1632 – Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.
1774 – the British House of Lords ruled that authors do not have perpetual copyright.
1788 – German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, a pessimist and a misanthrope and just my kinda guy. (d 1860)
1819 – American poet James Russell Lowell (d 1891)
1882 – Eric Gill, (d 1940) British sculptor, typeface designer, and printmaker working mainly in engraving, and who was associated with the English Arts and Crafts movement.
1892 – Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan was first performed.
1892 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rockland, Maine. (d. 1950)
1900 – Sean O’Faolain, Irish short story writer (d.1991)
1925 – Gothic humorist and cartoonist Edward Gorey is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1938 – Ishmael Reed, American writer
1944 – Felice Picano, novelist/ screenwriter
1967 – Barbara Garson’s political satire MacBird premiered in New York City. Based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it implied that Lyndon Johnson had been involved in the JFK assassination.