A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Wed, 6 Oct '21
John of Scots
Wed, 1 Sep '21
McKellen who played Gandalf
Sat, 14 Aug '21
Janis with the 1975 hit "At Seventeen"
Tue, 13 Apr '21
Fleming who created James Bond
Tue, 16 Mar '21
English novelist McEwan
Sun, 7 Mar '21
Actor Somerhalder
Wed, 17 Feb '21
Actor McKellen
Sat, 16 Jan '21
Man's name that's also a suffix