1998 Clinton-Lewinsky Affair Lewinsky files an affidavit in the Jones case in which she denies ever having a sexual relationship with President Clinton. This would later be revealed to be false.
1991 Pete Rose The baseball legend is released from prison after serving a five-month term for income tax evasion.
1973 Hitler The German dictator's car is auctioned for $153,000. It was a 1940 Mercedes 770-K equipped with bullet proof glass and armor plates.
1929 Buck Rogers The cartoon character crawls out of a mine on the outskirts of Pittsburgh and into the 25th century.
1929 Tarzan The comic strip, by Harold Foster, premiers.
1927 The Harlem Globetrotters The famed basketball team plays their first road game.
1926 First public demonstration of true television By inventor John L. Baird in London.
1914 First successful navigation of the Panama Canal It was made by a crane boat.
1896 Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook.
1830 First U.S. passenger railroad The Baltimore & Ohio in Maryland begins taking passengers. Tickets were 9¢ for a ride from Pratt Street to the Carrollton Viaduct.
1789 First national election in the United States.
1785 First manned balloon flight across the English Channel Jean Pierre Blanchard and Dr. John Jeffries.
1714 The typewriter is patented, by English engineer Henry Mill, although he never built one.
1610 Jupiter Galileo discovers three of planet's moons. He discovered a 4th moon six days later.
1964 Nicolas Cage (Nicholas Coppola), American actor. Film: Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Wild at Heart (1990).
1959 Kathy Valentine American guitarist, with the Go-Go's. Music: We Got the Beat (1981) and Vacation (1982).
1957 Katie Couric American TV personality. TV: Today (co-anchor).
1952 Erin Gray American actress. TV: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Col. Deering) and Silver Spoons (Kate).
1948 Kenny Loggins American singer, songwriter. Music: I'm Alright (theme from Caddyshack 1980) and What a Fool Believes (1979, #1, co-writer).
1929 Terry Moore (Helen Koford), American actress. Film: Come Back Little Sheba (1952).
1928 William Peter Blatty American Oscar-winning screenwriter. Film: The Exorcist (1973), which he finished using the $10,000 he won on You Bet Your Life.
1922 Vincent Gardenia d. 1992 (Vincent Scognamiglio), Italian Tony-Emmy-winning actor. TV: All in the Family (Frank Lorenzo).
1910 Orval Eugene Faubus d. 1994 American politician, Governor of Arkansas (1955-67). In September of 1957 he ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine blacks from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock.
1903 Alan Napier d. 1988 (Alan Napier-Clavering), British actor. TV: Batman (Alfred the butler).
1881 Gene Carr d. 1959 American cartoonist, creator of Lady Bountiful.
1873 Adolph Zukor d. 1976 Hungarian-born U.S. film executive, founder of Paramount Pictures. He distributed the first feature-length film shown in the U.S. (1912, Queen Elizabeth), which was made in France and starred Sarah Bernhardt.
1845 Louis III d. 1921 King of Bavaria (1913-18).
1827 Sir Sandford Fleming d. 1915 Canadian railroad engineer. He was responsible for establishing time zones (1878). He also designed the first Canadian postage stamp (1851).
1800 Millard Fillmore d. 1874 13th U.S. President (1850-53) and 12th U.S. Vice-President (1849-50). A popular myth is that he installed the first bathtub in the White House, however, this myth started as a joke by H. L. Mencken in the New York Evening Mail.
1745 Jacques Étienne Montgolfier d. 1799 French inventor. He and his brother invented the hot-air balloon (1782).
1502 Gregory XIII d. 1585 (Ugo Buoncompagni), Italian religious leader, 226th Pope (1572-85). He congratulated King Gregory IX after he ordered the killing of thousands of Huguenots throughout France (1572). He also instituted the Gregorian calendar (1582).
2008 Bill Belew b. 1931 American costume designer, "The Man Who Dressed the King." He designed Elvis Presley's costumes (1968-77) and set the trend for stage costumes that was followed by performers such as the Jackson 5 and The Osmonds. He also designed for many other stars, including Gladys Knight and Doc Severensen.
1989 Michinomiya Hirohito b. 1901 124th Japanese emperor (1926-89). His reign was designated "Showa" (Enlightened Peace). He was the first Japanese emperor to travel abroad (1971).
1988 Trevor Howard b. 1916 English Emmy-winning actor. Film: Brief Encounter (1945) and Sons and Lovers (1960). TV: The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (1963, Emmy).
1943 Nikola Tesla b. 1856 Serbian-American inventor, considered America's greatest electrical engineer, credited with inventing radio, and for whom the tesla (unit of magnetic flux density) is named. He invented the first AC induction motor (1883). Noted for making incredible claims, Tesla claimed that he invented a death ray that could send concentrated beams of particles through air with the capability of bringing down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 250 miles. Biography: Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius
1655 Innocent X b. 1574 Italian religious leader, 236th Pope (1644-55). He formally condemned Jansenism (1653).
1536 Catherine of Aragon b. 1485 Queen of England, Henry VIII's first wife. After the Pope refused to allow to sanction the King's divorce from her, the King established the Church of England and declared himself the religious ruler for his land.