In 1765, Britain enacted the Stamp Act tax in the American colonies. In 1790, Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. secretary of state. In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur signed the Edmunds Act, making polygamy a felony. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act, which modified the Volstead Act enforcement of alcohol prohibition and levied a tax on alcohol. In 1945, the Arab League was formed.
Louis L'Amour (1908-88), author; Karl Malden (1912-2009), actor; Marcel Marceau (1923-2007), mime; Stephen Sondheim (1930- ), composer; William Shatner (1931- ), actor/singer; Billy Collins (1941- ), poet; James Patterson (1947- ), writer; Wolf Blitzer (1948- ), TV personality; Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948- ), composer; Bob Costas (1952- ), sportscaster; Keegan-Michael Key (1971- ), actor/comedian; Reese Witherspoon (1976- ), actress; Tyler Oakley (1989- ), YouTube personality; J. J. Watt (1989- ), football player
In 1894, the Montreal AAA beat the Ottawa Generals, 3-1, in the first Stanley Cup playoff hockey game.
Professional mime Marcel Marceau had the only speaking role in Mel Brooks's Silent Movie.
"Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content." – Louis L'Amour