1703 – The Man in the Iron Mask, a prisoner of Louis XIV in the Bastille prison in Paris, died. The prisoner may have been Count Matthioli, who had double-crossed Louis XIV, or may have even been the brother of Louis XIV. His true identity has been the cause of much intrigue, and was celebrated in literary works such as Alexandre Dumas’ The Viscount Bragelonne.
1850 – Tennyson is named Poet Laureate, succeeding Wordsworth a position he held until his death in 1892.
1861 – Julia Ward Howe committed Battle Hymn of the Republic to paper
1887 – Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Dying Detective
1896 – Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Sussex Vampire