1647 - Nathaniel Bacon, American colonist and plantation owner
1837 - Mily Balakirev, Russian composer and member of The Five, a group of Russian composers. (Balakirev's Symphony No. 1 in C-major, in four movements. Performed by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Igor Golovschin. Uploaded by KuhlauDelfing2. Accessed January 2, 2014.)
1905 - Sir Michael Tippett, English Composer
1920 - Isaac Asimov, American Writer and Professor of Biochemistry. He was prolific in writing science fiction and popular science.
1961 - Todd Haynes, Film Director, Screen Producer, Pioneer of New Queer Cinema movement of film-making in the early 1990s
1968 - Cuba Gooding, Jr., Actor
1969 - Christy Turlington, Model
Featuring Balakirev's piano fantasy Islamey, interpreted by pianist Nicholas King.
1757 - During the Seven Years' War, Robert Clive, better known as Clive of India, captures Calcutta from the Nawab of Bengal, avenging the deaths of those who perished in the Black Hole.
1843 - Richard Wagner conducts the first performance of his opera Der fliegende Hollander, in Dresden.
1867 - On board ship, American writer Mark Twain writes in his notebook: "Passengers growl less this trip than any I ever saw, but they will growl some on all trips, no matter how favorable everything is."
1941 - The Andrews Sisters - LaVerne, Maxene and Patty - record "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" on Decca Records.
1959 - Luna 1 which is launched by USSR in the direction of the Moon, is the first artificial object to reach the escape velocity of the Earth.
1968 - Dr. Christiaan Barnard performs the second successful heart transplant into a human.
1987 - The publishers of Enid Blyton's Noddy books agree to transform Golliwogs into inoffensive gnomes.
Nicholas King: Balakirev: Islamey - Oriental Fantasy. Youtube, uploaded by Nicholas King. Accessed January 2, 2018.
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