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Holidays and observances

  • HumanLight (Secular humanism in United States)

Events

  • 2002 – A U.S. MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25 in the first combat engagement between a drone and conventional aircraft.
  • 1986 – Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
  • 1968 – The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.
  • 1954 – First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
  • 1947 – The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
  • 1893 – The opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
  • 1876 – First day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.
  • 1815 – The novel Emma by Jane Austen is first published.

Births

  • 1986 – T. J. Oshie, American ice hockey player
  • 1984 – Josh Satin, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Brad Nelson, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Maritza Correia, Puerto Rican-American swimmer
  • 1980 – Cody Ross, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Megan Mayhew Bergman, American author and educator
  • 1979 – Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player
  • 1978 – Andra Davis, American football player
  • 1978 – Esthero, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1977 – Alge Crumpler, American football player
  • 1977 – Paul Shirley, American basketball player and blogger
  • 1976 – Brad Lidge, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Jamie Noble, American wrestler and producer
  • 1976 – Joanna Hayes, American hurdler and coach
  • 1975 – Lady Starlight, American singer-songwriter
  • 1970 – Raymont Harris, American football player
  • 1969 – Greg Biffle, American race car driver
  • 1969 – Martha Byrne, American actress and singer
  • 1969 – Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
  • 1969 – Rodney Culver, American football player (d. 1996)
  • 1968 – Barry Kooser, American painter and animator
  • 1968 – Karyn Bryant, American journalist, actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1968 – Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Puerto Rican-American photographer
  • 1964 – Eddie Vedder, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1963 – Donna Tartt, American author
  • 1963 – Jess Harnell, American singer-songwriter
  • 1963 – Jim Harbaugh, American football player and coach
  • 1958 – Joan Severance, American actress
  • 1958 – Victoria Williams, American singer-songwriter
  • 1953 – Gerrit W. Gong, American religious leader and academic
  • 1952 – William Kristol, American journalist, publisher, and political activist/pundit
  • 1950 – Michael C. Burgess, American obstetrician and politician
  • 1949 – Adrian Belew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Reinhold Weege, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1948 – Jack Ham, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1948 – Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, and journalist
  • 1948 – Rick Wohlhuter, American runner
  • 1947 – Bill Rodgers, American runner
  • 1947 – Lawrence Tanter, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1946 – Robbie Dupree, American singer-songwriter
  • 1946 – Susan Lucci, American actress
  • 1945 – Ron Bushy, American rock drummer
  • 1944 – Wesley Clark, American general
  • 1943 – Harry Shearer, American actor, voice artist, and comedian
  • 1943 – Ron Allen, American baseball player
  • 1941 – Tim Hardin, American folk singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1980)
  • 1940 – Eugene Record, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1940 – Jorma Kaukonen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1939 – Nancy Graves, American sculptor and painter (d. 1995)
  • 1938 – Bob Kahn, American computer scientist and engineer, co-developed the Transmission Control Protocol
  • 1937 – Barney Rosenzweig, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1937 – Nelson Shanks, American painter, historian, and educator (d. 2015)
  • 1936 – Bobby Ross, American football player and coach
  • 1936 – Willie Wood, American football player
  • 1935 – Esther Phillips, American R&B singer (d. 1984)
  • 1935 – Paul Hornung, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1933 – Noella Leduc, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1932 – Richard Clark Barkley, American soldier, academic, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1929 – Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, flugelhorn player, and singer (d. 1988)
  • 1929 – Dick Weber, American professional bowler (d. 2005)
  • 1926 – Harold Dorman, American rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1988)
  • 1926 – Robert Bly, American poet and essayist
  • 1924 – Bob Kurland, American basketball player and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – James Stockdale, American admiral and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2005)
  • 1919 – Kenneth M. Taylor, American general and pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1918 – José Greco, Italian-American dancer and choreographer (d. 2000)
  • 1912 – Anna J. Harrison, American organic chemist and academic (d. 1998)
  • 1912 – Woodrow Borah, American historian of Spanish America (d. 1999)
  • 1911 – James Gregory, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1907 – James Roosevelt, American general and politician (d. 1991)
  • 1902 – Norman Maclean, American author and academic (d. 1990)
  • 1900 – Merle Barwis, American-Canadian supercentenarian (d. 2014)
  • 1900 – Otto Soglow, American cartoonist (d. 1975)
  • 1895 – Nola Luxford, New Zealand-American actress and broadcaster (d. 1994)
  • 1878 – Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic (d. 1972)
  • 1870 – John Marin, American architect and painter (d. 1953)
  • 1867 – Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (d. 1919)
  • 1843 – Richard Conner, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1924)
  • 1805 – Joseph Smith, American religious leader, 1st President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1844)
  • 1758 – Nathan Wilson, American soldier and politician (d. 1834)
  • 1732 – Richard Arkwright, English businessman and inventor, invented the Water frame and Spinning frame (d. 1792)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Alfred G. Gilman, American pharmacologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Robert V. Hogg, American statistician and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Chryssa, Greek-American sculptor (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and weapons designer, designed the AK-47 rifle (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Ricky Lawson, American drummer and composer (b. 1954)
  • 2013 – Robert W. Wilson, American philanthropist and art collector (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Yusef Lateef, American saxophonist, composer, and educator (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Jean Harris, American educator and murderer (b. 1923)
  • 2010 – Fred Hargesheimer, American soldier and pilot (b. 1916)
  • 2009 – Robert L. Howard, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1939)
  • 2007 – Michael Kidd, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – William Francis Ganong, Jr., American physiologist and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Timothy J. Tobias, American pianist and composer (b. 1952)
  • 2000 – Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2000 – Victor Borge, Danish-American comedian, pianist, and conductor (b. 1909)
  • 1998 – Joe Orlando, Italian-American author and illustrator (b. 1927)
  • 1982 – Jack Webb, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 1979 – Peggy Guggenheim, American-Italian art collector (b. 1898)
  • 1973 – Charles Atlas, Italian-American bodybuilder and model (b. 1892)
  • 1973 – Irna Phillips, American screenwriter, created Guiding Light and As the World Turns (b. 1901)
  • 1972 – Andrei Tupolev, Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-95 and Tupolev Tu-104 (b. 1888)
  • 1970 – Charles Ruggles, American actor (b. 1886)
  • 1961 – Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, American author (b. 1875)
  • 1946 – John A. Sampson, American gynecologist and academic (b. 1873)
  • 1939 – Anthony Fokker, Indonesia-born Dutch pilot and engineer, designed the Fokker Dr.I and Fokker D.VII (b. 1890)
  • 1931 – Wilson Bentley, American meteorologist and photographer (b. 1865)
  • 1884 – John Chisum, American businessman and poker player (b. 1824)
  • 1771 – Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian nun and saint, founded Grey Nuns (b. 1701)
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