July 11, 1899: E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, author of Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and The Elements of Style, is born in Mt. Vernon, New York.
July 11, 1930: Harold Bloom, literary critic and author of The Western Canon and The Visionary Company, is born in New York City, New York.
July 12, 1817: Henry David Thoreau, philosopher and author of Walden, is born in Concord, Massachusetts.
July 14, 1789: This is the day the French Revolution begins–at the fall of the Bastille.
July 14, 1912: Woody (Woodrow Wilson) Guthrie, the father of modern American folk music and writer of “This Land is Your Land,” is born in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma.
July 14, 1918: Ingmar Bergman, Academy Award-winning director of Through a Glass Darkly, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and Fanny and Alexander, is born in Uppsala, Sweden.
July 15, 1978: Bob Dylan performs before the largest open-air concert audience to date for a single artist–some 200,000 fans–at Blackbushe Airport in England.
July 15, 1779: Clement Clarke Moore, poet, author of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” is born in New York.
July 16, 1981: Singer Harry Chapin dies in a car crash in New York.
July 16, 1952: Musician Stewart Copeland is born in Alexandria, Virginia.
July 17, 1920: Sinclair Lewis finishes Main Street.