2009 – The Dubai Metro, the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula, is ceremonially inaugurated.
1972 – In Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration and mapping team discovers a link between the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world.
1965 – Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10–12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages, becoming the first hurricane to cause over $1 billion in unadjusted damage.
1965 – The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is established.
1956 – Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.
1947 – First case of a computer bug being found: A moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University.
1940 – George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.
1914 – World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army.
1892 – Amalthea, third moon of Jupiter is discovered by Edward Emerson Barnard.
1863 – American Civil War: The Union Army enters Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1850 – California is admitted as the thirty-first U.S. state.
1839 – John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph.
1791 – Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is named after President George Washington.
1776 – The Continental Congress officially names its union of states the United States.
1739 – Stono Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in Britain's mainland North American colonies prior to the American Revolution, erupts near Charleston, South Carolina.
1141 – Yelü Dashi, the Liao dynasty general who founded the Qara Khitai, defeats the Seljuq and Kara-Khanid forces at the Battle of Qatwan.
1993 – Crazy Mary Dobson, American wrestler. Sarah Bridges (born September 10, 1993) is an American professional wrestler.
1991 – Hunter Hayes, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is proficient at more than 30 instruments and is signed to Warner Music Nashville.
1990 – Haley Reinhart, American singer-songwriter and actress. In July 2011, Reinhart signed a recording deal with Interscope Records.
1989 – Alfonzo Dennard, American football player. He played in college for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.
1988 – Will Middlebrooks, American baseball player. He also played in MLB for the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers.
1986 – Keith Yandle, American hockey player. Keith Michael Yandle (born September 9, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and alternate captain for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
1984 – Brad Guzan, American soccer player. Bradley Edwin Guzan (/ɡuˈzæn/; born September 9, 1984) is an American soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Major League Soccer club Atlanta United FC and the United States national team.
1982 – John Kuhn, American football player. Kuhn earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Steelers in Super Bowl XL.
1981 – Julie Gonzalo, Argentine-American actress. Gonzalo is also known for her roles in films, including Freaky Friday, A Cinderella Story, and Christmas with the Kranks, and on television series Veronica Mars and Eli Stone.
1980 – Todd Coffey, American baseball player. He was born in Forest City, North Carolina.
1979 – Nikki DeLoach, American actress and singer. Ashlee Nicole "Nikki" DeLoach (born September 9, 1979) is an American actress and singer.
1978 – Kurt Ainsworth, American baseball player and businessman, co-founded Marucci Sports. Kurt Harold Ainsworth (born September 9, 1978) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher.
1978 – Shane Battier, American basketball player and sportscaster. Shane Courtney Battier (born September 9, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for various teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1977 – Kyle Snyder, American baseball player and coach. Snyder played MLB for the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox.
1976 – Joey Newman, American composer and conductor. Joseph V Carollo (born September 9, 1976) is an American film composer, orchestrator, arranger and conductor working in the fields of film and television.
1974 – Marcos Curiel, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Marcos Curiel (born September 9, 1974) is the lead guitarist of rock bands P.O.D., The Accident Experiment and Daylight Division.
1972 – Goran Višnjić, Croatian-American actor. Goran Visnjic (/ˈvɪʃnjɪtʃ/ VISH-nyitch; Croatian pronunciation: ; born September 9, 1972) is a Croatian–American actor who has appeared in American and British films and television productions.
1972 – Mike Hampton, American baseball player and coach. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks.
1971 – Eric Stonestreet, American actor. He is best known for portraying Cameron Tucker in the ABC mockumentary sitcom Modern Family, for which he received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series out of three nominations.
1971 – Henry Thomas, American actor and guitarist. He is best known for his breakout role in Steven Spielberg's film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and his more recent recurring role in The Haunting of Hill House.
1968 – Jon Drummond, American sprinter and coach. Drummond (born September 9, 1968) is an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
1967 – B. J. Armstrong, American basketball player and sportscaster. Armstrong won three NBA championships during his career as a point guard for the Chicago Bulls.
1967 – Chris Caffery, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Chris Caffery (born September 9, 1967 in Suffern, NY) is an American musician, best known for his work as a member of Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
1967 – Mark Shrader, American wrestler. Mark Shrader (born September 9, 1967) is a retired American professional wrestler, trainer and promoter who competed in numerous independent promotions throughout the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s.
1966 – Adam Sandler, American actor, screenwriter, and producer. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, he went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that have grossed over $2 billion at the box office combined.
1966 – Kevin Hatcher, American ice hockey player. Kevin John Hatcher (born September 9, 1966) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the NHL for 17 seasons between 1984 and 2001 for the Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes.
1965 – Dan Majerle, American basketball player and coach. Daniel Lewis Majerle (/ˈmɑːrli/; born September 9, 1965), also known by the nickname "Thunder Dan", is an American retired professional basketball player and current coach of the Grand Canyon Antelopes.
1964 – Aleksandar Hemon, Bosnian-American author and critic. His best known novels are Nowhere Man (2002) and The Lazarus Project (2008).
1964 – Skip Kendall, American golfer. He plays on the Champions Tour and formerly played on the Web.com Tour and the PGA Tour.
1963 – Chris Coons, American lawyer and politician. Christopher Andrew Coons (born September 9, 1963) is an American politician serving as the Junior United States Senator from Delaware since 2010.
1960 – Bob Stoops, American football player and coach. Robert Anthony Stoops (born September 9, 1960) is an American football coach who serves as head coach and general manager of the Dallas Renegades.
1960 – Kimberly Willis Holt, American author. National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
1951 – Tom Wopat, American actor and singer. Since then, Wopat has worked regularly, most often on the stage in musicals and in supporting television and movie roles.
1950 – John McFee, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. John McFee (born September 9, 1950, Santa Cruz, California) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist, and long-time member of The Doobie Brothers.
1949 – Daniel Pipes, American historian and author. His writing focuses on American foreign policy and the Middle East.
1949 – Joe Theismann, American football player and sportscaster. Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949) is an American former professional gridiron football player, sports commentator, corporate speaker and restaurateur.
1947 – David Rosenboom, American composer and educator. David Rosenboom (born September 9, 1947 in Fairfield, Iowa) is an American composer and a pioneer in the use of neurofeedback, cross-cultural collaborations and compositional algorithms.
1947 – Freddy Weller, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Wilton Frederick "Freddy" Weller (born September 9, 1947) is an American country music artist.
1947 – T. M. Wright, American author, poet, and illustrator (d. 2015). M." Wright (September 9, 1947 – October 31, 2015) was an American author best known as a writer of horror fiction, speculative fiction, and poetry.
1945 – Dee Dee Sharp, American singer. Dee Dee Sharp (born Dione LaRue, September 9, 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American R&B singer, who began her career recording as a backing vocalist in 1961.
1945 – Doug Ingle, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player. Douglas Lloyd Ingle (born September 9, 1945, in Omaha, Nebraska, US) is a founding member and, formerly, organist, primary composer and lead vocalist for the band Iron Butterfly.
1942 – Danny Kalb, American singer and guitarist (Blues Project). He was an original member of the 1960s group the Blues Project.
1942 – Inez Foxx, American singer. Inez Foxx (born September 9, 1942) and her elder brother Charlie Foxx (October 23, 1939 – September 18, 1998) were an African-American rhythm and blues and soul duo from Greensboro, North Carolina.
1941 – Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist, created the C programming language (d. 2011). Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – c.
1941 – Otis Redding, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1967), was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues.
1940 – Joe Negroni, American doo-wop singer (Frankie Lyman & The Teenagers) (d. 1978), was an American singer of Puerto Rican descent. He was a rock and roll pioneer and founding member of the rock and roll group Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.
1939 – Ron McDole, American football player. He played college football at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL).
1931 – Ida Mae Martinez, American wrestler (d. 2010), was an American professional wrestler in the 1950s, known as Ida Mae Martinez. After her retirement in 1960, she appeared in the 2004 documentary Lipstick & Dynamite about the early years of Women's professional wrestling in North America.
1928 – Moses Anderson, American Roman Catholic bishop (d. 2013), was a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church.
1928 – Sol LeWitt, American painter and sculptor (d. 2007), was an American artist linked to various movements, including Conceptual art and Minimalism.
1927 – Elvin Jones, American drummer and bandleader (d. 2004), was an American jazz drummer of the post-bop era. He showed an interest in drums at a young age, watching the circus bands march by his family's home in Pontiac, Michigan.
1926 – Louise Abeita, Isleta Pueblo (Native American) writer, poet, and educator (d. 2014), was a Puebloan writer, poet, and educator, who was an enrolled member of Isleta Pueblo.
1924 – Jane Greer, American actress (d. 2001), was an American film and television actress who was perhaps best known for her role as femme fatale Kathie Moffat in the 1947 film noir Out of the Past.
1924 – Russell M. Nelson, American captain, surgeon, and religious leader. Russell Marion Nelson Sr. (born September 9, 1924) is an American religious leader and former surgeon who is the 17th and current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
1923 – Cliff Robertson, American actor (d. 2011), was an American actor with a film and television career that spanned half a century. Robertson portrayed a young John F.
1923 – Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, American physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008), was an American physician and medical researcher who was the co-recipient (with Baruch S. Blumberg) of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1976 for work on an infectious agent which would later be identified as kuru, the first known human prion disease.
1922 – Bernard Bailyn, American historian, author, and academic. He has been a professor at Harvard University since 1953.
1922 – Hans Georg Dehmelt, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017), was a German and American physicist, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1989, for co-developing the ion trap technique (Penning trap) with Wolfgang Paul, for which they shared one-half of the prize (the other half of the Prize in that year was awarded to Norman Foster Ramsey). Their technique was used for high precision measurement of the electron magnetic moment.
1922 – Hoyt Curtin, American composer and producer (d. 2000), was an American composer and music producer, the primary musical director for the Hanna-Barbera animation studio from its beginnings with The Ruff & Reddy Show in 1957 until his retirement in 1986, except from 1965–1972, when the primary music director was Ted Nichols.
1920 – Robert Wood Johnson III, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1970). He was a grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I (co-founder of Johnson & Johnson).
1911 – Paul Goodman, American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1972), was an American author and public intellectual best known for his 1960s works of social criticism. Born to a Jewish family in New York City, Goodman was raised by his aunts and sister and attended City College of New York.
1907 – Leon Edel, American author and critic (d. 1997), was a North American literary critic and biographer. He was the elder brother of North American philosopher Abraham Edel.
1905 – Joseph E. Levine, American film producer, founded Embassy Pictures (d. 1987). At the time of his death it was said he was involved in 497 films as a producer, distributor or financier.
1903 – Phyllis A. Whitney, American author (d. 2008), was a Japanese-born American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations.
1899 – Bruno E. Jacob, American academic, founded the National Forensic League (d. 1979), was a professor at Ripon College in Wisconsin and founder of the National Forensic League. He served as the league's executive secretary from 1925 until his retirement in 1969.
1899 – Waite Hoyt, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1984), was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, one of the dominant pitchers of the 1920s, and the most successful pitcher for the New York Yankees during that decade. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969.
1898 – Frankie Frisch, American baseball player and manager (d. 1973). Frank Francis Frisch (September 9, 1898—March 12, 1973), nicknamed "The Fordham Flash" or "The Old Flash", was an American Major League Baseball player and manager of the first half of the twentieth century.
1894 – Arthur Freed, American composer and producer (d. 1973), was an American lyricist and Hollywood film producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Picture twice, in 1951 for An American in Paris and in 1958 for Gigi.
1890 – Colonel Sanders, American businessman, founded KFC (d. 1980), was an American businessman, best known for founding fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (also known as KFC) and later acting as the company's brand ambassador and symbol. His name and image are still symbols of the company.
1887 – Alf Landon, American lieutenant, banker, and politician, 26th Governor of Kansas (d. 1987), was an American politician from the Republican Party. He served as the twenty-sixth Governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1937.
1882 – Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (d. 1962), was an American sportscaster and public address announcer. He also lent his voice to Pathe News's RKO newsreels.
1878 – Adelaide Crapsey, American poet and critic (d. 1914). Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in Rochester, New York, daughter of Adelaide T.
1876 – Frank Chance, American baseball player and manager (d. 1924). He also served as manager of the Cubs, Yankees, and Boston Red Sox.
1872 – Max Reinhardt, Austrian-born American actor and director (d. 1943), was an Austrian-born theatre and film director, intendant, and theatrical producer. With his innovative stage productions, he is regarded as one of the most prominent directors of German-language theatre in the early 20th century.
1868 – Mary Hunter Austin, American author, poet, and critic (d. 1934), was an American writer. One of the early nature writers of the American Southwest, her classic The Land of Little Rain (1903) describes the fauna, flora and people – as well as evoking the mysticism and spirituality – of the region between the High Sierra and the Mojave Desert of southern California.
1823 – Joseph Leidy, American paleontologist and academic (d. 1891), was an American paleontologist, parasitologist, geologist, and anatomist.
1755 – Benjamin Bourne, American judge and politician (d. 1808), was a United States Representative from Rhode Island, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the First Circuit.
2015 – Einar H. Ingman Jr., American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1929)
2013 – Saul Landau, American journalist, director, and author (b. 1936)
2012 – Mike Scarry, American football player and coach (b. 1920)
2012 – Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer and businessman, founded Amul (b. 1921)
2006 – Richard Burmer, American composer and engineer (b. 1955)
2006 – William Bernard Ziff Jr., American businessman, founded Ziff Davis (b. 1930)
2004 – Caitlin Clarke, American actress (b. 1952)
2004 – Ernie Ball, American guitarist and businessman (b. 1930)
2003 – Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist and academic (b. 1908)
1999 – Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (b. 1946)
1999 – Ruth Roman, American actress (b. 1922)
1998 – Bill Cratty, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1951)
1997 – Burgess Meredith, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
1997 – Richie Ashburn, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1927)
1996 – Bill Monroe, American singer-songwriter (b. 1911)
1994 – Patrick O'Neal, American actor (b. 1927)
1993 – Helen O'Connell, American singer (b. 1920)
1985 – Paul Flory, American chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
1980 – John Howard Griffin, American journalist and author (b. 1920)
1978 – Jack L. Warner, Canadian-American production manager and producer, co-founded Warner Bros. (b. 1892)
1975 – John McGiver, American actor (b. 1913)
1945 – Max Ehrmann, American poet and lawyer (b. 1872)
1943 – Charles McLean Andrews, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1863)
1915 – Albert Spalding, American baseball player, manager, and businessman, co-founded Spalding (b. 1850)
1910 – Lloyd Wheaton Bowers, American lawyer and politician, United States Solicitor General (b. 1859)
1909 – E. H. Harriman, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1848)
1815 – John Singleton Copley, American-English colonial and painter (b. 1738)
1806 – William Paterson, Irish-American judge and politician, 2nd Governor of New Jersey (b. 1745)
1676 – Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, French soldier, founded Montreal (b. 1612)