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JANUARY 25

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Scotland: Burns Night
(Commemorates the birth date of Scotland's national poet, born 01/25/1759)
Robert Burns Poetry
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1914 James Flora (Ohio-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Ohio Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1919 Edwin Newman (New York City-born Television Journalist, Author) Edwin Newman Journalism Television
1923 Barbara Jean (Rich) Rinkoff (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1930 Hilma Wolitzer (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1935 Roy Gerrard (English Children's Author, Illustrator) English Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Artists Farrar Straus Giroux
1951 Debbi Chocolate (Illinois-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Debbi Chocolate Primary Children's Authors Artists African-American Authors & Illustrators
1954 Nicki Weiss (New York City-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Artists
David Grossman (Israeli Journalist, Children's Author) David Grossman Young-adult Authors Journalism
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1759 Robert Burns (Scottish Poet) Robert Burns Poetry
1874 William Somerset Maugham (English Author) William Somerset Maugham
1882 Virginia Woolf (English Author) Virginia Woolf
1950 Gloria Naylor (New York-born African-American Novelist) Gloria Naylor African-American Authors
1863 Rufus Jones (Maine-born Quaker Scholar and Historical Writer) Maine Authors & Illustrators Quaker Religion
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1859 Abraham Lincoln Attends a Banquet Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Birth of Robert Burns Robert Burns Abraham Lincoln Poetry Lincoln Logs
1865 Abraham Lincoln Writes Message for Celebration of 106th Anniversary of Birth of Robert Burns Robert Burns Abraham Lincoln Poetry Lincoln Logs
1890 Reporter Nellie Bly Completes Her Trip Around the World in 72d 6h 11m 14s Nellis Bly Journalism Library of Congress
1907 Julia Ward Howe Is First Woman Elected to the National Institute of Arts & Letters Julia Ward Howe Women American Authors Historic Firsts The American Academy of Arts and Letters Concordia
1921 Karel Capek Coins the Word "Robot" in Premiere of Play Premiere at Prague's National Theater Karl Capek Plays History of Technololgy Historic Firsts Society and Technology
1941 William Faulkner Publishes "Go Down, Moses" in Collier's William Faulkner American Writers Mississippi Writers
1955 William Faulkner Accepts the National Book Award for Fiction for A Fable William Faulkner American Writers National Book Award Mississippi Writers
1960 Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros Premieres at the Odéon in Paris Paris Eugène Ionesco Plays Historic Firsts Theatre History
1980 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Begins Broadcasting Television African-American History Black Entertainment Television The Cable Center
1988 San Francisco Dedicates Jack Kerouac Street to the "Father of the Beat Generation" San Francisco Jack Kerouac American Writers American Collection

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