1707 – one of the masterpieces of English neoclassical drama, George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem, premiered. yeah i never heard of it either . . . .
1859 – Kenneth Grahame, Edinburgh Scotland (d 1932)
1865 – Frederick William Goudy, American printer and type designer.
1898 – Richard Straus’ tone poem for cello and orchestra Don Quixote premiered.
1931 – John McPhee, American writer and professor
1935 – Thomas Wolfe’s second novel, Of Time and the River, is published to great acclaim by Scribner’s.
1941 – , after attending a farewell party in Panama and swallowed a toothpick lodged in an hors d’oeuvre. He developed peritonitis and died.
1958 – William Faulkner warns the American public in a speech at Princeton University that American schools are fast becoming “baby-sitting organizations.”
1978 – The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.