Félix Rubén García Sarmiento, Author, Journalist, and Poet

January 18, 1867 is the birthday of poet, author and journalist Félix Rubén García Sarmiento, born in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  Known as Rubén Darío, he was a child prodigy who learned to read by age 3 and published his first poem at age 13.  His brilliant writing was acknowledged worldwide, and he has had a lasting influence on modern literature.  A globe trotter, he visited the US, and lived in Europe and several countries in South America.  When World War I erupted in 1914, the quixotic Darío launched a world peace tour to New York City and Guatemala giving lectures and poetry readings.