• William Hogarth, born 1697 in London
  • Oliver Goldsmith, born 1730 in Ballymahon
  • Samuel Richardson begins his first book, Pamela, at age 50
  • Friedrich von Schiller, born 1759 in Wurttemberg
  • Vachel Lindsay, born 1879 in Springfield, Illinois

I think the health of our civilization … and our concern for the future can be tested by how well we support our libraries.”  [Carl Sagan]