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Events

  • 1995 – American Airlines Flight 965, a Boeing 757, crashes into a mountain 50 km north of Cali, Colombia killing 159.
  • 1989 – The United States invasion of Panama deposes Manuel Noriega.
  • 1971 – The international aid organization Doctors Without Borders is founded by Bernard Kouchner and a group of journalists in Paris, France.
  • 1957 – The initial production version of the Boeing 707 makes its first flight.
  • 1952 – A United States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns in Moses Lake, Washington killing 87.
  • 1951 – The EBR-1 in Arco, Idaho becomes the first nuclear power plant to generate electricity. The electricity powered four light bulbs.
  • 1946 – The popular Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.
  • 1941 – World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
  • 1924 – Adolf Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison
  • 1917 – Cheka, the first Soviet secret police force, is founded.
  • 1860 – South Carolina becomes the first state to attempt to secede from the United States.
  • 1606 – The Virginia Company loads three ships with settlers and sets sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

Births

  • 1992 – Ksenia Makarova, Russian-American figure skater
  • 1991 – Jillian Rose Reed, American actress
  • 1990 – JoJo, American singer and actress
  • 1983 – Jonah Hill, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1982 – David Cook, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1982 – David Wright, American baseball player
  • 1981 – James Shields, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Roy Williams, American football player
  • 1981 – Royal Ivey, American basketball player
  • 1979 – David DeJesus, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Ramón Rodríguez, Puerto Rican-American actor and dancer
  • 1976 – Adam Powell, Welsh game designer and businessman, co-founded Meteor Games
  • 1976 – Aubrey Huff, American baseball player and radio host
  • 1971 – Roger J. Beaujard, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1969 – Bobby Phills, American basketball player (d. 2000)
  • 1966 – Chris Robinson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Veronica Pershina, Russian-American figure skater and coach
  • 1965 – Rich Gannon, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Mark Coleman, American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1961 – Freddie Spencer, American motorcycle racer
  • 1961 – Mike Keneally, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1959 – Trent Tucker, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Doug Nordquist, American high jumper
  • 1958 – James Thomson, American biologist and academic
  • 1957 – Mike Watt, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1956 – Anita Ward, American disco/R&B singer
  • 1956 – Blanche Baker, American actress and screenwriter
  • 1956 – Guy Babylon, American keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1955 – David Breashears, American mountaineer, director, and producer
  • 1954 – Michael Badalucco, American actor
  • 1954 – Sandra Cisneros, American author and poet
  • 1951 – Marta Russell, American author and activist (d. 2013)
  • 1950 – Arturo Márquez, Mexican-American composer
  • 1949 – Cecil Cooper, American baseball player and manager
  • 1949 – Oscar Gamble, American baseball player
  • 1947 – Bo Ryan, American basketball player and coach
  • 1946 – Dick Wolf, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1946 – Lloyd Mumphord, American football player
  • 1946 – Sonny Perdue, American captain and politician, 81st Governor of Georgia
  • 1945 – Peter Criss, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer
  • 1944 – Bobby Colomby, American drummer and producer
  • 1942 – Bob Hayes, American sprinter and football player (d. 2002)
  • 1942 – Michael P. Johnson, American sociologist
  • 1940 – Pat Chapman, English chef and author, founded The Curry Club
  • 1939 – Kathryn Joosten, American actress (d. 2012)
  • 1939 – Kim Weston, American soul singer
  • 1933 – Jean Carnahan, American author and politician
  • 1932 – John Hillerman, American actor
  • 1931 – Mala Powers, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1927 – Charlie Callas, American actor and comedian (d. 2011)
  • 1927 – Jim Simpson, American sportscaster (d. 2016)
  • 1922 – Beverly Pepper, American sculptor and painter
  • 1922 – George Roy Hill, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1917 – Audrey Totter, American actress (d. 2013)
  • 1917 – David Bohm, American-English physicist, neuropsychologist, and philosopher (d. 1992)
  • 1914 – Harry F. Byrd, Jr., American lieutenant, publisher, and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1911 – Hortense Calisher, American author (d. 2009)
  • 1908 – Dennis Morgan, American actor and singer (d. 1994)
  • 1907 – Paul Francis Webster, American soldier and songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1904 – Spud Davis, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1984)
  • 1902 – Sidney Hook, American philosopher and author (d. 1989)
  • 1901 – Robert J. Van de Graaff, American physicist and academic, invented the Van de Graaff generator (d. 1967)
  • 1898 – Irene Dunne, American actress and singer (d. 1990)
  • 1888 – Fred Merkle, American baseball player and manager (d. 1958)
  • 1886 – Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player and businessman (d. 1974)
  • 1881 – Branch Rickey, American baseball player and manager (d. 1965)
  • 1869 – Charley Grapewin, American actor (d. 1956)
  • 1868 – Harvey Samuel Firestone, American businessman, founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company (d. 1938)
  • 1865 – Elsie de Wolfe, American actress and interior decorator (d. 1950)
  • 1740 – Arthur Lee, American physician and diplomat (d. 1792)

Deaths

  • 2014 – John Freeman, English lawyer, politician, and diplomat, British Ambassador to the United States (b. 1915)
  • 2012 – Eagle Keys, American-Canadian football player and coach (b. 1923)
  • 2010 – James Robert Mann, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (b. 1920)
  • 2009 – Arnold Stang, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2009 – Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977)
  • 2008 – Robert Mulligan, American director and producer (b. 1925)
  • 2006 – Anne Rogers Clark, American dog breeder and trainer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 – Raoul Bott, Hungarian-American mathematician and academic (b. 1923)
  • 1999 – Hank Snow, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1914)
  • 1997 – Dawn Steel, American film producer (b. 1946)
  • 1997 – Denise Levertov, English-American poet and translator (b. 1923)
  • 1996 – Carl Sagan, American astronomer, astrophysicist, and cosmologist (b. 1934)
  • 1995 – Madge Sinclair, Jamaican-American actress (b. 1938)
  • 1994 – Dean Rusk, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 54th United States Secretary of State (b. 1909)
  • 1993 – W. Edwards Deming, American statistician, author, and academic (b. 1900)
  • 1986 – Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 1984 – Stanley Milgram, American psychologist and academic (b. 1933)
  • 1982 – Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American pianist and composer (b. 1887)
  • 1976 – Richard J. Daley, American lawyer and politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1902)
  • 1973 – Bobby Darin, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1936)
  • 1971 – Roy O. Disney, American banker and businessman, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1893)
  • 1968 – John Steinbeck, American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1961 – Moss Hart, American director and playwright (b. 1904)
  • 1954 – James Hilton, English-American author and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1938 – Annie Armstrong, American missionary (b. 1850)
  • 1938 – Matilda Howell, American archer (b. 1859)
  • 1927 – Frederick Semple, American golfer and tennis player (b. 1872)
  • 1893 – George C. Magoun, American businessman (b. 1840)
  • 1880 – Gaspar Tochman, Polish-American colonel and lawyer (b. 1797)
  • 1820 – John Bell, American farmer (b. 1750)
  • 1812 – Sacagawea, American explorer (b. 1788)
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