"The Hobbit" is published for the first time, Jimmy Hendrix becomes Jimi, Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed as the first female Supreme Court justice, and a track superstar dies, all on this day.
1937: J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is published. The book, which remains popular today, debuted to wide critical acclaim, earning a nomination for the Carnegie Medal and winning a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction.
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