Journalist, publisher, author, philanthropist, public servant, scientist, diplomat, and inventor Benjamin Franklin born in Boston.
Painter and illustrator A. B. Frost born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor, director, and producer Mack Sennett born in Richmond, Quebec, Canada.
Known as the King of Comedy, Sennett founded the Keystone Studios in Edendale, California in 1912 which produced many silent slapstick comedies.
Gangster Al Capone born in Brooklyn, New York.
Poet William Stafford born in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Mr. Stafford served as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1970-1971.
Popeye makes his first appearance in the comic strip Thimble Theatre.
Boxer and conscientious objector Muhammad Ali born in Louisville, Kentucky.
Comedian Andy Kaufman born in New York.
Singer-songwriter Steve Earle born in Hampton, Virginia.
Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered by firing squad.
Super Bowl V - Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 in the Miami Orange Bowl.
Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah.
He became the first person executed in the United States after a ten year moratorium.
The Drudge Report breaks the story of the Lewinsky affair
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