2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules 4–3 in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gives the state legislature 180 days to change the law making Massachusetts the first state in the United States to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.
1993 – In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is approved by the House of Representatives.
1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.
1961 – United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam.
1944 – The Popular Socialist Youth is founded in Cuba.
1938 – Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday.
1916 – World War I: First Battle of the Somme: In France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off the battle which started on July 1, 1916.
1909 – Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of José Santos Zelaya.
1903 – The Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama, giving the United States exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone.
1901 – Britain and the United States sign the Hay–Pauncefote Treaty, which nullifies the Clayton–Bulwer Treaty and withdraws British objections to an American-controlled canal in Panama.
1883 – American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.
1872 - Susan B. Anthony and 14 other women are arrested for illegal voting in the United States presidential election of 1872.
1803 – The Battle of Vertières, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere.
1760 – The rebuilt debtors' prison, at the Castellania in Valletta, receives the first prisoners.
1730 – The future Frederick II (known as Frederick the Great), King of Prussia, is granted a royal pardon and released from confinement.
1493 – Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
1095 – The Council of Clermont begins: called by Pope Urban II, it led to the First Crusade to the Holy Land.
1992 – Nathan Kress, American actor and director. Kress has been acting since the age of four and played the role of Freddie Benson on the Nickelodeon series iCarly.
1989 – Natalie Osman, American wrestler. She is known both for working for WWE in their developmental territory NXT, under the ring name Skyler Moon, and for working for Southern California independent promotions including National Wrestling Alliance, Pro Wrestling Bushido, Mach One Wrestling, Empire Wrestling Federation, as well as Shimmer Women Athletes under the names Buggy Nova, or simply Buggy.
1988 – Jeffrey Jordan, American basketball player. Jeffrey Michael Jordan (born November 18, 1988) is an American former basketball player who played for the University of Central Florida Knights and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini.
1988 – Michael Roach, American soccer player. Michael Roach (born December 17, 1952) is an American non-traditional teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.
1985 – Allyson Felix, American sprinter. Allyson Michelle Felix OLY (born November 18, 1985) is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters.
1985 – Christian Siriano, American fashion designer. He launched his namesake "Christian Siriano" collection in 2008, which brought in revenue of over $1.2 million by 2010 and was estimated to have reached $5 million by 2012.
1983 – Travis Buck, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros.
1982 – Greg Estandia, American football player. He played college football at Nevada-Las Vegas.
1981 – Allison Tolman, American actress. She is best known for her role as Molly Solverson in the first season of the FX television series Fargo, earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
1981 – Christina Vidal, American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles in films such as Life with Mikey, Brink!, Freaky Friday, and See No Evil and for her role in Nickelodeon sitcom Taina, in which she played the title character (2001–02).
1981 – Maggie Stiefvater, American author. Margaret Stiefvater (/ˈstiːvɑːtər/ STEE-vah-tər; born November 18, 1981) is an American writer of Young Adult fiction, known mainly for her series of fantasy novels The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle.
1981 – Nasim Pedrad, Iranian-American actress. Nasim Pedrad (Persian: نسیم پدراد; born November 18, 1981) is an American actress and comedian best known for her five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009 to 2014.
1980 – Denny Hamlin, American race car driver. He has won over 30 NASCAR Cup Series races, including the Daytona 500 in 2016 and 2019.
1980 – Dustin Kensrue, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Dustin Michael Kensrue (pronounced KENZ-roo) (born November 18, 1980) is a musician, songwriter and former worship leader.
1976 – Dominic Armato, American voice actor. His most famous role is the voice of Guybrush Threepwood in the Monkey Island series.
1976 – Sage Francis, American rapper (Non-Prophets). Paul William "Sage" Francis (born November 18, 1976) is an American independent underground rapper from Providence, Rhode Island.
1975 – David Ortiz, Dominican-American baseball player. David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975), nicknamed "Big Papi", is a Dominican-American former professional baseball (MLB) designated hitter (DH) and first baseman who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).
1975 – Pastor Troy, American rapper, producer, and actor. He is also a member of the hardcore rap group D.S.G.B. (Down South Georgia Boyz).
1975 – Shawn Camp, American baseball player. Shawn Anthony Camp (born November 18, 1975) is an American college baseball coach and former professional baseball pitcher.
1974 – Chloë Sevigny, American actress and fashion designer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe, a Satellite Award, and an Independent Spirit Award, as well as Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
1971 – Terrance Hayes, American poet and academic. Terrance Hayes (born November 18, 1971) is an American poet and educator who has published seven poetry collections.
1970 – Megyn Kelly, American lawyer and journalist, was a news anchor at Fox News from 2004 to 2017, and a talk show host and correspondent with NBC News from 2017 to 2018. She currently self-reports on her Instagram page and YouTube channel.
1970 – Mike Epps, American comedian, actor, and producer. He was the voice of Boog in Open Season 2 (replacing Martin Lawrence).
1969 – Duncan Sheik, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. He has composed music for motion pictures and the Broadway stage, winning Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for his work on the 2006 musical Spring Awakening.
1969 – Sam Cassell, American basketball player and coach. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game and All-NBA Team once, both in the 2003–04 season.
1968 – Gary Sheffield, American baseball player and coach. Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played with eight teams from 1988 to 2009.
1968 – George Kotsiopoulos, American stylist and journalist. George Kotsiopoulos (born November 18, 1968) is an American magazine editor of Greek descent, fashion consultant, stylist and television personality.
1968 – Owen Wilson, American actor, producer, comedian and screenwriter. He has appeared in a number of Frat Pack comedies and voiced Lightning McQueen in the Cars franchise.
1968 – Romany Malco, American rapper, producer, actor, and screenwriter (College Boyz). Romany Romanic Malco Jr. (born November 18, 1968) is an American actor, voice actor, and music producer.
1967 – Tom Gordon, American baseball player. Thomas Flynn Gordon (born November 18, 1967), nicknamed "Flash", is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.
1964 – Rita Cosby, American journalist and author. Rita Cosby Live & Direct anchor (2005-2007)
1963 – Dante Bichette, American baseball player and coach. He was also the hitting coach for the Rockies in 2013.
1963 – Len Bias, American basketball player (d. 1986), was a first-team All-American college basketball forward at the University of Maryland. Two days after being selected by the Boston Celtics as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft, Bias died from cardiac arrhythmia induced by a cocaine overdose.
1962 – Bart Bryant, American golfer. Barton Holan Bryant (born November 18, 1962) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
1962 – Kirk Hammett, American guitarist and songwriter. Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962) is an American musician who has been lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983.
1960 – Elizabeth Perkins, American actress. She is also well known for her role as Celia Hodes in the Showtime TV series Weeds, for which she received three Primetime Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.
1957 – Tony Bunn, American bassist, composer, producer, and writer. Robert Anthony Bunn, also known as Tony Bunn, (born November 18, 1957) is an American bassist, composer, producer, and writer.
1956 – Jim Weirich, American computer scientist, developed Rake Software (d. 2014), was a software developer, speaker, teacher, and contributor to the Ruby programming language community. He was active in the Ruby community worldwide, speaking at events in Asia, South America, Europe, and the United States.
1956 – Warren Moon, American football player and sportscaster. Moon also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.
1955 – Carter Burwell, American composer and conductor. Burwell has also scored three of Todd Haynes' films and all the films of director Martin McDonagh.
1953 – Kevin Nealon, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995, acted in several of the Happy Madison films, played Doug Wilson on the Showtime series Weeds, and provided the voice of the title character, Glenn Martin, on Glenn Martin, DDS.
1951 – Justin Raimondo, American journalist and author, was an American author and the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He described himself as a "conservative-paleo-libertarian."
1951 – Pete Morelli, American businessman. Peter Danie Morelli (born November 18, 1951) is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1997 NFL season and the president of Saint Mary's High School in Stockton, California.
1950 – Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American rock bass player. Rudy Sarzo (born Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont, November 18, 1950) is a Cuban American hard rock/heavy metal bassist.
1948 – Ana Mendieta, Cuban-American sculptor and painter (d. 1985), was a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who is best known for her "earth-body" artwork. Born in Havana, Mendieta left for the United States in 1961.
1948 – Andrea Marcovicci, American actress and singer. Andrea Louisa Marcovicci (born November 18, 1948) is an American actress and singer.
1948 – Jack Tatum, American football player (d. 2010), was an American football safety who played 10 seasons from 1971 through 1980 for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers in the National Football League (NFL). He was popularly known as "the Assassin" because of his playing style.
1947 – Jameson Parker, American actor and producer. Simon on the 1980s television series Simon & Simon.
1947 – Timothy Maude, American general (d. 2001), was a United States Army officer who was killed in the September 11 attacks at The Pentagon.
1946 – Alan Dean Foster, American author. Alan Dean Foster (born November 18, 1946) is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, who has written several book series, more than 20 standalone novels and many novelizations of film scripts.
1944 – Edwin C. Krupp, American astronomer, archaeoastronomer, author, Director Griffith Observatory. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of archaeoastronomy, the study of how ancient cultures viewed the sky and how those views affected their cultures.
1944 – Wolfgang Joop, German fashion designer, founded JOOP!. He is the father of fashion and jewel designer Jette Joop and of writer and painter Florentine Joop.
1942 – Linda Evans, American actress. Linda Evans (born Linda Evenstad; November 18, 1942) is an American actress known primarily for her roles on television.
1942 – Susan Sullivan, American actress. Sullivan is best known for her roles as Lenore Curtin Delaney on the daytime soap opera Another World (1971–76), as Lois Adams on the ABC sitcom It's a Living (1980–81), as Maggie Gioberti Channing on the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest (1981–89), as Kitty Montgomery on the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg (1997–2002), and as Martha Rodgers on Castle (2009–2016).
1941 – Gary Bettenhausen, American race car driver (d. 2014), was an American auto racing driver. He was born in Blue Island, Illinois, raised in Tinley Park, Illinois, graduated in the class of 1962 from Bremen High School (Midlothian, Illinois) in Midlothian, Illinois and at the time of his death resided in Monrovia, Indiana.
1939 – Brenda Vaccaro, American actress. In a career spanning over half a century, she received one Academy Award nomination, three Golden Globe Award nominations (winning one), four Primetime Emmy Award nominations (winning one), and three Tony Award nominations.
1936 – Don Cherry, American trumpet player (Old and New Dreams, New York Contemporary Five, and Codona) (d. 1995). Donald Stewart Cherry (born February 5, 1934) is a Canadian ice hockey commentator.
1933 – Bruce Conner, American painter, photographer, and director (d. 2008), was an American artist who worked with assemblage, film, drawing, sculpture, painting, collage, and photography.
1932 – Danny McDevitt, American baseball player (d. 2010), was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1957 through 1962 for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Athletics. The left-hander was listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and 170 pounds (77 kg).
1929 – Gianna D'Angelo, American soprano and educator (d. 2013), was an American coloratura soprano, primarily active in the 1950s and 1960s.
1928 – Sheila Jordan, American singer-songwriter and pianist. Jordan pioneered a bebop and scat jazz singing style with an upright bass as the only accompaniment.
1927 – Hank Ballard, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2003), was a rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, the lead vocalist of The Midnighters and one of the first rock and roll artists to emerge in the early 1950s. He played an integral part in the development of the genre, releasing the hit singles "Work With Me, Annie" and answer songs "Annie Had a Baby" and "Annie's Aunt Fannie" with his Midnighters.
1925 – Gene Mauch, American baseball player and manager (d. 2005), was an American professional baseball player and manager, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944, 1948), Pittsburgh Pirates (1947), Chicago Cubs (1948–1949), Boston Braves (1950–1951), St. Louis Cardinals (1952) and Boston Red Sox (1956–1957).
1923 – Alan Shepard, American admiral, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1998), was an American astronaut, naval aviator, test pilot, and businessman. In 1961 he became the first American to travel into space, and in 1971 he walked on the Moon.
1923 – Ted Stevens, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2010), was an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Alaska from 1968 to 2009. He was the longest-serving Republican U.S.
1920 – Robert Fryer, American playwright and producer (d. 2000), was an American theatrical and film producer. Beginning in the early 1950s, Robert Fryer produced and co-produced many Broadway hits.
1919 – Jocelyn Brando, American actress (d. 2005), was an American film, stage, and television actress.
1917 – Beebe Steven Lynk, African-American chemist and author (d. 1948), was one of the first African-American women chemists and chemistry teachers. She was an active member of the early black women's club movement, authoring a book, Advice to Colored Women in 1896.
1915 – Ken Burkhart, American baseball player and umpire (d. 2004), was an American right-handed pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. From 1945 through 1949 he played for the St.
1909 – Johnny Mercer, American singer-songwriter and producer, co-founded Capitol Records (d. 1976), was an American lyricist, songwriter, and singer. He was also a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessman Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E.
1908 – Imogene Coca, American actress, comedian, and singer (d. 2001), was an American comic actress best known for her role opposite Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. Starting out in vaudeville as a child acrobat, she studied ballet and wished to have a serious career in music and dance, graduating to decades of stage musical revues, cabaret and summer stock.
1906 – Alec Issigonis, Greek-English car designer, designed the mini car (d. 1988), was an English-Greek designer of cars, widely noted for the groundbreaking and influential development of the Mini, launched by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1959, and in 1999 voted the second most influential car of the twentieth century.
1906 – George Wald, American neurobiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997), was an American scientist who studied pigments in the retina. He won a share of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Haldan Keffer Hartline and Ragnar Granit.
1906 – Klaus Mann, German-American novelist, short story writer, and critic (d. 1949), was a German-born American writer and dissident. He was the brother of Erika Mann, with whom he maintained a lifelong close relationship.
1902 – Franklin Adreon, American film and television director (d. 1979), was an American film and television director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.
1901 – George Gallup, American statistician and academic (d. 1984), was an American pioneer of survey sampling techniques and inventor of the Gallup poll, a successful statistical method of survey sampling for measuring public opinion.
1899 – Eugene Ormandy, Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (d. 1985), was a Hungarian-American conductor and violinist, best known for his association with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as its music director. The maestro's 44-year association with the orchestra is one of the longest enjoyed by any conductor with a single orchestra.
1899 – Howard Thurman, American author, philosopher and civil rights activist (d. 1981), was an African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. As a prominent religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century.
1888 – Frances Marion, American screenwriter, novelist and journalist (d. 1973), was an American screenwriter, journalist, author, and film director, often cited as one of the most renowned female screenwriters of the 20th century alongside June Mathis and Anita Loos. During the course of her career, she wrote over 325 scripts.
1883 – Carl Vinson, American judge and politician (d. 1981), was an American politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for over 50 years and was influential in the 20th century expansion of the U.S.
1882 – Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American soprano (d. 1963), was an Italian coloratura soprano. She was one of the most popular operatic singers of the 20th century, with her recordings selling in large numbers.
1880 – Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect, designed the Central Sofia Market Hall (d. 1952), was a Bulgarian architect, born in 1880, deceased in 1952.
1874 – Clarence Day, American author and poet (d. 1935), was an American author and cartoonist, best known for his 1935 work Life With Father.
1861 – Dorothy Dix, American journalist and author (d. 1951), was an American journalist and columnist. As the forerunner of today's popular advice columnists, Dix was America's highest paid and most widely read female journalist at the time of her death.
1810 – Asa Gray, American botanist and academic (d. 1888). Asa Gray (November 18, 1810 – January 30, 1888) is considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century.
2016 – Sharon Jones, American soul and funk singer (b. 1956)
2015 – Dan Halldorson, Canadian-American golfer (b. 1952)
2014 – Dave Appell, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1922)
2013 – Bennett Reimer, American author and academic (b. 1932)
2013 – Ljubomir Vračarević, Serbian martial artist, founded Real Aikido (b. 1947)
2012 – Phoebe Hearst Cooke, American businesswoman and philanthropist (b. 1927)
2010 – Brian G. Marsden, English-American astronomer and academic (b. 1937)
2009 – Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)
2005 – Harold J. Stone, American actor (b. 1911)
2004 – Cy Coleman, American pianist and composer (b. 1929)
2004 – Robert Bacher, American physicist and academic (b. 1905)
2003 – Michael Kamen, American composer and conductor (b. 1948)
2002 – James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)
2001 – Walter Matuszczak, Polish-American football player 1939 All-America, 1941 New York Giants draft (b. 1918)
1999 – Doug Sahm, American singer and guitarist (b. 1941)
1999 – Paul Bowles, American composer and author (b. 1910)
1994 – Cab Calloway, American singer-songwriter and bandleader (The Cab Calloway Orchestra) (b. 1907)
1986 – Gia Carangi, American model (b. 1960)
1984 – Mary Hamman, American journalist and author (b. 1907)
1979 – Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1901)
1978 – Jim Jones, American cult leader, founded Peoples Temple (b. 1931)
1978 – Leo Ryan, American soldier, educator, and politician (b. 1925)
1976 – Man Ray, American-French photographer and painter (b. 1890)
1972 – Danny Whitten, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Crazy Horse) (b. 1943)
1969 – Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., American businessman and diplomat, 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (b. 1888)
1965 – Henry A. Wallace, American academic and politician, 33rd Vice President of the United States (b. 1888)
1886 – Chester A. Arthur, American general, lawyer, and politician, 21st President of the United States (b. 1829)
1852 – Rose Philippine Duchesne French-American nun and saint (b. 1769)
1830 – Adam Weishaupt, German philosopher and academic, founded the Illuminati (b. 1748)