1871 – Stephen Crane American poet & novelist is born, Newark, New Jersey. (d. 1900)
1880 – Sholem Asch is born, Poland. (d. 1957)
1923 – Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian author is born (d. 2001)
1930 – A.R. Gurney, playwright is born.
1604 – William Shakespeare’s Othello premiers at Whitehall Palace in London.
1611 – William Shakespeare’s The Tempest premiers at Whitehall Palace in London.
1821- Lord Byron moves to Casa Lanfranchi in Pisa, rented for him by Percy Shelley.
1875 – After meeting Anthony Trollope, Henry James writes: “He is the dullest Briton of them all.”
1897-The first US Library of Congress building opens its doors to the public.
1904 – George Bernard Shaw play John Bull’s Other Island premiers, London.
1920 – Eugene O’Neill play The Emperor Jones premiers, NY.
1928 – Author’s Day is celebrated for the first time.
1930 – Author Ernest Hemingway suffers a broken arm when he crashes his car while returning from a 10-day hunting trip with John Dos Passos.
1938 – Beginning date of Malcolm Lowry novel Under the Volcano.