- 1742: Nathaniel Greene (General in the United States' Revolutionary War)
- 1960: David Duchovny (actor)
- 1975: Charlize Theron (actress)
- 1782 - George Washington orders the creation of a Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic "Purple Heart."
- 1998 - 1998 U.S. embassy bombings - Bombing of the United States embassies in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people.