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1910 Joy Adamson (Austrian Naturalist, Author) Joy Adamson Kenya Lions Authors
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1910 Helen Hoover (Ohio-born Children's Author) Ohio Authors Young-adult Authors Science
1939 Mary Anderson (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors Young-adult Authors
1949 Tedd Arnold (New York-born Children's Author) Tedd Arnold American Artists Primary Authors
Authors Born on this Date
1873 Johannes V. Jensen (Danish Poet; 1944 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Johannes V. Jensen Poetry 1944 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1902 Nāzim Hikmet (Turkish Poet, Playwright) Nāzim Hikmet Poetry Plays
1945 Robert Olen Butler (Illinois-born Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction) Illinois Authors & Illustrators 1993 Pulitzer Prize in  Fiction for A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Writer's Almanac
1950 Edward Hirsch (Chicago-born Poet) Edward Hirsch Poetry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1568 Miles Coverdale (English Publisher of the First Printed English Bible) English Political and Social Leaders The Bible Religion Concordia
1779 David Garrick (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors
1993 Audrey Hepburn (Belgian Actress) Audrey Hepburn Actors Film
1809 William Maclure Publishes the First Geology Book in the United States Geology Literature Historic Firsts Cartography Associates
1845 The Gift Publishes "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe American Authors National Council of Teacher of English
1880 Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Premieres at the Christiania Theatre in Oslo, Norway Henrik Ibsen Plays Historic Firsts Theatre History
1896 Mark Twain Visits Bombay While on a Lecture Tour of India Bombay, India Mark Twain American Authors National Council of Teacher of English
1903 The Wizard of Oz Premieres on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre, New York L. Frank Baum Plays Wizard of Oz Historic Firsts Internet Broadway Database
1908 The Virginia Theater Opens in Wheeling, West Virginia Wheeling, West Virginia Stage and Theater West Virginia Archives
1927 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library Opens Negro Division Libraries New York City African-American History New York Public Library
1961 Robert Frost Recites His Poem "The Gift Outright" at President Kennedy's Inauguration Kennedy Inauguration Robert Frost Poetry Library of Congress
1993 Maya Angelou Recites "On The Pulse of the Morning" at Clinton Inauguration President Bill Clinton The American Presidency Maya Angelou Poetry New York Times

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