1731 – Benjamin Banneker, American farmer, surveyor, and author (d. 1806)
1853 – Stanford White was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. As part of the firm McKim, Mead & White, he was responsible for many of New York City’s loveliest structures during the Gilded Age, including social clubs, ritzy residences, and the Washington Square Arch. But his personal life was filled with scandal—particularly his relationships with women, including 16-year-old Evelyn Nesbitt, which led to his murder atop Madison Square Garden on June 25, 1906.
1915 – André François, Romanian-French, painter, and sculptor (d. 2005)
1915 – Sargent Shriver, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 21st United States Ambassador to France (d. 2011)
1918 – Spiro Agnew, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 39th Vice President of the United States (d. 1996)
1924 – Robert Frank, Swiss-American photographer and director. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider’s view of American society. He died in 2019.
1928 – Anne Sexton, American poet and academic (d. 1974)
1936 – Mary Travers, American singer-songwriter was an American singer-songwriter and member of Peter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey. Peter, Paul and Mary was one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. She died in 2009.
959 – Constantine VII, Byzantine emperor (b. 905)
1911 – Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator (b. 1853)
1924 – Henry Cabot Lodge, American historian and politician (b. 1850)
1940 – Neville Chamberlain, businessman and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1869)
1953 – Dylan Thomas Welsh poet and author (b. 1914)
1970 – Charles de Gaulle general and politician, 18th President of France (b. 1890)
1988 – John N. Mitchell, lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 67th United States Attorney General (b. 1913)
2003 – Art Carney, American actor and comedian (b. 1918)