Born this day
Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)French
Poet associated with the Symbolist movement, and considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry.
In 1872 he left his wife for what became a stormy relationship with Arthur Rimbaud.
Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946 ) US
Leen Jongewaard (1927 – 1996) Dutch
Actor / Singer / Comedian
Jean-Claude Brialy (1933 – 2007) French
Actor / Director
Gerrit Komrij (1944 – ) Dutch
Author / Poet / Playwright / Critic
Cydney Bernard (1953 – ) US
Tracy Chapman (1964 – ) US
Singer / Songwriter / Musician
Richard Bluestein (1967 – ) US
Gerald McCullouch (1967 – ) US
Actor / Singer / Screenwriter / Director / Boxer
Died this day
Gaetan Dugas (1953 – 1984 ) Canadian
Flight Attendant [Alleged to be Patient Zero in the AIDS epidemic]
Arnie Zane (1988 – 1947) US
Photographer / Dancer / Choreographer
Nick Enright (1950 – 2003) Australian
Playwright / Author
Michael Jeter (1952 - 2003) US
Actor – Born 26th August
Rupesh Mandal (? - 2006) Nepalese Hate Crime Victim
Sodomy in history, March 30th
1867 — Alaska is purchased from Russia. All Russian law had been abrogated there five years earlier, and Congress passes no criminal code for it, meaning that sodomy is legal.
1911 — Missouri amends its sodomy law to include oral sex.
1922 — The Michigan Supreme Court rules that indictments under the "gross indecency" law do not have to be specific.
1961 — The New York Court of Appeals rules that the state’s sodomy law applies only to the partner who is "active" in fucking. This decision is overturned by legislation.
1964 — The Louisiana Supreme Court upholds that state’s sodomy law against a vagueness challenge.
1966 — The Oregon Supreme Court upholds the sodomy conviction of two lovers, one of whom has cross-dressed.