2011: Rapper Nate Dogg, best known for his collaborations with rappers like Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg, dies of complications from multiple strokes at the age of 41 in Long Beach, Calif. Some of the hit songs he was most associated with include Warren G's "Regulate," Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode" and 50 Cent's "21 Questions." Nate Dogg, whose real name was Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, also released three solo albums, "G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2" in 1998, "Music and Me" in 2001 and "Nate Dogg" in 2003.
2009: Actor and filmmaker Ron Silver, known for TV roles in "Rhoda," "Veronica's Closet" and "The West Wing," and for roles in movies such as "Blue Steel," "Reversal of Fortune," "Timecop" and "Ali," dies of esophageal cancer at the age of 62 in New York City.
2007: Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn dies at the age of 80 at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., after being hospitalized for several weeks with pneumonia. Kuhn, who served as legal counsel for MLB owners for almost 20 years prior to his election as commissioner in 1969, served as commissioner until Sept. 30, 1984, when he was replaced by Peter Ueberroth.
2002: In Houston, Texas, Andrea Yates receives a life sentence for murdering her five children in the family bathtub on June 20, 2001. Yates had been suffering from very severe postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis when she drowned the children. Her conviction was later overturned on appeal and after a new trial she was found not guilty by reason of insanity on July 26, 2006. Since then, she has been committed to mental hospitals in Texas.
1998: Pediatrician and writer Benjamin Spock, whose 1946 book "Baby and Child Care" is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time, dies at the age of 94 in La Jolla, Calif.
1990: Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first president of the Soviet Union.
1985: The first Internet domain name is registered in the name symbolics.com by Symbolics Inc., a computer systems firm in Cambridge, Mass.
1977: The comedy-drama "Eight is Enough," starring Dick Van Patten as the head of a family with eight children, premieres on television. The show would run for five seasons before ending on Aug. 29, 1981.
1975: Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis, who married Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, on Oct. 20, 1968, dies of respiratory failure at the age of 69 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
1975: Actress Eva Longoria, best known for her television roles on "The Young and the Restless" and "Desperate Housewives," is born in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1975: Rapper, producer and actor will.i.am, best known as one of the founding members of the hip hop band The Black Eyed Peas, is born William James Adams in Los Angeles, Calif.
1972: Francis Ford Coppola's epic gangster movie "The Godfather," starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, premieres in New York City. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, the film would become the highest grossing film of 1972 and go on to win three Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando and Best Adapted Screenplay) while earning seven more Oscar nominations.
1965: In a dramatic joint-session address, President Lyndon B. Johnson tells Congress "We shall overcome" in calling for a strong voting rights bill preventing discrimination in voting. Two days later, Johnson's administration sent Congress the draft of a bill that would eventually pass both the Senate and the House as the Voting Rights Act and be signed into law by Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965.
1964: Actress Elizabeth Taylor and actor Richard Burton are married. It was her fifth marriage and his second. They would divorce 10 years later, which held for 16 months before they remarried on Oct. 10, 1975, in a private ceremony in Kasane, Botswana. However, they soon separated and re-divorced in July 1976. Taylor and Burton are seen here in the 1965 film "The Sandpiper."
1963: Rock singer Bret Michaels, best known as the lead vocalist of the glam metal band Poison, is born Bret Michael Sychak in Butler, Pa.
1962: Singer-songwriter Terence Trent D'Arby is born Terence Trent Howard in Manhattan, N.Y. D'Arby rose to fame in 1987 with his debut solo album "Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby," which included the singles "Wishing Well" and "Sign Your Name." He legally changed his name to Sananda Maitreya in 2001.
1961: Model and actor Fabio, who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s, is born Fabio Lanzoni in Milan, Italy. Fabio also has appeared in many television shows, including starring in "Acapulco H.E.A.T." and making cameos in shows like "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "Step by Step." He also known for being a spokesman for various products, most notably I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Nationwide Insurance and Old Spice. Fabio's seen here with his two nephews in 2007.
1956: The Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical "My Fair Lady" opens on Broadway. Based on George Bernard Shaw's novel "Pygmalion" and starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, the production was a hit, setting what was then the record for the longest run of any major musical theater production in history. It was followed by a hit London production, the 1964 film version starring Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, and numerous revivals.
1955: Rock singer-songwriter Dee Snider, best known as the frontman of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, is born in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. His band became best known for their 1980s hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock." Snider, who's known for his flamboyant appearance with long blond hair, excessive eye shadow and rouge, and bright red lipstick, also wrote and starred in the 1998 horror movie "Strangeland" and has hosted several radio shows.
1945: Billboard magazine begins listing a top albums chart, with the first ever No. 1 being the jazz album "The Nat King Cole Trio." Initially only five positions long, the album chart was not published on a weekly basis, with sometimes three to seven weeks passing before it was updated.
1943: Actor, director and screenwriter David Cronenberg, best known for directing movies such as "Scanners," "Videodrome," "The Dead Zone," "The Fly," "Dead Ringers," "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises," is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1943: Rock musician Sly Stone, best known for his role as frontman for the band Sly and the Family Stone, is born Sylvester Stewart in Denton, Texas. Some of Sly and the Family Stone's best known songs include "Dance to the Music," "Everyday People," "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" and "Everybody Is a Star." Stone is seen here in 2007.
1942: Country music singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, who is most famous for writing the song "Mr. Bojangles," is born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, N.Y.
1941: Rock singer Mike Love, a founding member of The Beach Boys along with his cousins Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, and their friend Al Jardine, is born in Los Angeles, Calif.
1937: H. P. Lovecraft, the American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction, dies of cancer of the small intestine at the age of 46 in Providence, R.I. Lovecraft, seen here in 1915, is best known for his "Cthulhu Mythos" story cycle and the "Necronomicon," a fictional magical textbook of rites and forbidden lore.
1935: Actor Judd Hirsch, known for his TV roles in "Taxi," "Dear John" and "Numb3rs," and for movie roles in "Ordinary People," "Independence Day" and "A Beautiful Mind," is born in The Bronx, N.Y. Hirsch was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Ordinary People" in 1981.
1935: Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who has preached to crowds around the world through his weekly telecast since the mid-1970s, is born in Ferriday, La. Sexual scandals in the late 1980s and early 1990s led the Assemblies of God to defrock him, and to his temporarily stepping down as the head of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
1933: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is the second female justice, after Sandra Day O'Connor, and the first Jewish female justice.
1919: The American Legion is founded with an organizational caucus in Paris, France, held by American veterans waiting to return home after World War I.
1916: After Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, N.M., President Woodrow Wilson sends 4,800 United States troops led by Army Gen. John J. Pershing over the U.S.-Mexico border in an ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of the Mexican Revolutionary general. The nine-month pursuit ended when the U.S. entered into World War I and Pershing was called back.
1912: Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins, the most in major-league history. Considered one of the greatest pitchers ever to play the game, the Cy Young Award was created one year after his death in 1955 to honor the previous season's best MLB pitcher.
1906: Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce form Rolls-Royce. Pictured is a Rolls-Royce 10hp two-seater, the first automobile manufactured by the duo and badged as a Rolls-Royce.
1892: An escalator design is patented in the U.S. by inventor Jesse W. Reno of New York City. It was built and opened in September 1895 as a new Coney Island amusement ride, a conveyor belt that moved people up a 25-degree slope, becoming the first working escalator ever built.
1875: Archbishop of New York John McCloskey is named the first cardinal in the United States.
1869: The Cincinnati Red Stockings of the National Association of Base Ball Players become the first professional baseball team, hiring 10 men on salary for an eight-month period running through Nov. 15, 1869.
1820: Maine becomes the 23rd U.S. state.
1767: Andrew Jackson, who would become the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837, is born in the Waxhaws region, straddling the border between North and South Carolina. Also an army general who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the British at the Battle of New Orleans, Jackson was nicknamed "Old Hickory" because of his toughness and aggressive personality.
1493: After a storm forced a week-long layover in Lisbon, Portugal, Christopher Columbus arrives back in Spain after his first New World voyage.
44 B.C.: Roman Emperor Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of high ranking Roman senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus. The day is known as the "Ides of March."