26 June 1892
Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker (later PSB, the first US woman Nobel laureate in literature) was born at her maternal grandparents' home in Hillsboro
, West Virginia
; her parents had already spent ten years in China as missionaries.
2 March 1931
PSB shot to fame with her second novel, The Good Earth
, published in the USA while she was in China, the first sympathetic, realistic portrayal in Western literature of a Chinese peasant family.