• Fyodor Dostoevsky, born 1821in Moscow
  • Louisa May Alcott, 1854, first published story “The Rival Prima Donnas” appears under the pen name Flora Fairfield in the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette
  • Kurt Vonnegut, born 1922, in Indianapolis
  • James Baldwin, in 1948 sails for Europe with a one-way ticket

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]