1533 –
French humanist essayist Michel de Montaigne (d 1592)
1692 – the infamous began. No witches were burned; they were all hanged.
1749 – Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones is published.
1784 – Black American poet Phillis Wheatley died on this day
1820 – John Tenniel is born London, England (d.1914)
1894 – Ben Hecht is born NYC (d. 1964)
1909 – English poet Stephen Spender (d 1995)
1939 – The word “Dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
1970 – Daniel Handler, American writer, better known as Lemony Snicket

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