Will Rogers Day
Celebrated in the state of Oklahoma to honor the rope-tricking cowboy and all-around entertainer, who was born in what would become Oklahoma in 1879. His rope tricks eventually led to a career on Broadway and in the movies. Rogers later became a popular broadcaster and syndicated newspaper columnist. Born on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation, near what would become Oologah, Oklahoma, Rogers was taught by a former slave how to use a lasso as a tool to work Texas longhorn cattle. Visit the official Will Rogers Web site to learn more about this man.
Born 1575: Guido Reni (artist)
Born 1841: Benjamin F. Goodrich (manufacturer)
1842: Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married
Died 1847: Felix Mendelssohn (composer)
1873: The Royal Montreal Golf Club (oldest golf club in North America) was founded
1877: An earthquake rang bells in the Notre Dame basilica in Montreal
1877: An earthquake shook New York state, New England, and eastern Canada
Born 1879: Will Rogers (humorist)
1879: The first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio
1884: Grover Cleveland elected president of the U.S.
1909: Sergei Rachmaninoff's first piano recital in the U.S., Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
Born 1916: Walter Cronkite (newscaster)
Born 1918: Art Carney (actor)
Born 1929: Shakuntala Devi (computational genius)
Born 1929: Doris Roberts (actress)
Born 1937: Loretta Swit (actress)
Born 1946: Laura Bush (U.S. First Lady)
1948: T. S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize for literature
Died 1950: Grover Cleveland Alexander (baseball player)
1952: Dwight D. Eisenhower elected president of the U.S.
Died 1955: Cy Young (baseball player)
Born 1961: Ralph Macchio (actor)
Born 1962: Jeff Probst (host of Survivor)
Born 1969: Matthew McConaughey (actor)
Born 1969: Sean "Diddy" Combs (singer, record producer)
1980: Ronald Reagan elected president of U.S.
Died 1982: Dominique Dunne (actress)
2003: The biggest ever solar flare, sunspot 486, saturated X-ray detectors onboard GOES satellites for 11 minutes. It was estimated to be an X40-class solar flare
2008: Senator Barack Obama was elected U.S. president. This marked the first time in U.S. history that an African American was elected to the position
Died 2008: Michael Crichton (author)
Died 2011: Andy Rooney (news commentator)