In 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius erupted in southern Italy, destroying the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum. In 1814, British forces set fire to the White House, Capitol, and other buildings in Washington, DC. In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across North America. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union announced a new definition for "planet," which demoted Pluto from a planet to its current status as a dwarf planet.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), writer; Howard Zinn (1922-2010), historian; Vince McMahon (1945- ), WWE cofounder/TV personality; Anne Archer (1947- ), actress; Paulo Coehlo (1947- ), author; Orson Scott Card (1951- ), writer; Cal Ripken Jr. (1960- ), baseball player; Marlee Matlin (1965- ), actress; Reggie Miller (1965- ), basketball player; David Gregory (1970- ), TV journalist; Ava DuVernay (1972- ), filmmaker; Dave Chappelle (1973- ), actor/comedian; John Green (1977- ), writer; Arian Foster (1986- ), football player; Rupert Grint (1988- ), actor
In 1989, baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti announced that Pete Rose, the all-time career hits record-holder, had been banned from the sport for life for gambling on MLB games.
The White House was first painted white in 1798, when a lime-based whitewash was applied. The earliest-known written mention of the "White House" is from 1812; President Theodore Roosevelt made the name official in 1901.
"The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing." – Jorge Luis Borges
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