On This Day
In 1854, Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, patented the accordion.
In 1966, Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In 1968, Johnny Cash recorded his famous live concert at Folsom Prison.
In 1968, after extensive testing, Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida audio lab announced that the noise levels at rock concerts were harmful to teenage ears.
In 1990, Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the country's first elected black governor.
In 2002 , President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel.
In 2012, the passenger cruise ship
Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy, killing 32.
Born on This Day
1596 - Jan van Goyen, Dutch painter (d. 1656)
1749 - Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
1808 - Salmon P. Chase, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)
1832 - Horatio Alger, Jr., American minister and author (d. 1899)
1884 - Sophie Tucker, Russian-born singer and performer (d. 1966)
1885 - Alfred Fuller, Canadian businessman, The "Fuller Brush Man" (d. 1973)
1887 - Gabriel Gabrio, French actor (d. 1946)
1905 - Kay Francis, American actress (d. 1968)
1914 - Osa Massen, Danish actress (d. 2006)
1919 - Robert Stack, American actor (d. 2003)
1929 - Joe Pass, American jazz guitarist (d. 1994)
1931 - Ian Hendry, English actor (d. 1984)
1931 - Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (d. 2007)
1935 - Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress
1947 - John Lees, English Musician (Barclay James Harvest)
1954 - Trevor Rabin, South African guitarist (Yes)
1961 - Wayne Coyne, American singer (The Flaming Lips)
1961 - Suggs, English singer (Madness)
1977 - Orlando Bloom, English actor
1978 - Nate Silver, American journalist and statistician
Died on This Day
888 - Charles the Fat, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 839)
1599 - Edmund Spenser, English poet (b. 1552)
1625 - Jan Brueghel the Elder, Flemish painter (b. 1568)
1864 - Stephen Foster, American composer (b. 1826)
1882 - Wilhelm Mauser, German weapon designer and manufacturer (b. 1834)
1929 - Wyatt Earp, American Western lawman (b. 1848)
1941 - James Joyce, Irish writer (b. 1882)
1943 - Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist (b. 1889)
1956 - Lyonel Feininger, German-American painter and caricaturist (b. 1871)
1976 - Margaret Leighton, English actress (b. 1922)
1978 - Hubert H. Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911)
1979 - Donny Hathaway, American musician (b. 1945)
2002 - Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)
2009 - Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
2010 - Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes) (b. 1950)
National Rubber Ducky Day
Make Your Dreams Come True Day
International Skeptics Day
Poetry Break Day
Blame Someone Else Day (there seem to be a few of these)
National Peach Melba Day