From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- 1967 - The Innovation department store in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, burns down. It is the most devastating fire in Belgian history, which results in 323 dead and missing and 150 injured.
- 1957 - the term Nouveau Roman coined by Émile Henriot in an article in the French newspaper Le Monde.
- 1998 - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas film premiers
- 1808 - Gérard de Nerval, French writer (d. 1855)
- 1813 - Richard Wagner, German composer (d. 1883)
- 1859 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British physician and writer (d. 1930)
- 1887 - Arthur Cravan, Swiss Surrealist and Dada artist (d. 1918)
- 1907 - Hergé, Belgian comic book creator (d. 1983)
- 1914 - Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)
- 1930 - John Barth, American writer
- 1930 - Harvey Milk, American politician and civil rights activist (d. 1978)
- 1950 - Genesis P-Orridge, English performer, musician, writer and artist.
- 1969 - Carl Craig, American DJ, musician, and producer.