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Anne McCaffrey dies

Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born writer who emigrated to Ireland and was best known for the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series. Her novel The White Dragon became one of the first science-fiction books to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list. She died at age 85 at her home in Ireland, following a stroke.

Shostakovich's "5th Symphony" premieres in Lenningrad

The Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich, is a work for orchestra composed between April and July 1937. Its first performance was in Leningrad by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky. The premiere was a huge success and received an ovation that lasted well over half an hour.

"Anything Goes" opens at the Alvin Theatre

The musical had a tryout in Colonial Theatre, before opening on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre. It ran for 420 performances, becoming the 4th longest-running musical of the 1930s, despite the impact of the Great Depression on Broadway patrons' disposable income.

French writer Voltaire is born

Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity, especially the Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, historical and scientific works, and essays.

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