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- 1502 - Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India.
- 1909 - NAACP The NAACP is founded.
- 1924 - Premiere of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Bluein New York City.
- 1728 - Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (d. 1799)
- 1809 - Charles Darwin, English naturalist (d. 1882)
- 1809 - Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (d. 1865)
- 1828 - George Meredith, English writer (d. 1909)
- 1857 - Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget, French photographer (d. 1927)
- 1881 - Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (d. 1931)
- 1884 - Max Beckmann, German artist (d. 1950)
- 1884 - Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (d. 1957)
- 1923 - Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director and designer
- 1928 - Vincent Montana Jr., American composer (Salsoul Orchestra)
- 1936 - Martial Raysse French Painter
- 1939 - Ray Manzarek, American keyboardist (The Doors)
- 1955 - Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
- 1969 - Darren Aronofsky, American director and writer
- 1538 - Albrecht Altdorfer, German painter
- 1804 - Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (b. 1724)
- 1942 - Grant Wood, American painter (b. 1891)
- 1946 - Georges Dumas, French physician and psychologist (La Douleur et le plaisir) (b. 1866)
- 1954 - Dziga Vertov, Russian filmmaker (b. 1896)
- 1959 - George Antheil, American avant-garde composer and pianist (b. 1900)
- 1979 - Jean Renoir, French director (b. 1894)
- 1984 - Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
- 1986 - Pasquale Festa Campanile, Italian director (The Libertine) (b. 1927)
- 1989 - Thomas Bernhard, Austrian playwright and novelist (b. 1931)
- 1994 - Donald Judd, American minimalist artist (b. 1928)
- 2000 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American musician (b. 1929)
- 2003 - Vali Myers, Australian painter (b. 1930)
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