Newgate Prison dates back to the thirteenth century, and remained operational until 1902. Now that's some staying power.
Our man Defoe is one of the founders of the novel as a genre. No big deal. (Source.)
The daring Daniel Defoe spent much of his life working as a spy. (Source.)
Did you know there's a band called Moll Flanders? Too bad Defoe's not around to do some lead vocals.