Tom Halpin (Daddy's godfather)
This Day In History
The University of Leipzig opens.
The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire.
Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what would become the United States.
USS Alfred becomes the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag (the precursor to the Stars and Stripes); the flag is hoisted by John Paul Jones.
US President James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts.
At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.
NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Henry Lawes, English musician and composer (d. 1662)
Joseph Graetz, German composer, organist, and music educator (d. 1826)
Georges Seurat, French painter (d. 1891)
Charles Ringling, American circus owner (d. 1926)
Ray Walston, American actor (d. 2001)
Julie Harris, American actress
David Macaulay, British-born American author
Brendan Coyle, English actor
Lucy Liu, American actress
Aaron Rodgers, American football player