On 1 February 1864 Confederate forces lead by this man attacked the town of New Bern, North Carolina.

  • George Pickett
  • James Longstreet
  • Joe Johnston
  • John Bell Hood

Today in History: Born on December 13

1585

William Drummond, Scottish poet.

1797

Heinrich Heine, German poet, satirist and journalist.

1818

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln.

1835

Phillips Brooks, Episcopal clergyman who wrote the lyrics for "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

1838

Alexis Millardet, botanist who developed the first successful fungicide.

1890

Marc Connelly, playwright, actor, director and journalist (The Green Pastures).

1911

Kenneth Patchen, American poet and author (Before the Brave, Hurrah for Anything).

1923

Phillip Anderson, physicist.

1923

Sir Terence Beckett, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (1980–1987).

1925

Dick Van Dyke, actor, singer, producer; (The Dick Van Dyke TV series, Mary Poppins).

1934

Richard D. Zanuck, film producer; won Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989 (Driving Miss Daisy).

1948

Jeff Baxter, musician with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers bands.

1948

Ted Nugent, singer, songwriter, musician, actor.

1954

John Anderson, country singer, musician.

1967

Jamie Foxx, actor, singer.

1989

Taylor Swift, multiple award-winning crossover country singer, actress; youngest-ever Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and youngest artist ever to win an Album of the Year Grammy.