1859 – A.E. Housman English scholar and poet (d. 1936)
From Wikipedia: On Season 9 of The Simpsons, "The Last Temptation of Krust", Krusty calls a press conference to announce his retirement, and quotes from "To an Athlete Dying Young". I can find no video. Why?
1827 – Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer(b. 1770) died in Vienna, Austria, at age 56.
1874 – Robert Frost, American poet (d. 1963)
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
1892 – Walt Whitman, American poet (b. 1819)
When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with
much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.
1920- Sandra Day O’Connor first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until her retirement from the Court in 2006. O'Connor was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
1931 – Leonard Nimoy, American actor and director. Live long and prosper. Stay thirsty, my friend.
1934 –Alan Arkin, American actor.
1959 – Raymond Chandler, American-born novelist (b. 1888)
"Tall, aren't you?" she said.
"I didn't mean to be."
Her eyes rounded. She was puzzled. She was thinking. I could see, even on that short acquaintance, that thinking was always going to be a bother to her.
---The Big Sleep (Chapter 1)
His influence on the modern private detective story, is like, super huge. Philip Marlowe, is, along with Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, considered synonymous with "private detective”.
1997 - The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate religious cult who had committed suicide were found California. Mmmmbop.
1999 – A jury in Michigan finds Dr. (Death) Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.