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It Happened Today: March 16

António Botto (August 17, 1892 - March 16, 1959): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2819648.html

António Botto was a Portuguese aesthete and modernist poet. His first book of poems Trovas was published in 1917. Canções (Songs) was published in 1920 and went unnoticed. Only when the 2nd edition was printed in 1922, and Fernando Pessoa wrote a provocative and encomiastic article about the book praising the author’s courage and sincerity for shamelessly singing homosexual love as a true aesthete, was there public scandal amongst the Lisbon society and Botto attained a lifelong notoriety.

Aubrey Beardsley (August 21, 1872 – March 16, 1898): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1453962.html

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an English illustrator and author. His drawings, done in black ink and influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.

David Feintuch (July 21, 1944 - March 16, 2006): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4259839.html

David Feintuch was a science fiction and fantasy author and attorney. He wrote one major fantasy series, Rodrigo of Caledon: When Rodrigo took control of the mystical powers of the Still, he gained the knowledge of his forefathers. On the battlefield, the Still is a potent weapon and Rodrigo proves to be a gifted strategist. But the Still doesn’t make him perfect, and even the wisdom of generations of Caledonian rulers can’t prepare Rodrigo for what will come next.

Eleonora "Eleo" Sears, Isabel Pell & Margarett Sargent McKean: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4259561.html

Eleonora Randolph Sears (September 28, 1881, Boston – March 16, 1968 Palm Beach) was an American tennis player of the interwar period. In addition, she was a champion squash player, and prominent in other sports; she's considered one of the leading all-round women athletes of the first half of the 20th century. Sears had multiple lesbian relationships, though none was officially announced or confirmed, including one with Isabel Pell in the 1930s.

Isabel Pell was a handsome, heroic, cruel and athletic woman who once owned 40 pairs of riding boots, seduced the women of New York, New England and France, and played a heroic but controversial role in World War II. She also remained a skeleton in the closet of Eve Pell’s upper-crust family — until the author was inspired to rediscover her, warts and all. Isabel Pell was lovers with author Honor Moore's grandmother, Margarett Sargent McKean, a painter.

Margarett Sargent's personal life was more shocking than her paintings, which reflected an expressionism not much in vogue at the time. She waited until 1920, and the age of 28, to marry another proper Bostonian, Quincy Adams Shaw McKean. The happy years fade quickly, however. Shaw and Margarett fall apart but stay together, sniping and shouting or coldly ignoring each other. Both embark on many affairs, with Margarett's more flagrant, shocking and undiscriminating as to gender.

Harry Kondoleon (February 26, 1955 - March 16, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1454264.html

Harry Kondoleon (February 26, 1955 - March 16, 1994) was a gay American playwright and novelist. Several of his plays were published by Theater Communications Group in an anthology entitled Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise. He is also the author of a volume of poetry, The Death of Understanding, and two novels, The Whore of Tjampuan and Diary of a Lost Boy. The latter was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1994, two months before Harry Kondoleon died of complications from AIDS.

I.A.R. Wylie & Sara Josephine Baker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2985262.html

Sara Josephine Baker was an American physician notable for making contributions to public health. Ida Alexa Ross Wylie, better known as I.A.R. Wylie, was one of the most respected authors of her generation. Sara Josephine Baker wrote very little about her personal life, however she spent much of the later part of her life with Wylie, and self-identified as a 'woman-oriented woman'. In 1935, Baker and Wylie decided to move to Princeton, New Jersey, together with their friend Louise Pearce.

Jack Nichols, Lige Clarke and Logan Carter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1491256.html

With his partner Lige Clarke, Nichols began writing the column "The Homosexual Citizen" for Screw magazine in 1968. "The Homosexual Citizen", which borrowed its title from the newspaper published by Mattachine D.C., was the first LGBT-interest column in a non-LGBT publication. On February 10, 1975, Clarke was shot and killed in Vera Cruz, Mexico. While his partner Nichols was convinced that the murder was the result of "machismo's homophobic influences", the murder remains officially unsolved.

"Starting as Florida Teen, He Danced Across International Stages" Robert "Bobby" Logan Carter (born May 11, 1954, in Daytona Beach, Florida, died June 23, 1988 in Los Angeles) was an American entertainer and photo model. Logan Carter's two foremost male lovers--Jack Nichols was one-- had, of necessity, to be free from the making of gender-role judgments, able to see him as a person, not as a "star" nor as a cosmetic "woman." Logan died in Hollywood Community Hospital in June, 1988, AIDS.

Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929 – March 16, 2008): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1454588.html

Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929 – March 16, 2008) was an American poet, publisher, essayist, and photographer. He is known as the founder of The Jargon Society, which has published poetry, experimental fiction, photography, and folk art for more than fifty years. A longtime contributing editor of the photography journal Aperture, Williams lived in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. He died March 16, 2008 in Highlands, NC from pneumonia.

Leverett Saltonstall & Charles William Dabney, Jr.: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4259133.html

Leverett Saltonstall traveled with Charles William Dabney, Jr., Harvard classmate, after graduation and generally had a difficult time settling down; it was said that he was forced by his mother, against his will, to marry. He graduated from Harvard College in 1844, and received his law degree from Harvard in 1847. He practiced law until 1860, when he became active in the Massachusetts Democratic party, and although he was frequently nominated as a candidate for Congress, he was never elected.

Mark Stevenson (1950 - March 16, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3503067.html

Mark Stevenson's best-known show was "A Visitation From John Keats," which he performed at the Circle Repertory in New York, the Lincoln Center Library, the Edinburgh Festival and the Keats House in Hempstead, England. His other shows included "Shedding Light on Shakespeare" and "The Great F. Scott," a biographical piece about Fitzgerald. He also established a booking agency in New York, died on March 16, 1994, at his apartment in Manhattan. He was 44.

Sybille Bedford & Eda Lord: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4207919.html

Sybille Bedford (16 March 1911 – 17 February 2006) was a German-born English writer. Many of her works are partly autobiographical. Julia Neuberger proclaimed her "the finest woman writer of the 20th century" while Bruce Chatwin saw her as "one of the most dazzling practitioners of modern English prose". Bedford spent the 1950s, 60s and 70s living in France, Italy, Britain and Portugal, and during this period had a twenty-year relationship with the American female novelist Eda Lord (1907-1976).

Victor Garber & Rainer Andreesen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3503341.html

Victor Joseph Garber is a Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. Garber is known for playing Jack Bristow in the television series Alias, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Thomas Andrews in James Cameron's Titanic, and as Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, in Argo.Garber referred publicly to his homosexuality in 2012. In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it but everybody knows." As of 2013, he lives in New York with his partner since 2000, Rainer Andreesen.

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