Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon.
This will mark the beginning of the Great Roman Civil War.
Outlaw and shoe salesman Frank James born in Clay County, Missouri.
Frank was the older brother of outlaw Jesse James and a member of the James - Younger Gang.
Florida seceded from the Union.
Poet Robinson Jeffers born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dancer and actor Ray Bolger (the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz) born in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Fritz Lang's film Metropolis premiers.
Poet Philip Levine born in Detroit, Michigan.
He was the Poet Laureate of the United States for 2011–2012.
Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi's comic series The Adventures of Tintin is first published in Belgium.
Pornography publisher Al Goldstein (Screw) born in New York City.
Singer-songwriter Rod Stewart born in London, England.
Musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) born in Passaic, New Jersey.
Porn star Linda Lovelace (Deep Throat) born in New York.
RCA announces a new 7-inch, 45 rpm phonograph record.
Monologist Spalding Gray goes missing in New York City.
His body would later be found in the East River.
It is believed that Gray threw himself off the side of the Staten Island Ferry.
English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor David Bowie dies in New York City.
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French Republican Calendar
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