1859 - John Brown leads raid on Harper's Ferry, West Virginia
1923 - The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.
1978 - Pope John Paul II is elected in Rome.
1991 - Luby's massacre: George Hennard runs amok in Killeen, Texas, killing 23 and wounding 20 in Luby's Cafeteria.
1758 - Noah Webster, American lexicographer (d. 1843)
1854 - Oscar Wilde, Irish writer (d. 1900)
1977 - John Mayer, American musician
1992 - Alvin Schwartz
1992 - Shirley Booth, American actress (b. 1898)
National Feral Cat Day in the United States.