On this day is 1955, General Motors became the first US corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year. GM president Harlow Curtice is named Time magazine’s man of the year for 1955.
• 1491 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed Canada for France.
• 1720 Bonnie Prince Charlie, English pretender to the throne (Jacobite rebellion).
• 1738 Charles Cornwallis, British general who surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, ending the Revolutionary War.
• 1880 George Marshall, five-star General, US Secretary of State who authored the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, and the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
• 1908 Simon Wiesenthal, Jewish-Austrian holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter.
• 1937 Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor (Bounty, Legends of the Fall, Silence of the Lambs).
• 1940 Tim Considine, American actor (Spin & Marty, My Three Sons).
• 1941 Sarah Miles, English actress (Ryan’s Hope, Big Sleep).
• 1943 Ben Kingsley, English actor and Academy Award winner for Best Actor (Gandhi).
• 1943 John Denver, American country singer (Country Road, Rocky Mountain High).
• 1947 Donna Summer, American disco queen (Last Dance, On the Radio).
• 1959 Val Kilmer, American actor (Top Gun, Tombstone).
• 1995 Gabby Douglas, American gymnast (2012 Olympic champion).
Sports Fact: On this day in 1952, Danny Nardico stopped former world middleweight champion Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta in 7 rounds in a light heavyweight non-title bout. It is the only time in his boxing career that LaMotta is knocked down, his corner stopped the fight after the round.
Quote: “For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.” - Simon Wiesenthal