1743 – Poet/playwright Richard Savage arrested in Bristol for a debt of 8 pounds, owed to a coffee-house.
1776 – Common Sense, a fifty page pamphlet by Thomas Paine, was published. It sold over 500,000 copies in America and Europe, influencing, among others, the authors of the Declaration of Independence.
1837 – Cardinal Newman takes issue with Jane Austen’s novels: “Miss Austen has no romance . . . What vile creatures her parsons are!”
1845 – Elizabeth Barrett, 38, & Robert Browning, 32, begin corresponding when she receives a note — “I love you” — from the little-known poet whose work she has praised in her poem Lady Geraldine’s Courtship.
1880 – Tintin & his dog Snowy, characters created by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (Georges Remi), appear for the first time in Vingtième Siècle.
1883 – Aleksei Nikolaevich Tolstoi (d. 1945) is born. Novelist, playwright, historian, & short story writer, a former nobleman who emigrated to western Europe after the Russian Revolution, but returned in 1923, a supporter of the Communist Party & honored artist, receiving three Stalin Prizes.
1887 – Poet Robinson Jeffers is born, Pittsburgh (or Allegheny), Pennsylvania.
1904 – US Bookbinders Union, No. 147, founded.
1954 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden
1961 – Dashiell Hammett, dies after a long battle with cancer & the rightwing witchhunters in HUAC because of his politics.
1969 – The final issue of The Saturday Evening Post appeared after 147 years of publication.
1971 – Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Richard Wilbur