Maine Fast Fact: Len Libby’s Chocolates in Scarborough, Maine has a milk chocolate sculpture of a moose that stands 8 feet tall and 1,700 pounds named Lenny the Moose.
- 1561: Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher
- 1788: Lord Byron, English poet
- 1890: Fred M. Vinson, 13th Chief Justice of the United States
- 1909: Ann Sothern, American actress
- 1949: Steve Perry, American singer and songwriter, lead vocalist for the rock band Journey
- 1956: Thomas David Jones, American astronaut
- 1959: Linda Blair, American actress, best known for her role as the possessed child, Regan, in the film The Exorcist
- 1960: Michael Hutchence, Australian singer and songwriter, member of the group INXS
- 1965: Steven Adler, American musician, drummer for the band Guns N’ Roses; DJ Jazzy Jeff, American rapper and actor; Diane Lane, American actress
- 1980: Christopher Masterson, American actor, best known for his role as Francis on the television series Malcolm in the Middle; Ben Moody, American musician, guitarist for the rock band Evanescence
- 1981: Beverley Mitchell, American actress, best known for her role as Lucy Camden on the television series 7th Heaven
- 1892: Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
- 1901: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom
- 1951: Karl Nessler, German inventor of the perm
- 1973: Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States
- 1995: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Bobby Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy
- 2005: Rose Mary Woods, American Watergate scandal figure, President Richard Nixon’s secretary
- 2008: Heath Ledger, Australian actor
- 1901: Edward VII becomes King of the United Kingdom after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
- 1905: A revolution breaks out in St. Petersburg, Russia when peaceful demonstrators marching to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II are gunned down by the Imperial Guard, killing more than 100. The day is now known as Bloody Sunday.
- 1917: President Woodrow Wilson asks for end to World War I in Europe, calling for “peace without victory.”
- 1946: The Central Intelligence Group is created in the United States, the forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency.
- 1947: The first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, KTLA, begins operation in Hollywood, California.
- 1957: The New York City “Mad Bomber”, George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and is charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
- 1962: The Organization of the American States suspends Cuba’s membership.
- 1968: Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
- 1973: The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decision in Roe v. Wade and legalizes abortion in all 50 states.
- 1984: The Apple Macintosh computer is introduced during Superbowl XVIII with the famous “1984” commercial.
- 1987: R. Budd Dwyer, a politician from Pennsylvania, shoots and kills himself on live television during a press conference.
- 1990: Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet Computer worm.
- 1992: Dr. Roberta Bondar becomes the first Canadian woman in space when she lifts off on the space shuttle Discovery.
- 1997: The U.S. Senate confirms Madeleine Albright as the nation’s first female secretary of state.
- 1998: Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty in Sacramento, California to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
- 2002: Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.
- 2006: Evo Morales takes office as Bolivia’s first Indian president.
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