In 1937, Howard Hughes set a new transcontinental record by flying from Burbank, California, to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds. In 1966, Indira Gandhi was chosen to become India's first woman prime minister. In 1977, snow fell in Miami, Florida, for the first time in recorded history. In 2006, New Horizons launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, headed on a 3-billion mile trip to study Pluto and nearby objects.
Robert E. Lee (1807-70), Confederate general; Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49), short-story writer/poet; Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), artist; Patricia Highsmith (1921-95), writer; Tippi Hedren (1930- ), actress; Janis Joplin (1943-70), singer; Dolly Parton (1946- ), singer; Paula Deen (1947- ), TV personality; Cindy Sherman (1954- ), photographer; Edwidge Danticat (1969- ), author; Junior Seau (1969-2012), football player; Shawn Johnson East (1992- ), Olympic gymnast; Logan Lerman (1992- ), actor
In 1974, Notre Dame's men's basketball team defeated UCLA, snapping the Bruins' 88-game winning streak.
Robert E. Lee's U.S. citizenship was posthumously reinstated by an act of Congress in 1975.
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." – Edgar Allan Poe