From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
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Art and culture
- 1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother on Neustadt-Gasse, Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.
- 1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, is printed in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Citizen Capet, Louis XVI of France, is guillotined.
- 1910 – "All art is erotic" says Adolf Loos
- 1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States intercepts a ship with over 9,500 pounds (4,300 kg) of cocaine on board.
- 1895 - Noe Ito, Japanese anarchist, social critic, author and feminist (d. 1923)
- 1905 - Christian Dior, French fashion designer (d. 1957)
- 1924 - Benny Hill, English actor, comedian, and singer (d. 1992)
- 1929 - Radley Metzger, American filmmaker, distributor and producer.
- 1938 - Wolfman Jack, American disk jockey and actor (d. 1995)
- 1941 - Richie Havens, American musician (d. 2013)
- 1950 - Billy Ocean, West Indian musician
- 1952 - Louis Menand, American writer and critic
- 1955 - Jeff Koons, American artist
- 304 - Saint Agnes (martyred)
- 1773 - Alexis Piron, French writer (b. 1689)
- 1789 - Baron d'Holbach, French-German philosopher, author of The System of Nature (b. 1723)
- 1793 - King Louis XVI of France (executed) (b. 1754)
- 1831 - Ludwig Achim von Arnim, German poet (b. 1781)
- 1870 - Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (b. 1812)
- 1891 - Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, French Classicist painter and sculptor (b. 1815)
- 1924 - Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary (b. 1870)
- 1938 - Georges Méliès, French film director (b. 1861)
- 1950 - George Orwell, British writer (b. 1903)
- 1959 - Cecil B. DeMille, American director (b. 1881)
- 1961 - Blaise Cendrars, Swiss writer (b. 1887)
- 1984 - Jackie Wilson, American musician (b. 1934)
- 1999 - Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
- 2007 - Peer Raben, German composer best known for his work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder (d. 1940)