1831 - In Southampton County, Virginia, escaped slave Nat Turner is captured and arrested for leading the bloodiest slave revolt in United States history.
1938 - Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing a nationwide panic.
1974 - "The Rumble in the Jungle": Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire to regain the World Heavyweight Boxing championship.
1735 - John Adams, American revolutionary leader and President of the United States (d. 1826)
1885 - Ezra Pound, American poet (d. 1972)
1965 - Gavin Rossdale, English musician
1968 - Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist and author (b. 1886)
1975 - Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
2000 - Steve Allen, American comedian, author, and composer (b. 1921)