1793 – Pirate, hothead and lout Alexander Selkirk, the model for Robinson Crusoe, is rescued from Juan Fernandez
1814 – Lord Byron’s The Corsair, a poem in heroic couplets, sells 10,000 copies on the day of publication.
1862 – The Battle Hymn of the Republic, by Julia Ward Howe was first published in the Atlantic Monthly.
1884 – 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
1884 – Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian writer (d. 1937) author of We
1887 – Charles Nordhoff, English-born author (d. 1947)
1895 – Hart Crane arrives in Nebraska to cover the destitution and starvation wrought by the previous summer’s drought and the extremely cold winter of 1894-95. In the evening, he meets Willa Cather, who in December had copyedited The Red Badge Of Courage for The State Journal.
1902 – Langston Hughes (d. 1967) is born in Joplin MO
1904 – S. J. Perelman, American humorist (d. 1979) 1918 – Muriel Spark, Scottish author (d. 2006) in Edinburgh.
1930 – The Times published its first crossword puzzle.
1933 – Reynolds Price was born He has been incapacitated by illness but continues to write, often on disability issues.
1935 – James T Farrell finishes his Studs Lonigan trilogy