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JANUARY 17

1706 Benjamin Franklin (Massachusetts-born Scientist, Writer, Publisher, Statesman) Benjamin Franklin U.S. Colonial History Inventors and Inventions
1927 Thomas Dooley (Missouri-born Medical Missionary in Southeast Asia) Missouri Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Professionals American Authors
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1925 Robert Cormier (Massachusetts-born Children's Author) Robert Cormier Young-adult Authors
1938 John Bellairs (Michigan-born Children's Author) John Bellairs Young-adult Authors
Authors Born on this Date
1709 George Lyttelton (English Schoolmaster Known for His Correspondence with Former Student Rupert Hart-Davis) English Authors and Illustrators
1820 Anne Brontė (English Poet: Sister of Charlotte Brontė and Emily Brontė) Anne Brontė Charlotte Brontė Emily Brontė Poetry
1883 Compton Mackenzie (English-born Scottish Novelist) English Authors and Illustrators Scottish Authors and Illustrators
1886 Ronald Firbank (English Author) English Authors and Illustrators
1899 Nevil Shute (English Author of On the Beach) English Authors and Illustrators Nuclear War
1914 William Edgar Stafford (Kansas-born Poet) William Edgar Stafford Poetry
1940 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali (South African Writer, Poet) South African Authors and Illustrators Poetry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2001 Gregory Corso (New York City-born Author) Gregory Corso American Authors
2007 Art Buchwald (New York-born Humorist, Columnist, Author Awarded the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary) Art Buchwald American Authors Journalism 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
2010 Erich Segal (New York City-born Novelist) Erich Segal American Authors
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1840 Edgar Allen Poe Reviews Thomas Moore's Poem, "Alciphron," in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine Thomas Moore Edgar Allen Poe Poetry National Council of Teachers of English
1863 President Lincoln Discusses the State of the Union with Horace Greeley Horace Greeley Abraham Lincoln American Presidency Journalism Lincoln Logs
1866 Iowa Legislature Ratifies the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution Iowa 13th Amendment to the Constitution Slavery Iowa Historical Society
1875 Atlantic Monthly Publishes "The Boy's Ambition" by Mark Twain Mark Twain American Authors National Council of Teachers of English
1904 Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" Premieres at the Moscow Art Theatre Anton Chekhov Plays Historic Firsts Theatre History
1979 "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer" by Tennessee Williams Opens at New York's Hudson Guild Theatre Tennessee Williams Playbill National Council of Teachers of English

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