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Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day: - Feast of the Holy Innocents or Childermas; in Spain and Latin American countries the festival is celebrated with pranks (inocentadas), similar to April Fools' Day (Catholic Church, Church of England, Lutheran Church), and its related observances: - Els Enfarinats (Ibi, Spain)
  • Statehood Day (Iowa, 1846)

Events

  • 1973 – The Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States.
  • 1958 – "Greatest Game Ever Played": Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York's Yankee Stadium.
  • 1944 – Maurice Richard becomes the first player to score eight points in one game of NHL ice hockey.
  • 1918 – Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway prison, became the first woman to be elected MP to the British House of Commons.
  • 1912 – The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco.
  • 1902 – The Syracuse Athletic Club defeated the New York Philadelphians, 5–0, in the first indoor professional football game, which was held at Madison Square Garden.
  • 1895 – The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines.
  • 1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays.
  • 1885 – Indian National Congress, a political party of India is founded in Bombay Presidency, British India.
  • 1867 – United States claims Midway Atoll, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
  • 1836 – South Australia and Adelaide are founded.
  • 1835 – Osceola leads his Seminole warriors in Florida into the Second Seminole War against the United States Army.
  • 1832 – John C. Calhoun becomes the first Vice President of the United States to resign.

Births

  • 1990 – David Archuleta, American singer-songwriter
  • 1985 – Kamani Hill, American soccer player
  • 1984 – Duane Solomon, American runner
  • 1982 – Cedric Benson, American football player
  • 1981 – Elizabeth Jordan Carr, American journalist
  • 1981 – Sienna Miller, American-born British actress and fashion designer
  • 1979 – Bill Hall, American baseball player
  • 1979 – James Blake, American tennis player
  • 1978 – John Legend, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor
  • 1977 – Derrick Brew, American sprinter
  • 1975 – B. J. Ryan, American baseball player
  • 1973 – Seth Meyers, American actor, producer, screenwriter, and talk show host
  • 1972 – Adam Vinatieri, American football player
  • 1971 – Benny Agbayani, American baseball player
  • 1971 – William Gates, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Elaine Hendrix, American actress
  • 1970 – James Jett, American sprinter and football player
  • 1969 – Linus Torvalds, Finnish-American computer programmer, developed Linux kernel
  • 1967 – Chris Ware, American illustrator
  • 1960 – Melvin Turpin, American basketball player (d. 2010)
  • 1959 – Daniel Léo Simpson, American composer
  • 1958 – Curt Byrum, American golfer
  • 1954 – Denzel Washington, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1954 – Gayle King, American television journalist
  • 1953 – Charlie Pierce, American journalist and author
  • 1953 – Martha Wash, American singer-songwriter
  • 1953 – Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese wrestler and promoter, founded Dradition wrestling promotion
  • 1950 – Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)
  • 1950 – Rainer Maria Latzke, German-American painter and academic
  • 1948 – Ziggy Modeliste, American drummer
  • 1946 – Barbara, Lady Judge, American-English lawyer and businesswoman
  • 1946 – Bill Lee, American baseball player and author
  • 1946 – Edgar Winter, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
  • 1946 – Hubert Green, American golfer
  • 1946 – Mike Beebe, American lawyer and politician, 45th Governor of Arkansas
  • 1946 – Tim Johnson, American lawyer and politician
  • 1944 – Johnny Isakson, American sergeant and politician
  • 1944 – Kary Mullis, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1944 – Sandra Faber, American astronomer and academic
  • 1940 – Don Francisco, Chilean-American journalist and talk show host
  • 1939 – Michelle Urry, American journalist and illustrator (d. 2006)
  • 1939 – Philip Anschutz, American businessman, founded Anschutz Entertainment Group
  • 1938 – Dick Sudhalter, American trumpet player, scholar, and critic (d. 2008)
  • 1936 – Lawrence Schiller, American journalist, director, and producer
  • 1933 – John Y. Brown Jr., American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 55th Governor of Kentucky
  • 1932 – Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman, founded Reliance Industries (d. 2002)
  • 1932 – Dorsey Burnette, American singer-songwriter (d. 1979)
  • 1932 – Nichelle Nichols, American actress
  • 1931 – Martin Milner, American actor (d. 2015)
  • 1929 – Terry Sawchuk, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 1970)
  • 1922 – Stan Lee, American publisher, producer, and actor
  • 1921 – Johnny Otis, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1920 – Al Wistert, American football player and coach (d. 2016)
  • 1920 – Bruce McCarty, American architect, designed the Knoxville City-County Building (d. 2013)
  • 1920 – Steve Van Buren, Honduran-American football player (d. 2012)
  • 1919 – Emily Cheney Neville, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1914 – Pops Staples, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2000)
  • 1913 – Lou Jacobi, Canadian-American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1910 – Billy Williams, American singer (d. 1972)
  • 1908 – Lew Ayres, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1903 – Earl Hines, American pianist and bandleader (d. 1983)
  • 1903 – John von Neumann, Hungarian-American mathematician and physicist (d. 1957)
  • 1902 – Mortimer J. Adler, American philosopher and author (d. 2001)
  • 1898 – Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish-American meteorologist and academic (d. 1957)
  • 1895 – Carol Ryrie Brink, American author and playwright (d. 1981)
  • 1890 – Quincy Wright, American political scientist, historian, and academic (d. 1970)
  • 1888 – F. W. Murnau, German-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1931)
  • 1856 – Woodrow Wilson, American historian and politician, 28th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)
  • 1842 – Calixa Lavallée, Canadian-American lieutenant and composer (d. 1891)
  • 1763 – John Molson, English-Canadian brewer, founded the Molson Brewery (d. 1836)
  • 1722 – Eliza Lucas, Caribbean-American agriculturalist (d. 1793)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Debbie Reynolds, American actress, singer and dancer (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Frankie Randall, American singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Alfred Marshall, American businessman, founded Marshalls (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Andrew Jacobs, Jr., American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Halton Arp, American-German astronomer and critic (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Harry C. Goode Jr., American soldier and politician, 51st Mayor of Melbourne, Florida (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Joseph Ruskin, American actor and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Mark Crispin, American computer scientist and academic, designed the IMAP (b. 1956)
  • 2010 – Billy Taylor, American pianist and composer (b. 1921)
  • 2009 – Jimmy Sullivan, American musician, composer and songwriter. Known by his stage name The Rev (b. 1981)
  • 2008 – Irene Lieblich, Polish-American painter and illustrator (b. 1923)
  • 2004 – Jerry Orbach, American actor and singer (b. 1935)
  • 2004 – Susan Sontag, American novelist, essayist, critic, and playwright (b. 1933)
  • 2003 – Benjamin Thurman Hacker, American admiral (b. 1935)
  • 2001 – Samuel Abraham Goldblith, American lieutenant, biologist, and engineer (b. 1919)
  • 2001 – William X. Kienzle, American priest and author (b. 1928)
  • 1999 – Clayton Moore, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1993 – William L. Shirer, American journalist and historian (b. 1904)
  • 1992 – Sal Maglie, American baseball player and coach (b. 1917)
  • 1990 – Warren Skaaren, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1946)
  • 1986 – John D. MacDonald, American colonel and author (b. 1916)
  • 1984 – Sam Peckinpah, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1925)
  • 1983 – Dennis Wilson, American drummer, songwriter, and producer (b. 1944)
  • 1983 – William Demarest, American actor (b. 1892)
  • 1981 – Allan Dwan, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1976 – Katharine Byron, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 1971 – Max Steiner, Austrian-American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1888)
  • 1967 – Katharine McCormick, American biologist and philanthropist (b. 1875)
  • 1946 – Elie Nadelman, Polish-American sculptor (b. 1882)
  • 1945 – Theodore Dreiser, American novelist and journalist (b. 1871)
  • 1943 – Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1935 – Clarence Day, American author and illustrator (b. 1874)
  • 1897 – William Corby, American priest and academic (b. 1833)
  • 1890 – Dennis Miller Bunker, American painter (b. 1861)
  • 1872 – James Van Ness, American lawyer and politician, 7th Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1808)
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