1946 – The UN Security Council holds its first session.
1991 – Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.
1995 – The Great Hanshin earthquake: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,434 people.
1998 – Paula Jones accuses President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.
1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American statesman and inventor (d. 1790)
1899 – Al Capone, American gangster (d. 1947)
1942 – Muhammad Ali, American boxer
1893 – Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)
2005 – Zhao Ziyang, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
(Not a whole lot to choose from here? This seems to be about the best I can do...)
Catholicism – Feast day of the following saints:
St. Anthony, Bl. Amelbert, Sulpitius the Pious, Mildgytha
On the other hand, Lee's birthday is the 18th and is usually celebrated that Monday. MLK's too, even though his is like a week or so later. Those holidays end up either on my birthday or at least on that three-day weekend, which is kind of nice.