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  We know of 14 events of note in literature and the arts that occurred on March 24:
  • A US appeals court ruled the novel Lady Chatterly's Lover not obscene in 1960.
  • Dancer and dance-teacher Arthur Murray was born on this day in 1895.
  • Harun al-Rashid, caliph of the Abbasid empire (786-809), died at 44 on this day in 809 in Bagndad.
  • John Hersey, Pulitzer prize winning author (Hiroshima), died at 78 on this day in 1993. A recent biography of Lady Bird Johnson expressed her anger when someone read from Hersey's book at a White House function.
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a Beat poet, was born on this day in 1919.
  • On this day in 1711, Handel's opera in Italian Rindalo was performed in London. Addison in The Spectator No. 5 wrote of his amusement by the opera.
  • On this day in 1812, Lord Byron met Lady Caroline Lamb at a dinner party. She would be Byron's most problematical liaison.
  • On this day in 1945, Huey P. Long said, "If Fascism came to America it would be on a program of 100% Americanism."
  • Sir Thomas Malory, the English knight who assembled all the Arthurian matter into Le Morte d'Arthur, died on this day in 1471 at 55.
  • Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on Broadway for 694 performances on this day in 1955.
  • The American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died on this day in 1882. It was he and not Browning who was Lord Tennyson's rival in the mid-Victorian era. Longfellow was a language teacher at Bowdoin College in Portland, Maine. The aged Emerson spoke at his funeral, and after praising the dearly departed, added, "Unfortunately, his name escapes me at the moment."
  • The first major science-fiction writer, Jules Verne (Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea), died on this day in 1905 at 77.
  • The French novelist Stendhal (The Red and the Black) was buried on this day at 59.
  • The Irish playwright John Millington Synge died on this day in 1909, at 37. Riders to the Sea and Playboy of the Western World are his major contributions to the world's dramatic repertory.