Eighth President of the US, Martin Van Buren born in the village of Kinderhook, New York.
Composer and pianist Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna at age 35.
Poet Christina Rossetti born in London.
One of her poems the well-known Christmas carol that begins:
In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago.
General George Armstrong Custer born in New Rumley, Ohio.
Director Fritz Lang (Metropolis) born in Vienna.
Blues great Sonny Boy Williamson II born near Glendora, Mississippi.
Animator Walt Disney born in Chicago.
Painter and actress Marjorie Eaton born in Oakland, CA.
Film director Otto Preminger (The Man with the Golden Arm) born in Wiznitz, Austria-Hungary.
Poet Vachel Lindsay commits suicide he by drinking a bottle of Lysol.
His last words were: "They tried to get me; I got them first!"
Rocker Little Richard (Tutti Frutti) born in Macon, GA.
Author Joan Didion (Play it as It Lays) born in Sacramento, CA.
Author, journalist and poet Calvin Trillin born in Kansas City, Missouri.
Trillin wrote The New Yorker's "U.S. Journal," section from 1967 to 1982.
Singer-songwriter J. J. Cale born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Flight 19 is lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
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