Calendar of Literary Facts

Literary Facts - May 18

1896: In the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, the U.S. Supreme Court supports the notion of “separate but equal” public facilities for black Americans. (Explore: Plessy v. Ferguson: how did the Supreme Court vote on this case?, What was Plessy v Ferguson?, Who were Plessy and Ferguson, Why did the Supreme Court reverse its ruling in PLESSY v. FERGUSON? In 1896,...)

1908: Ian Fleming is born. (Explore: Goldfinger, Thunderball, Ian Fleming)

1909: George Meredith dies. (Explore: The Egoist, George Meredith, Lucifer in Starlight)

1917: Jean Cocteau’s ballet Parade, cowritten with Pablo Picasso and others, is performed in Paris. (Explore: Jean Cocteau)

1960: Audrey Wurdemann dies. (Explore: Who was Audrey Wurdemann, and what did she contribute to American literature?)

1981: William Saroyan dies. (Explore: The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse, William Saroyan, The Human Comedy)