From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Art and culture
- 1873 - Censorship: The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail.
- 1875 - Carmen opera premieres in Paris
- 1923 - TIME magazine is published for the first time.
- 1991 - An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers.
- 1756 - William Godwin, English journalist, political philosopher and novelist (d. 1836)
- 1803 - Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, French painter (The Monkey Connoisseurs (d. 1860)
- 1847 - Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor (d. 1922)
- 1863 - Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (d. 1947)
- 1893 - Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramicist (d. 1998)
- 1911 - Jean Harlow, American actress (d. 1937)
- 1913 - Roger Caillois, French intellectual (d. 1978)
- 1914 - Asger Jorn, Danish avant-garde artist (Situationist International) (d. 1973)
- 1920 - Ronald Searle, British illustrator
- 1948 - Jackie Mittoo, Jamaican musician (The Skatalites) (b. 1990)
- 1928 - Jan Toorop, Dutch painter (b. 1858)
- 1976 - Pierre Molinier, surrealist painter and photographer (b. 1900)
- 1982 - Georges Perec, French writer (b. 1936)
- 1983 - Hergé, Belgian comics creator (b. 1907)
- 1983 - Arthur Koestler, Austrian writer (b. 1905)
- 1987 - Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, and comedian (b. 1913)
- 1996 - Marguerite Duras, French writer (b. 1914)
- 1998 - Richard Plant, German-American writer and gay activist. (b. 1910)