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1666 – Samuel Pepys first diary entry.
1739 – Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray depart together for the Grand Tour.
1772 – German writer and critic Friedrich von Schlegel (d. 1829)
1812 – The first two cantos of Byron’s Spenserian-stanza Romantic epic Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage were published by John Murray in 1812.
1858 – Henry Watson Fowler (Modern English Usage) is born.
1861 – George Eliot finished Silas Marner on this day.
1903 – Clare Booth Luce is born NYC (d. 1987)
1926 – The first Book-of-the-Month-Club selection Lolly Willowes is produced.
1959 – Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth opens at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City starring Geraldine Page, Paul Newman, Rip Torn and Diana Hyland. The critics call Page “fabulous,” and Newman “the perfect companion.”
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