1656 – Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands).
1775 – Printer/type designer John Baskerville dies, & at his request is buried in the family garden. Printer to Cambridge University since 1758 – & manufacturer of his own paper & ink — he published his masterpiece, a folio Bible, in 1763.
1824 – Wilkie Collins is born in London, first major English detective novelist
1904 – New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno is born in New York City. (d 1968)
1913 – Harold Monro opened the doors of the Poetry Bookshop in London. On that opening day, Robert Frost met Ezra Pound.
1917 – Tennessee author was born.
1934 – Eugene O’Neil’s Days Without End opens at Henry Mille