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JANUARY 5

1906 Kathleen Kenyon (English Archaeologist of the Ruins of Jericho) Kathleen Kenyon Archaeology & Anthropology Authors Religion
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1830 Christina Rossetti (English Poet, Children's Author) Christina Rossetti Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors Poetry
1922 Celestino Piatti (Swiss Children's Author, Illustrator) Celestino Piatti Primary Children's Authors Artists
1939 Sheila Cole (Canadian Children's Author) Sheila Cole Primary Children's Authors
1943 Carol Purdy (California-born Children's Author) Carol Purdy Primary Children's Authors
1944 Betsy Maestro (New York City-born Children's Author) Betsy Maestro Primary Children's Authors
1952 Lynne Cherry (Pennsylvania-born Children's Science Author, Illustrator) Lynne Cherry Primary Children's Authors Artists Earth & the Environment
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
1846 Rudolf Eucken (German-born 1908 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Rudolf Eucken Philosophy 1908 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1921 Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Swiss Playwright) Friedrich Dürrenmatt Plays
1926 W.D. Snodgrass (Pennsylvania-born Poet) W.D. Snodgrass Poetry
1932 Umberto Eco (Italian Mystery Novelist) Umberto Eco
1938 Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Kenyan Playwright) Ngugi wa Thiong'o Plays
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1944 Kaj Munk (Danish Patriot, Author, Religious Leader Murdered by the Nazis: some sources say Jan 4) Kaj Munk Plays Religious Leaders World War II Nazi Germany
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1825 23-year-old Alexandre Dumas Fights His First Duel Alexandre Dumas Authors History Channel
1895 Henry James' Play, Guy Domville, Opens in New York, and Is a Dismal Failure Henry James Plays American Collection
1896 Austria's Wiener Presse Reports Wilhelm Roentgen's X-ray Discovery Wilhelm Roentgen Journalism Wilhelm Roentgen Radiation New York Times
1943 Elizabeth Taylor Signs Long-term Contract with MGM Elizabeth Taylor Film Business & Economics History Channel
1944 Danish Patriot, Author & Religious Leader, Kaj Munk, Is Murdered by the Nazis Kaj Munk Plays Religious Leaders Nazi Germany Concordia
1953 Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Premieres at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris Paris, France Samuel Beckett Playse Theater History
1963 Lerner and Loewe's Camelot Closes at the Majestic Theatre After a Run of 873 Performances. New York City Playse American Musicals Internet Broadway Database
1992 John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation Closes After 485 Performances New York City Playse Internet Broadway Database

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