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Holidays and observances

  • Evolution Day (International observance)

Events

  • 1974 – Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.
  • 1963 – In the first live, televised murder, Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is murdered two days after the assassination, by Jack Ruby, a nightclub operator, in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters. Oswald was being led by two detectives to an armoured car to take him to the nearby county jail.
  • 1962 – The influential British satirical television programme That Was the Week That Was is first broadcast.
  • 1944 – World War II: The 73rd Bombardment Wing launches the first attack on Tokyo from the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • 1941 – World War II: The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French Forces.
  • 1940 – World War II: The First Slovak Republic becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers.
  • 1906 – A 13–6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the "Ohio League" Championship, leads to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain: Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant capture Lookout Mountain and begin to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg.
  • 1642 – Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen's Land (later renamed Tasmania).

Births

  • 1990 – Sarah Hyland, American actress
  • 1986 – Mohamed Massaquoi, American football player
  • 1985 – Tony Hunt, American football player
  • 1982 – Ryan Fitzpatrick, American football player
  • 1980 – Beth Phoenix, American wrestler
  • 1978 – Katherine Heigl, American actress and producer
  • 1977 – Colin Hanks, American actor
  • 1975 – Thomas Kohnstamm, American author
  • 1971 – Keith Primeau, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1970 – Doug Brien, American football player
  • 1970 – Julieta Venegas, American-Mexican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1969 – Rob Nicholson, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1967 – Cal Eldred, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1965 – Dawn Robinson, American R&B singer and actress
  • 1964 – Brad Sherwood, American actor and game show host
  • 1964 – Garret Dillahunt, American actor
  • 1960 – Edgar Meyer, American bassist and composer
  • 1957 – Denise Crosby, American actress and producer
  • 1956 – Ruben Santiago-Hudson, American actor, playwright, and director
  • 1955 – Clem Burke, American rock drummer
  • 1955 – Scott Hoch, American golfer
  • 1952 – Rachel Chagall, American actress
  • 1951 – Chet Edwards, American businessman and politician
  • 1950 – Bob Burns, American drummer and songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1950 – Stanley Livingston, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1948 – Spider Robinson, American-Canadian author and critic
  • 1948 – Steve Yeager, American baseball player and coach
  • 1947 – Dwight Schultz, American actor
  • 1946 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (d. 1989)
  • 1945 – Lee Michaels, American rock singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1944 – Candy Darling, American model and actress (d. 1974)
  • 1944 – Dan Glickman, American businessman and politician, 26th United States Secretary of Agriculture
  • 1943 – Dave Bing, American basketball player and politician, 70th Mayor of Detroit
  • 1943 – Margaret E. M. Tolbert, American chemist and academic
  • 1943 – Richard Tee, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (d. 1993)
  • 1942 – Marlin Fitzwater, American soldier and journalist, 17th White House Press Secretary
  • 1941 – Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1940 – Paul Tagliabue, American lawyer and businessman, 5th Commissioner of the National Football League
  • 1938 – Charles Starkweather, American spree killer (d. 1959)
  • 1938 – Oscar Robertson, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1935 – Mordicai Gerstein, American author, illustrator, and director
  • 1935 – Ron Dellums, American soldier and politician, 48th Mayor of Oakland
  • 1931 – Tommy Allsup, American rockabilly and western swing guitarist
  • 1930 – Bob Friend, American baseball player and politician
  • 1929 – George Moscone, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 37th Mayor of San Francisco (d. 1978)
  • 1926 – Tsung-Dao Lee, Chinese-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1925 – William F. Buckley, Jr., American publisher and author, founded the National Review (d. 2008)
  • 1924 – Eileen Barton, American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1924 – Lorne Munroe, Canadian-American cellist and educator
  • 1921 – John Lindsay, American lawyer and politician, 103rd Mayor of New York City (d. 2000)
  • 1916 – Forrest J Ackerman, American soldier and author (d. 2008)
  • 1914 – Bessie Blount Griffin, American physical therapist, inventor and forensic scientist (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1913 – Howard Duff, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1990)
  • 1912 – Charles Schneeman, American soldier and illustrator (d. 1972)
  • 1912 – Garson Kanin, American director and screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1912 – Teddy Wilson, American pianist and educator (d. 1986)
  • 1911 – Joe Medwick, American baseball player and manager (d. 1975)
  • 1911 – Kirby Grant, American actor (d. 1985)
  • 1910 – Larry Siemering, American football player and coach (d. 2009)
  • 1899 – Ward Morehouse, American author, playwright, and critic (d. 1966)
  • 1897 – Lucky Luciano, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1962)
  • 1895 – Esther Applin, American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1972)
  • 1893 – Charles F. Hurley, American soldier and politician, 54th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)
  • 1888 – Dale Carnegie, American author and educator (d. 1955)
  • 1888 – Fredrick Willius, American cardiologist and author (d. 1972)
  • 1886 – Margaret Caroline Anderson, American publisher, founded The Little Review (d. 1973)
  • 1881 – Al Christie, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1951)
  • 1879 – Wylie Cameron Grant, American tennis player (d. 1968)
  • 1877 – Alben W. Barkley, American lawyer and politician, 35th Vice President of the United States (d. 1956)
  • 1876 – Walter Burley Griffin, American architect and urban planner, designed Canberra (d. 1937)
  • 1867 – Scott Joplin, American pianist and composer (d. 1917)
  • 1859 – Cass Gilbert, American architect, designed the United States Supreme Court Building and Woolworth Building (d. 1934)
  • 1849 – Frances Hodgson Burnett, English-American novelist and playwright (d. 1924)
  • 1840 – John Alfred Brashear, American scientist, telescope maker and educator (d. 1920)
  • 1784 – Zachary Taylor, American general and politician, 12th President of the United States (d. 1850)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Florence Henderson, American actress, singer and television personality (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Douglas W. Shorenstein, American businessman (b. 1955)
  • 2015 – Quincy Monk, American football player (b. 1979)
  • 2013 – Jean King, American politician, 6th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Matthew Bucksbaum, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded General Growth Properties (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Ernie Warlick, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican-American boxer (b. 1962)
  • 2012 – Jimmy Stewart, American baseball player and manager (b. 1939)
  • 2012 – Nicholas Turro, American chemist and academic (b. 1938)
  • 2009 – Abe Pollin, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1923)
  • 2008 – Cecil H. Underwood, American educator and politician, 25th Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)
  • 2007 – Casey Calvert, American guitarist (b. 1981)
  • 2006 – George W. S. Trow, American author, playwright, and critic (b. 1943)
  • 2005 – Pat Morita, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2004 – Joseph Hansen, American author and poet (b. 1923)
  • 2003 – Warren Spahn, American baseball player and coach (b. 1921)
  • 2002 – John Rawls, American philosopher, author, and academic (b. 1921)
  • 1993 – Albert Collins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1932)
  • 1991 – Eric Carr, American drummer of KISS (b. 1950)
  • 1990 – Bülent Arel, Turkish-American composer and educator (b. 1919)
  • 1990 – Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer (b. 1910)
  • 1982 – Barack Obama, Sr., Kenyan economist and academic, father of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States (b. 1936)
  • 1980 – George Raft, American actor and dancer (b. 1901)
  • 1980 – Henrietta Hill Swope, American astronomer and academic (b. 1902)
  • 1980 – Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
  • 1973 – John Neihardt, American author and poet (b. 1881)
  • 1968 – D. A. Levy, American poet and publisher (b. 1942)
  • 1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of John F. Kennedy (b. 1939)
  • 1961 – Ruth Chatterton, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1948 – Anna Jarvis, American founder of Mother's Day (b. 1864)
  • 1943 – Doris Miller, American soldier and chef, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • 1916 – Hiram Maxim, American-English engineer, invented the Maxim gun (b. 1840)
  • 1890 – August Belmont, German-American banker and politician, 16th United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1816)
  • 1807 – Joseph Brant, American tribal leader (b. 1742)
  • 1781 – James Caldwell, American minister (b. 1734)
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