In 1851, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was first published in London. In 1867, the U.S. officially completed its purchase of Alaska from Russia. In 1962, James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were given the Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology for uncovering the double-helix structure of DNA. In 2001, four al-Qaeda members were sentenced to life in prison for bombing the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000), Canadian prime minister; Jesse Helms (1921-2008), U.S. senator; Chuck Berry (1926-2017), musician; Peter Boyle (1935-2006), actor; Mike Ditka (1939- ), football coach/player; Joe Morton (1947- ), actor; Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006), playwright; Chuck Lorre (1952- ), TV producer; Martina Navratilova (1956- ), tennis player; Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960- ), actor; Wynton Marsalis (1961- ), jazz musician; Freida Pinto (1984- ), actress; Esperanza Spalding (1984- ), musician; Lindsey Vonn (1984- ), Olympic skier; Zac Efron (1987- ), actor; Tyler Posey (1991- ), actor
In 1968, American Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for raising their fists in a 'black power' salute during their medal ceremony.
James Watson's 1968 memoir, The Double Helix, was a best-seller.
"Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death." – Herman Melville, Moby Dick