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Events

  • 2012 – Park Geun-hye is elected the first female president of South Korea.
  • 1998 – President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives, becoming the second President of the United States to be impeached.
  • 1995 – The United States Government restores federal recognition to the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Native American tribe.
  • 1974 – Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the United States under President Gerald Ford under the provisions of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • 1946 – Start of the First Indochina War.
  • 1900 – Hopetoun Blunder: The first Governor-General of Australia John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun, appoints Sir William Lyne premier of the new state of New South Wales, but he is unable to persuade other colonial politicians to join his government and is forced to resign.
  • 1828 – Nullification Crisis: Vice President of the United States John C. Calhoun pens the South Carolina Exposition and Protest, protesting the Tariff of 1828.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington's Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
  • 1776 – Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in The Pennsylvania Journal entitled "The American Crisis".
  • 1606 – The Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery depart England carrying settlers who founded, at Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States.

Births

  • 2001 – Billie Eilish, American pop singer
  • 1990 – Greg Bretz, American snowboarder
  • 1987 – Ronan Farrow, American activist, journalist, and lawyer
  • 1986 – Ingrid Burley, American rapper and songwriter
  • 1984 – Ian Kennedy, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Casey Crescenzo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1982 – Mo Williams, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor and producer
  • 1980 – Marla Sokoloff, American actress and musician
  • 1979 – Kevin Devine, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1978 – Patrick Casey, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1977 – LaTasha Jenkins, American sprinter
  • 1975 – Brandon Sanderson, American author and academic
  • 1975 – Russell Branyan, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Felipe Lopez, Dominican-American basketball player
  • 1974 – Jake Plummer, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1974 – Joe Jurevicius, American football player
  • 1972 – Alyssa Milano, American actress and television personality
  • 1972 – Warren Sapp, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Tyson Beckford, American model and actor
  • 1969 – Kristy Swanson, American actress
  • 1969 – Michael Bates, American sprinter and football player
  • 1969 – Tom Gugliotta, American basketball player
  • 1968 – Ken Marino, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1967 – Charles Austin, American high jumper
  • 1967 – Criss Angel, American magician
  • 1966 – Chuckii Booker, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1966 – Eric Weinrich, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1965 – Chito Martínez, Belizean-American baseball player
  • 1963 – Jennifer Beals, American model and actress
  • 1962 – Gary Fleder, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Eric Allin Cornell, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1961 – Reggie White, American football player and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1960 – Derrick Jensen, American author and activist
  • 1960 – Michelangelo Signorile, American journalist and author
  • 1957 – Kevin McHale, American basketball player, coach, and manager
  • 1956 – Phil Harris, American captain and fisherman (d. 2010)
  • 1956 – Tom Lawless, American baseball player and manager
  • 1955 – Rob Portman, American lawyer and politician
  • 1952 – Walter Murphy, American pianist and composer
  • 1950 – Eleanor J. Hill, American lawyer and diplomat
  • 1949 – Claudia Kolb, American swimmer
  • 1946 – Robert Urich, American actor and producer (d. 2002)
  • 1945 – Elaine Joyce, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1945 – John McEuen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1944 – Mitchell Feigenbaum, American physicist and mathematician
  • 1944 – Steve Tyrell, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1944 – Tim Reid, American actor and director
  • 1944 – William Christie, American-French harpsichord player and conductor
  • 1943 – James L. Jones, American general and politician, 22nd United States National Security Advisor
  • 1943 – Ross M. Lence, American political scientist and academic (d. 2006)
  • 1942 – "Mean Gene" Okerlund, American sports announcer
  • 1942 – Cornell Dupree, American guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1942 – Dennis E. Fitch, American pilot (d. 2012)
  • 1941 – Maurice White, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2016)
  • 1940 – Phil Ochs, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)
  • 1935 – Bobby Timmons, American pianist and composer (d. 1974)
  • 1935 – Joanne Weaver, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • 1934 – Al Kaline, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1934 – Casper R. Taylor, Jr., American lawyer and politician
  • 1932 – Wayne Tippit, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1929 – Bob Brookmeyer, American trombonist, pianist, and composer (d. 2011)
  • 1929 – Gregory Carroll, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – Howard Sackler, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1928 – Eve Bunting, Irish-American author and academic
  • 1928 – Nathan Oliveira, American painter and sculptor (d. 2010)
  • 1926 – Bobby Layne, American football player and coach (d. 1986)
  • 1925 – Robert B. Sherman, American songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1925 – William Schutz, American psychologist and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1924 – Gary Morton, American comedian and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1923 – Robert V. Bruce, American historian and author (d. 2008)
  • 1920 – David Susskind, American talk show host and producer (d. 1987)
  • 1920 – Little Jimmy Dickens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2015)
  • 1918 – Lee Rich, American producer and production manager (d. 2012)
  • 1918 – Professor Longhair, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1980)
  • 1914 – Mel Shaw, American animator and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1909 – W. A. Criswell, American pastor and author (d. 2002)
  • 1907 – Jimmy McLarnin, Irish-American boxer, actor, and golfer (d. 2004)
  • 1905 – Irving Kahn, American businessman (d. 2015)
  • 1903 – George Davis Snell, American geneticist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)
  • 1901 – Oliver La Farge, American anthropologist and author (d. 1963)
  • 1901 – Rudolf Hell, German engineer, invented the Hellschreiber (d. 2002)
  • 1900 – Margaret Brundage, American illustrator, known for illustrating pulp magazine Weird Tales (d. 1976)
  • 1899 – Martin Luther King, Sr., American pastor, missionary, and activist (d. 1984)
  • 1894 – Ford Frick, American journalist and businessman (d. 1978)
  • 1888 – Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (d. 1963)
  • 1875 – Carter G. Woodson, American historian and author, founded Black History Month (d. 1950)
  • 1875 – Grace Marie Bareis, American mathematician (d. 1962)
  • 1865 – Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress and playwright (d. 1932)
  • 1863 – Wallace Bryant, American archer (d. 1953)
  • 1852 – Albert Abraham Michelson, Prussian-American physicist, chemist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1931)
  • 1849 – Henry Clay Frick, American businessman and financier (d. 1919)
  • 1831 – Bernice Pauahi Bishop, American philanthropist (d. 1884)
  • 1825 – George Frederick Bristow, American violinist and composer (d. 1898)
  • 1820 – Mary Livermore, American journalist and activist (d. 1905)
  • 1817 – James J. Archer, American lawyer and general (d. 1864)
  • 1714 – John Winthrop, American astronomer and educator (d. 1779)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Arthur Gardner, American actor and producer (b. 1910)
  • 2014 – Dick Thornton, American-Canadian football player and coach (b. 1939)
  • 2013 – Al Goldstein, American publisher and pornographer (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Ned Vizzini, American author and screenwriter (b. 1981)
  • 2012 – Larry Morris, American football player (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Robert Bork, American lawyer, judge, and scholar, United States Attorney General (b. 1927)
  • 2008 – Carol Chomsky, American linguist and educator (b. 1930)
  • 2008 – Dock Ellis, American baseball player and coach (b. 1945)
  • 2008 – James Bevel, American minister and activist (b. 1936)
  • 2008 – Michael Connell, American political consultant (b. 1963)
  • 2005 – Vincent Gigante, American mobster (b. 1927)
  • 2004 – Herbert C. Brown, English-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2003 – Hope Lange, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 2003 – Peter Carter-Ruck, English lawyer, founded Carter-Ruck (b. 1914)
  • 2002 – George Weller, American author, playwright, and journalist (b. 1907)
  • 2000 – John Lindsay, American lawyer and politician, 103rd Mayor of New York City (b. 1921)
  • 2000 – Milt Hinton, American bassist and photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2000 – Rob Buck, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1958)
  • 1998 – Mel Fisher, American treasure hunter (b. 1922)
  • 1997 – Jimmy Rogers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1924)
  • 1997 – Masaru Ibuka, Japanese businessman, co-founded Sony (b. 1908)
  • 1997 – Sara Northrup Hollister, American occultist (b. 1924)
  • 1993 – Michael Clarke, American drummer (b. 1946)
  • 1991 – Joe Cole, American roadie and author (b. 1961)
  • 1988 – Robert Bernstein, American author and playwright (b. 1919)
  • 1986 – V. C. Andrews, American author (b. 1923)
  • 1984 – Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (b. 1903)
  • 1982 – Dwight Macdonald, American philosopher, author, and critic (b. 1906)
  • 1968 – Norman Thomas, American minister and politician (b. 1884)
  • 1953 – Robert Andrews Millikan, American physicist and eugenicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1868)
  • 1938 – Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American lawyer and politician (b. 1873)
  • 1899 – Henry Ware Lawton, American general (b. 1843)
  • 1878 – Bayard Taylor, American author and poet (b. 1825)
  • 1813 – James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founded McGill University (b. 1744)
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