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Events

  • 2005 – XCOR Aerospace makes the first manned rocket aircraft delivery of U.S. Mail in Kern County, California.
  • 1997 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty, however.
  • 1994 – The PlayStation was released in Japan
  • 1992 – A test engineer for Sema Group uses a personal computer to send the world's first text message via the Vodafone network to the phone of a colleague.
  • 1979 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini becomes the first Supreme Leader of Iran.
  • 1973 – Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
  • 1967 – At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).
  • 1927 – Putting Pants on Philip, the first Laurel and Hardy film, is released.
  • 1912 – Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the Balkan League) sign an armistice with the Ottoman Empire, temporarily halting the First Balkan War. (The armistice will expire on February 3, 1913, and hostilities will resume.)
  • 1910 – Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.
  • 1904 – The Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine at California's Lick Observatory.
  • 1898 – The Duquesne Country and Athletic Club defeated an all-star collection of early football players 16-0, in what is considered to be the very first all-star game for professional American football.
  • 1834 – The Zollverein (German Customs Union) begins the first regular census in Germany.
  • 1800 – War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden: French General Moreau decisively defeats the Archduke John of Austria near Munich. Coupled with First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte's earlier victory at Marengo, this will force the Austrians to sign an armistice and end the war.

Births

  • 1987 – Alicia Sacramone, American gymnast
  • 1987 – Brian Robiskie, American football player
  • 1987 – Michael Angarano, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1985 – Amanda Seyfried, American actress
  • 1985 – Marcus Williams, American basketball player
  • 1985 – Mike Randolph, American soccer player
  • 1985 – Robert Swift, American basketball player
  • 1983 – James Ihedigbo, American football player
  • 1983 – Sherri DuPree, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1982 – Dascha Polanco Dominican-American actress
  • 1981 – Tyjuan Hagler, American football player
  • 1980 – Anna Chlumsky, American actress
  • 1980 – Jenna Dewan, American actress and dancer
  • 1979 – Rock Cartwright, American football player
  • 1978 – Trina, American rapper and producer
  • 1977 – Chad Durbin, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Troy Evans, American football player
  • 1976 – Cornelius Griffin, American football player
  • 1976 – Gary Glover, American baseball player
  • 1973 – Holly Marie Combs, American actress and producer
  • 1971 – Vernon White, American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1970 – Lindsey Hunter, American basketball player and coach
  • 1970 – Paul Byrd, American baseball player
  • 1969 – Hal Steinbrenner, American businessman, co-owner of the New York Yankees
  • 1968 – Brendan Fraser, American actor and producer
  • 1968 – Montell Jordan, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1965 – Andrew Stanton, American voice actor, director, producer, screenwriter
  • 1964 – Darryl Hamilton, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2015)
  • 1963 – Joe Lally, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1963 – Terri Schiavo, American medical patient (d. 2005)
  • 1960 – Daryl Hannah, American actress and producer
  • 1960 – Julianne Moore, American actress and author
  • 1960 – Mike Ramsey, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1954 – Grace Andreacchi, American-English author, poet, and playwright
  • 1953 – Rob Waring, American-Norwegian vibraphonist and contemporary composer
  • 1952 – Don Barnes, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Mike Bantom, American basketball player and manager
  • 1951 – Ray Candy, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1994)
  • 1951 – Rick Mears, American race car driver
  • 1949 – Heather Menzies, Canadian-American actress
  • 1949 – Mickey Thomas, American singer-songwriter
  • 1942 – Alice Schwarzer, German journalist and publisher, founded EMMA Magazine
  • 1942 – David K. Shipler, American journalist and author
  • 1940 – Jeffrey R. Holland, American academic and religious leader
  • 1939 – John Paul, Sr., Dutch-American race car driver
  • 1938 – Sally Shlaer, American mathematician and engineer (d. 1998)
  • 1937 – Bobby Allison, American race car driver and businessman
  • 1937 – Morgan Llywelyn, American-Irish model and author
  • 1935 – Eddie Bernice Johnson, American nurse and politician
  • 1934 – Nicolas Coster, British-American actor
  • 1931 – Jaye P. Morgan, American singer and actress
  • 1929 – John S. Dunne, American priest and theologian (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Thomas M. Foglietta, American politician and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Andy Williams, American singer (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Len Lesser, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1921 – John Doar, American lawyer and activist (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Phyllis Curtin, American soprano and academic (d. 2016)
  • 1914 – Irving Fine, American composer and academic (d. 1962)
  • 1907 – Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (d. 1976)
  • 1901 – Glenn Hartranft, American shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1970)
  • 1901 – Mildred Wiley, American high jumper (d. 2000)
  • 1899 – Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (d. 1966)
  • 1897 – William Gropper, American cartoonist and painter (d. 1977)
  • 1891 – Thomas Farrell, American general (d. 1967)
  • 1879 – Charles Hutchison, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1949)
  • 1878 – Francis A. Nixon, American businessman (d. 1956)
  • 1863 – Gussie Davis, African-American songwriter (d. 1899)
  • 1842 – Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American businessman, founded the Pillsbury Company (d. 1899)
  • 1842 – Ellen Swallow Richards, American chemist, ecologist, and educator (d. 1911)
  • 1842 – Phoebe Hearst, American philanthropist and activist (d. 1919)
  • 1838 – Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist and academic (d. 1916)
  • 1826 – George B. McClellan, American general and politician, 24th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1885)
  • 1755 – Gilbert Stuart, American painter (d. 1828)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Scott Weiland, American singer-songwriter (b. 1967)
  • 2014 – Herman Badillo, Puerto Rican-American lawyer and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2014 – Ian McLagan, English-American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – Nathaniel Branden, Canadian–American psychotherapist and author (b. 1930)
  • 2008 – Robert Zajonc, Polish-American psychologist and author (b. 1923)
  • 2005 – Frederick Ashworth, American admiral (b. 1912)
  • 2005 – Herb Moford, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2004 – Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese-American mathematician and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2002 – Adrienne Adams, American illustrator (b. 1906)
  • 2002 – Glenn Quinn, Irish-American actor (b. 1970)
  • 2000 – Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet and educator (b. 1917)
  • 2000 – Hoyt Curtin, American composer and producer (b. 1922)
  • 1999 – John Archer, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 1999 – Madeline Kahn, American actress, comedian, and singer (b. 1942)
  • 1999 – Scatman John, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1942)
  • 1993 – Lewis Thomas, American physician, etymologist, and academic (b. 1913)
  • 1989 – Connie B. Gay, American businessman, founded the Country Music Association (b. 1914)
  • 1981 – Walter Knott, American farmer, founded Knott's Berry Farm (b. 1889)
  • 1973 – Emile Christian, American trombonist, cornet player, and composer (b. 1895)
  • 1972 – William Manuel Johnson, American bassist (b. 1872)
  • 1967 – Harry Wismer, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1913)
  • 1949 – Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-American actress and educator (b. 1876)
  • 1928 – Ezra Meeker, American farmer and politician (b. 1830)
  • 1910 – Mary Baker Eddy, American religious leader and author, founded Christian Science (b. 1821)
  • 1904 – David Bratton, American water polo player (b. 1869)
  • 1902 – Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect, designed the Otago Boys' High School and Knox Church (b. 1833)
  • 1876 – Samuel Cooper, American general (b. 1798)
  • 1815 – John Carroll, American archbishop (b. 1735)
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