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1899 Rebecca Caudill (Kentucky-born Children's Authors) Kentucky Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book
1931 Judith Viorst (New Jersey-born Poet, Children's Authors) Judith Viorst Poetry Primary Children's Authors
1945 Janice Harrell (Virginia-born Children's Authors) Virginia Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1951 Eve Rice (New York City-born Children's Authors) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors
1957 Mary Casanova (Minnesota-born Children's Authors) Minnesota Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors Official Website
Authors and Poets
1861 Joseph Seamon Cotter (Kentucky-born African-American Poet, Educator) Kentucky Authors & Illustrators Poetry Educators of Note African-American Authors & Illustrators African American Registry
1882 James Joyce (Irish Poet) James Joyce Poetry
1886 William Rose Benét (New York City-born Poet) New York City Authors & Illustrators Poetry Writer's Almanac
1905 Ayn Rand (Russian-American Novelist) Ayn Rand
1910 Romeo Benjamin Garrett (Mississippi-born Sociologist) Mississippi Authors & Illustrator Educators of Note African-American Authors & Illustrator Mississipi Writers
1923 James Dickey (Georgia-born Poet) James Dickey Poetry
1948 Charles Reagan Wilson (Tennessee-born Historian) Tennessee Authors & Illustrator Mississipi Writers
1974 Malin Alegria (California-born Latin-American Young-Adult Author) Malin Alegria Young-adult Authors Latin-American Authors
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1970 Bertrand Russell (Welsh Mathematician, Philosopher) Bertrand Russell Mathematics Philosophy Authors
1992 Con Sellers (Mississippi-born Author) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators American Authors Mississipi Writers
1709 Alexander Selkirk (Subject of The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe) Is Rescued Daniel Defoe Literature Greenwich Guide
1804 Residents of Athens County, Ohio Establish the Coonskin Library Athens County, Ohio Libraries University of Ohio Ohio Historical Society
1861 Mexican Government Passes "Printing Law" Ensuring Freedom of the Press Mexico Journalism Mexico Connect
1863 Samuel Clemens First Publishes as "Mark Twain" in the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise Mark Twain American Authors Journalism Historic Firsts American Collection
1870 Mark Twain Marries Olivia Langdon in Elmira, New York New York Mark Twain American Authors American Collection
1884 The Typographical Union Begins a Strike and Boycott of the Evening Wisconsin Wisconsin Business Journalism Labor Strikes Wisconsin Historical Society
1899 Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie Donates $100,000 to Give Atlanta, Georgia a Public Library Andrew Carnegie Atlanta, Georgia Philanthropy Atlanta Public Library University of Georgia
1912 World's First Movie Stuntman Jumps Off the Statue of Liberty for a Newsreel Statue of Liberty Film Historic Firsts History Channel
1920 Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon Premieres in a Special Matinee Performance at the Morosco Theater, New York City Eugene O'Neill Plays Internet Broadway Database
1926 F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Is Produced in New York City F. Scott Fitzgerald American Authors Internet Broadway Database American Collection
1933 Busby Berkeley's 42nd Street Premieres Busby Berkeley Film Internet Movie Database
1936 Ellen Glasgow's article "George Santayana Writes a Novel," Appears in the New York Herald Tribune Virginia Authors & Illustrators American Authors Journalism American Collection

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