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Events

  • 2006 – The first of a series of floods strikes Malaysia. The death toll of all flooding is at least 118, with over 400,000 people displaced.
  • 2006 – United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.
  • 1981 – First flight of the Russian heavy strategic bomber Tu-160, the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep wing aircraft built.
  • 1973 – The Islamic Development Bank is founded.
  • 1972 – Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th.
  • 1966 – Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by astronomer Richard Walker.
  • 1958 – Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1939 – World War II: The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, takes place.
  • 1935 – The Lanka Sama Samaja Party is founded in Ceylon.
  • 1932 – The Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans in the first NFL Championship Game.
  • 1917 – The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
  • 1898 – Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.245 mph (63.159 km/h) in a Jeantaud electric car.
  • 1833 – The national anthem of the Russian Empire, "God Save the Tsar!", is first performed.
  • 1793 – Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Samuel Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
  • 1777 – The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the American rebels over British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga in October.

Births

  • 1993 – Byron Buxton, American baseball player
  • 1992 – Ryan Crouser, American shot putter
  • 1990 – Sierra Kay, American singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Seth Doege, American football player
  • 1986 – Bill Stull, American football player
  • 1984 – Derrick Tribbett, American bass player and singer
  • 1980 – Benjamin Watson, American football player
  • 1980 – Christina Aguilera, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1978 – Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • 1978 – Katie Holmes, American actress
  • 1977 – Maria Brink, American singer-songwriter
  • 1975 – Randy Houser, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1974 – Peter Boulware, American football player and politician
  • 1972 – Raymond Herrera, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1970 – DMX, American rapper and actor
  • 1970 – Lucious Harris, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Rob Van Dam, American wrestler
  • 1968 – Casper Van Dien, American actor and producer
  • 1965 – Shawn Christian, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Don Beebe, American football player and coach
  • 1964 – Stone Cold Steve Austin, American wrestler and producer
  • 1963 – Brad Pitt, American actor and producer
  • 1963 – Charles Oakley, American basketball player and coach
  • 1963 – Greg D'Angelo, American drummer
  • 1963 – Karl Dorrell, American football player and coach
  • 1963 – Norman Brown, American singer and guitarist
  • 1961 – Daniel S. Loeb, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Third Point Management
  • 1961 – Leila Steinberg, American singer, producer, author, and poet
  • 1958 – Julia Wolfe, American composer and educator
  • 1954 – Ray Liotta, American actor
  • 1953 – Elliot Easton, American guitarist and singer
  • 1952 – John Leventhal, American songwriter and producer
  • 1950 – Leonard Maltin, American historian, author, and critic
  • 1950 – Randy Castillo, American drummer and songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1949 – David A. Johnston, American volcanologist and geologist (d. 1980)
  • 1946 – Steve Biko, South African activist, founded the Black Consciousness Movement (d. 1977)
  • 1946 – Steven Spielberg, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded DreamWorks
  • 1943 – Alan Rudolph, American director and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Bobby Keys, American saxophone player (d. 2014)
  • 1942 – Lenore Blum, American mathematician and academic
  • 1941 – Joan Wallach Scott, American historian, author, and academic
  • 1941 – Sam Andrew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2015)
  • 1941 – Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1939 – Harold E. Varmus, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1938 – Joel Hirschhorn, American songwriter and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1937 – Nancy Ryles, American politician (d. 1990)
  • 1935 – Jacques Pépin, French-American chef and author
  • 1934 – Marc Rich, Belgian-American businessman, founded Glencore (d. 2013)
  • 1932 – Roger Smith, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1931 – Bill Thompson, American television host (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Moose Skowron, American baseball player (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – Gino Cimoli, American baseball player (d. 2011)
  • 1928 – Harold Land, American tenor saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1927 – Ramsey Clark, American lawyer and politician, 66th United States Attorney General
  • 1924 – Cicely Tyson, American actress
  • 1922 – Esther Lederberg, American microbiologist (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – Jack Brooks, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1920 – Robert Leckie, American soldier and author (d. 2001)
  • 1917 – Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005)
  • 1916 – Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1973)
  • 1916 – Douglas Fraser, Scottish-American trade union leader and academic (d. 2008)
  • 1913 – Alfred Bester, American author and screenwriter (d. 1987)
  • 1913 – Ray Meyer, American basketball player and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1912 – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American general and pilot (d. 2002)
  • 1911 – Jules Dassin, American-Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1910 – Abe Burrows, American author, playwright, and director (d. 1985)
  • 1908 – Paul Siple, American geographer and explorer (d. 1969)
  • 1907 – Bill Holland, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • 1907 – Lawrence Lucie, American guitarist and educator (d. 2009)
  • 1904 – George Stevens, American director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer (d. 1975)
  • 1897 – Fletcher Henderson, American pianist and composer (d. 1952)
  • 1890 – Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio (d. 1954)
  • 1888 – Robert Moses, American urban planner, designed the Northern State Parkway and Southern State Parkway (d. 1981)
  • 1886 – Ty Cobb, American baseball player and manager (d. 1961)
  • 1884 – Emil Starkenstein, Czech pharmacologist, co-founded clinical pharmacology (d. 1942)
  • 1882 – Richard Maury, American-Argentinian engineer, designed the Salta–Antofagasta railway (d. 1950)
  • 1875 – Matt McGrath, Irish-American hammer thrower (d. 1941)
  • 1873 – Francis Burton Harrison, American general and politician, 6th Governor-General of the Philippines (d. 1957)
  • 1869 – Edward Willis Redfield, American painter and educator (d. 1965)
  • 1867 – Foxhall P. Keene, American polo player and horse breeder (d. 1941)
  • 1860 – Edward MacDowell, American pianist and composer (d. 1908)
  • 1835 – Lyman Abbott, American minister, theologian, and author (d. 1922)
  • 1825 – Charles Griffin, American general (d. 1876)
  • 1825 – John S. Harris, American surveyor and politician (d. 1906)
  • 1661 – Christopher Polhem, Swedish physicist and inventor (d. 1751)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite (b. 1917)
  • 2014 – Donald J. Albosta, American soldier and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Larry Henley, American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Robert Simpson, American meteorologist and author (b. 1912)
  • 2013 – Ken Hutcherson, American football player (b. 1952)
  • 2012 – Frank Macchiarola, American lawyer and academic (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Jim Whalen, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2010 – Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player and manager (b. 1916)
  • 2008 – Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (b. 1932)
  • 2008 – Mark Felt, American FBI agent and informant (b. 1913)
  • 2007 – Alan Wagner, American businessman and critic (b. 1931)
  • 2007 – William Strauss, American author and playwright (b. 1947)
  • 2006 – Joseph Barbera, American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (b. 1911)
  • 2006 – Ruth Bernhard, German-American photographer (b. 1905)
  • 2005 – Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • 2002 – Wayne Owens, American lawyer and politician (b. 1937)
  • 2000 – Randolph Apperson Hearst, American businessman (b. 1915)
  • 2000 – Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1997 – Chris Farley, American comedian and actor (b. 1964)
  • 1996 – Irving Caesar, American composer (b. 1895)
  • 1995 – Konrad Zuse, German engineer, designed the Z3 computer (b. 1910)
  • 1995 – Ross Thomas, American author (b. 1926)
  • 1994 – Lilia Skala, Austrian-American actress (b. 1896)
  • 1993 – Sam Wanamaker, American-English actor, director, and producer (b. 1919)
  • 1992 – Mark Goodson, American game show producer, created Family Feud and The Price Is Right (b. 1915)
  • 1990 – Anne Revere, American actress (b. 1903)
  • 1990 – Joseph Zubin, Lithuanian-American psychologist and academic (b. 1900)
  • 1977 – Louis Untermeyer American poet, anthologist, critic (b. 1885)
  • 1974 – Harry Hooper, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1887)
  • 1971 – Bobby Jones, American golfer and lawyer (b. 1902)
  • 1971 – Diana Lynn, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 1969 – Charles Dvorak, American pole vaulter and coach (b. 1878)
  • 1961 – Leo Reisman, American violinist and bandleader (b. 1897)
  • 1939 – Ernest Lawson, Canadian-American painter (b. 1873)
  • 1869 – Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer (b. 1829)
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