Siddhartha Gautama finds enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, India and becomes what is known as the Buddha.
– Roman lyric poet Horace born in Venusia, Italy.
Film maker, magician Georges-Jean Méliès (A Trip to the Moon) born in Paris.
French illustrator and sculptor Camille Claudel born in Fère-en-Tardenois, France.
Mexican muralist Diego Rivera born in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Humorist James Thurber born in Columbus, Ohio.
Cartoonist E. C. Segar (Popeye) born in Chester, Illinois.
Poet Delmore Schwartz born in Brooklyn, New York.
Painter and illustrator Lucian Freud born in Berlin, Germany.
Jazz organist Jimmy Smith born in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
He made the Hammond B3 organ a vital part of jazz.
Rocker Jim Morrison of the Doors born in Melbourne, Florida.
Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter (Adios, America: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole) born in New York City.
Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor born in Glenageary, Ireland.
Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon outside the Dakota apartments in New York.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Frimaire 18 Lierre