Happy birthday, Washington Irving; Reginald Hill.
Best known for penning "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and once captured by pirates, Washington Irving was born today in 1783 in New York City. Note to self: Do not adopt one Irving pseudonym— "Dietrich Knickerbocker." Distinctly uncatchy.
And Diamond Dagger recipient Reginald Hill, creator of Dalziel and Pascoe, turns 72 today. His latest works are Death Comes for the Fat Man and, coming in June, The Roar of the Butterflies (a Joe Sixsmith novel).