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  • 1982 – Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University bulletin board system.
  • 1970 – The first Glastonbury Festival is held, at a farm belonging to Michael Eavis.
  • 1957 – First American underground nuclear bomb test (part of Operation Plumbbob).
  • 1952 – The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England.
  • 1946 – The Council of Europe is founded following a speech by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich.
  • 1944 – World War II: Battle of Hürtgen Forest between United States and Nazi Germany begins.
  • 1879 – The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Third Battle of Winchester: Union troops under General Philip Sheridan defeat a Confederate force commanded by General Jubal Early. With over 50,000 troops engaged, it was the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley and was not only militarily decisive in that region of Virginia, but also played a role in securing Abraham Lincoln's election in 1864.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The first day of the Battle of Chickamauga, in northwestern Georgia, the bloodiest two-day battle of the conflict, and the only significant Confederate victory in the war's Western Theater.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Iuka: Union troops under General William Rosecrans defeat a Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price.
  • 1778 – The Continental Congress passes the first United States federal budget.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: British forces win a tactically expensive victory over the Continental Army in the First Battle of Saratoga.


  • 1996 – Ugly God, American rapper. Royce Rodriguez (born September 19, 1996) better known as Ugly God, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and internet personality.
  • 1989 – George Springer, American baseball player. George Chelston Springer III (born September 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1989 – Tyreke Evans, American basketball player. Evans went on to win the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
  • 1988 – Kenny Britt, American football player. Kenneth Lawrence Britt (born September 19, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent.
  • 1986 – Ryan Succop, American football player. Ryan Barrow Succop (/ˈsʌkʌp/ "suck-up"; born September 19, 1986) is an American football placekicker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1985 – Chase Rice, American singer-songwriter. He co-wrote the Pop Country single "Cruise" performed by Florida Georgia Line.
  • 1985 – Gio González, American baseball player. Giovany Aramis González (born September 19, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1984 – Danny Valencia, American baseball player. Daniel Paul Valencia (דני ולנסיה; born September 19, 1984) is an American-Israeli professional baseball player who is currently a free agent.
  • 1984 – Eva Marie, American wrestler. Natalie Marie Coyle (née Nelson; born September 19, 1984), known professionally as Natalie Eva Marie, is an American actress, fashion designer, fitness model, and former professional wrestler.
  • 1983 – Charlie Haeger, American baseball player. Charles Wallis Haeger (born September 19, 1983) is an American former professional baseball pitcher.
  • 1983 – Joey Devine, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics.
  • 1982 – Jordan Parise, American ice hockey player, was a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and player. Parise played in the National Hockey League (NHL), most notably for the Minnesota North Stars and the New York Islanders.
  • 1981 – Rick DiPietro, American ice hockey player. DiPietro Jr. (born September 19, 1981) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender and current co-host of ESPN 98.7 FM's "Humpty & Canty show" with Chris Canty and Dave Rothenberg.
  • 1977 – Ryan Dusick, American musician (Maroon 5) and record producer. He was the drummer for the pop rock band Maroon 5 until his departure in 2006.
  • 1976 – Alison Sweeney, American actress and television host. In this role, she has earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination, four Soap Opera Digest Awards and a Fan Voted Daytime Emmy Award.
  • 1976 – Jay Electronica, American rapper and producer. Timothy Elpadaro Thedford (born September 19, 1976), known professionally as Jay Electronica is an American rapper and record producer from New Orleans.
  • 1976 – Raja Bell, American basketball player. Raja Bell (born September 19, 1976) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Bobcats, and Golden State Warriors.
  • 1975 – Marcus Dunstan, American director and screenwriter, was the winner of Season Three of the filmmaking competition reality TV series Project Greenlight. Dunstan has since written the screenplays for Feast, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, Feast III: The Happy Finish, The Collector, The Collection, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI, and Saw 3D, and in some cases, making cameo appearances in those films as well.
  • 1974 – Jimmy Fallon, American comedian and talk show host. James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974) is an American comedian, actor, television host, singer, writer, and producer.
  • 1971 – Sanaa Lathan, American actress. She has starred in many films, including The Best Man (1999) and its 2013 sequel, The Best Man Holiday.
  • 1970 – Dan Bylsma, American ice hockey player and coach. Daniel Brian Bylsma (/ˈbaɪlzmə/; born September 19, 1970) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player.
  • 1970 – Victor Williams, American actor. Williams (born September 19, 1970) is an American actor best known as Doug Heffernan's (Kevin James) best friend Deacon Palmer on The King of Queens.
  • 1969 – Michael Symon, American chef and author. Symon (born September 19, 1969) is an American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author.
  • 1968 – Jimmy Bower, American drummer and songwriter. Jimmy Bower (born September 19, 1968) is an American guitarist and drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1968 – Monica Crowley, American talk show host and author. Monica Crowley (born September 19, 1968) is the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S.
  • 1967 – Jim Abbott, American baseball player. James Anthony Abbott (born September 19, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who achieved success at the major league level despite having been born without a right hand.
  • 1966 – Soledad O'Brien, American journalist and producer. She is chairwoman of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company and distributor that she founded in 2013.
  • 1965 – Sunita Williams, American captain, pilot, and astronaut. Sunita Lyn Williams (born September 19, 1965) is an American astronaut and United States Navy officer who formerly held the records for total spacewalks by a woman (seven) and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes).
  • 1965 – Tim Scott, American politician. Timothy Eugene Scott (born September 19, 1965) is an American politician and businessman serving as the junior United States Senator from South Carolina since 2013.
  • 1964 – Trisha Yearwood, American singer-songwriter and actress. Patricia Lynn Yearwood (born September 19, 1964) is an American country music artist, actress, author, television personality and celebrity chef.
  • 1962 – Cheri Oteri, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter, was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2000.
  • 1962 – Ken Rosenthal, American sportscaster. Since August 2017, he is a senior baseball writer for The Athletic.
  • 1960 – Mario Batali, American chef and author. Mario Francesco Batali (born September 19, 1960) is an American chef, writer, restaurateur, and media personality.
  • 1958 – Kevin Hooks, American actor, director, and producer. Kevin Hooks (born September 19, 1958) is an American actor, and a television and film director; he is notable for his roles in Aaron Loves Angela and Sounder, but may be best known as Morris Thorpe from TV's The White Shadow.
  • 1958 – Lita Ford, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist, was the lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career in the 1980s. The 1989 single "Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, remains Ford's most successful song, reaching No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
  • 1957 – Chris Roupas, American basketball player. Chris Roupas (born September 19, 1957) is a former 6 ft 5 in, 220 pound starting shooting guard for the Greek professional basketball team Aiolos in Athens, Greece, during the 1982–83 season.
  • 1955 – Rex Smith, American actor and singer. He is noted for his role as Jesse Mach in the 1985 television series Street Hawk; being the first actor to play the Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil in live action; and being a singer and stage actor.
  • 1955 – Richard Burmer, American composer and engineer (d. 2006), was an American composer, engineer, sound designer, musician and ethnomusicologist. His work with electronic music combined with musical styles and instruments from around the world formed his own unique and distinct sound.
  • 1953 – Sarana VerLin, American singer-songwriter and violinist. She was the vocalist/violinist of the bands Natasha and Dark Carnival and violinist for numerous bands.
  • 1952 – George Warrington, American businessman (d. 2007), was an American transportation official, who served New Jersey Transit for 28 years, latterly in the post of executive director.
  • 1952 – Henry Kaiser, American guitarist and composer, was an American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding. He established the Kaiser Shipyards, which built Liberty ships during World War II, after which he formed Kaiser Aluminum and Kaiser Steel.
  • 1952 – Nile Rodgers, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer. Nile Gregory Rodgers Jr. (born September 19, 1952) is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist.
  • 1952 – Rhys Chatham, American trumpet player, guitarist, and composer. Rhys Chatham (born September 19, 1952) is an American composer, guitarist, trumpet player, multi-instrumentalist (flutes in C, alto and bass, keyboard), primarily active in avant-garde and minimalist music.
  • 1950 – Joan Lunden, American television journalist, anchor, and author. Joan Lunden (born Joan Elise Blunden on September 19, 1950) is an American journalist, an author, and a television host.
  • 1949 – Barry Scheck, American lawyer, co-founded the Innocence Project. Barry Charles Scheck (born September 19, 1949) is an American lawyer.
  • 1947 – Henry Bromell, American novelist and screenwriter (d. 2013), was an American novelist, screenwriter, and director.
  • 1947 – Thomas H. Cook, American author and academic. Cook (born September 19, 1947) is an American author, whose 1996 novel The Chatham School Affair received an Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America.
  • 1946 – Gerald Brisco, American wrestler. Gerald Floyd Brisco (born September 19, 1946) is an American retired professional wrestler, currently employed by the professional wrestling promotion WWE as a talent scout.
  • 1945 – David Bromberg, American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. He is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time.
  • 1945 – Randolph Mantooth, American actor. Randolph Mantooth (born Randy DeRoy Mantooth, September 19, 1945), is an American actor who has worked in television, documentaries, theater, and film for more than 40 years.
  • 1943 – Joe Morgan, American baseball player and sportscaster. Joe Leonard Morgan (born September 19, 1943) is an American former professional baseball second baseman who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics from 1963 to 1984.
  • 1942 – Freda Payne, American singer and actress. Her most notable record is her 1970 hit single, "Band of Gold".
  • 1941 – Cass Elliot, American singer (d. 1974), was an American singer and actress who is best known for having been a member of the Mamas and the Papas. After the group broke up, she released five solo albums.
  • 1940 – Bill Medley, American singer-songwriter. Medley produced a number of the duo's songs, including "Unchained Melody" and "Soul and Inspiration".
  • 1940 – Zandra Rhodes, English fashion designer, founded the Fashion and Textile Museum. Rhodes designed garments for Diana Princess of Wales and numerous celebrities.
  • 1937 – Abner Haynes, American football player, was a running back in the American Football League (AFL).
  • 1936 – Al Oerter, American discus thrower (d. 2007), was an American athlete and a four-time Olympic Champion in the discus throw. He was the first athlete to win a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympic Games.
  • 1935 – Benjamin Thurman Hacker, American admiral (d. 2003), was a U.S. Navy officer, who became the first Naval Flight Officer (NFO) to achieve Flag rank.
  • 1932 – Mike Royko, American journalist and author (d. 1997), was an American newspaper columnist from Chicago. Over his 30-year career, he wrote over 7,500 daily columns for three newspapers, the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune.
  • 1931 – Brook Benton, American pop/R&B/rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1988), was an American singer and songwriter who was popular with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music audiences during the late 1950s and early 1960s, with hits such as "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Endlessly", many of which he co-wrote.
  • 1930 – Bettye Lane, American photographer and journalist (d. 2012), was an American photojournalist known for documenting major events within the Feminist Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Gay Rights Movement in the United States. She joined CBS Television in 1960, and from 1962–1964 she was with the Saturday Evening Post.
  • 1930 – Muhal Richard Abrams, American pianist, composer, and educator, was an American educator, administrator, composer, arranger, clarinetist, cellist, and jazz pianist in the free jazz medium. He recorded and toured the United States, Canada and Europe with his orchestra, sextet, quartet, duo and as a solo pianist.
  • 1929 – Marge Roukema, American educator and politician (d. 2014), was an American politician who represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty-two years as a Republican.
  • 1928 – Adam West, American actor and businessman (d. 2017), was an American actor, known primarily for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film. West began acting in films in the 1950s.
  • 1927 – Helen Carter, American singer (d. 1998), was an American country music singer. The eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter, she performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of The Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, a pioneering all female country/folk music group.
  • 1927 – Nick Massi, American singer and bass player (The Four Seasons) (d. 2000). Macioci (September 19, 1927 – December 24, 2000), known as Nick Massi, was an American bass singer, songwriter, and bass guitarist for The Four Seasons.
  • 1926 – Duke Snider, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2011), was an American professional baseball player. Usually assigned to center field, he spent most of his Major League Baseball (MLB) career playing for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1947–1962), later playing one season each for the New York Mets (1963) and San Francisco Giants (1964).
  • 1926 – James Lipton, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. James Lipton (born September 19, 1926) is an American writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City.
  • 1925 – W. Reece Smith, Jr., American lawyer and academic (d. 2013). Smith served as the interim president of the University of South Florida, and the president of the American Bar Association.
  • 1924 – Vern Benson, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014). Vernon Adair Benson (September 19, 1924 – January 20, 2014) was an infielder/outfielder, coach, scout and interim manager in American Major League Baseball.
  • 1922 – Damon Knight, American author and critic (d. 2002), was an American science fiction author, editor and critic. He is the author of "To Serve Man", a 1950 short story adapted for The Twilight Zone.
  • 1922 – Willie Pep, American boxer and referee (d. 2006), was an American professional boxer, better known as Willie Pep who held the World Featherweight championship twice between the years of 1942 and 1950. Pep boxed a total of 1,956 rounds in the 241 bouts during his 26-year career, a considerable number of rounds and bouts even for a fighter of his era.
  • 1921 – Billy Ward, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2002). Billy Ward is the name of:
  • 1920 – Roger Angell, American journalist and author. Roger Sergeant Angell (born September 19, 1920) is an American essayist known for his writing on sports, especially baseball.
  • 1918 – Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo (Native American) painter (d. 2006), was an American Pueblo artist and painter.
  • 1913 – Frances Farmer, American actress (d. 1970). Walter Brennan (1958-1970) American actor
  • 1910 – Margaret Lindsay, American actress (d. 1981), was an American film actress. Her time as a Warner Bros. contract player during the 1930s was particularly productive.
  • 1908 – Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist, founded Isshin-ryū (d. 1975). He is the founder of Isshin-ryū ("One Heart Style") style of karate.)
  • 1907 – Lewis F. Powell, Jr., American lawyer and jurist (d. 1998), was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1971 to 1987. Powell compiled a right-wing and business-aligned record on the Court.
  • 1905 – Leon Jaworski, American lawyer, co-founded Fulbright & Jaworski (d. 1982), was an American attorney and law professor who served as the second special prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal. He was appointed to that position on November 1, 1973, soon after the Saturday Night Massacre of October 19–20, 1973, that resulted in the dismissal of his predecessor, Archibald Cox.
  • 1900 – Ricardo Cortez, American actor (d. 1977), was an American film actor and director. He was also credited as Jack Crane early in his acting career.
  • 1894 – Rachel Field, American author and poet (d. 1942), was an American novelist, poet, and children's fiction writer. She is best known for the Newbery Award–winning Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.
  • 1889 – Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author (d. 1999), was an American educator and civil rights pioneer who was the subject, along with her younger sister, Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany, of the New York Times bestselling oral history biography, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, by journalist Amy Hill Hearth. Sadie was the first multiethnic of African-American/European American permitted to teach domestic science at the high-school level in the New York public schools, and became famous, with the publication of the book, at the age of 103.
  • 1888 – James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist (d. 1971), was a mathematician and topologist of the pre-World War II era and part of an influential Princeton topology elite, which included Oswald Veblen, Solomon Lefschetz, and others. He was one of the first members of the Institute for Advanced Study (1933–1951), and also a professor at Princeton University (1920–1951).
  • 1888 – Porter Hall, American actor (d. 1953), was an American character actor known for appearing in a number of films in the 1930s and 1940s. Hall typically played villains or comedic incompetent characters.
  • 1887 – Lovie Austin, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1972), was an American Chicago bandleader, session musician, composer, singer, and arranger during the 1920s classic blues era. She and Lil Hardin Armstrong are often ranked as two of the best female jazz blues piano players of the period.
  • 1887 – Lynne Overman, American actor and singer (d. 1943). Born in Maryville, Missouri, he began his career in theatre before becoming a film actor in the 1930s and early 1940s.
  • 1883 – Mabel Vernon, American educator and activist (d. 1975), was an American suffragist, pacifist, and a national leader in the United States suffrage movement. She was a Quaker and a member of the American Woman Suffrage Association.
  • 1871 – Frederick Ruple, Swiss-American painter (d. 1938), was a 20th-century Swiss-American painter, primarily of portraits. He was commissioned to paint Confederate Civil War battle scenes and murals.
  • 1869 – Ben Turpin, American comedian and actor (d. 1940), was an American comedian and actor, best remembered for his work in silent films. His trademarks were his cross-eyed appearance and adeptness at vigorous physical comedy.
  • 1865 – Frank Eugene, American-German photographer (d. 1936), was an American-born photographer who was a founding member of the Photo-Secession and one of the first university-level professors of photography in the world.
  • 1824 – William Sellers, American engineer, inventor, and businessperson (d. 1824), was a mechanical engineer, manufacturer, businessman, and inventor who filed more than 90 patents, most notably the design for the United States standard screw thread. As president of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sellers proposed the adoption of a system of screw threads which was easier for ordinary mechanics and machinists to cut than a similar design by Joseph Whitworth.
  • 1811 – Orson Pratt, American mathematician and religious leader (d. 1881), was an American mathematician and religious leader who was an original member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and was a leading Mormon theologian and writer until his death.
  • 1754 – John Ross Key, American lieutenant, lawyer, and judge (d. 1821), was a lawyer, a commissioned officer in the Continental Army, a judge, and the father of writer Francis Scott Key.


  • 2014 – Audrey Long, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – John D. Vanderhoof, American banker and politician, 37th Governor of Colorado (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – John Reger, American football player (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – William Ungar, Polish-American author and philanthropist, founded the National Envelope Corporation (b. 1913)
  • 2012 – Bettye Lane, American photographer and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Cecil Gordon, American race car driver (b. 1941)
  • 2011 – Dolores Hope, American singer (b. 1909)
  • 2011 – Thomas Capano, American lawyer and politician (b. 1949)
  • 2009 – Milton Meltzer, American historian and author (b. 1915)
  • 2006 – Danny Flores, American singer-songwriter and saxophonist (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – Martha Holmes, American photographer and journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 – Skeeter Davis, American singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2000 – Ann Doran, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 1995 – Orville Redenbacher, American businessman, founded his own eponymous brand (b. 1907)
  • 1990 – Hermes Pan, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1910)
  • 1989 – Willie Steele, American long jumper (b. 1923)
  • 1973 – Gram Parsons, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1946)
  • 1968 – Chester Carlson, American physicist and lawyer (b. 1906)
  • 1968 – Red Foley, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1910)
  • 1955 – John D. Dingell, Sr., American journalist and politician (b. 1894)
  • 1942 – Condé Montrose Nast, American publisher, founded Condé Nast Publications (b. 1873)
  • 1906 – Maria Georgina Grey, English educator, founded the Girls' Day School Trust (b. 1816)
  • 1881 – James A. Garfield, American general, lawyer, and politician, and the 20th President of the United States (b. 1831)
  • 1863 – Hans Christian Heg, Norwegian-American colonel and politician (b. 1829)
  • 1692 – Giles Corey, American farmer and accused wizard (b. c. 1612)
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