Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra.
-- Nat Turner, a black slave and leader of the only effective and sustained U.S. slave revolt, in 1800
-- German statesman Paul von Hindenburg in 1847
-- Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi, known as Mahatma Gandhi, in 1869
-- Comedian Bud Abbott in 1895
-- Child actor George "Spanky" McFarland of Our Gang and Little Rascals fame, in 1928
-- Pop singer Don McLean in 1945 (age 72)
-- Actor Avery Brooks in 1948 (age 69)
-- Fashion designer Donna Karan in 1948 (age 69)
-- Photographer Annie Leibovitz in 1949 (age 68)
-- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sting (Gordon Sumner) in 1951 (age 66)
-- TV personality Kelly Ripa in 1970 (age 47)
-- Actor Camilla Belle in 1986 (age 31)
-- Actor Samantha Barks in 1990 (age 27)
In 1925, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird performed the first test of a working television system.
In 1950, the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz was published for the first time.
In 1959, "The Twilight Zone," with host Rod Serling, premiered on U.S. television.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1984, Richard Miller became the first FBI agent to be charged with espionage. He was convicted of passing government secrets to the Soviet Union through his Russian lover.
In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died of AIDS. He was 59. The first celebrity to publicly acknowledge he suffered from AIDS, Hudson's final days were marked by visits from screen legends.