Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include Dutch philosopher Hugo Grotius in 1583; Button Gwinnett, signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, in 1735; U.S. Navy Adm. Matthew Perry, who concluded the first treaty between Japan and the United States, in 1794; soldier, diplomat and novelist Lewis Wallace, author of "Ben-Hur," in 1827; William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, in 1829; journalist and publisher Joseph Pulitzer in 1847; Frances Perkins, the first woman U.S. Cabinet member (secretary of labor), in 1880; journalist and diplomat Clare Boothe Luce in 1903; actors Harry Morgan in 1915, Chuck Connors in 1921, Max von Sydow in 1929 (age 85) and Omar Sharif in 1932 (age 82); writer David Halberstam in 1934; football Hall of Fame members John Madden in 1936 (age 78) and Don Meredith in 1938; actors Steven Seagal in 1952 (age 62) and Peter MacNicol in 1954 (age 60); musicians Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Brian Setzer, both in 1959 (age 55); singer Mandy Moore in 1984 (age 30); and actors Orlando Jones in 1968 (age 46) and Haley Joel Osment in 1988 (age 26).
On this date in history:
In 1790, merchant Robert Gray docked at Boston Harbor, becoming the first American to circumnavigate the globe. He sailed from Boston in September 1787.
In 1849, William Hunt of New York patented the safety pin.
In 1864, Austrian Archduke Maximilian became emperor of Mexico.
In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded by Henry Bergh.
In 1912, the Titanic left port in Southampton, England, beginning its fateful voyage.
In 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America was founded.
In 1919, Emiliano Zapata, a leader of peasants and indigenous people during the Mexican Revolution, was ambushed and killed in Morelos by government forces.
In 1925, "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published.
In 1942, the "Bataan Death March," during which thousands of Filipinos and Americans died, began in the Philippines.
In 1963, the U.S. nuclear submarine "Thresher" sank in the Atlantic Ocean 220 miles east of Boston. All 129 men on board were lost.
In 1971, the U.S. table tennis team arrived in China, the first U.S. group to penetrate the so-called Bamboo Curtain since the 1950s.
In 1972, during his first visit to the United States in 20 years, movie pioneer and comic Charlie Chaplin accepted an honorary Academy Award for his "incalculable" contribution to the art of filmmaking.
In 1991, an Italian ferry headed to Sardinia collided with an oil tanker near Leghorn, Italy, killing 151 ferry passengers and crew members. The tanker crew survived.
In 1996, U.S. President Bill Clinton vetoed a ban on so-called partial birth abortions. (Congress was unable to override the veto.)
In 1998, Britain and Ireland reached an agreement aimed at ending the long and bloody dispute over the future of Northern Ireland.
In 2006, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was narrowly beaten in his bid for another term by former premier Romano Prodi.
In 2010, Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and top government officials were among scores killed when their plane crashed while trying to land in a thick fog in western Russia.
In 2012, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
In 2013, thousands of people massed at the U.S. Capitol, urging Congress to overhaul the immigration system to allow 11 million immigrants in the country illegally to attain legal status.
A thought for the day: Pablo Casals said, " I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance."