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Events

  • 2015 – Venezuelan elections are held. For the first time in 17 years the United Socialist Party of Venezuela loses its majority in parliament.
  • 1973 – The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States House of Representatives votes 387 to 35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92 to 3.)
  • 1967 – Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the United States.
  • 1957 – Project Vanguard: A launchpad explosion of Vanguard TV3 thwarts the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.
  • 1917 – World War I: USS Jacob Jones is the first American destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it is torpedoed by German submarine SM U-53.
  • 1904 – Theodore Roosevelt articulated his "Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the U.S. would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove incapable or unstable.
  • 1897 – London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs.
  • 1877 – The first edition of The Washington Post is published.
  • 1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, banning slavery.
  • 1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published.
  • 1534 – The city of Quito in Ecuador is founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar.

Births

  • 1992 – Johnny Manziel, American football player
  • 1991 – Coco Vandeweghe, American tennis player
  • 1988 – Adam Eaton, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Matt Niskanen, American ice hockey player
  • 1985 – Shannon Bobbitt, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Nora Kirkpatrick, American actress and musician
  • 1984 – Syndric Steptoe, American football player
  • 1982 – Ryan Carnes, American actor and producer
  • 1981 – Robbie Gould, American football player
  • 1980 – Danielle Downey, American golfer and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1978 – Chris Başak, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Darrell Jackson, American football player
  • 1977 – Kevin Cash, American baseball player and coach
  • 1974 – Jens Pulver, American mixed martial artist and boxer
  • 1972 – Heather Mizeur, American lawyer and politician
  • 1972 – Rick Short, American baseball player
  • 1971 – Craig Brewer, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Adrian Fenty, American lawyer and politician, 6th Mayor of the District of Columbia
  • 1970 – Jeff Rouse, American swimmer
  • 1967 – Helen Greiner, American businesswoman and engineer
  • 1967 – Judd Apatow, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – David Lovering, American drummer
  • 1959 – Deborah Estrin, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1956 – Peter Buck, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1956 – Randy Rhoads, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 1982)
  • 1955 – Steven Wright, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1953 – Dwight Stones, American high jumper and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Gary Ward, American baseball player and coach
  • 1953 – Tom Hulce, American actor
  • 1952 – Chuck Baker, American baseball player
  • 1952 – Craig Newmark, American computer programmer and entrepreneur; founded Craigslist
  • 1952 – David L. Spector, American biologist and academic
  • 1952 – Jeff Schneider, American baseball player
  • 1952 – Joe Harris, American football player
  • 1949 – Doug Marlette, American author and cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • 1949 – Linda Barnes, American author, playwright, and educator
  • 1949 – Linda Creed, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1948 – Don Nickles, American businessman and politician
  • 1948 – JoBeth Williams, American actress
  • 1947 – Miroslav Vitouš, Czech-American bassist and songwriter
  • 1945 – Dan Harrington, American lawyer and poker player
  • 1945 – Larry Bowa, American baseball player and manager
  • 1942 – Robb Royer, American guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter
  • 1941 – Bill Thomas, American academic and politician
  • 1941 – Bruce Nauman, American sculptor and illustrator
  • 1941 – Richard Speck, American murderer (d. 1991)
  • 1940 – Richard Edlund, American visual effects designer and cinematographer
  • 1938 – Patrick Bauchau, Belgian-American actor
  • 1937 – Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian-American soccer player (d. 2006)
  • 1936 – Kenneth Copeland, American evangelist and author
  • 1934 – Nick Bockwinkel, American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2015)
  • 1933 – Donald J. Kutyna, American general
  • 1929 – Frank Springer, American author and illustrator (d. 2009)
  • 1928 – Bobby Van, American actor, dancer, and singer (d. 1980)
  • 1927 – Jim Fuchs, American shot putter and discus thrower (d. 2010)
  • 1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1922 – Benjamin A. Gilman, American soldier and politician (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – Otto Graham, American football player and coach (d. 2003)
  • 1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)
  • 1919 – Skippy Baxter, Canadian-American figure skater and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Dean Hess, American minister and colonel (d. 2015)
  • 1917 – Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 2008)
  • 1916 – Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and producer (d. 1986)
  • 1913 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer and actress (d. 2004)
  • 1913 – Karl Haas, German-American pianist, conductor, and radio host (d. 2005)
  • 1910 – David M. Potter, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1971)
  • 1909 – Rulon Jeffs, American religious leader (d. 2002)
  • 1908 – Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (d. 1934)
  • 1908 – Herta Freitag, Austrian-American mathematician (d. 2000)
  • 1907 – John Barkley Rosser Sr., American logician (d. 1989)
  • 1905 – Elizabeth Yates, American journalist and author (d. 2001)
  • 1904 – Ève Curie, French-American journalist and pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1903 – Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and manager (d. 1946)
  • 1901 – Eliot Porter, American photographer and academic (d. 1990)
  • 1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)
  • 1898 – Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photographer and journalist (d. 1995)
  • 1898 – Winifred Lenihan, American actress, writer, and director (d. 1964)
  • 1896 – Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983)
  • 1893 – Homer N. Wallin, American admiral (d. 1984)
  • 1887 – Joseph Lamb, American pianist and composer (d. 1960)
  • 1886 – Joyce Kilmer, American soldier, author, and poet (d. 1918)
  • 1884 – Cornelia Meigs, American author, playwright, and academic (d. 1973)
  • 1876 – Fred Duesenberg, German-American businessman, co-founded the Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company (d. 1932)
  • 1875 – Albert Bond Lambert, American golfer and pilot (d. 1946)
  • 1872 – William S. Hart, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1946)
  • 1863 – Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and engineer (d. 1914)
  • 1833 – John S. Mosby, American colonel (d. 1916)
  • 1752 – Gabriel Duvall, American jurist and politician (d. 1844)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Brittany CoxXx, American performer in gay and transsexual pornography (b. 1978)
  • 2014 – Fred Hawkins, American golfer (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Jimmy Del Ray, American wrestler and manager (b. 1962)
  • 2014 – Luke Somers, English-American photographer and journalist (b. 1981)
  • 2014 – Ralph H. Baer, German-American video game designer, created the Magnavox Odyssey (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – M. K. Turk, American basketball player and coach (b. 1942)
  • 2011 – Dobie Gray, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1940)
  • 2010 – Mark Dailey, American-Canadian journalist and actor (b. 1953)
  • 2005 – William P. Yarborough, American general (b. 1912)
  • 2002 – Philip Berrigan, American priest and activist (b. 1923)
  • 2001 – Charles McClendon, American football player and coach (b. 1923)
  • 2000 – Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1996 – Pete Rozelle, American businessman (b. 1926)
  • 1993 – Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1989 – Frances Bavier, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1989 – John Payne, American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1912)
  • 1989 – Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer (b. 1902)
  • 1988 – Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1936)
  • 1985 – Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1893)
  • 1985 – Burr Tillstrom, American actor and puppeteer (b. 1917)
  • 1980 – Charles Deutsch, French engineer and businessman, co-founded DB (b. 1911)
  • 1955 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player and manager (b. 1874)
  • 1951 – Harold Ross, American journalist and publisher, founded The New Yorker (b. 1892)
  • 1924 – Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and screenwriter (b. 1863)
  • 1892 – Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded the Siemens Company (b. 1816)
  • 1889 – Jefferson Davis, American general and politician, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)
  • 1882 – Alfred Escher, Swiss businessman and politician, founded Credit Suisse (b. 1819)
  • 1879 – Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American businessman (b. 1814)
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