106 BCE – Roman philosopher, essayist, orator Marcus Tullius Cicero was born
1793 – Lucretia Mott was born, writer and women’s rights advocate
1841 – Herman Melville set out to sea from New Bedford for the South Pacific on the whaler Acushnet.
1882 – Docking in New York, Oscar Wilde is asked by customs if he has anything to declare; he replies:”Nothing but my genius.”
1892 – J.R.R. Tolkien is born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
1923 – Czechoslovakian writer Jaroslav Hasek dies of drunkenness at 39, having finished only four quarts (volumes) of his projected six-volume anarchist novel The Good Soldier Schweik. For the first edition Hasek’s friend Karel Vanek provides a spurious ending.
1980 – Conservationist Joy Adamson, author of Born Free was killed in northern Kenya by a servant.
2000 – Charles M. Schulz’s final original daily comic strip appeared in newspapers.