Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday
Famed gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe was born on Jan. 19, 1809, in Boston. Poe is known for his dark and suspenseful poetry and stories, including “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”
Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40 in Baltimore. Each year on Poe’s birthday, fans meet at his grave to pay tribute to the writer and catch a glimpse of the uncanny “Poe Toaster.” The “Poe Toaster’s” real identity is unknown, but he is said to appear at the original grave near midnight in black garb with a white scarf, leaving roses and cognac. “Poe Toaster” sightings have been recorded as early as the 1940s. The “Toaster” mysteriously disappeared after 2009, and has failed to reappear since then. In 2012, fans decided to end the tradition of waiting for the “Toaster.”
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1807 Robert E. Lee
1809 Edgar Allan Poe
1943 Janis Joplin
1946 Dolly Parton
1947 Ann Compton
1947 Paula Deen
1953 Desi Arnaz, Jr.
1963 Martin Bashir
1971 Shawn Wayans
1972 Drea de Matteo
1974 Frank Caliendo
1982 Jodie Sweetin
1992 Logan Lerman
1992 Shawn Johnson
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