1612 – Thomas Bodley, diplomat and founder of the Bodleian Library at Oxford, died on this day.
1706 – John Baskerville, English printer was born (died 1775)
1813 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was first published
1814 – Stendahl’s 1st book Vie de Haydn, de Mozart, et de Métastase is published containing partially plagiarized biographies of Mozart & Haydn.
1846 – Charlotte Bronté wrote to a London publisher about the poems of her sister Emily and their worthiness for publication.
1933 – Susan Sontag was born new York City.
1947 – the Bay Psalm Book, bought by George Brinley in 1864 for one thousand dollars. was the last one to appear at public sale, brought by Dr. Rosenbach in 1947 for $151,000. It is now at Yale.