UK – Traditional Feast Day of St Caedmon. Although he never learned to read or write Caedmon was the first poet to produce vivid Christian verses in the Anglo-Saxon tongue. Unfortunately, only a few of his lines survive. He died around 680.
1602 – John Donne is thrown into prison for secretly marrying Sir George More’s daughter. Also imprisoned are the man who married them and the man who gave away the bride.
1657 – The French philosopher Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle was born. He said, “The philosopher sees the world as a large planet, traveling through the heavens, covered by fools.”
1826 – London University was founded. The poet Robert Browning took his degree there, and the poet A.E. Housman taught Latin at London University.
1896 – Oscar Wilde’s Salomé premiered in Paris. Wilde wrote it in French.
1916- revolutionary Emma Goldman was arrested for lecturing on birth control. She became the first person that J. Edgar Hoover had deported.
1938 – Judy Blume was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
1963 – Thirty-year-old Sylvia Plath succeeds in committing suicide on her third try. She put her head in a gas oven in London. Thus establishing that the third time IS the charm.