Joachim and Ann Memorial Day commemorating the parents of the Virgin Mary.
Feast Day of St. Pantaleon Patron saint of physicians.
1996 Centennial Olympic Park Bombing Right-wing extremist Eric Robert Rudolph commits the first of his four bombings. Two people were killed and 111 were injured. He later set off bombs at two abortion clinics and a lesbian night club.
1987 The Titanic First artifacts from the four-story "unsinkable" ship are recovered by French explorers. She sank in 1912 after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic during her maiden voyage.
1986 First non-European to win the Tour de France bicycle race American cyclist Greg LeMond wins what is considered the most important event in bike racing.
1976 The Beatles John Lennon is issued his green card, allowing him to live in the U.S., where he had been living illegally since a 1972 deportation order.
1953 Korean War The three-year war officially ends with the signing of an armistice between the U.S. and Korea. Both sides claimed victory.
1919 Chicago Race Riot Four days of rioting begins in which 23 blacks and 15 whites are killed, with more than 500 people injured.
1866 Atlantic telegraph cable Laying of the 1,686-mile cable from Ireland to Newfoundland is completed.
1804 12th Amendment ratified defined the electing of the President and Vice-President by electoral vote.
1949 Maureen McGovern American singer. She sang the themes to The Poseidon Adventure (1973, #1, Oscar) and The Towering Inferno (1975, Oscar).
1948 Peggy Fleming American figure skater, 3-time world champion (1966-68), 5-time U.S. champion (1964-68), and Olympic gold medal winner (1968).
1948 Betty Thomas American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Hill Street Blues (Sgt. Lucy Bates).
1944 Bobbie Gentry (Roberta Streeter), American Grammy-winning singer. Music: Ode to Billie Joe (1967, #1) and I'll Never Fall In Love Again (1970).
1938 Gary Gygax American gamer, co-inventor of the game Dungeons & Dragons.
1931 Jerry Van Dyke American actor, Dick's brother. TV: Coach (Luther).
1922 Adolfo Celi d. 1986 Italian actor. Film: Thunderball (1965, one-eyed SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo).
1916 Keenan Wynn d. 1986 (Francis Wynn), American actor. TV: Dallas (Digger Barnes). He appeared in over 200 films.
1852 George Foster Peabody d. 1938 American banker, director of the Federal Reserve Bank at New York (1914-21). The Peabody broadcasting awards were created in his honor (1940).
1824 Alexandre Dumas d. 1895 (Dumas fils), French author, playwright. Writings: Camille (1852) and The Natural Son (1858).
2003 Bob Hope b. 1903 (Leslie Townes Hope), English-born American Emmy-winning comedian, entertainer of the troops. He has won five Oscars for his humanitarian actions and contributions to the industry.
1946 Gertrude Stein b. 1874 American author, poet, famous for her phrase "A rose is a rose is a rose."
1844 John Dalton b. 1766 English chemist, physicist, perfected the atomic theory (1804).
1828 Gilbert Stuart b. 1755 American artist, painted the portrait of Washington (1796) that appears on the $1 bill.
1741 Antonio Vivaldi b. circa 1675 Italian Baroque violin virtuoso and composer, called "The Red Priest."
1061 Nicholas II b. ???? religious leader, 155th Pope (1059-61).
432 Saint Celestine I b. ???? religious leader, 43rd Pope (422-432).