From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Art and culture
- 1816 – Lord Byron reads Fantasmagoriana to his four house guests at the Villa Diodati, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori, and inspires his challenge that each guest write a ghost story, which culminated in Mary Shelley writing the novel Frankenstein, John Polidori writing the short story The Vampyre, and Byron writing the poem Darkness.
- 1904 - setting of James Joyce's Ulysses
- 1936 - André Breton delivers the Limites non Frontières du Surréalisme speech at the London International Surrealist Exhibition
- 1960 - Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho opens in New York.
- 1970 - After the death of his wife Louis Aragon comes out as a bisexual, appearing at gay pride parades in a pink convertible.
- 1997 - Kenneth Goldsmith uses a dictaphone to note as much of as many of his body's movements as he can.
- 1313 - Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian writer (d. 1375)
- 1901 - Henri Lefebvre, French philosopher (d. 1991)
- 1925 - Otto Muehl, Austrian artist (d. 2013)
- 1938 - Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist
- 1957 - Raymond Pettibon, American artist
- 1962 - Femi Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat Musician
- 1464 - Roger van der Weyden, Flemish painter (b. 1399)
- 1938 - Robert Wiene, German film director (b. 1873)
- 2003 - Enrico Baj, Italian artist (b. 1924)