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Writer Saul Bellow dies

Saul Bellow was a Jewish Canadian-American writer. For his literary work, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to win the National Book Award.

The world's longest bridge span opened in Japan

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is a suspension bridge, which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. It crosses the busy Akashi Strait as part of the Honshu–Shikoku Highway. It was completed in 1998, and with the length of 1,991m, it has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world.

Poet Allen Ginsberg dies

Irwin Ginsberg was an American poet, philosopher, and writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation during the 1950s and the counterculture that followed. Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.

1st performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D

The Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36, is a symphony in four movements written by Ludwig van Beethoven and is dedicated to Karl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky. Beethoven produced the symphony during his stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, at a time when his deafness was becoming more pronounced and he began to realize that it might be incurable.

Anniversaries of famous

died 1994

Kurt Cobain

born 1989

Lily James

born 1908

Bette Davis

born 1916

Gregory Peck