--> 1835, Andrew Carnegie, steelman and librarian.
--> 1846, Carry Nation, scourge of barkeepers and drinkers.
--> 1960, John F. Kennedy Jr. Son of President JFK and Jacklin Onassis.
--> 1972, Christina Applegate.
--> 1950, Ed Harris, actor, Apollo 13.
Events on this day in history:
--> 1520, Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean.
--> 1776, Washington and his troops cross the Delaware River.
--> 1895, America's auto race starts; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages a blazing 7 MPH.
--> 1954, Enrico Fermi, inventor of the atom bomb dies.
--> 1667, Jonathan Swift, satirist, wrote "Gulliver's Travels."
--> 1810, Oliver Fisher Winchester, rifle maker.
--> 1835, Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain.
--> 1874, Winston Churchill, patriot, Prime Minister.
--> 1924, Allan Sherman
--> 1924, Shirley Chisholm
--> 1929, Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand, man that just won't age.
--> 1947, David Mamet, writer, director.
--> 1952, Mandy Patinkin, actor, Princess Bride.
--> 1965, Ben Stiller, actor.
An independent inquiry into the BSE "disaster" and the devastation it wreaked on British farming has been announced by the government.
Agriculture Minister Jack Cunningham said the BSE inquiry would be led by Judge Lord Justice Phillips who has a year to complete the investigation.
Describing the BSE crisis, he said: "It has been, literally, a disaster." The inquiry would be far-ranging covering the BSE crisis' origins and the way in which authorities responded to it and the development of its human equivalent Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, CJD.