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Today in history

  • 1772

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born in 1772 in Ottery St Mary, Devonshire. His father was a respected vicar and headmaster at the grammar school in Ottery. [Ottery St Mary, Devon, United Kingdom]

  • 1866

    Gerard Manley Hopkins: Hopkins decided to become a Catholic and traveled to Birmingham to meet with John Henry Newman who received him into the church. [Birmingham, United Kingdom]

  • 1904

    Patrick Kavanagh: Irish Poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh was born in 1904 in Inniskeen, County Monaghan. His father was a shoemaker and a farmer. [Inniskeen, County Monaghan, Ireland]

  • 1915

    Wilfred Owen: In 1915, Owen enlisted with the 3/28th London Regiment which then became the Artists Rifles Officer Training Corps. [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1969

    Jack Kerouac: Kerouac was admitted to hospital with internal bleeding and died, at the age of 47. The cause was thought to be due to cirrhosis of the liver. [New York, United States]

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