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French King Louis XVI is sentenced to death.
Poet, transcendentalist & spiritualist Sarah Helen Whitman born in Providence, Rhode Island.
For a period of time she was linked romantically with Edgar Allan Poe.
This came to an end when Poe broke his sobriety vow to her.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Writer & poet Edgar Allan Poe born in Boston.
Chambers Book of Days noted, When sober and sane, Poe was a gentleman of pure taste and elegant manners.
Since 1949, a mysterious visitor dressed in black wearing a fedora hat has left a half-filled bottle of cognac along with three red roses at Poe's grave at the Old Western Burial Ground in Baltimore.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust has its premiere performance.
Painter Paul Cézanne born in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore premieres in Rome.
New Yorker critic Alexander Woollcott born in Phalanx, New Jersey.
Inventor Georges Claude patents the neon tube.
Artist Brion Gysin born on Taplow, England.
Best known for creating the cut-up technique fo writing used by William Burroughs.
Author Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) born in Fort Worth, Texas.
Actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) born in New Ulm, Minnesota.
Film director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Phil Everly, one half of the The Everly Brothers, born in Chicago, Illinois.
Singer Janis Joplin born in Port Arthur, Texas.
Singer Dolly Parton born in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Novelist Julian Barnes (Falubert's Parrot) born in Leicester, England.
Photographer Cindy Sherman born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.