1715 - Franz (Josef) Sparry, Composer
1900 - Jan Oort, Astronomer
1906 - Kurt Goedel (or Gödel), Logician, Mathematician, and Philosopher
1908 - Oskar Schindler, Austrian Industrialist
1916 - Ferruccio Lamborghini, Car Maker
1926 - Harper Lee, American Writer, Pulitzer Prize winner of her famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
1928 - Yves Klein, Painter
1941 - Ann-Margret, Actress
1950 - Jay Leno, Talk Show Host
Talk Show Host Jay Leno
1920 - Azerbaijan, a country in the Caucasus, joins the Soviet Union.
1947 - Norwegian marine biologist Thor Heyerdahl sets out from Peru on the raft Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvians could have settled in Polynesia. The journey to the Tuamotu Islands takes 101 days.
1966 - Douglas Moore's opera Carrie Nation, is first staged, in Kansas.
1969 - Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France after his proposals for constitutional reform are rejected by majority of voters in a referendum.
2001 - Billionaire Dennis Tito lifts off for the International Space Station becoming the first "space tourist."
2003 - Apple's iTunes music store opens with customers downloading one million songs in the first week of business.
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