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"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is published

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school's corridors warn that the "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened.

Ernest Hemingway commits suicide

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Hemingway died by "quite deliberately" shooting himself with his favorite shotgun. A doctor quickly arrived at the house who determined Hemingway "had died of a self-inflicted wound to the head".

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