Calendar of Literary Facts

Literary Facts - March 6

1806: Elizabeth Barrett is born. (Explore: Sonnet XXIX, Aurora Leigh, Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

1836: After a two-week siege, the Mexican Army overwhelms the fortified mission in southern Texas called the Alamo; all the defenders are killed, including William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett

1857: The Dred Scott decision is handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, finding that blacks are not American citizens and denying the power of Congress to restrict the spread of slavery

1885: Timothy Shay Arthur dies

1885: Ring Lardner is born. (Explore: Some Like Them Cold, Ring Lardner, The Golden Honeymoon)

1888: Louisa May Alcott dies. (Explore: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott Unmasked, Louisa May Alcott)

1928: Gabriel García Márquez is born. (Explore: News of a Kidnapping, Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez)

1950: Edgar Lee Masters dies. (Explore: Spoon River Anthology, Edgar Lee Masters, Butch Weldy)

1982: Ayn Rand dies. (Explore: Anthem, The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand)