1804 - Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr kills Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
1955 - The phrase In God We Trust is added to all US currency.
1961 - Stu Miller was famously "blown off the mound" by a gust of wind at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. He was charged with a balk.
1924 - Brett Somers, Canadian actor
1959 - Suzanne Vega, American singer
1975 - Lil' Kim, American rapper
1937 - George Gershwin, American composer (b. 1898)
1989 - Sir Laurence Olivier, English actor (b. 1907)
1994 - Savannah, American pornographic actress (b. 1970)