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JANUARY 31

Children's Authors & Illustrators
1941 Gerald McDermott (Detroit-born Artist of Children's Folktale Picture Books) Detroit Authors and Illustrators Primary Authors American Artists
1950 Denise Fleming (Ohio-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Denis Fleming Primary Authors American Artists
1967 Bryan Collier (Maryland-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Bryan Collier Primary Authors American Artists African-American Artists
Authors and Poets
1798 William Apess (Massachusetts-born Native-American Religious Figure, Author) Massachusetts Authors and Illustrators Pequot Indians Religion Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1872 Zane Grey (Ohio-born Novelist of the American West) Zane Grey The Westward Expansion
1893 Freya Madeline Stark (English Explorer, Writer) English Authors English  Explorers, Pioneers
1905 John O'Hara (Pennsylvania-born Novelist, Short Story Writer) Pennsylvania Authors and Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1915 Thomas Merton (French Author, Poet, Diarist) French Authors Poetry The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University Writer's Almanac
Abbott Lamoyne Ferriss (Mississippi-born Sociologist, Educator, Author) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators Educators of Note
1923 Norman Mailer (New Jersey-born Author: Awarded Pulitzer Prizes in 1969 and 1980) Norman Mailer Awarded Pulitzer Prizes in 1969 and 1980
1935 Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Novelist: 1994 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Japanese Authors and Illustrators 1994 Nobel Laureate for Literature
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1956 A.A. Milne (English Author the Winnie the Pooh Stories) A.A. Milne Primary Children's Authors
2007 Molly Ivins (California-born Political Humorist) Texas Authors Journalism Politics
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1891 Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabbler Premieres at the Residenztheater in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany Henrik Ibsen Plays Historic Firsts Theatre History
1929 The Novel Sartoris, by William Faulkner, Is Published by Harcourt Brace William Faulkner American Authors Harcourt Mississippi Writers
1941 Richard Wright Is Awarded the Joel Springarn Medal by the NAACP Richard Wright American Authors African-American Authors NAACP Mississippi Writers
1949 First Daytime TV Soap Opera, ''These Are My Children,'' Is Broadcast by Chicago's NBC Affiliate Chicago Television Historic Firsts New York Times

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