1710 - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, German Composer and Organist, eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach.
1819 - George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Writer
1890 - Charles de Gaulle, General and French President
1899 - Hoagy Carmichael, American Jazz Pianist and Composer. He is known for his songs "Stardust" and "Georgia on my Mind."
1901 - Joaquin Rodrigo, Spanish Composer
1913 - Lord Benjamin Britten, English Composer (operas include: Peter Grimes and Billy Budd)
1943 - Billie Jean King, American Tennis Player
1961 - Stephen Hough, Pianist and Composer
1967 - Boris Becker, German Tennis Player
1984 - Scarlett Johansson, Actress
Actress Scarlett Johansson
In memory of birthday celebrants, composers Joaquin Rodrigo and Benjamin Britten. Below, enjoy videos of Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' and Britten's 'Violin Concerto.'
1739 - G. F. Handel's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day is first performed, in London.
1906 - The International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin adopted "SOS" ("Save Our Souls") as the international distress call.