Why Famous: Washing Irving, called "first Americans man of letters" is famous for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Both stories were published as part of Washington's "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent in 1819–20.
Irving also wrote successful historical works, including biographies of George Washington and Muhammad. He was America's first genuine internationally best-selling author, and advocated for writing as a legitimate profession.
- 1807-11-11 Washington Irving's Salmagundi periodical published - first to associate the name "Gotham" with New York City
- 1819-06-23 First editions of "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." by Washington Irving released, featuring story "Rip Van Winkle"
- 1948-06-03 Musical "Sleepy Hollow", based on Washington Irving's novel, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances