By Tracy Rocelyn1927 - Jack Jensen, baseball player (AL MVP 1958)
1927 - John Beckwith, composer
1928 - Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer (d. 1990)
1564 - David Fabricius, Essens Germany, astronomer (discoved variable star)
1929 - Marie Cardinal, writer
1627 - John Bowne, English-born American Quaker (d. 1695)
1697 - Friederike C Neuber, German actress/author (Allerkostbarste Schatz)
1695 - Martn Sarmiento, Spanish writer and scholar (d.1772)
1931 - Taina Elg, Helsinki Finland, actress (Hercules in NY, Les Girls)
1737 - Josef Myslivecek, Czech composer (d. 1781)
1749 - Honor Gabriel Riqueti, French writer and politician (d. 1791)
1920 - Frank J. Dixon, American immunologist (d. 2008)
1932 - Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor
1921 - Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (d. 1998)
1923 - Walter Kohn, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate
1791 - George Hayward, US, surgeon, 1st to use ether
1928 - Gerald Bull, Canadian artillery designer (d. 1990)
1810 - Jean-Georges Kastner, composer
1935 - Sister Bernard Ncube, South African nun
1935 - Andrew Viterbi, American telecommunications scientist and businessman
1962 - Brian Green, Columbus Indiana, actor (Sam Fowler-Another World)
1820 - Samuel Blatchford, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1893)
1824 - Leland Stanford, (Gov/Sen)/found Stanford U
1825 - Alexander F. Mozhaiski, Russian aviation pioneer (d. 1890)
1963 - David Pogue, Technology columnist and musician
1964 - Phil Housley, St Paul MN, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team USA Oly-98)
1839 - Felix Huston Robertson, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1928
1938 - Lill-Babs, Swedish singer
1940 - Raul Julia, PR, actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman)
1848 - Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, composer
1941 - Jim Colbert, Elizabeth NJ, PGA golfer (1969 Monsanto Open)
1941 - Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (d. 1976)
1865 - Margaret Murray Washington, wife of Booker T/head (NACW 1896..1918)
1966 - Michael Patrick MacDonald, American memorist
1967 - Curt Schreiner, Albany NY, biathelete (Olympics-1994)
1967 - Eric Flaim, Pembroke Mass, short track skater (Olympics-1994)
1943 - Bobby Fischer, US, world chess champion (1972-75)
1881 - Ernest Bevin, British minister of Labour/Foreign affairs
1968 - Johnny Kelly, American drummer (Type O Negative)
1969 - Bryce Burnett, NFL/WLAF tight end (Broncos, Barcelona Dragons)
1944 - Trevor Burton, rocker (Move)
1969 - Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets)
1892 - David Garnett, England, novelist/editor (Lady into Fox)
1971 - Bev Oden, Millington Tenn, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96)
1892 - Joseph Weinheber, Austria poet/writer (Adel und Untergang)
1892 - Vita Sackville-West, England, novelist/poet (The Land)
1946 - Jim Cregan, British rock musician
1971 - Sean Holcomb, NFL linebacker (NE Patriots)
1894 - Frank Arnau, German writer (d. 1976)
1900 - Aimone duke of Spoleta/Aosta, Italian king of Croatia (1941-43)
1948 - Jimmy Fadden, Long Beach Calif, singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
1972 - Spencer Howson, Australian radio broadcaster
1902 - Will Geer, Frankfort Indiana, American actor (Grandpa Walton-The Waltons)
1949 - Tapani Kansa, Finnish singer
1905 - Flix L V L J Labisse, French painter (libidoscaphes)
1973 - Troy Bailey, WLAF DE (Scotland Claymores)
1905 - Peter C Quennell, English biographer/critic (Byron in Italy)
1975 - Adonal Foyle, NBA center (SF Warriors)
1952 - William Kirby Cullen, Santa Ana Calif, actor (How the West Was Won)
1908 - Luiz Cosme, composer
1909 - Derk Bodde, American sinologist (d. 2003)
1976 - Ben Mulroney, Canadian television host
1977 - Radek Dvorak, Tabor Cze, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
1955 - Fernando Bujones, Miami Fla, ballet dancer
1912 - Alan David Melville, polymath
1955 - Teo Fabi, formula-1 Indy-car racer (rookie of year-1983)
1956 - Shashi Tharoor, Indian author its success establishes Verdi as one of Italy's foremost opera writers.
1842 - The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.
1847 - Mexican-American War: The first large-scale amphibious assault in U.S. history is launched in the Siege of Veracruz.
1862 - American Civil War: The USS Monitor and CSS Virginia fight to a draw in the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first battle between two ironclad warships.
1896 - Prime Minister Francesco Crispi resigns following the Italian defeat at the Battle of Adowa.
1910 - The Westmoreland County Coal Strike, involving 15,000 coal miners represented by the United Mine Workers, begins.
1916 - Pancho Villa leads nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against Columbus, New Mexico.
1925 - Pink's War: The first Royal Air Force operation conducted independently of the British Army or Royal Navy begins.
1933 - Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt submits the Emergency Banking Act to Congress, the first of his New Deal policies.
1944 - World War II: Japanese troops counter-attack American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville in a battle that would last five days.
1944 - The Soviet Air Forces conduct heavy bombing on Tallinn, Estonia, killing up to 800 people, mostly civilians.
1946 - Bolton Wanderers stadium disaster at Burnden Park, Bolton, England, 33 killed and hundreds injured
1954 - McCarthyism: CBS television broadcasts the See It Now episode, "A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy", produced by Fred Friendly.
1956 - Soviet military suppresses a mass demonstrations in the Georgian SSR, reacting to Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization policy.
1957 - A magnitude 8.3 earthquake in the Andreanof Islands, Alaska triggers a Pacific-wide tsunami causing extensive damage to Hawaii and Oahu.
1959 - The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
1960 - Dr. Belding Hibbard Scribner implants for the first time a shunt he invented into a patient, which allows the patient to receive hemodialysis on a regular basis.
1961 - Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight.
1967 - Trans World Airlines Flight 553, a Douglas DC-9-15, crashes in a field in Concord Township, Ohio following a mid-air collision with a Beechcraft Baron, killing 26.
1976 - Forty-two people die in the 1976 Cavalese cable-car disaster, the worst cable-car accident to date.
1977 - The Hanafi Muslim Siege: In a thirty-nine hour standoff, armed Hanafi Muslims seize three Washington, D.C., buildings, killing two and taking 149 hostage.
1989 - Financially-troubled Eastern Air Lines filed for bankruptcy.
1990 - Dr. Antonia Novello is sworn in as Surgeon General of the United States, becoming the first female and Hispanic American to serve in that position.
1991 - Massive demonstrations are held against Slobodan Miloevic in Belgrade.
1997 - Comet Hale-Bopp: Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia are treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permits Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day.
2010 - The first same-sex marriages in Washington, D.C., take place.
2011 - Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.
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