1872 – Zane Grey is born Zanesville, OH (d. 1939)
1901 – Chekhov’s Three Sisters opens at Moscow Art Theater
1915 –Thomas Merton was born (d .1968), author of The Seven-Story Mountain.
1923 – Norman Mailer is born Long Branch, NJ
1929 – Erich Maria Remarques publishes All Quiet on the Western Front, in Berlin
“It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit. In a bomb-proof dug-out I may be smashed to atoms and in the open may survive ten hour’s bombardment unscratched. No soldier outlives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck.” (from All Quiet on the Western Front)
1929 – Leon Trotsky is banished from the Soviet Union
1935 – Kenzaburo Oe is born on the island of Shikoku, Japan.
1948 – J D Salinger‘s first short stories, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” appeared on this day in The New Yorker
1973 – On his 50th birthday, Norman Mailer gave a gala party at the Four Seasons, to which he invited 5000 persons but charged a $50 admission. Only 500 came.
obit of note • Sidney Sheldon at 80 master of the potboiler
obit of note • Cookbook author Sharon Tyler Herbst, The Food Lover’s Companion
google gobble • From the New Yorker Jeffery Toobin writes about Google’s quest for the Universal Library.