It's the birthday ...
of Joseph Conrad, born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857 in Polish Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire.
Some thirty-six of Conrad's works are available for free at Project Guttenberg, many as audio files as well as texts.
(Perhaps I'd someday finish Nostromo if I were listening to it ...)
Update: The complete works are available as free eBooks at the University of Adelaide's eBook site.
Photo of Conrad in 1916 by Alvin Langdon Coburn
Thanks to Silliman for the first link.