1587 – Virginia Dare, granddaughter of governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
1903 – German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.
1952 – Patrick Swayze, American actor (d. 2009)
1969 – Christian Slater, American actor
1970 – Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor
1503 – Pope Alexander VI (b. 1431)
1919 – Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (b. 1841)
1992 – Christopher McCandless, subject of the book Into the Wild (b. 1968)
Christian Feast Day
Long Tan Day, also called Vietnam Veterans' Day (Australia)
National Science Day (Thailand)