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2013: Actor Dennis Farina dies of a pulmonary embolism at age 69 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was best known for his roles on the TV series "Crime Story" and "Law & Order" and in movies such as "Midnight Run," "Get Shorty" and "Snatch."
2008: Actress Estelle Getty, best known for playing Sophia Petrillo on the sitcom "The Golden Girls," dies of natural causes at age 84 in Los Angeles, California.
2005: The NHL lockout that had cost the league its entire 2004-05 season, comes to an end with team owners and the NHL Players Association ratifying a new collective bargaining agreement. The lockout, which stretched for more than 10 months, made the NHL the first North American professional sports league to lose a full season over a labor dispute.
2003: Members of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne and a Special Operations task force attack a compound in Mosul, Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.
1995: Susan Smith is found guilty of drowning her two children near Union, South Carolina, on Oct. 24, 1994, and sentenced to life in prison. Smith had originally told police that a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons, but eventually confessed to letting her 1990 Mazda Protegé roll into a lake, drowning her children inside.
1992: Near Medellín, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from his luxury prison fearing extradition to the United States. Escobar would eventually die in a gun battle with the Colombian National Police on Dec. 2, 1993.
1992: Actress and singer Selena Gomez, who rose to fame on the Disney Channel show "Wizards of Waverly Place," is born in Grand Prairie, Texas. She has since released the hit songs "Love You Like a Love Song" and "Come & Get It" and appeared in movies such as "Ramona and Beezus," "Monte Carlo" and "Spring Breakers."
1991: Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after police discover human remains in his apartment. He was eventually convicted on 15 murder charges and sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in 1992, but was clubbed to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate in November 1994.
1991: Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is arrested on charges of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington, Miss Black Rhode Island, in an Indianapolis hotel room three days earlier. He would be found guilty in March 1992 and sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after serving three years of his sentence.
1988: Actor Duane Jones, best known for his leading role as Ben in the 1968 horror film "Night of the Living Dead," dies of cardiac arrest at age 51 in Mineola, New York.
1977: Elvis Costello's debut album, "My Aim Is True," is released in the United Kingdom. It would be released in the U.S. in March 1978.
1967: American writer Carl Sandburg, the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner best known for his poetry, dies at age 89 in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Sandburg was especially known for his poem "Chicago," his biography of President Abraham Lincoln, and his children's books "Rootabaga Stories" and "Rootabaga Pigeons."
1964: Actor John Leguizamo, best known for roles the movies "Carlito's Way," "Romeo + Juliet," "Spawn" and "Moulin Rouge!," is born in Bogotá, Colombia.
1964: Actor and comedian David Spade, who first rose to fame as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live," is born in Birmingham, Michigan. Spade has appeared on the sitcoms "Just Shoot Me!," "8 Simple Rules" and "Rules of Engagement" and has starred in movies such as "Tommy Boy," "Black Sheep," "Joe Dirt" and "Grown Ups."
1963: The Beach Boys release the single "Surfer Girl." The song, the very first written by Brian Wilson, was backed with "Little Deuce Coupe" and would eventually peak at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1962: The Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically several minutes after launch and has to be destroyed. The probe's mission, a flyby of the planet Venus, would later be completed by Mariner 2.
1961: Singer-songwriter and music producer Keith Sweat, known as one of the innovators of the New Jack Swing sound, is born in New York City. His best known solo hits include "I Want Her," "Make It Last Forever," "Make You Sweat," "I'll Give All My Love to You," "Keep It Comin'," "Twisted" and "Nobody."
1955: Actor Willem Dafoe, known for roles in movies like "Platoon," "To Live and Die in L.A.," "The English Patient," "The Last Temptation of Christ," "Mississippi Burning," "Shadow of the Vampire" and "Spider-Man," is born William J. Dafoe in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dafoe has earned Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for both "Platoon" and "Shadow of the Vampire."
1954: The movie musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" premieres in theaters. The movie would go on to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
1951: Dezik and Tsygan become the first dogs to make a sub-orbital flight, riding a R-1 rocket on a mission by the Soviet Union. Both dogs were recovered unharmed after travelling to a maximum altitude of nearly 70 miles.
1949: Pianist and composer Alan Menken, best known for his Oscar-winning scores and songs for Walt Disney films, is born in New Rochelle, New York. Menken won two Academy Awards each for the movies "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "Pocahontas," making him the second most prolific Oscar winner in a music category. He also composed the scores for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Hercules," "Home on the Range," "The Shaggy Dog," "Enchanted" and "Tangled."
1946: Actor Danny Glover, best known for playing Sgt. Roger Murtaugh in the "Lethal Weapon" film franchise, is born in San Francisco, California. Glover is also known for his roles in movies such as "The Color Purple," "Predator 2," "Witness," "Saw" and "Angels in the Outfield."
1943: Singer-songwriter and actor Bobby Sherman, who became a popular teen idol in the late 1960s and early 1970s, is born in Santa Monica, California. Some of Sherman's hit songs included "Little Woman," "Julie (Do Ya Love Me)," "Easy Come, Easy Go" and "La, La, La." Sherman also starred in the 1968-70 TV show "Here Comes the Brides" and has guest starred on shows such as "The Monkees," "The Mod Squad," "Ellery Queen," "Murder She Wrote" and "Frasier."
1942: The systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka extermination camp begins. By Sept. 21, more than 254,000 Ghetto residents will have been sent to Treblinka and murdered there.
1941: Singer-songwriter and producer George Clinton, best known as the bandleader and mastermind for the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, is born Kannapolis, North Carolina. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and the principal architect of the P-Funk style of music, he is often cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music.
1940: Alex Trebek, best known as the host of the game show "Jeopardy!," is born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
1939: Actor Terence Stamp, best known for movies such as "Billy Budd," "Superman II," "The Limey" and "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," is born in London, England.
1934: Bank robber and "Public Enemy No. 1" John Dillinger is shot and killed by FBI agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.
1934: Actress Louise Fletcher, who won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her role as Nurse Ratched in 1975's "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest," is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1933: Wiley Post lands at Floyd Bennett Field in New York City to become the first person to fly solo around the world, traveling 15,596 miles in seven days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
1932: Actor and producer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famous for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies, dies of pleurisy at age 65 in Hollywood, California.
1923: Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators becomes the first major-league pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts (en route to a total of 3,508 in his career). Johnson would be the only player in the 3,000 strikeout club for more than 50 years until Bob Gibson recorded his 3,000th strikeout in 1974.
1923: Attorney and politician Bob Dole, who unsuccessfully ran for president as the Republican Party candidate in 1996, is born in Russell, Kansas. Dole, who represented Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, also was President Gerald Ford's running mate in the 1976 presidential election.
1898: Alexander Calder, the sculptor and painter best known as the originator of the mobile as an art form, is born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania. Calder, who began making mobiles while living abroad in Paris in the early 1930s, died at age 78 on Nov. 11, 1976.
1890: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, including sons U.S. President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Sens. Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, is born Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald in Boston, Massachusetts. He died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 104 on Jan. 22, 1995.
1882: Edward Hopper, the realist painter and printmaker best known for his works "Automat," "Chop Suey" and "Nighthawks," is born in Nyack, New York. He's seen here in his 1906 self-portrait.