On 12 May 1975 the cargo ship SS Mayaguez was seized by gunboats from this country.

  • Cambodia
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Vietnam

Today in History: Born on September 16

1838

James J. Hill, railroad builder.

1875

James Cash Penney, founder and owner of the J.C. Penny Company department stores.

1885

Karen Horney, psychoanalyst who exposed the male bias in the Freudian analysis of women.

1891

Karl Doenitz, German Admiral who succeeded Adolf Hitler in governing Germany.

1893

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, biochemist who isolated vitamin C.

1925

Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist.

1925

B.B. King, blues guitarist.

1926

John Knowles, writer; won first-ever William Faulkner Foundation Award (A Separate Peace, 1961).

1927

Peter Falk, actor, best known for his role as detective Columbo in the TV series of the same name.

1943

James Alan McPherson, author; first African American to win Pulitzer Prize for fiction (Elbow Room, 1978).

1948

Rosemary Casals, pro tennis player whose efforts to gain greater equality for women in the sport led to many changes.

1950

Henry Louis Gates Jr., critic and scholar.

1952

Mickey Rourke, actor, screenwriter, professional boxer; won Golden Globe (The Wrestler, 2009).

1954

Earl Klugh, jazz guitarist.

1956

David Copperfield, magician.