Philip VI of France crowned at the Notre-Dame de Reims, beginning the Valois Dynasty.
Poet and abolitionist, Julia Ward Howe (The Battle Hymn of the Republic) born in New York City.
Frontiersman and marshall, James 'Wild Bill' Hickock born in Troy Grove, Illinois.
Shot dead in a poker game in Deadwood, South Dakota while holding the "Deadman's Hand".
Free form and interpretative dancer, Isadora Duncan born in San Francisco.
Writer Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon) born in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
Actor Vincent Price (House of Wax) born in St Louis, Missouri.
Short-story writer John Cheever (The Wapshot Chronicles) born in Quincy, Massachussetts.
Actor Christopher Lee (The Wicker Man) born in London.
Novelist, John Barth (The Sot-Weed Factor) born Cambridge, Maryland.
Author and screenwriter Harlan Ellison born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jazz composer and pianist, Ramsey Lewis born in Chicago, Illinois.
Singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn born in Ottawa, Canada.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Prairial 8 Martagon