First Holy Roman Emperor and King of the Franks, Charlemagne (Charles the Great) born.
Italian memoirist Giovanni Casanova born in Venice, Italy.
Ludwig van Beethoven premieres his First Symphony in Vienna.
Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen born in Odense, Denmark.
French realist novelist Emile Zola born in Paris.
Surrealist/Dadaist painter Max Ernst born in Brühl, Germany.
British actor Alec Guinness born in London.
Writer George MacDonald Fraser (Flashman) born in Carlisle, England.
Singer Marvin Gaye born In Washington D.C.
Poet Anne Waldman born in Millville, New Jersey.
Writer Camille Paglia born in Endicott, New York.
Singer Emmylou Harris born in Birmingham, Alabama.
The science-fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey" premieres in Washington, D.C.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days