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Events

  • 1972 – Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.
  • 1947 – First Indochina War: French forces carry out a massacre at Mỹ Trạch, Vietnam.
  • 1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard E. Byrd leads the first expedition to fly over the South Pole.
  • 1902 – The Pittsburgh Stars defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 11–0, at the Pittsburgh Coliseum, to win the first championship associated with an American national professional football league.
  • 1890 – The Meiji Constitution goes into effect in Japan, and the first Diet convenes.
  • 1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
  • 1872 – American Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Spring Hill: A Confederate advance into Tennessee misses an opportunity to crush the Union Army. General John Bell Hood is angered, which leads to the Battle of Franklin.
  • 1864 – American Indian Wars: Sand Creek massacre: Colorado volunteers led by Colonel John Chivington massacre at least 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho noncombatants inside Colorado Territory.
  • 1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, comes to an end with the arrival of British reinforcements.

Births

  • 1990 – Sheldon Richardson, American football player
  • 1988 – Dana Brooke, American wrestler and bodybuilder
  • 1988 – Russell Wilson, American football player
  • 1985 – Shannon Brown, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Janina Gavankar, American actress and singer
  • 1979 – Jayceon Terrell Taylor, American rapper "Game"
  • 1979 – Neal Horgan, American-Irish footballer
  • 1976 – Anna Faris, American actress
  • 1976 – Chris Akins, American football player
  • 1976 – Lindsay Benko, American swimmer
  • 1973 – Sarah Jones, American actress and playwright
  • 1972 – Brian Baumgartner, American actor and producer
  • 1972 – Jamal Mashburn, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Larry Joe Campbell, American actor and director
  • 1969 – Kasey Keller, American soccer player, manager, and sportscaster
  • 1969 – Mariano Rivera, Panamanian-American baseball player
  • 1968 – Jonathan Knight, American singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1965 – Ellen Cleghorne, American comedian and actress
  • 1964 – Don Cheadle, American actor and producer
  • 1963 – Will Downing, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1962 – Andrew McCarthy, American actor and director
  • 1960 – Cathy Moriarty, American actress
  • 1960 – Howard Johnson, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1959 – Neal Broten, American ice hockey player
  • 1959 – Rahm Emanuel, American businessman and politician, 44th Mayor of Chicago
  • 1959 – Rich Camarillo, American football player and coach
  • 1957 – Janet Napolitano, American lawyer, academic, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security
  • 1957 – Jennifer Batten, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1957 – Matthew Rubel, American businessman
  • 1956 – Eric Laakso, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1956 – Hinton Battle, German-American actor, dancer, and choreographer
  • 1954 – Joel Coen, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1952 – Jeff Fahey, American actor and producer
  • 1951 – Barry Goudreau, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1951 – Roger Troutman, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1950 – Kevin O'Donnell, Jr., American author (d. 2012)
  • 1949 – Dutch Mantel, American wrestler and manager
  • 1949 – Garry Shandling, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1949 – Jerry Lawler, American wrestler and sportscaster
  • 1949 – Steve Smith, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1947 – Ronnie Montrose, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1946 – Suzy Chaffee, American skier
  • 1943 – Bobbi Martin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2000)
  • 1943 – Sue Miller, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1942 – Ann Dunham, American anthropologist and academic (d. 1995)
  • 1942 – Felix Cavaliere, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
  • 1942 – Maggie Thompson, American author and critic
  • 1941 – Bill Freehan, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1940 – Chuck Mangione, American horn player and composer
  • 1940 – Henry T. Yang, Taiwanese/Chinese-American engineer and academic
  • 1939 – Peter Bergman, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Diane Ladd, American actress
  • 1935 – Thomas J. O'Brien, American bishop
  • 1934 – Willie Morris, American writer (d. 1999)
  • 1933 – James Rosenquist, American painter and illustrator (d. 2017)
  • 1928 – Ernie Vossler, American golfer (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Paul Simon, American soldier and politician, 39th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1927 – Vin Scully, American sportscaster and game show host
  • 1924 – Charles E. Mower, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1944)
  • 1924 – Jane Freilicher, American painter and poet (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Chuck Daigh, American race car driver (b. 2008)
  • 1922 – Michael Howard, English-American historian, author, and academic
  • 1922 – Minnie Miñoso, Cuban-American baseball player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1920 – Joseph Shivers, American chemist and academic, developed spandex (d. 2014)
  • 1919 – Joe Weider, Canadian-American bodybuilder and publisher, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author and poet (d. 2007)
  • 1917 – Merle Travis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1983)
  • 1916 – Fran Ryan, American actress and comedian (d. 2000)
  • 1915 – Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (d. 1967)
  • 1908 – Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., American pastor and politician (d. 1972)
  • 1904 – Egon Eiermann, German architect, designed the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (d. 1970)
  • 1901 – Mildred Harris, American actress (d. 1944)
  • 1895 – Busby Berkeley, American director and choreographer (d. 1976)
  • 1876 – Nellie Tayloe Ross, American educator and politician, 14th Governor of Wyoming (d. 1977)
  • 1873 – Suzan Rose Benedict, American mathematician and academic (d. 1942)
  • 1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist and poet (d. 1888)
  • 1831 – Frederick Townsend Ward, American sailor and soldier (d. 1862)
  • 1823 – La Fayette Grover, American lawyer and politician, 4th Governor of Oregon (d. 1911)
  • 1818 – William Ellery Channing American poet and author (d. 1901)
  • 1816 – Morrison Waite, American jurist and politician, 7th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1888)
  • 1803 – Gottfried Semper, German architect and academic, designed the Semper Opera House (d. 1879)
  • 1799 – Amos Bronson Alcott, American philosopher and academic (d. 1888)
  • 1798 – Alexander Brullov, Russian painter and architect, designed the Pulkovo Observatory (d. 1877)
  • 1752 – Jemima Wilkinson, American evangelist (d. 1819)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Otto Newman, Austrian-American sociologist and academic (b. 1922)
  • 2014 – Dick Bresciani, American businessman (b. 1938)
  • 2014 – Dwayne Alons, American general and politician (b. 1946)
  • 2014 – Mark Strand, Canadian-born American poet, essayist, and translator (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Brian Torrey Scott, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1976)
  • 2013 – Oliver Cheatham, American singer-songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2012 – Buddy Roberts, American wrestler and manager (b. 1945)
  • 2012 – Merv Pregulman, American football player and businessman (b. 1922)
  • 2011 – Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian (b. 1969)
  • 2010 – Stephen J. Solarz, American academic and politician (b. 1940)
  • 2008 – Jørn Utzon, Danish architect, designed the Sydney Opera House (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Henry Hyde, American lawyer and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2007 – Ralph Beard, American basketball player (b. 1927)
  • 2004 – Harry Danning, American baseball player and coach (b. 1911)
  • 2004 – John Drew Barrymore, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2001 – John Knowles, American novelist (b. 1926)
  • 2001 – Mic Christopher, American-Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1969)
  • 1999 – Gene Rayburn, American game show panelist and host (b. 1917)
  • 1999 – John Berry, American-French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 1996 – Dan Flavin, American sculptor and illustrator (b. 1933)
  • 1993 – J. R. D. Tata, French-Indian pilot and businessman, founded Tata Motors and Tata Global Beverages (b. 1904)
  • 1991 – Ralph Bellamy, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1986 – Cary Grant, English-American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1981 – Natalie Wood, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 1980 – Dorothy Day, American journalist and activist, co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement (b. 1897)
  • 1980 – George J. Maloof, Sr., American businessman (b. 1923)
  • 1974 – James J. Braddock, American boxer (b. 1905)
  • 1972 – Carl Stalling, American pianist and composer (b. 1888)
  • 1970 – Robert T. Frederick, American general (b. 1907)
  • 1957 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Czech-American pianist and composer (b. 1897)
  • 1954 – Dink Johnson, American pianist, clarinet player, and drummer (b. 1892)
  • 1953 – Sam De Grasse, Canadian-American actor (b. 1875)
  • 1942 – Boyd Wagner, American colonel and pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1941 – Frank Waller, American sprinter and hurdler (b. 1884)
  • 1847 – Marcus Whitman, American physician and missionary (b. 1802)
  • 1797 – Samuel Langdon, American pastor, theologian, and academic (b. 1723)
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