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- 1620 - Elizabeth Báthory's crimes are uncovered.
- 1944 - The play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is first publicly performed.
- 1969 - The first live performance of a music synthesizer was made by pianist Paul Bley at Lincoln Center in New York City.
- 2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000.
- 1791 - Charles Babbage, English mathematician and inventor (d. 1871)
- 1891 - Henry Miller, American writer (d. 1980)
- 1903 - Elisha Cook Jr., American actor (d. 1995)
- 1904 - Alejo Carpentier, Cuban writer (d. 1980)
- 1929 - Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
- 1939 - Phil Spector, American music producer
- 1971 - Jared Leto, American actor and singer (30 Seconds to Mars)
- 1797 - John Wilkes, English radical, journalist and politician (An Essay on Woman) (b. 1725–26)
- 1968 - Weegee, American photographer and photojournalist (b. 1899)
- 1977 - Howard Hawks, American film director and writer (b. 1896)
- 1999 - Curtis Mayfield, American musician (b. 1942)
- 2002 - Herb Ritts, American photographer (b. 1952)
- 2003 - Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
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