1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.
1879 – William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty has its U. S. debut at New York’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, the day after its London premiere.
1945 – Connie Willis is born, American writer
1949 – Ellen Datlow is born, American editor
1949 – Susan Schwartz is born, American writer
1960 – The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
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