1798 – William Wordsworth observed a hailstorm, which he wrote a poem about, included in Lyrical Ballads.
1842 – Stéphane Mallarmé, poet and critic, translator of the poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
1915 – Richard Condon, novelist (d.1996)
1927 – George Plimpton, New York City (d 2003). While on vacation in Paris in 1952, he founds the Paris Revue, which publishes Jack Kerouac, Terry Southern, Philip Roth and Henry Miller.
1937 – Ernest Hemingway arrives in Spain to report on the Spanish Civil War and to lend moral support to the Spanish Republican effort.