1723 – Birth of Scottish economist, moral philosopher and Enlightenment figure, Adam Smith.He is most noted for his two classic works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and The Wealth of Nations (1776), which is considered his magnum opus and is the first modern work of economics.
1878 – Birth of Mexican Revolutionary general, Pancho Villa. Born José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, but better known as Pancho Villa he holds a fairly mythical status in Mexican consciousness. His supporters and himself seized hacienda lands for distribution to peasants ad soldiers, and robbed and commandeered trains and printed flat money to finance his cause.
1932 – Birth of Christy Brown an Irish-English painter and author of his autobiography My Left Foot which became a literary sensation. He had cerebral palsy and was able to write, type or paint with his toes on only one foot.