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1859 – Sholom Aleichem, Russian Yiddish humorist (d. 1916)
1883 – Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer (d. 1957)
1884 – The Moscow police seize all copies of Count Leo Tolstoy’s What I Believe In at the printers.
1885 – Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. A printer made one of the illustrations of the first issue vulgar, showing Judge Thacker exposing himself to Huck and saying, “What do you think of that?” hmmm i’d like to put THAT on a T-shirt.
1896 – Andre Breton, French writer (d. 1966).
1909 – Wallace Stegner was born in Lake Mills, Iowa. (d 1993)
1922 – Helen Gurley Brown was born in Green Forest, Arkansas.
1929 – Len Deighton, British author
1930 – Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist
1931 – Toni Morrison, African-American Nobel-Prize laureate in literature
1936 – Jean Auel, American writer

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