- 1885: Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" opens at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City.
- 1779: Jons Jacob Berzelius, Swedish chemist.
- 1833: Benjamin Harrison, 23rd U.S. President.
- 1890: H. P. Lovecraft, American author.
- 1942: Isaac Hayes, American singer, songwriter, actor, "Chef" on South Park.
- 1946: Connie Chung, American journalist.
- 1948: Robert Plant, British singer.
- 1956: Joan Allen, American actress (Nixon, Pleasantville)