1834 – Artist Edgar Degas was born in Paris.
1865 – Surgeon Charles Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic & Mayo Foundation, was born in Rochester, MN.
1896 – Author A.J. (Archibald Joseph) Cronin (The Citadel, Keys of the Kingdom) was born in Cardross, Strathclyde, Scotland.
1898 – Novelist Emile Zola fled France after being convicted of libel against the French military.
1984 – Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice President.