Feast day of Saint Nicolas
The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica published.
Painter Frédéric Bazilleborn in in Montpellier, France.
Thomas Alva Edison makes the first sound recording by reciting and recording the nursery rhyme Mary had a Little Lamb.
Lyricist Ira Gershwin born in New York City.
Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt born in Dirschau, West Prussia, Imperial Germany.
Poet and author Osbert Sitwell born in London, England.
Actress Agnes Moorehead (Citizen Kane) born in Clinton, Massachusetts.
Gangster George 'Baby Face' Nelson, born in Willmette, Illinois.
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck born in Concord, California.
U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene.
Doug Marlette, American author and cartoonist (d. 2007)
Vladimir Nabokov finishes his controversial novel Lolita.
The Rolling Stones play a concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, California. One spectator is stabbed by the Hell's Angel who were hired as security guards.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Frimaire 16 Ajonc