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Births

* 1978 Alesha Dixon British singer and dancer, former member of girl group Mis-Teeq.
* 1968 Thom Yorke Musician and the lead singer of the English rock band Radiohead.
* 1967 Luke Haines English musician, who has released music under a variety of names, notably The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder.
* 1966 Sherman Alexie Award-winning and prolific writer and occasional comedian who lives in Seattle, Washington.
* 1964 Dan Savage American journalist and author.
* 1963 Ha-Joon Chang Korean development economist.
* 1962 Kano Sisters And Mika Kano (? ??, Kan? Mika, born 23 September 1967 in Saij?, Ehime), known collectively as the Kano Sisters, are Japanese celebrities.
* 1959 Steven Erikson Pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian archaeologist, anthropologist and novelist.
* 1959 Simon Cowell British A & R executive for BMG Records.
* 1955 Yo-Yo Ma Cellist of world renown and the winner of multiple Grammy Awards.
* 1952 Vladimir Putin President of Russia.
* 1950 Jakaya Kikwete Fourth and current President of Tanzania.
* 1948 Diane Ackerman American author, poet, and naturalist most famous for her work A Natural History of the Senses.
* 1946 Catharine MacKinnon American feminist, scholar, lawyer, teacher, and activist.
* 1943 Joy Behar Italian-American comedian, writer, actress and co-host of the talk show The View.
* 1942 Paul Weyrich American conservative political activist and commentator, most notable for co-founding the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation, both conservative think tanks.
* 1939 Clive James Expatriate Australian writer, poet, essayist, critic, and commentator on popular culture.
* 1935 Thomas Keneally Australian novelist and non-fiction writer.
* 1934 Ulrike Meinhof German radical left-wing militant who started out as a journalist.
* 1931 Desmond Tutu South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
* 1927 Ronald David Laing Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness and particularly the experience of psychosis.
* 1919 Henriette Avram Computer programmer and systems analyst who developed the MARC format, which is the national and international data standard for bibliographic and holdings information in libraries.
* 1900 Heinrich Himmler Commander of the German Schutzstaffel and one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany.
* 1900 Herbert Butterfield British historian and philosopher of history who is remembered chiefly for a slim volume entitled The Whig Interpretation of History (1931).
* 1888 Henry A. Wallace Thirty-third Vice President of the United States (1941–45), the eleventh Secretary of Agriculture (1933–40), and the tenth Secretary of Commerce (1945–46).
* 1885 Niels Bohr Jewish Danish physicist.
* 1879 Joe Hill Born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, and also known as Joseph Hillström, was a radical songwriter, labor activist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the Wobblies.
* 1849 James Whitcomb Riley American writer and poet.
* 1836 Bruno de Souza Indian Konkani language writer and novelist from Goa.
* 1810 Henry Alford English churchman, theologian, textual critic, scholar, poet, hymnodist, and writer.
* 1807 George Abernethy American pioneer, notable entrepreneur, and first governor of Oregon under the provisional government in what would become the state of Oregon in the United States.

Deaths

† 2006 Anna Politkovskaya Russian journalist, author and human rights activist well known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and then-Russian President Putin.
† 1969 Ture Nerman Swedish communist politician.
† 1967 Norman Angell British economist, lecturer, writer, Member of Parliament for the Labour Party, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933; born Ralph Norman Angell Lane.
† 1895 William Wetmore Story American sculptor, art critic, poet and editor.
† 1886 William Barnes English writer, poet, minister, and philologist.
† 1867 Henry Timrod American poet from South Carolina, often called the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy.
† 1859 Robert Holmes One of the best known defenders of the Nationalist Leaders in Ireland.
† 1849 Edgar Allan Poe American poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, editor, critic and a leading American Romanticist.
† 1792 George Mason United States patriot, statesman and delegate from Virginia to the U S Constitutional Convention.
† 1612 Giovanni Battista Guarini Italian poet, dramatist, and diplomat.
† 1577 George Gascoigne English poet, playwright, translator and prose writer.
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