2010: Actor Corey Haim, known for movies such as "Lucas," "Silver Bullet," "License to Drive" and "The Lost Boys," dies at age 38 in Burbank, Calif. Although the actor, whose on-screen pairings with friend Corey Feldman earned the duo the nickname "The Two Coreys," was troubled by drug addiction throughout his later career, the Los Angeles County coroner's office ruled that his death was due to pneumonia.
2007: Comedian and actor Richard Jeni dies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Jeni, 49, had recently been diagnosed with "severe clinical depression coupled with fits of psychotic paranoia." He had filmed several cable specials, appeared in the 1994 Jim Carrey film "The Mask," and starred in the short-lived 1995 UPN sitcom "Platypus Man."
2006: The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars. The orbiter contains scientific instruments such as cameras, spectrometers, and radar, which are used to analyze the planet's landforms,stratigraphy, minerals and ice.
2004: Teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo is sentenced in Chesapeake, Va., to life in prison on two counts of murder in the Washington, D.C.,-area sniper shootings. He would eventually be sentenced to another life term for another murder in Virginia and six more consecutive life sentences for murders committed in Maryland. Malvo and John Allen Muhammad killed a total of 10 people during a three-week period in 2002 that also left three more critically injured. Muhammad was executed via lethal injection on Nov. 10, 2009.
2003: During a London concert 10 days before the invasion of Iraq, Dixie Chicks' lead singer Natalie Maines sparks political controversy by telling the audience, "we do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." While her comment was received with cheers from the crowd, it led to boycotts in the U.S., where the band was criticized by conservative talk show hosts and their albums were discarded in public protests. The band would respond to the controversy with the song "Not Ready to Make Nice" off their 2007 album "Taking the Long Way," ultimately winning five Grammys, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
2000: The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5,408.60 before closing down for the day at 5,048.62, more than double its value just a year before, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom that had started three years earlier.
1998: Actor Lloyd Bridges dies of natural causes at age 85 in Los Angeles, Calif. The father of fellow actors Beau and Jeff Bridges, he was known for his role of Mike Nelson in the syndicated late-1950s TV series "Sea Hunt" as well as his roles in movies such as "A Walk In The Sun," "High Noon," "Little Big Horn," "Sahara," "Airplane!" and "Hot Shots!" He's seen here with son Jeff Bridges in 1994.
1997: The TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" debuts on the WB network. The show, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as the title character, would last seven seasons until May 20, 2003, transferring to the United Paramount Network for its last two seasons.
1993: Dr. David Gunn is shot to death outside a Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic. Anti-abortionist Michael F. Griffin was eventually convicted of murdering Gunn and sentenced to life in prison. Gunn was the first of a total of four doctors murdered by killers proclaiming pro-life motivation through May 2009 and led to the 1994 passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
1988: Singer Andy Gibb, the younger brother of Bee Gees Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, dies at age 30 in Oxford, England, as a result of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a viral infection that was exacerbated by years of cocaine abuse. In a one-year period between July 30, 1977, and July 29, 1978, he became the first male solo artist to have three consecutive No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" and "Shadow Dancing."
1986: Actor Ray Milland dies of lung cancer at age 79 in Torrance, Calif. Milland was best known for his Academy Award–winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in "The Lost Weekend," as well as for his roles in "Reap the Wild Wind," "Dial M for Murder" and "Love Story."
1985: Konstantin Chernenko, who had served as Soviet leader for just 13 months, dies at age 73 in Moscow. His autopsy showed chronic emphysema, an enlarged and damaged heart, congestive heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver. Politburo member Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed him as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1984: Actress Olivia Wilde, best known for movies such as "Tron: Legacy," "Cowboys & Aliens" and "In Time," and TV roles in "The O.C." and "House," is born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City.
1983: Country music singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood is born in Muskogee, Okla. Underwood rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of "American Idol" in 2005 and has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist. Some of her hit songs include "Before He Cheats," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Last Name," "Cowboy Casanova," "Good Girl" and "Blown Away."
1977: Singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, best known for the 2013 No. 1 hit "Blurred Lines," is born in Los Angeles, Calif. Thicke is the son of "Growing Pains" star Alan Thicke and actress Gloria Loring.
1977: Gymnast Shannon Miller, the winner of two gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics, is born in Rolla, Mo. Miller won gold in the balance beam at the Atlanta Games and also was part of the gold-medal-winning Team USA. She also won two silver and three bronze medals at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The winner of a combined total of 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996, Miller ranks as the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history.
1973: Theophilus "Bull" Connor, the commissioner of public safety for the city of Birmingham, Ala., during the American Civil Rights Movement, dies at age 75 about two weeks after suffering the second stroke of his life. Connor actions to enforce racial segregation made him an international symbol of racism in the early 1960s. He directed the use of fire hoses and police attack dogs against peaceful civil rights demonstrators, including children. His tactics ultimately backfired when the scenes of the brutality were broadcast on national television, providing a catalyst for social and legal change, including the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
1972: Rapper and producer Timbaland is born Timothy Zachery Mosley in Norfolk, Va. Timbaland is best known for his work with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, LL Cool J and Ludacris.
1971: Actor Jon Hamm, best known for the role of Don Draper on the TV series "Mad Men," is born in St. Louis, Mo. He has also appeared in films, including "The Town," "Sucker Punch" and "Bridesmaids."
1969: James Earl Ray pleads guilty in Memphis, Tenn., to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. in order to avoid a jury trial. If he had been found guilty at a jury trial, he would have been eligible for the death penalty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison, but later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain a new trial. He died in prison of hepatitis C on April 23, 1998.
1967: Pink Floyd releases their first single, "Arnold Layne," in the United Kingdom. The song, about a transvestite who steals women's clothes and undergarments from washing lines, reached No. 20 on the UK chart and was released the following month in the United States.
1966: Singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, best known as the lead singer of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, is born in Oak Cliff, Texas. The band was best known for their 1988 debut album "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars," which featured the hit song "What I Am." She's been married to fellow singer-songwriter Paul Simon since May 30, 1992. She also partnered with Steve Martin for the 2013 bluegrass album "Love Has Come for You," which won a Grammy for Best Roots Song for its title track.
1965: Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback and safety Rod Woodson, who holds the NFL record for interception returns for touchdowns (12), is born in Fort Wayne, Ind. Woodson played 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and won Super Bowl XXXV with the Baltimore Ravens. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders and retired in 2003 with 71 career interceptions, ranking him third in that category in NFL history.
1965: Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" opens on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre starring Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar. The Mike Nichols-directed production eventually transferred to the Eugene O'Neill Theatre and ran for 964 performances over more than two years. It won four Tony Awards, including honors for Matthau, Nichols and Simon, and was also nominated for Best Play. It was adapted into a 1968 film starring Matthau along with Jack Lemmon and into a 1970s sitcom starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.
1963: Rick Rubin, the record producer and founder of Def Jam Recordings, is born in Lido Beach, N.Y. Rubin helped popularize hip hop music through his work with the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Run–D.M.C., and has also famously worked with such performers as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, Dixie Chicks, Metallica, Adele, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Eminem. He's also known for his work with Johnny Cash, producing the singer's "American Recordings" albums in the 1990s and 2000s. He's won eight Grammys for his work, including Producer of the Year for 2006 and 2008, Album of the Year in 2011 for Adele's "21," and Album of the Year and Record of the Year in 2006 for the Dixie Chicks' album "Taking the Long Way" and song "Not Ready to Make Nice."
1958: Actress Sharon Stone, best known for her roles in "Basic Instinct" and "Casino," is born in Meadville, Pa. She earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe for her role in "Casino."
1953: Filmmaker Paul Haggis, the director of films such as "Crash," "In the Valley of Elah" and "The Next Three Days," is born in London, Ontario, Canada. Haggis earned an Academy Award nomination for directing "Crash" and won two Oscars for writing the movie's screenplay and as one of the producers of the Best Picture-winner. He also was nominated for the screenplays for "Letters from Iwo Jima" and the Best Picture-winning "Million Dollar Baby."
1952: Fulgencio Batista leads a successful coup in Cuba and appoints himself as the "provisional president." He would be overthrown in 1959 as a result of the Cuban Revolution.
1949: Mildred Gillars, an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, earning the nickname "Axis Sally," is convicted of treason. She was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison and was released on June 10, 1961.
1948: Author Zelda Fitzgerald, the widowed wife of "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald, dies at age 47 during a fire at Highland Hospital in Asheville, N.C. She was one of nine women who died in the fire, having been locked into a room awaiting electroshock therapy when the blaze started. She had been diagnosed as schizophrenic in 1930 and spent the rest of her life in various stages of mental distress in and out of sanatoriums and hospitals.
1940: Singer-songwriter Dean Torrence (right), one half of the rock 'n' roll duo Jan and Dean with Jan Berry (left), is born in Los Angeles, Calif. Jan & Dean were known for such 1960s hit songs as "Surf City," "Drag City," "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" and "Dead Man's Curve."
1940: Actor and martial artist Chuck Norris is born in Ryan, Okla. Norris served in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his rise to fame as a martial artist, eventually founding his own school, Chun Kuk Do. He is best known for appearing in action movies such as "Return of the Dragon," "The Octagon," "Missing in Action," "Code of Silence" and "The Delta Force," and in the TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger."
1933: An earthquake in Long Beach, Calif., kills 120 people and causes an estimated $50 million in damage. The earthquake highlighted the need for earthquake-resistant design for structures in California, leading to the passage of the Field Act the following month, which mandated that school buildings must be earthquake-resistant.
1922: Mahatma Gandhi is arrested and charged with sedition for leading a campaign of mass civil disobedience against the British Raj in India. He was convicted and began serving a six-year sentence eight days later. However, he was released from prison nearly two years into his sentence due to ill-health following appendicitis surgery.
1913: Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist and escaped slave who helped guide more than 300 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, dies of pneumonia at age 93 in Auburn, N.Y. Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland in December 1849 and found work in Pennsylvania before returning to Maryland on more than 19 missions to rescue other slaves.
1906: A coal dust explosion kills 1,099 miners in Northern France, making it Europe's worst mining accidents. Known as the Courrières mine disaster after the company that ran the mine, it is the second-deadliest mine accident in history, surpassed only by the Benxihu Colliery accident in China on April 26, 1942, which killed 1,549 miners.
1891: Actor Sam Jaffe, an Oscar nominee for his role in 1950's "The Asphalt Jungle," is born Shalom Jaffe in New York City. Jaffe also appeared in other classic films such as "Ben-Hur," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Gunga Din" and "Lost Horizon," and co-starred in the TV series "Ben Casey" (pictured) in the early 1960s. He also received a degree in engineering and worked for several years as a math teacher before turning to acting. He died of cancer at age 93 on March 24, 1984.
1880: The first contingent of Salvation Army officers lands in the United States, arriving in New York City. The first U.S. branch of the charitable organization would open later in the year in Pennsylvania.
1876: Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call, uttering the famous phrase "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you" to his assistant Thomas Watson, who was in the adjoining room.
1831: The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis Philippe to support his war in Algeria. The unit is unique in that it was created for foreign nationals willing to serve in the French Armed Forces. It is also open to French citizens, who make up about a quarter of its recruits.
1804: In St. Louis, Mo., a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States. The Louisiana Purchase property, which included all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska and parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana, was purchased from France for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre) in late 1803.