- 1927 - Ken Russell (director: Altered States, Gothic, Tommy)
- 1937 - Tom Stoppard (playwright: The Real Thing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, screenwriter: Billy Bathgate, Shakespeare in Love)
- 1962 - Tom Cruise (actor: Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire, Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia)
- 1776 - Americans mull independence.
- 1844 - The last pair of Great Auks is killed
- 1890 - Idaho becomes the 43rd state in the United States of America.