1983 – Thirty-eight IRA prisoners, armed with six handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out of the Maze Prison.
1992 – NASA launches the Mars Observer. Eleven months later, the probe would fail while preparing for orbital insertion.
2003 – The 8.3 Mw Hokkaidō earthquake strikes just offshore Hokkaidō, Japan.
2018 – Bill Cosby is sentenced to three to ten years in prison for aggravated sexual assault.
1899 – Udumalai Narayana Kavi, Indian poet and songwriter (d. 1981)
1916 – Deendayal Upadhyaya, Indian economist, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1968)
1920 – Satish Dhawan, Indian engineer (d. 2002)
1939 – Feroz Khan, Indian actor, director, and producer (d. 2009)
1940 – Tim Severin, Indian-English explorer, historian, and author
1946 – Bishan Singh Bedi, Indian cricketer and coach
Death/ Death Anniversary
1986 – Darshan Singh Canadian, Indian-Canadian trade union leader and activist (b. 1917)
1990 – Prafulla Chandra Sen, Indian accountant and politician, 3rd Chief Minister of West Bengal (b. 1897)