1831 – Children’s author Mary Mapes Dodge in New York City (d. 1905).
1849 – Thomas Lovell Beddoes committed suicide at 45. The english poet author of Death’s Jest-Book anyone think this was a clue?
1896 – William Dean Howells congratulates Stephen Crane on the success of The Red Badge of Courage in England, adding that he will “remain true to my first love, Maggie.” That is better than all the Black Riders and Red Badges.
1907 – Police are called to Dublin’s Abbey Theatre to quell an angry crowd at the opening of John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World.
1918 – Philip Jose Farmer is born Peoria IL
1929 – Jules Feiffer is born NYC, cartoonist, author
1932 – Thomas Wolfe jumped from a Connecticut-bound train onto the Grand Central Station platform, severing a vein in his left arm His editor Max Perkins was with him.
1976 – David Mamet’s American Buffalo premiered in New York City on this day in 1976.
1978 – Frank Herbert completes his novel Destination: Void.