On this Date
Linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky is 90. Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne is
87. Actress Ellen Burstyn is
86. Former Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is 81. Actor-director-producer
James Keach is 71. Country singer Gary Morris is 70. Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 69. Actress
Priscilla Barnes is 61. Former “Tonight Show” announcer Edd Hall is 60. Actor Patrick Fabian is 54. Actor Jeffrey Wright is 53. Actor C. Thomas Howell is
52. Rapper-producer Kon Artis is 44. Latin singer
Frankie J is 42. Country singer Sunny Sweeney is
42. Actor Chris Chalk is 41. Actress Shiri Appleby is
40. Pop-rock singer/ celebrity judge Sara Bareilles is 39. Actress
Jennifer Carpenter is 39. Actor Jack Huston is 36. Singer Aaron Carter is 31.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 43 B.C., Roman statesman and scholar Marcus Tullius Cicero was slain at the order of the Second Triumvirate.
In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1911, China abolished the requirement that men wear their hair in a queue, or ponytail.
In 1917, during World War I, the United States declared war on Austria-Hungary.
In 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of its plan to conquer Southeast Asian territories; the raid, which claimed 2,400 American lives, prompted the United States to declare war against Japan the next day.
In 1946, fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta; the blaze killed 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.
In 1972, America’s last moon mission was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
In 1987, 43 people were killed after a gunman aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner in California apparently opened fire on a fellow passenger, the pilots and himself, causing the plane to crash.
In 1993, a gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 19. (The shooter was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.)
In 2001, Taliban forces abandoned their last bastion in Afghanistan, fleeing the southern city of Kandahar.
In 2004, Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan’s first popularly elected president.