From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Art and culture
- 1513 - Juan Ponce de Leon sets foot on Florida becoming the first known European to do so.
- 1902 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
- 1930 - Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
- 1952 - L'Anticoncept banned by the French censors
- 1790 - Sade is released from Charenton.
- 1972 - Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist in the early 1950s during the Red Scare.
- 742 - Charlemagne (d. 814)
- 1640 - Mariana Alcoforado, presumed Portuguese author of the Letters of a Portuguese Nun (b. 1723)
- 1725 - Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and writer (d. 1798)
- 1805 - Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer (d. 1875)
- 1840 - Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (d. 1902)
- 1891 - Max Ernst, German painter (d. 1976)
- 1927 - Kenneth Tynan, English critic and writer (d. 1980)
- 1928 - Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (d. 1991)
- 1939 - Marvin Gaye, American singer (d. 1984)
- 1940 - Peter Haining, British journalist, author and anthologist and connoisseur of British horror fiction (d. 2007)
- 1945 - Linda Hunt, American actress
- 1947 - Camille Paglia, American cultural critic
- 1954 - Walter Gibbons, American record producer, DJ and remixer (d. 1994)
- 1965 - Rodney King, American victim of police brutality (d. 2012)
- 1924 - Franz von Bayros, Austrian commercial artist, illustrator, and painter (b. 1866)
- 2005 - Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)