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October 20 Pooh Too Hummy
  On this day in 1928 Dorothy Parker, under her pen name, Constant Reader, reviewed A. A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner in The New Yorker, with predictable, now-famous, results: ". . . And it is that word 'hummy,' my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
October 19 Swift at the End
  On this day in 1745 Jonathan Swift died at the age of seventy-eight, after a long period of poor physical and mental health. Five years earlier, in his last note to the last person he could still make sense of, his devoted housekeeper Mrs. Whiteway, Swift admitted to feeling "so stupid and confounded [that] . . . I hardly understand one word I write. I am sure my days will be very few; few and miserable they must be."
October 18 First Seagull Flops
  On this day in 1896 Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, the first of his masterpieces, premiered in St. Petersburg. The opening night was such a disaster that by Act Two Chekhov was hiding backstage from the jeering, and by 2 a.m., after hours of walking the streets alone, he was declaring, "Not if I live to be seven hundred will I write another play."

October 20, 2014
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