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  We know of 6 events of note in literature and the arts that occurred on March 8:
  • American novelist Paul Horgan died on this day in 1995 at 91.
  • English writer Kenneth Grahame, who wrote the children's classic The Wind in the Willows (1908), was born on this day in 1859.
  • Frederick William Goudy, American printer and type designer, was born on this day in 1865. His fonts carry his name.
  • On this day in 1707, one of the masterpieces of English neoclassical drama, George Farquahr's The Beaux' Stratagem, premiered.
  • On this day in 1898, Richard Straus' tone poem for cello and orchestra Don Quixote premiered.
  • On this day in 1941, one of the fathers of 20th century American literature, Sherwood Anderson, died in the Canal Zone. He had been to a cocktail party and swallowed a toothpick lodged in an hors d'oeuvre. He developed peritonitis and died.