On This Day
In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.
In 1937, Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.
In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Premier of Cuba following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista earlier that year.
In 1961, the DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.
In 1968, The nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.
In 1985, Hezbollah was founded.
In 2005, the Kyoto Protocol global warming pact, which the U.S. never ratified, went into effect when Russia ratified it
In 2011, Borders bookstore chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Born on This Day
1519 - Gaspard de Coligny, French Huguenot leader (d. 1572)
1787 - Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer (d. 1870)
1802 - Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, American philosopher (d. 1866)
1884 - Robert J. Flaherty, American filmmaker (d. 1951)
1887 - Kathleen Clifford, American actress (d. 1962)
1898 - Katharine Cornell, American actress (d. 1974)
1901 - Chester Morris, American film actor (d. 1970)
1903 - Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (d. 1978)
1909 - Hugh Beaumont, American actor (d. 1982)
1909 - Jeffrey Lynn, American actor (d. 1995)
1916 - Bill Doggett, American pianist and organist (d. 1996)
1918 - Patty Andrews, American singer, member of Andrews Sisters (d. 2013)
1921 - Vera-Ellen, American actress (d. 1981)
1926 - John Schlesinger, English film director (d. 2003)
1927 - June Brown, British actress
1931 - Otis Blackwell, American songwriter (_Fever_,
Great Balls of Fire, Breathless, Don't Be Cruel...) and singer (d. 2002)
1935 - Sonny Bono, American entertainer, politician, tree victim (d. 1998)
1952 - James Ingram, American singer, pianist and composer
1954 - Iain Banks, Scottish author
1957 - LeVar Burton, American actor
1958 - Ice-T, American rapper and actor
1961 - Andy Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran, The Power Station)
1962 - John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV) (d. 2004)
1968 - Warren Ellis, British comic writer
1977 - Brad Walst, American bassist (Three Days Grace)
1980 - Longineu W. Parsons III, American drummer (Yellowcard)
Died on This Day
1823 - Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, French painter (b. 1758)
1899 - Félix Faure, President of France (b. 1841)
1917 - Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
1919 - Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
1928 - Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (b. 1856)
1967 - Antonio Moreno, Spanish-born actor (b. 1887)
1979 - Louise Allbritton, American actress (b. 1920)
1988 - Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
1990 - Keith Haring, American artist (b. 1958)
1996 - Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Governor of California (b. 1905)
1996 - Brownie McGhee, American singer (b. 1915)
1996 - Roberto Aizenberg, Argentine painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
2000 - Marceline Day, American actress (b. 1908)
2000 - Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (b. 1918)
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