Painter Rembrandt born in Leiden, Netherlands.
The disputed author of the classic holiday poem, A Visit from St Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas), Clement Moore is born in New York City.
Compiler of mythology, Thomas Bulfinch born in Newton, Massachusetts.
In the Egyptian village of Rosetta, French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard found the Rosetta Stone.
Philosopher and cultural critic, Walter Benjamin (The Arcades Project) born in Berlin.
Irish-born novelist Iris Murdoch (The Good Apprentice) born in Dublin.
Philosopher Jacques Derrida born in El-Biar, Algeria.
Singer Linda Ronstadt born in Tucson, Arizona.
Fashion designer, Gianni Versace is killed outside his Miami Beach home.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
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