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- 1762 - French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform
- 1976 - Gainsbourg's film Je t'aime... moi non plus premieres in France
- 1994 - Paragraph 175, a provision of the German Criminal Code which made homosexual acts between males a crime, and in early revisions the provision also criminalized bestiality, is abolished.
- 1997- Buffy the Vampire Slayer airs for the first time.
- 1503 - Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1564)
- 1772 - Friedrich von Schlegel, German aesthetician (d. 1829)
- 1788 - Joseph von Eichendorff, German writer (Life of a Good-For-Nothing) (d. 1857)
- 1867 - Hector Guimard, French art nouveau architect (d. 1942)
- 1896 - Nancy Cunard, English writer, editor and publisher, political activist, anarchist and poet (d. 1965)
- 1915 - Harry Bertoia, Italian artist (d. 1978)
- 1917 - David hare, American artist, associated with the Surrealist movement (b. 1992)
- 1920 - Boris Vian, French writer and musician (d. 1959)
- 1925 - Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photojournalist (d. 1990)
- 1954 - Luc Dardenne, one brother from the Belgian filmmaking brother duo
- 1964 - Mark Moore, British dance music record producer and DJ (S'Express)
- 1971 - Timbaland, American rapper
- 1937 - Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian writer (b. 1884)
- 1940 - Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian-language novelist and playwright (The Master and Margarita) (b. 1891)
- 1948 - Zelda Fitzgerald, American artist, wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1900)
- 1966 - Frank O'Connor, Irish author (b. 1903)
- 1973 - Robert Siodmak, German born American film director (The Killers) (b. 1900)
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