The book was an absolute smorgasbord of miscellany information. Next to the bible it was the number one book people in Colonial America owned.
In 1776 Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled "The American Crisis."
The first issue of the Ohio newspaper, "The Blade", is published today in 1835. The Toledo Blade was named for the famed swordsmithing industry of the original city of Toledo, Spain.
Today on this day a very famous book was published in 1843. The book was "The Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, an English writer.
In the year 1848 English writer Emily Bronte dies on this day at the young age of 30 from complications of tuberculosis.
It is the birthday of Dr. Carter G. Wilson. He was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia, the son of a former slave. Dr. Wilson was an historian and journalist, known as "The Father of Black History."
It is the birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. Born in Stockbridge, Georgia in 1899. He was a pastor and civil rights leader and the father of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King Sr. led the Atlanta NAACP Chapter.
V.C. Andrews, American novelist, dies on this day in 1986 of breast cancer. She became famous when she published her science fiction novel, "Flowers in the Attic."
Information Sources: The Writer's Almanac and Wikipedia