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  • 2020: DEATH: Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, dies of COVID-19 complications at 85
  • 2020: EVENT: American singer-songwriter, record producer and guitarist Adam Schlesinger, best known for his work with Fountains Of Wayne, died at the age of 52 as a result of health complications caused by COVID-19. Fountains Of Wayne formed in New Jersey in 1995 and were named after a lawn ornament store in the state. Over his career, Schlesinger earned nominations for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, Tonys, Grammys and Emmys, winning the latter two.
  • 2016: EVENT: The Golden State Warriors NBA record winning home run ends at 54 games with a 109-106 defeat to the Boston Celtics; the loss at Oracle Arena was the Warriors’ first since January 2015
  • 2013: DEATH: Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), dies at 73
  • 2012: EVENT: 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins
  • 2007: EVENT: American super swimmer Michael Phelps smashes his own world record in the 400m individual medley (4:06.22) to win his record 7th gold medal at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1990: DEATH: Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), dies at 89
  • 1989: BIRTHDAY: Mikey Goldsworthy, Bassist, born in Australia
  • 1989: BIRTHDAY: Mikey Goldsworthy , Bassist , born in Australia
  • 1989: BIRTHDAY: Jan Blokhuijsen, Dutch long-track speed skater (Olympic gold team pursuit 2014; World Single Distance C'ship gold 2012, 13, 16, 17), born in Zuid-Scharwoude, Netherlands
  • 1987: BIRTHDAY: Li Ting, Chinese diver (Olympic gold platform synchro 2004; World C'ships gold 2003, 05), born in Lingui, Guilin, Guangxi, China
  • 1986: BIRTHDAY: Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater (Olympic gold 3,000m 2006, 14; 1500m 2010, 14; team 2014; World All-round C'ship gold x 7), born in Goirle, Netherlands
  • 1985: BIRTHDAY: Beth Tweddle, English gymnast (World C'ship gold 2006, 09, 10; Olympic bronze 2012), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1982: BIRTHDAY: Andreas Thorkildsen, Norwegian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 2004, 08; World C'ship gold 2009), born in Kristiansand, Norway
  • 1981: BIRTHDAY: Bjørn Einar Romøren, Norwegian ski jumper (FIS Ski Flying World C'ship gold team 2004, 06; Olympic bronze LH 2006), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1979: BIRTHDAY: Ivano Balic, Croatian handballer (198 caps; Olympic gold 2004; World C'ship gold 2003), born in Split, Croatia
  • 1979: BIRTHDAY: Matt Silverstein,, born in United States
  • 1979: BIRTHDAY: Jay Gould (entrepreneur), American tech entrepreneur, born in United States
  • 1979: BIRTHDAY: Ruth Beitia, Spanish athlete (Olympic gold women's high jump 2016), born in Santander, Spain
  • 1978: EVENT: Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • 1978: BIRTHDAY: Adam Goldworm, American talent manager, born in United States
  • 1978: BIRTHDAY: Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey right wing (World C'ship gold 2004; Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975: BIRTHDAY: Kristine Quance, American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, born in United States
  • 1974: BIRTHDAY: Sandra Völker, German swimmer (world record 50m backstroke 28.71 1999; World C'ship gold 4x100m relay 2001), born in Lübeck, Germany
  • 1973: EVENT: Japan allows its citizens to own gold
  • 1971: EVENT: United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • 1971: BIRTHDAY: Lea Maurer, American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, world champion, former world record-holder, coach, born in United States
  • 1965: BIRTHDAY: Mark Jackson, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1989; Rookie of the Year 1988; NY Knicks), coach (Golden State Warriors) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961: BIRTHDAY: Robin Leamy (swimmer), American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, world record-holder, born in United States
  • 1961: BIRTHDAY: Sergio Scariolo, Italian basketball coach (NBA: assistant Toronto Raptors; head coach Spain; World Cup gold 2019), born in Brescia, Italy
  • 1960: BIRTHDAY: Reijo Ruotsalainen, Finnish ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1987, 90; Edmonton Oilers; Olympic silver 1988), born in Oulu, Finland
  • 1960: EVENT: Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
  • 1958: BIRTHDAY: Toni Innauer, Austrian ski jumper (Olympic gold individual normal hill 1980; silver long hill 1976), born in Bezau, Austria
  • 1949: BIRTHDAY: Vojtech Rödl, Czech mathematician, born in United States
  • 1946: EVENT: 400,000 US mine workers strike
  • 1946: BIRTHDAY: Manfred Stengl, Austrian luger (Olympic gold men's doubles 1964), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1992)
  • 1942: BIRTHDAY: Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • 1939: BIRTHDAY: Phil Niekro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, famed knuckleballer; no-hitter 1973; 5 x MLB All Star; 5 x Gold Glove; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), born in Blaine, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1939: BIRTHDAY: Phil Niekro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (no-hitter 1973; 5 x MLB All Star; 5 x Gold Glove; Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves), born in Blaine, Ohio
  • 1939: BIRTHDAY: Vitali Davydov, Russian ice hockey defenceman (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; HC Dynamo Moscow), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1933: BIRTHDAY: Robert Shavlakadze, Georgian high jumper (Olympic gold high jump for Soviet Union 1960), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1927: BIRTHDAY: Richard Goldstein (astronomer), astronomer, born in United States
  • 1924: DEATH: Stan Rowley, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m team, bronze 60m, 100m, 200m 1900), dies at 47
  • 1911: BIRTHDAY: Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), born in Leo, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1906: BIRTHDAY: Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), born in Haugesund, Norway (d. 1958)
  • 1900: BIRTHDAY: Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1920), born in Vesterbro, Denmark (d. 1981)
  • 1897: BIRTHDAY: Doc Alexander, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Syracuse; All Pro 1921, 22; Rochester Jeffersons; NFL C'ship 1925; NY Giants), born in Silver Creek, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1891: BIRTHDAY: Frank Rankin, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Toronto Eatons, Toronto St. Michael's Majors) and coach (Toronto Granites-Canada Olympic gold 1924), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1932)
  • 1889: EVENT: 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)
  • 1882: BIRTHDAY: Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (Olympic gold individual epée, team epée 1912), born in Burcht, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • 1778: EVENT: Oliver Pollack created the dollar sign: $.
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