April 14th is special because …

I’m musing today on the notable literary events that happened on this day in history.

The funniest thing in this list is the play which opened and closed on the same day – “Take Me Along.” Sad, too, because “Take Me Along” was nominated for ten Tony Awards in 1960, and Jackie Gleason won the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. I guess the 1985 version didn’t live up to the standards set by the 1960 production.

Lincoln's assassination1828 – First American Dictionary: its author Noah Webster registers its copyright for publication.
1841 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue” published

Murders in the  Rue Morgue

Murders in the
Rue Morgue1863 – William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater. He was viewing a performance of “Our American Cousin.”

Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett1887 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Reigate Squires” (BG)
1894 – 1st public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope (moving pictures)
1906 – US President Theodore Roosevelt denounces “muckrakers” in US press, taken from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

1939 – John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” publishedThe Grapes of Wrath

1980 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner’s Song)
The Executioner's Song

1985 – “Take Me Along!” opens/closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC

1992 – “Guys & Dolls” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1143 performances Les Miserables

1992 – “Les Miserables” opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester

2012 – J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, launches her website “Pottermore”

My only claim to fame is that William Shakespeare and I have the same probable birthday, albeit nearly four hundred years apart. Oddly enough, The Bard died on that same date, 52 years later.

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Robin Helm has published all three volumes of The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy. She also recently published the Yours by Design Series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours. She and her husband have two adult daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, and a Yorkie Poo named Toby.

3 thoughts on “April 14th is special because …

    1. Robin Helm Post author

      Oh, my! How could I have missed that? The world has never been the same since Bethany was born. And without Bethany, you’d have no precious grandchildren.

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Why yes, we DO want a piece of your mind. ;-)

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