1827 – The first black newspaper in the United States is founded – Freedom’s Journal is produced on Varick Street in what is now the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, in New York City. Its editors are John B. Russwurm and Samuel Cornish.
1721 – Tobias George Smollett, Scottish author (d. 1771)
1850 – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was first published.
1904 – In a Dublin singing contest, James Joyce receives the bronze medal, which he throws into the Liffey
1938 – Ford Madox Ford wrote to Ezra Pound, offering him a teaching position at Olivet College, but warning him that the college would not publish any of his pro-Mussolini propaganda.
1948 – Margaret Weis, American author