American pioneer Daniel Boone born near Reading, Pennsylvania.
French Queen Marie Antoinette born in Austria.
Eleventh President of the US, James Polk born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
Twenty-ninth President of the US, Warren G Harding born in Marion, Ohio.
Actor Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry) born in New York.
Radio station KDKA of Pittsburgh broadcasts the results for the 1920 Presidential race and becomes the first commercial radio station in the United States.
Comic book illustrator Steve Ditko (Spiderman) born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Columnist and politician Pat Buchanan born in Washington, D.C.
In California, aviator Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
Contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given the answers in advance on the television game show Twenty One.
Dutch film director Theo van Gogh is murdered in an Amsterdam street by a Muslim extremist.
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