1750 - Antonio Salieri, Italian opera composer, accused of trying to poison his rival, the younger Wolfgang A. Mozart, but likely untrue. Pushkin wrote a drama based on this rumour, which composer Rimsky-Korsakov set to music. (And there's the famous Peter Shaffer's film, Amadeus, winner of eight 1984 Academy Awards.) Listen to Salieri's Requiem - here.
1904 - Max Factor, Jr., Cosmetics Entrepreneur
1933 - Roman Polanski, Film Director
1936 - Robert Redford, Actor and Director
1952 - Patrick Swayze, Actor
1969 - Christian Slater, Actor
Actor and director Robert Redford
Christian Slater, actor
1887 - A "manifesto" in which five young novelists fiercely critique Emile Zola's novel La Terre is published in Le Figaro.
1946 - John Henry Antill's suite from the ballet Corroboree is given its premiere by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sir Eugene Goossens conducting.