First Holy Roman Emperor and King of the Franks, Charlemagne (Charles the Great) born.
Italian memoirist Giovanni Casanova (Histoire de ma vie)born in Venice, Italy.
Ludwig van Beethoven premieres his First Symphony in Vienna.
Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (The Snow Queen) born in Odense, Denmark.
French realist novelist Emile Zola born in Paris.
Confederate General A. P. Hill is shot through the heart in the Third Battle of Pettersburg.
He was interred standing up.
Surrealist/Dadaist painter Max Ernst born in Brühl, Germany.
British actor Alec Guinness (Kind Hearts and Coronets) born in London.
Writer George MacDonald Fraser (Flashman) born in Carlisle, England.
French singer-songwriter, actor, and director Serge Gainsbourg born in Paris, France.
Poet Ed Dorn born in Villa Grove, Illinois.
Singer Marvin Gaye born In Washington D.C.
Poet Anne Waldman born in Millville, New Jersey.
Writer Camille Paglia (Sexual Personae) born in Endicott, New York.
Country Music Hall of Fame singer Emmylou Harris born in Birmingham, Alabama.
The science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey premieres in Washington, D.C.