Calendar of Literary Facts

Literary Facts - January 1

1716: William Wycherley dies. (Explore: The Country Wife, William Wycherley)

1808: A federal law goes into effect in the U.S. prohibiting the importation of African slaves

1854: J. G. Frazer is born. (Explore: J. G. Frazer)

1863: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln publishes the Emancipation Proclamation. (Explore: Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation, Why did Abraham Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation?)

1873: Mariano Azuela is born. (Explore: The Flies, The Underdogs, Mariano Azuela)

1914: Ambrose Bierce dies. (Explore: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, Ambrose Bierce)

1919: J. D. Salinger is born. (Explore: The Catcher in the Rye, De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period, J. D. Salinger)

1921: Patricia Highsmith is born. (Explore: Edith's Diary, Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train)

1928: Camara Laye is born. (Explore: The Dark Child, The Guardian of the Word, Camara Laye)

1928: Iain Crichton Smith is born

1933: John Kingsley (“Joe”) Orton is born. (Explore: Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Joe Orton, Head to Toe)

1954: Leonard Bacon dies

2000: Yearlong fears of global disaster because of the “Y2K bug” end on New Years Day, with little computer-related disruption of power and services worldwide