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Daniel Defoe

Most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, the English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy Daniel Defoe sadly died 24 April 1731. Daniel Foe (his original name) was probably born in Fore Street in the parish of St. Giles Cripplegate, London. Defoe later added the aristocratic-sounding “De” to his name, and on occasion claimed descent …

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William Wordsworth

English Romantic Poet William Wordsworth sadly died 23 April 1850. He was born 7 April 1770 in Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Cumberland, in the Lake District. His sister was the poet and diarist Dorothy Wordsworth and his eldest brother Richard, became a lawyer; while his brother John, died at sea in 1805 when the ship …

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William Shakespeare

Often referred to England’s national poet, the “Bard of Avon”, and widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent dramatist and greatest writer in the English language. The English poet and playwright William Shakespeare was believed to have been born on ths day 23rd April1564 (based on his baptism 26 April 1564). Shakespeare was born and brought up …

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Alistair Maclean

Scottish novelist Alistair Stuart MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Alasdair MacGill-Eain; was born 21 April 1922. He wrote many popular thrillers and adventure stories, the best known being The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra, and Where Eagles Dare. He also wrote two novels under the pseudonym Ian Stuart. MacLean was born in Glasgow but spent much …

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Mark Twain

American Author Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) sadly passed away April 21 1910. Born November 30, in 1835 he is Most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called “the Great American Novel.” Mark Twain was born during a visit by …

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Charlotte Bronte

English novelist and poet Charlotte Brontë was born 21 April 1816 in Thornton, Yorkshire in 1816, the third of six children. In August 1824, Charlotte was sent with three of her sisters, Emily, Maria, and Elizabeth, to the Clergy Daughters’ School at Cowan Bridge in Lancashire (Charlotte later used the school as the basis for …

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Sebastian Faulks

British novelist, journalist and broadcaster Sebastian Charles Faulks CBE was born 20 April 1953 in Donnington, Berkshire. His father was a decorated soldier (he won the Military Cross), who later became a solicitor and judge. His brother Edward Faulks, Baron Faulks QC, a barrister, became a Conservative Government Minister in January 2014 in the Ministry …

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Bram Stoker

Best known today for his classic 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula, the Irish novelist and short story writer Abraham “Bram” Stoker passed away April 20 Born 8th November 1847 in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. Stoker was bedridden until he started school at the age of seven, when he made a complete recovery. He was educated in …

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Goerge Takei /Andy Serkis

Best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the 60′s television series Star Trek and numerous Star Trek Movies Amercan Actor George Takei was born 20th April in 1937. Takei began his career in Hollywood in the late 1950s, His first role was providing voiceover for several characters in …

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Without fail by Lee Child

I would like to read Without Fail by Lee Child, the sixth political thriller featuring, Jack Reacher, a former military police major in early middle age, who grew up as a well-traveled Army brat and subsequently spent 18 years overseas in the military police, and has a parochial view of the country he served. Now …

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