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Events

  • 1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon.
  • 1966 – The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
  • 1935 – Regina Jonas is ordained as the first female rabbi in the history of Judaism.
  • 1927 – Show Boat, considered to be the first true American musical play, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway.
  • 1922 – Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō becomes the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world.
  • 1911 – "Jana Gana Mana", the national anthem of India, is first sung in the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress.
  • 1845 – Ether anesthetic is used for childbirth for the first time by Dr. Crawford Long in Jefferson, Georgia.
  • 1845 – Journalist John L. O'Sullivan, writing in his newspaper the New York Morning News, argues that the United States had the right to claim the entire Oregon Country "by the right of our manifest destiny".
  • 1814 – War of 1812: The American schooner USS Carolina is destroyed. It was the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's makeshift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans.
  • 1521 – The Zwickau prophets arrive in Wittenberg disturbing the peace and preaching the Apocalypse. Philip Melanchthon cannot silence them. Martin Luther is being held in protective custody at the Wartburg castle at this time. He is later released and is able, by his preaching, to regain the peace.

Births

  • 1988 – Hayley Williams, American singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Rick Porcello, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1983 – Cole Hamels, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Jesse Williams, American high jumper
  • 1982 – Erin E. Stead, American illustrator
  • 1981 – David Aardsma, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Moise Joseph, American-Haitian runner
  • 1980 – Bernard Berrian, American football player
  • 1980 – Dahntay Jones, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Carson Palmer, American football player
  • 1978 – Deuce McAllister, American football player
  • 1975 – Heather O'Rourke, American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1974 – Jay Pandolfo, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1974 – Masi Oka, Japanese-American actor and visual effects designer
  • 1972 – Kevin Ollie, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Matt Slocum, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1971 – Bryan Smolinski, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1971 – Jason Hawes, American paranormal investigator and author, founded The Atlantic Paranormal Society
  • 1971 – Savannah Guthrie, American television journalist
  • 1970 – Chyna, American professional wrestler and actress (d. 2016)
  • 1970 – Lorenzo Neal, American football player and radio host
  • 1969 – Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist
  • 1966 – Bill Goldberg, American football player, wrestler, and actor
  • 1966 – Eva LaRue, American model and actress
  • 1966 – Fabian Núñez, American politician
  • 1962 – Bill Self, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Mark Few, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Sherri Steinhauer, American golfer
  • 1960 – Donald Nally, American conductor and academic
  • 1959 – Andre Tippett, American football player and coach
  • 1959 – Gerina Dunwich, American astrologer, historian, and author
  • 1958 – Steve Jones, American golfer
  • 1957 – Greg Mortenson, American humanitarian and author
  • 1957 – Jerry Gaskill, American drummer
  • 1955 – Barbara Olson, American journalist and author (d. 2001)
  • 1955 – Brad Murphey, American-Australian race car driver
  • 1952 – Tovah Feldshuh, American actress, singer, and playwright
  • 1950 – Terry Bozzio, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1947 – Bill Eadie, American wrestler and coach
  • 1946 – Lenny Kaye, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1943 – Cokie Roberts, American journalist and author
  • 1943 – Roy White, American baseball player and coach
  • 1942 – Byron Browne, American baseball player
  • 1942 – Ron Rothstein, American basketball player and coach
  • 1942 – Thomas Menino, American politician, 53rd Mayor of Boston (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – Miles Aiken, American basketball player and coach
  • 1941 – Nolan Richardson, American basketball player and coach
  • 1939 – John Amos, American actor
  • 1933 – Dave Marr, American golfer (d. 1997)
  • 1931 – Scotty Moore, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1930 – Marshall Sahlins, American anthropologist and academic
  • 1930 – Wilfrid Sheed, English-born American novelist and essayist (d. 2011)
  • 1927 – Audrey Wagner, American baseball player, obstetrician, and gynecologist (d. 1984)
  • 1926 – Jerome Courtland, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – James A. McClure, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2011)
  • 1924 – Jean Bartik, American computer scientist and engineer (d. 2011)
  • 1920 – Bruce Hobbs, American jockey and trainer (d. 2005)
  • 1919 – Charles Sweeney, American general and pilot (d. 2004)
  • 1918 – John Celardo, American captain and illustrator (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Buddy Boudreaux, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 2015)
  • 1916 – Cathy Lewis, American actress (d. 1968)
  • 1915 – William Masters, American gynecologist, author, and academic (d. 2001)
  • 1910 – Charles Olson, American poet and educator (d. 1970)
  • 1907 – Conrad L. Raiford, American baseball player and activist (d. 2002)
  • 1906 – Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, and actor (d. 1972)
  • 1905 – Cliff Arquette, American actor and comedian (d. 1974)
  • 1901 – Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress and singer (d. 1992)
  • 1896 – Louis Bromfield, American author and theorist (d. 1956)
  • 1883 – Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1979)
  • 1879 – Sydney Greenstreet, English-American actor (d. 1954)
  • 1863 – Louis Lincoln Emmerson, American lawyer and politician, 27th Governor of Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1832 – Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and philanthropist, founded the Tretyakov Gallery (d. 1897)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Carrie Fisher, American actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and speaker (b. 1956)
  • 2015 – Dave Henderson, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1958)
  • 2015 – Ellsworth Kelly, American painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • 2015 – Meadowlark Lemon, American basketball player and minister (b. 1932)
  • 2015 – Stein Eriksen, Norwegian-American skier (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, American-Israeli religious leader, founded the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem (b. 1939)
  • 2013 – Gianna D'Angelo, American soprano and educator (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Harry Carey, Jr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., American general and engineer (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Salt Walther, American race car driver (b. 1947)
  • 2012 – Tingye Li, Chinese-American physicist and engineer (b. 1931)
  • 2011 – Helen Frankenthaler, American painter and educator (b. 1928)
  • 2011 – Johnny Wilson, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2008 – Delaney Bramlett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1939)
  • 2008 – Robert Graham, Mexican-American sculptor (b. 1938)
  • 2004 – Hank Garland, American guitarist (b. 1930)
  • 2003 – Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican-American baseball player (b. 1962)
  • 2002 – George Roy Hill, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1999 – Michael McDowell, American author and screenwriter (b. 1950)
  • 1997 – Brendan Gill, American journalist and essayist (b. 1914)
  • 1995 – Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian-American pianist (b. 1909)
  • 1992 – Kay Boyle, American novelist, poet, and educator (b. 1902)
  • 1988 – Hal Ashby, American director and producer (b. 1929)
  • 1986 – Dumas Malone, American historian and author (b. 1892)
  • 1986 – George Dangerfield, English-American historian and journalist (b. 1904)
  • 1982 – Jack Swigert, American pilot, astronaut, and politician (b. 1931)
  • 1981 – Hoagy Carmichael, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (b. 1899)
  • 1978 – Bob Luman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 1978 – Chris Bell American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1951)
  • 1974 – Amy Vanderbilt, American author (b. 1908)
  • 1958 – Harry Warner, Polish-American film producer, co-founded Warner Bros. (b. 1881)
  • 1950 – Max Beckmann, German-American painter and sculptor (b. 1884)
  • 1939 – Rinaldo Cuneo, American painter (b. 1877)
  • 1938 – Calvin Bridges, American geneticist and academic (b. 1889)
  • 1938 – Zona Gale, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (b. 1874)
  • 1923 – Gustave Eiffel, French architect and engineer, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (b. 1832)
  • 1914 – Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and engineer (b. 1863)
  • 1900 – William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong, English engineer and businessman, founded Armstrong Whitworth (b. 1810)
  • 1836 – Stephen F. Austin, American soldier and politician (b. 1793)
  • 1771 – Henri Pitot, French engineer, invented the Pitot tube (b. 1695)
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