director
  • 1981 – Osi Umenyiora, English-American football player
  • 1980 – Kayte Christensen, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Bruce Irons, American surfer
  • 1979 – Tony Frias, American soccer player
  • 1978 – Kip Bouknight, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Maggie Gyllenhaal, American actress and singer
  • 1977 – Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian-American figure skater
  • 1972 – Missi Pyle, American actress and singer
  • 1970 – Logan Mader, Canadian-American guitarist and producer
  • 1970 – Martha Plimpton, American actress
  • 1968 – Melvin Stewart, American swimmer
  • 1967 – Craig Arnold, American poet and academic (d. 2009)
  • 1967 – Lisa Bonet, American actress and director
  • 1966 – Dave Kushner, American guitarist
  • 1966 – Dean McDermott, Canadian-American actor and producer
  • 1966 – Joey Cape, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1964 – Dwight Gooden, American baseball player
  • 1964 – Maeve Quinlan, American actress
  • 1963 – Zina Garrison, American tennis player
  • 1959 – Francis M. Fesmire, American cardiologist and physician (d. 2014)
  • 1958 – Marg Helgenberger, American actress
  • 1956 – Terry Labonte, American race car driver and businessman
  • 1954 – Andrea Barrett, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1948 – Bonnie Greer, American-English playwright and critic
  • 1948 – Chi Coltrane, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1946 – Jo Jo White, American basketball player and coach
  • 1945 – Lynn Hunt, American historian, author, and academic
  • 1945 – Teenie Hodges, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – Dan Penn, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1940 – Donna McKechnie, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1938 – Robert Nozick, American philosopher, author, and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1938 – Troy Seals, American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
  • 1935 – Elizabeth Drew, American journalist and author
  • 1933 – Garnet Mimms, American R&B singer
  • 1931 – Bob Gibson, American musician (d. 1996)
  • 1931 – Hubert Sumlin, American singer and guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1930 – Paul Foytack, American baseball player
  • 1928 – Clu Gulager, American actor and director
  • 1927 – Dolo Coker, American pianist and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1924 – Mel Patton, American sprinter and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1924 – Sam Farber, American businessman (d. 2013)
  • 1922 – Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist, physicist, and engineer (d. 2015)
  • 1916 – Al Lucas, Canadian-American bassist (d. 1983)
  • 1916 – Daws Butler, American voice actor and singer (d. 1988)
  • 1915 – Jean Fritz, Chinese-American author (d. 2017)
  • 1913 – Ellen Albertini Dow, American actress (d. 2015)
  • 1912 – George O. Petrie, American actor and director (d. 1997)
  • 1907 – Burgess Meredith, American actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1905 – Eddie Condon, American guitarist and banjo player (d. 1973)
  • 1899 – Mary Margaret McBride, American radio host (d. 1976)
  • 1896 – Lawrence Tibbett, American actor and singer (d. 1960)
  • 1894 – Bobby Cruickshank, American golfer (d. 1975)
  • 1889 – George S. Kaufman, American director, producer, and playwright (d. 1961)
  • 1883 – Emil Breitkreutz, American runner and coach (d. 1972)
  • 1873 – W. C. Handy, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1958)
  • 1851 – Minnie Hauk, American-Swiss soprano and actress (d. 1929)
  • 1806 – Mary Tyler Peabody Mann, American author and educator (d. 1887)
  • 1753 – James McHenry, Irish-American surgeon and politician (d. 1816)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Alton D. Slay, American general (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – David Canary, American actor (b. 1938)
  • 2015 – Michael C. Gross, American graphic designer and producer (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – Carl Sanders, American soldier, pilot, and politician, 74th Governor of Georgia (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Charles Champlin, American historian, author, and critic (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Juan Joseph, American football player and coach (b. 1987)
  • 2013 – Billy Hardwick, American bowler (b. 1941)
  • 2013 – Charles Waterhouse, American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Louis D. Rubin, Jr., American author, critic, and academic (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Oscar Lanford, American mathematician and academic (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Robert Conley, American journalist (b. 1928)
  • 2010 – Britton Chance, American biologist and sailor (b. 1913)
  • 2010 – Ronni Chasen, American publicist (b. 1946)
  • 2007 – Harold Alfond, American businessman (b. 1914)
  • 2006 – Milton Friedman, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2005 – Donald Watson, English activist, founded the Vegan Society (b. 1910)
  • 2005 – Henry Taube, Canadian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2005 – Ralph Edwards, American radio and television host and producer (b. 1913)
  • 2001 – Tommy Flanagan, American pianist and composer (b. 1930)
  • 2000 - Robert Earl Davis, American hip-hop artist (b. 1971)
  • 1999 – Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1928)
  • 1994 – Chet Powers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1943)
  • 1987 – Jim Brewer, American baseball player and coach (b. 1937)
  • 1984 – Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • 1973 – Alan Watts, English-American philosopher, author, and educator (b. 1915)
  • 1971 – Edie Sedgwick, American model and actress (b. 1943)
  • 1964 – Donald C. Peattie, American botanist and author (b. 1898)
  • 1961 – Sam Rayburn, American lawyer and politician, 48th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1882)
  • 1960 – Clark Gable, American actor and singer (b. 1901)
  • 1950 – Bob Smith, American physician and surgeon, co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1879)
  • 1947 – Giuseppe Volpi, Italian businessman and politician, founded the Venice Film Festival (b. 1877)
  • 1939 – Pierce Butler, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1866)
  • 1913 – George Barham, English businessman, founded Express County Milk Supply Company (b. 1836)
  • 1911 – A. A. Ames, American physician and politician, 9th Mayor of Minneapolis (b. 1842)
  • 1911 – Lawrence Feuerbach, American shot putter (b. 1879)
  • 1806 – Moses Cleaveland, American general, lawyer, and politician, founded Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
  • 1790 – Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American politician (b. 1723)
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