1728 – John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera opened on this day at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre, London.. It was the longest running play in British theatrical history before the 20th century. Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht adapted it as The Three-Penny Opera.
1737 – Thomas Paine was born (d 1809). After writing Common Sense and The Crisis in favor of the patriot’s cause, Paine returned to Europe and Britain where he continued to write revolutionary material.
1802 – John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress.
1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven appears in the New York Evening Mirror.
1860 – Anton Chekov is born Russia (d 1904)
1923 – Paddy Chayevsky is born in New York City. (d.1981)
1927 – Edward Abbey is born in Home, Pennsylvania.
1939 – American feminist Germaine Greer was born (d 1989)
so it’s a little late, I had an ear ache yesterday.