1545 – Sir Thomas Bodley was born, the English diplomat and scholar who lent his name to the Bodleian Library at Oxford..
1859 – The Yiddish story-teller Sholom Aleichem was born. (d 1916)
1883 – Responding to the criticism that his poetry lacks meter, H. G. Wells declares: “Meters are used for gas, not the outpourings of the human heart.”
1904 – Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) (d 1991)
1924 – at the Abbey Theater in Dublin, William Butler Yeats attended the dress rehearsal of Sean O’Casey’s play Juno and the Paycock. Yeats said to Lady Gregory, the theater’s patroness, that the last act reminded him of a Dostoyevsky novel. Lady Gregory said, “Willie, you’ve never read a novel by Dostoyevsky,” promising to send him one.
1931 – Novelist and social commentator Tom Wolfe, Jr. , Richmond, Virginia.
1942 – American author John Irving, Exeter, New Hampshire.