June 8, 1949: George Orwell’s 1984 is published
That 1984 is now 30 years ago, and the book of the same name was published 35 years before that is a bit of mind-bender. George Orwell's vision is of a dystopian world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation. Imagine that.
(Cross-posted at Culturolio.)