1817 – Frederick Douglass, was born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland (d 1895)
1856 – Frank Harris, Irish-American author, editor, journalist, publisher was born (d. 1931)
1882 – American drama critic and editor George Jean Nathan (The American Mercury) was born.
1895 – Oscar Wilde’s final play, The Importance of Being Earnest, opened at the St. James’ Theatre in London.
1921 – Jane Heap and Margaret Anderson face obscenity charges in New York for publishing a portion of James Joyce’s Ulysses in the legendary literary journal the Little Review. They would be found guilty and fined $100.
1930 – Dashiell Hammett’s Maltese Falcon is published by Knopf after being serialized in Black Mask magazine in fall of 1929.
1946 – Ernest Hemingway married his fourth and last wife, Mary Welch in Havana.