100 B.C.E. - Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman Politician and General
1730 - Josiah Wedgwood, Pottery Manufacturer
1817 - David Henry Thoreau, American Writer and Philosopher
1861 - Anton Arensky, Russian Composer
1884 - Amedeo Modigliani, Artist
1885 - George Butterworth, English Composer
1895 - Oscar Hammerstein II, Lyricist, Librettist, Theatrical Director and Producer, most especially known for his partnership with Richard Rodgers.
1934 - Van Cliburn, American Concert Pianist, first American to win the Tchaikovsky Prize in Moscow (1958)
1937 - Bill Cosby, Actor and Comedian
1543 - King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, who survives him and marries again.
1776 - Captain James Cook sets sail from Plymouth on the Resolution, beginning his third and final voyage of discovery.
1794 - Admiral Horatio Nelson loses his right eye at the Siege of Calvi in Corsica.
1957 - American Surgeon General Leroy E. Burney announces that there is a direct link between lung cancer and smoking.
1946 - Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia is first staged, at Glyndebourne, England.
1990 - Soviet President Boris Yeltsin resigns from the Communist Party, splitting it between conservatives and radicals, sparking demonstrations against the party.
2005 - Prince Albert II becomes ruler of the Principality of Monaco as the three-month period of mourning after his father's death ends, and a week after he acknowledged his illegitimate son.
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