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JANUARY 15

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1798 Thomas Crofton Croker (Irish Folklorist) Irish Authors & Illustrators Folktales/Storytelling
1812 Peter C Asbjørnsen (Norwegian Folklorist) Norwegian Authors & Illustrators Folktales/Storytelling
1935 Robert Silverberg (New York City-born Science Fiction Writer) Robert Silverberg Young-adult Authors
1945 Bijou Le Tord (French Children's Author, Illustrator) French Authors and Illustrators Artists Primary Authors
1949 Satomi Ichikawa (Japanese Children's Author, Illustrator) Japanese Authors and Illustrators Artists Primary Authors
Authors Born on this Date
1622 Jean-Baptiste Molière (French Writer and Playwright) Parisian Authors and Illustrators Plays Writer's Almanac
1809 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (French Socialist Journalist) French Authors and Illustrators Philosophy Journalism Writer's Almanac
1879 Mazo de la Roche (Canadian Author) Canadian Authors and Illustrators
1891 Osip Mandelstam (Polish-born Russian Poet) Polish Authors and Illustrators Russian Authors and Illustrators Poetry
1933 Ernest J. Gaines (Louisiana-born African-American Author of Miss Jane Pittman) Ernest J. Gaines African-American Authors
1936 Frank Conroy (New York City-born Author) New York City Authors and Illustrators
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1893 Fanny Kemble (English Author, Actress) Fanny Kemble Actors
1982 Red Smith (Wisconsin-born Sports Journalist Awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary) Wisconsin Authors & Journalists Journalism Sports 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
1987 Ray Bolger (Massachusetts-born Actor: "The Scarecrow" in The Wizard of Oz) Ray Bolger Actors Film The Wizard of Oz
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1831 Victor Hugo Finishes Writing The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo French Authors Writer's Almanac The History Channel
1836 The Token Publishes "The Maypole of Merry Mount: A Parable" and "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne American Authors Journalism American Collection
1837 The Token Publishes "The Prophetic Pictures" by Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne American Authors Journalism American Collection
1862 The Atlantic Monthly Begins a Series Entitled, "The Bigelow Papers, Second Series," by James Russell Lowell James Russell Lowell American Authors The Atlantic American Collection
1879 Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore Is First Performed in New York New York City Musical Theater Historic Firsts Boise State University Writer's Almanac
1918 Stan Laurel Begins Work at the Hal Roach Studio Stan Laurel American Performing Artists Film The History Channel
1974 "Happy Days" Debuts on ABC Television ABC Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database The History Channel
1977 Coneheads Debut on Saturday Night Live Television Historic Firsts NBC
1981 Hill Street Blues Premieres on NBC Television NBC Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database The History Channel

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