French Egyptologist Jean Francois Champollion born. In 1822 he decoded the hieroglyphics of the Rosetta Stone.
A Visit From St. Nicholas, attributed to Clement Moore, was first published.
Union General Ben Beast Butler was proclaimed a felon, outlaw, and common enemy of mankind by Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Butler had issued an order that any Southern woman in New Orleans who insulted a Northern soldier was to be treated as a prostitute.
After an argument with painter Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh uses a razor and removes a portion of his left ear. Their quarrel regarded the prostitutes in Arles.
Poet Robert Bly born in Madison, Minnesota.
Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna) born in Wahington D.C.
Comedian Harry Shearer (This is Spinal Tap) born in Los Angeles.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days