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Mark Twain died. Twain was born Samuel Longhorne Clemens in Florida on 30th November 1835 and died aged 74. Twain is best known for his Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn series of books but he in fact wrote many more (some under other aliases such as Josh).

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Mark Twain had an asteroid named after him. The asteroid is called 2362 Mark Twain and was discovered on September 24th 1976.


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Patrick Bronte, his wife Maria and their six children – Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Emily, Branwell and Anne – moved to Howarth Parsonage in West Yorkshire. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were all written there.  


Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, died. Stoker who actually wrote over 20 books is almost exclusively known for Dracula which was published in 1897.