Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra.

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They include:

-- English chemist-physicist Henry Cavendish, discoverer of hydrogen, in 1731

-- Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1813

-- Jazz musician Thelonious Monk in 1917

-- Filmmaker Ed Wood in 1924

-- Actor Peter Coyote in 1941 (age 76)

-- Singer John Prine in 1946 (age 71)

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-- Entertainer Ben Vereen in 1946 (age 71)

-- Actor Jessica Harper in 1949 (age 68)

-- Writer Nora Roberts in 1950

-- Rocker David Lee Roth in 1954 (age 63)

-- Country singer Tanya Tucker in 1958 (age 59)

-- Actor Bradley Whitford in 1959 (age 58)

-- Slain journalist Daniel Pearl in 1963

-- Actor Bai Ling in 1966 (age 51)

-- Football star Brett Favre in 1969 (age 48)

-- Actor Mario Lopez in 1973 (age 44)

-- Race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1974 (age 43)

-- Singer Mya in 1979 (age 38)

-- Actor Dan Stevens in 1982 (age 35)

-- Actor Maggie Elizabeth Jones in 2003 (age 14)

 

On this date in history:

In 1886, Griswold Lorillard of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., fashioned the first tuxedo for men.

In 1928, Chiang Kai-shek becomes chairman of the Republic of China. Following two civil wars, separated by a World War, Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang party would head into exile in 1949 following defeat at the hands of the Communists.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns in disgrace after pleading no contest to income tax evasion.

In 1985, movie legend Orson Welles, whose innovative Citizen Kane of 1941 was regarded by many as the best American-made film of all time, died of a heart attack at the age of 70.

In 2004, Superman actor Christopher Reeve, who became paralyzed after a horseback-riding accident nearly a decade earlier, died of cardiac arrest after undergoing treatment for a pressure wound.

In 2005, Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor of Germany after her Christian Democrats won the parliamentary election.

In 2013, Scott Carpenter, one of NASA's seven original Mercury astronauts, died in Denver at the age of 88. On May 24, 1962, Carpenter flew the Aurora 7 spacecraft through three revolutions of Earth, becoming the second American (after John Glenn) to make a manned orbital flight.