1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez De Balboa became the first European to discover the Pacific Ocean when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama.
1789, the first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of them became the Bill Of Rights.
1919, President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Colorado, suffering a stroke during a national speaking tour in support of the Treaty Of Versailles to establish the League Of Nations.
1952 Actor Christopher Reeve (Superman I through IVThe Remains Of The Day) is born. He dies in October 2004.
1957, with U.S. Army troops standing guard, nine black children who had been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, were escorted to class.
1976BonoDavid EvansDik Evans and Adam Clayton respond to a bulletin board ad at Mount Temple which was posted by fellow classmate Larry Mullen Jr. looking to form a band. This would eventually lead to the formation of U2.
1980 Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies at age 32. The cause of death is listed as asphyxiation due to choking on his own vomit after drinking a huge quantity of vodka the night before.
1981Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1992, a judge in Orlando, Florida, ruled in favor of Gregory Kingsley, a 12-year-old boy who had sought a divorce from his biological parents. Kingsley moved in with his foster parents and took the name Shawn Russ.
1997, the season premiere of NBC’s ER was performed live for the eastern U.S. and then performed live again for the west coast.
2016 Rory McIlroy wins the PGA’s FedEx Cup at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta. The prize money for the win is $10 million.


  • Michael Douglas (actor, husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones) (78)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress, wife of Michael Douglas) (53)
  • Mark Hamill (actor, Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker) (70)
  • Heather Locklear (actress) (61)
  • Will Smith (actor/rapper) (54)
  • Cheryl Tiegs (model and actress) (75)
  • Barbara Walters (broadcast journalist) (93)
  • Michael Madsen (actor, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill) (65, disputed)
  • Aida Turturro (actress, The Sopranos) (60)
  • Anson Williams (actor-director, Happy Days‘ Potsie) (73)
  • Hal Sparks (actor-comedian, Queer As FolkDude, Where’s My Car?) (53)
  • T.I. (rapper/actor, American Ganster, ATL) (42)
  • Tate Donovan (actor, Damages, The O.C.) (59)
  • Clea DuVall (actress, Can’t Hardly Wait, The Faculty, She’s All That, The Astronaut’s Wife, Girl, Interrupted) (45)
  • Bridgette Wilson (actress, Billy Madison, Mortal Kombat; wife of Pete Sampras) (49)
  • Donald Glover (actor/writer, Community) (39)
  • Santigold (singer) (46)