1594 – Will Kempe, Richard Burbage, and William Shakespeare were noted as having acted in a play on this day at Greenwich Palace. They will eventually be listed as members of Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
1606 – King Lear is performed at court.
1716 – Thomas Gray is born, English writer (d. 1771)
1854 – Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo
1891 – Henry Miller, American writer is born in NYC (d. 1980)
1913 – Ambrose Bierce writes his last letter from Mexico, where he was traveling with Poncho Villa.
1944 – Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie was first performed publicly, at the Civic Theatre in Chicago, IL.