Composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies at age 57 in Vienna, Austria.
The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
English poet and scholar A. E. Housman born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England.
Poet Robert Frost born in San Francisco, California.
Fashion designer and founder of the House of Gucci, Guccio Gucci born in Florence, Italy.
Poet Walt Whitman dies at age 72 in Camden, New Jersey.
Author & mythologist Joseph Campbell (The Hero with a Thousand Faces) born in New York.
Playwright Tennessee Williams née Thomas Lanier Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) born in Columbus, Mississippi.
Rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, dancer Rufus Thomas born Cayce, Mississippi.
Character actor Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke) born in Kokomo, Indiana.
Actor, author, sailor, spy Sterling Hayden born in Upper Montclair, NJ.
Beat poet Gregory Corso born in New York.
Illustrator and caricaturist Edward Sorel born in The Bronx, New York.
American author and poet Erica Jong (Fear of Flying) born in New York City.
Singer and actress Diana Ross (The Supremes) born in Detroit, Michigan.
Author John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces) committed suicide outside of Biloxi, Mississippi.
Playwright, actor, and composer Noël Coward died at his home, Firefly Estate, in Jamaica.
Heaven's Gate religious group commits mass suicide in San Diego.
Thirty-nine members take part.
Poet and novelist Jim Harrison (Songs of Unreason) dies in Patagonia, Arizona.
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