43 B.C. – Roman poet Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) is born in what is now Sulmona, Italy.
1616 – Walter Raleigh was released on this day from the Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
1828 – Henrick Ibsen, Skien Norway (d. 1906)
1846 – Herman Melville’s Typee is published in New York City.
1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published. It based on the theme that slavery is incompatible with Christianity.
1920 – Scott Fitzgerald inscribes a copy of This Side of Paradise for H. L. Mencken, saying of the novel, “This is a bad book full of good things.” The novel is published six days later.