... in 1922, John Kendrick Bangs, onetime editor of Harper's Weekly and literary editor of the old Life magazine, humorist, unsuccessful Congressional candidate, and pioneering fantasy writer, died at age 59 following intestinal surgery.
... in 1884, Abraham Grace Merritt, who pared his byline down to A. Merritt, was born in New Jersey. Merritt edited Hearst's American Weekly Sunday magazine from 1937 until his death in 1944, but is better known today as the author of fantasy and science fiction novels with titles like "Burn, Witch, Burn!" and "Creep, Shadow, Creep!"
Also on this day, in 1964, Sports Illustrated published what's generally considered its first swimsuit issue. The magazine's editors were partly motivated (or so they said) by the lack of cover-worthy sports news that time of year.