This date in 1901: Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens at the Moscow Art Theatre, with his beautiful and famous actress wife Olga Knipper as Masha. Note to self: remember Robert Graham's excellent staging of Chekhov plays for Westcoast Actors.
This date in 1948: J.D. Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" published in The New Yorker. Note to self: re-read all "Nine Stories."
This date in 1923: Norman Mailer born in Long Branch, New Jersey. On his fiftieth birthday, Mailer invites 5,000 people to a party, at $50 a couple, money to go towards "a democratic secret police." Five hundred people turn up. Did the secret police get founded? If so, it's still a secret. Note to self: prepare invitations for 100th birthday party. $100 a pop, for the whole family. BYOB.