From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Art and culture
- 1830 - Mary had a little lamb is published.
- 1919 - Different from the Others premiers, one of the earliest films to offer viewers a gay-positive perspective.
- 1929 - The Cocoanuts, the first film to star the Marx Brothers, opens.
- 1930 - Peter Kürten is located and arrested. M by Fritz Lang is based on his case
- 1943 - Holocaust: Josef Mengele becomes chief medical officer in Auschwitz concentration camp.
- 1956 - The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland and is won by the host nation.
- 1965 - Sacramental Melodrama theatrical performance by Alexandro Jodorowsky premiers at the second Paris Festival of Free Expression.
- 1968 - May 1968 events Students set fire to the Paris stock exchange.
- 1996 - British director Mike Leigh's Palme d'Or-winning film Secrets & Lies is released in the United Kingdom.
- 2004 - Saatchi storage warehouse partly destroyed by fire, many artworks are lost.
- 15 BC - Julius Caesar, Roman commander (d. 19)
- 1494 - Pontormo, Italian painter (d. 1557)
- 1743 - Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionary (d. 1793)
- 1899 - Henri Michaux, Belgian poet (d. 1984)
- 1936 - Harold Budd, American musician
- 1936 - Tom Phillips, English artist.
- 1941 - Bob Dylan, American singer and songwriter
- 1944 - Patti LaBelle, American singer
- 1945 - Terry Callier, American singer
- 1543 - Nicolaus Copernicus, astronomer (b. 1473)
- 1725 - Jonathan Wild, English criminal (b. 1683)
- 1881 - Samuel Palmer, English landscape painter, etcher and printmaker (b. 1805)
- 1948 - Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
- 1974 - Duke Ellington, American composer and musician (b. 1899)