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William Blake, English poet and painter, is born

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Horace, Roman poet, dies in 8 BCE

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Louis Daguerre, photography pioneer, is born

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Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale” published in the United States

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Poet T.S. Eliot is born

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U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's second trip to Japan opens trade relations with America

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Robert Browning, British poet, is born

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Author Kate Chopin dies

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For the first time, Emily Dickinson sends her poems to T.W. Higginson, for review

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