German Democratic Republic (East Germany) formed (1949)
Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco (1955)
The Achille Lauro is hijacked by Palestinian terrorists (1985)
Gray Davis is recalled as Governor of California, three years before the official end of his office term (2003)
b: Joe Hill (1879), Henry A. Wallace (1888), Elijah Muhammad (1897), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Irma Grese (1923), Ulrike Meinhof (1934), Vladimir Putin (1952); d: Leo Durocher (1991), Charles Rocket (2005)
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