In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. constitution. In 1911, President William Howard Taft presided over an opening ceremony for the new main building of the New York Public Library. In 1934, notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde were fatally shot by police officers. In 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany was established. In 1960, a tsunami killed 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii.
Carl Linnaeus (1707-78), botanist; Margaret Fuller (1810-50), writer; Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939), actor/filmmaker; Margaret Wise Brown (1910-52), writer; Artie Shaw (1910-2004), bandleader; Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002), singer; Robert Moog (1934-2005), engineer/inventor; John Newcombe (1944- ), tennis player; Mitch Albom (1958- ), writer; Drew Carey (1958- ), comedian/TV personality; Jewel (1974- ), singer; Chris Gethard (1980- ), comedian; Ryan Coogler (1986- ), filmmaker; Aaron Donald (1991- ), football player
In 1895, the Louisville Colonels forfeited a home game to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms because they ran out of baseballs in the third inning.
The Hawaiian tsunami on this day in 1960 was triggered by a massive earthquake off the Chilean coast that had killed thousands the day before.
"Nature provides exceptions to every rule." – Margaret Fuller
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