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  • 2014 – Sweden is the first European Union member state to officially recognize the State of Palestine.
  • 1987 – In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit (fourth generation) video game console, the PC Engine, which is later sold in other markets under the name TurboGrafx-16.
  • 1983 – The first democratic elections in Argentina after seven years of military rule are held.
  • 1974 – The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman takes place in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali wins by KO in the eighth round, regaining the title of World Heavyweight Champion and causing Foreman´s first professional defeat.
  • 1965 – Vietnam War: United States Marines repel an intense attack by Viet Cong forces and killing 56 guerrillas near Da Nang.
  • 1960 – Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
  • 1953 – Cold War: U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally approves the top secret document National Security Council Paper No. 162/2, which states that the United States' arsenal of nuclear weapons must be maintained and expanded to counter the communist threat.
  • 1947 – The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which is the foundation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is founded.
  • 1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States.
  • 1925 – John Logie Baird creates Britain's first television transmitter.
  • 1920 – The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
  • 1918 – The Ottoman Empire signs an armistice with the Allies, ending the First World War in the Middle East.
  • 1894 – Domenico Melegatti obtains a patent for a procedure to be applied in producing pandoro industrially.
  • 1864 – Helena, Montana is founded after four prospectors discover gold at "Last Chance Gulch".
  • 1831 – In Southampton County, Virginia, escaped slave Nat Turner is captured and arrested for leading the bloodiest slave rebellion in United States history.


  • 1996 – Devin Booker, American basketball player. Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1993 – Marcus Mariota, American football player. Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota (born October 30, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1989 – Nastia Liukin, Russian-American gymnast and actress. Anastasia Valeryevna "Nastia" Liukina (/ˈljuːkɪn/; Russian: Анастасия "Настя" Валерьевна Люкина ; born October 30, 1989) is a Russian American former artistic gymnast.
  • 1988 – Janel Parrish, American actress and singer. She is also known for portraying Young Cosette in the Broadway production of Les Misérables (1996), and Jade in the teen comedy film Bratz (2007).
  • 1984 – Eva Marcille, American model and actress. Eva Marcille Sterling (née Pigford; born October 30, 1984) is an American actress, fashion model and television personality.
  • 1983 – Trent Edwards, American football player. After a promising start to his Buffalo career in which he won nine of his first thirteen starts, Edwards suffered a concussion after a late hit which arguably derailed his career, with many observing that he was never the same player after the hit.
  • 1982 – Andy Greene, American ice hockey player. Andrew Greene (born October 30, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey player and captain for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • 1982 – Manny Parra, American baseball player. He has played as a pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds and currently plays for the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican League.
  • 1982 – Stalley, American rapper. Kyle Myricks (born October 30, 1982), better known by his stage name Stalley, is an American rapper from Massillon, Ohio.
  • 1981 – Ian Snell, American baseball player. Ian Dante Snell (born October 30, 1981) is an American former professional baseball right-handed pitcher.
  • 1981 – Ivanka Trump, American model and businesswoman. Ivana Marie "Ivanka" Trump (/ɪˈvɑːŋkə/), also known as Yael Kushner (Hebrew: .mw-parser-output .script-hebrew,.mw-parser-output .script-Hebr{font-size:1.15em;font-family:"Ezra SIL","Ezra SIL SR","Keter Aram Tsova","Taamey Ashkenaz","Taamey David CLM","Taamey Frank CLM","Frank Ruehl CLM","Keter YG","Shofar","David CLM","Hadasim CLM","Simple CLM","Nachlieli","SBL BibLit","SBL Hebrew",Cardo,Alef,"Noto Serif Hebrew","Noto Sans Hebrew","David Libre",David,"Times New Roman",Gisha,Arial,FreeSerif,FreeSans}יָעֵל, lit. ibex; born October 30, 1981), is an American businesswoman, fashion designer, author, and reality television personality serving as Senior Advisor to the President since 2017.
  • 1981 – Joshua Jay, American magician and author. He fooled Penn and Teller on their hit show, Fool Us, and he holds a Guinness World Record for card tricks.
  • 1980 – Kareem Rush, American basketball player. Kareem Lamar Rush (born October 30, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player for the Kansas City Tornados of North American Premier Basketball (NAPB).
  • 1978 – Martin Dossett, American football player. Martin William Dossett (born October 30, 1978) is a former NFL wide receiver who signed with the Green Bay Packers.
  • 1978 – Matthew Morrison, American singer-songwriter and actor. Morrison is signed with Adam Levine's 222 Records and received a Tony Award nomination for his featured role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the musical The Light in the Piazza.
  • 1978 – Stephanie Izard, American chef. Stephanie Izard (born October 30, 1976) is an American chef residing in Chicago, Illinois, best known as the first female chef to win Bravo's Top Chef, taking the title during its fourth season.
  • 1976 – Maurice Taylor, American basketball player. Originally from Detroit, Taylor played college basketball at Michigan and was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers as the 14th overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft.
  • 1970 – Ben Bailey, American comedian and game show host. He is best known for hosting the Emmy Award-winning game show Cash Cab in New York City.
  • 1970 – Nia Long, American actress. She is known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Third Watch and Empire, and the films Boyz n the Hood, Friday, Love Jones, Soul Food, In Too Deep, The Best Man, Big Momma's House and Are We There Yet?.
  • 1970 – Tory Belleci, American visual effects designer and television host. Salvatore Paul "Tory" Belleci is an American television personality and model maker, best known for his work on the Discovery Channel television program MythBusters.
  • 1968 – Jack Plotnick, American actor, director, and producer. Jack Stuart Plotnick (born October 30, 1968) is an American film and television actor, writer, and producer.
  • 1968 – Ken Stringfellow, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Best known for his work with The Posies, R.E.M., and the re-formed Big Star, Stringfellow's discography includes more than 200 albums.
  • 1964 – Howard Lederer, American poker player. Lederer has also contributed to several books on poker strategy and has provided commentary for poker programming.
  • 1963 – Andrew Solomon, American-English journalist and author. Andrew Solomon (born October 30, 1963) is a writer on politics, culture and psychology, who lives in New York City and London.
  • 1963 – Kristina Wagner, American actress. Kristina Wagner (born Kristina Kay Crump) is an American actress best known for her role as Felicia Jones on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
  • 1963 – Michael Beach, American actor and producer. On television, he starred as Monte Parker in the NBC drama series Third Watch from 1999 to 2005.
  • 1963 – Rebecca Heineman, American video game designer and programmer. She has been chief executive officer for Olde Sküül since 2013.
  • 1961 – Larry Wilmore, American comedian and television host. He is also the creator of the sitcom The Bernie Mac Show.
  • 1961 – Scott Garrelts, American baseball player. Scott William Garrelts (born October 30, 1961), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the San Francisco Giants from 1982 to 1991.
  • 1960 – Charnele Brown, American actress and singer. Brown is perhaps best known for her role as Kimberly Reese on NBC comedy sitcom A Different World from 1988 until 1993.
  • 1958 – Joe Delaney, American football player (d. 1983), was an American football running back who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL). In his two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Delaney set four franchise records that would stand for more than twenty years.
  • 1958 – Ramona d'Viola, American cyclist and photographer. Ramona d'Viola (born October 30, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cyclist.
  • 1957 – Kevin Pollak, American actor, game show host, and producer. He has appeared in over 80 films; his roles include Sam Weinberg in the legal film A Few Good Men, Jacob Goldman in Grumpy Old Men and its sequel Grumpier Old Men; Todd Hockney in The Usual Suspects, Phillip Green in Casino, and Bobby Chicago in End of Days.
  • 1955 – Heidi Heitkamp, American lawyer and politician, 28th Attorney General of North Dakota. Senate from North Dakota.
  • 1954 – T. Graham Brown, American country singer-songwriter. Active since 1973, Brown has recorded a total of thirteen studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
  • 1953 – Charles Martin Smith, American actor, director, and screenwriter. He is known for his roles in American Graffiti (1973), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Never Cry Wolf (1983), Starman (1984), The Untouchables (1987), Deep Cover (1992), And the Band Played On (1993), Speechless (1994) and Deep Impact (1998).
  • 1953 – Pete Hoekstra, Dutch-American lawyer and politician. Cornelis Pieter "Pete" Hoekstra (/ˈhʊkstrə/; born October 30, 1953) is a Dutch-American politician serving as the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands since January 10, 2018.
  • 1951 – Harry Hamlin, American actor. Law, for which he received three Golden Globe nominations.
  • 1951 – Poncho Sanchez, American singer and conga player. Poncho Sánchez (born Filoberto Sanchez , October 30, 1951) is a Mexican American conguero (conga player), Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer.
  • 1949 – Larry Gene Bell, American murderer (d. 1996), was an American double murderer in Lexington County, South Carolina, who was electrocuted for the murders of Sharon Faye "Shari" Smith and Debra May Helmick. Bell forced Smith to write a "Last Will and Testament" before he murdered her and taunted her family by telephone.
  • 1947 – Glenn Andreotta, American soldier (d. 1968), was an American helicopter crew chief in the Vietnam War noted for being one of three who intervened in the My Lai Massacre, in which 504 unarmed children, women and men were murdered.
  • 1947 – Herschel Weingrod, American screenwriter and producer. His parents are of Jewish descent.
  • 1947 – Timothy B. Schmit, American singer-songwriter and bass player. Schmit has also worked for decades as a session musician and solo artist.
  • 1946 – Andrea Mitchell, American journalist. Andrea Mitchell (born October 30, 1946) is an American television journalist, anchor, and commentator for NBC News, based in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 – Robert L. Gibson, American captain, pilot, and astronaut. Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson (born October 30, 1946), (Capt, USN, Ret.), is a former American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and a retired NASA astronaut, as well as a professional pilot who currently races regularly at the annual Reno Air Races.
  • 1945 – Henry Winkler, American actor, comedian, director, and producer. He also starred as Sy Mittleman on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital, and as Eddie R.
  • 1941 – Otis Williams, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Temptations). Otis Williams (born Otis Miles Jr.; October 30, 1941) is an American baritone singer.
  • 1939 – Eddie Holland, American singer-songwriter and producer. Edward Holland Jr. (born October 30, 1939) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.
  • 1939 – Grace Slick, American singer-songwriter and model. Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing, October 30, 1939) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco's burgeoning psychedelic music scene in the mid-1960s.
  • 1939 – Leland H. Hartwell, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. Leland Harrison (Lee) Hartwell (born October 30, 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is former president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.
  • 1936 – Dick Vermeil, American football player and coach. Richard Albert Vermeil (/vərˈmiːl/; born October 30, 1936) is an American former football head coach for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles (1976–1982), St.
  • 1935 – Robert Caro, American journalist and author. Robert Allan Caro (born October 30, 1935) is an American journalist and author known for his biographies of United States political figures Robert Moses and Lyndon B.
  • 1931 – Vince Callahan, American lieutenant and politician (d. 2014), was an American politician who served for 40 years as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. From January 1968 to January 2008, he represented the 34th district, which covers McLean, Great Falls, Tysons Corner, and parts of Herndon and Vienna.
  • 1930 – Clifford Brown, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1956), was an American jazz trumpeter. He died at the age of 25 in a car accident, leaving behind four years' worth of recordings.
  • 1930 – Don Meineke, American basketball player (d. 2013), was an American professional basketball player.
  • 1930 – Néstor Almendros, Spanish-American director and cinematographer (d. 1992), was a Spanish cinematographer. One of the highest appraised contemporary cinematographers, "Almendros was an artist of deep integrity, who believed the most beautiful light was natural light...he will always be remembered as a cinematographer of absolute truth...a true master of light".
  • 1928 – Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999). He shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application in restriction mapping.
  • 1927 – Joe Adcock, American baseball player and manager (d. 1999), was a major league baseball player and manager in the Major and Minor Leagues. He was best known as a first baseman and right-handed slugger with the powerful Milwaukee Braves teams of the 1950s, whose career included numerous home run feats.
  • 1925 – Tommy Ridgley, American singer and bandleader (d. 1999), was an American R&B singer and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1924 – John P. Craven, American soldier and engineer (d. 2015), was an American scientist who was known for his involvement with Bayesian search theory and the recovery of lost objects at sea. He was Chief Scientist of the Special Projects Office of the United States Navy.
  • 1923 – Gloria Oden, American poet and academic (d. 2011), was an American poet, editor and retired professor of English. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for Resurrections, a collection of poems that responded to the unsolved murder of her mother and sister in their home in Washington, D.C.
  • 1922 – Jane White, American actress and singer (d. 2011), was an actress of African-American descent. Born in New York City, she attended Smith College and The New School.
  • 1917 – Bobby Bragan, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2010). Robert Randall Bragan (October 30, 1917 – January 21, 2010) was an American shortstop, catcher, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball and an influential minor league executive.
  • 1916 – Leon Day, American baseball player (d. 1995), was an American professional baseball pitcher who spent the majority of his career in the Negro leagues. Recognized as one of the most versatile athletes in the league during his prime, Day could play every position, with the exception of catcher, and often was the starting second baseman or center fielder when he was not on the mound.
  • 1915 – Fred W. Friendly, American journalist and producer (d. 1998). Friendly (born Ferdinand Friendly Wachenheimer, October 30, 1915 – March 3, 1998) was a president of CBS News and the creator, along with Edward R.
  • 1915 – Jane Randolph, American-Swiss actress and singer (d. 2009), was an American film actress. She is perhaps best known for her portrayals of Alice Moore in the 1942 horror film Cat People, and its sequel, The Curse of the Cat People (1944).
  • 1914 – Richard E. Holz, American minister and composer (d. 1986), was an American brass band composer, served as Chaplain to the U.S. Air Force in New Guinea, Philippines and Japan.
  • 1911 – Ruth Hussey, American actress (d. 2005), was an American actress best known for her Academy Award-nominated role as photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story.
  • 1908 – Patsy Montana, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1996), was an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. Montana was the first female country performer to have a million-selling single with her signature song "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart", and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1907 – Sol Tax, American anthropologist and academic (d. 1995). He is best known for creating action anthropology and his studies of the Meskwaki, or Fox, Indians, for "action-anthropological" research titled the Fox Project, and for founding the academic journal Current Anthropology.
  • 1906 – Alexander Gode, German-American linguist and translator (d. 1970), was a German-American linguist, translator and the driving force behind the creation of the auxiliary language Interlingua.
  • 1898 – Bill Terry, American baseball player and manager (d. 1989). William Harold Terry (October 30, 1898 – January 9, 1989) was a Major League Baseball first baseman and manager.
  • 1897 – Rex Cherryman, American actor (d. 1928), was an American actor of the stage and screen whose career was most prolific during the 1920s.
  • 1896 – Harry Randall Truman, American soldier (d. 1980). Truman (October 30, 1896 – May 18, 1980) was a resident of the U.S. state of Washington who lived near Mount St.
  • 1896 – Ruth Gordon, American actress and screenwriter (d. 1985), was an American film, stage, and television actress, as well as a screenwriter and playwright. Gordon began her career performing on Broadway at age nineteen.
  • 1895 – Dickinson W. Richards, American physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973). He was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1956 with André Cournand and Werner Forssmann for the development of cardiac catheterization and the characterisation of a number of cardiac diseases.
  • 1893 – Charles Atlas, Italian-American bodybuilder (d. 1972), was an Italian-American bodybuilder best remembered as the developer of a bodybuilding method and its associated exercise program which spawned a landmark advertising campaign featuring his name and likeness; it has been described as one of the longest-lasting and most memorable ad campaigns of all time.
  • 1888 – Louis Menges, American soccer player, soldier, and politician (d. 1969), was an American amateur soccer player who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics.
  • 1886 – Zoë Akins, American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1958), was an American playwright, poet, and author. She won a Pulitzer Prize for drama.
  • 1885 – Ezra Pound, American poet and critic (d. 1972), was an expatriate American poet and critic, a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement, and a fascist sympathizer. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision, concision, and economy of language.
  • 1882 – William Halsey, Jr., American admiral (d. 1959). Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr., KBE (October 30, 1882 – August 16, 1959), known as Bill Halsey or "Bull" Halsey, was an American admiral in the United States Navy during World War II.
  • 1881 – Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and author (d. 1941), was a Kentucky novelist and poet, primarily known for her novels and stories set in central Kentucky's Washington County, including The Time of Man (1926), "My Heart and My Flesh," The Great Meadow (1930) and A Buried Treasure (1931). All of her writings are characterized by her distinct, rhythmic prose.
  • 1871 – Buck Freeman, American baseball player (d. 1949), was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball at the turn of the 20th century. Listed at 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) and 169 lb (77 kg), he both batted and threw left-handed.
  • 1735 – John Adams, American lawyer and politician, 2nd President of the United States (d. 1826), was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the second president of the United States, from 1797 to 1801. Before his presidency, he was a leader of the American Revolution that achieved independence from Great Britain and served as the first vice president of the United States.


  • 2015 – Al Molinaro, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2015 – Mel Daniels, American basketball player and coach (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Norm Siebern, American baseball player and scout (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – Bob Geigel, American wrestler and promoter (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Thomas Menino, American businessman and politician, 53rd Mayor of Boston (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Bill Currie, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Frank Wess, American saxophonist and flute player (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Dan Tieman, American basketball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2007 – John Woodruff, American runner and colonel (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – Linda S. Stein, American businesswoman and manager (b. 1945)
  • 2007 – Robert Goulet, American actor and singer (b. 1933)
  • 2007 – Washoe, American chimpanzee (b. 1965)
  • 2006 – Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist and author (b. 1926)
  • 2005 – Al López, American baseball player and manager (b. 1908)
  • 2004 – Peggy Ryan, American actress and dancer (b. 1924)
  • 2004 – Phyllis Frost, Australian philanthropist, founded Keep Australia Beautiful (b. 1917)
  • 2002 – Jam Master Jay, American rapper and producer (b. 1965)
  • 2000 – Steve Allen, American actor, television personality, game show panelist, and talk show host (b. 1921)
  • 1997 – Samuel Fuller, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1992 – Joan Mitchell, American painter (b. 1925)
  • 1988 – T. Hee, American animator and screenwriter (b. 1911)
  • 1987 – Joseph Campbell, American mythologist, scholar, and author (b. 1904)
  • 1979 – Barnes Wallis, English scientist and engineer, invented the "bouncing bomb" (b. 1887)
  • 1968 – Conrad Richter, American journalist and novelist (b. 1890)
  • 1968 – Ramon Novarro, Mexican-American actor, singer, and director (b. 1899)
  • 1968 – Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist and author (b. 1886)
  • 1965 – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., American historian and author (b. 1888)
  • 1957 – Fred Beebe, American baseball player and coach (b. 1880)
  • 1942 – Walter Buckmaster, English polo player and stockbroker, co-founded Buckmaster & Moore (b. 1872)
  • 1919 – Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet (b. 1850)
  • 1912 – James S. Sherman, American lawyer and politician, 27th Vice President of the United States (b. 1855)
  • 1910 – Henry Dunant, Swiss activist, founded the Red Cross, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1828)
  • 1899 – William H. Webb, American shipbuilder and philanthropist (b. 1816)
  • 1896 – Carol Benesch, Czech architect, designed Peleș Castle (b. 1822)
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