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FEBRUARY 5

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Finland: Johan Ludvig Runeberg's Birthday
(Annual celebration of the poet's birthday, 02/05/1804)
Finland Porvoo Museum
Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1924 Patricia Lauber (New York City-born Children's Science Author) New York City Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Author Young-Adult Author Science
1957 David Wiesner (New Jersey-born Children's Author, Illustrator) David Wiesner Primary Children's Author American Artists
Authors and Poets
1626 Marie de Sevigne (French Noblewoman, Letter Writer) Paris Authors and Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1804 Johan Ludvig Runeberg (Finnish Poet) Finnish Authors and Illustrators Poetry
1898 Ralph Emerson McGill (Tennessee-born Journalist: Atlanta Constitution, 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Editing) Tennessee Authors and Illustrators Atlanta Journal Constitution 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Editing
1914 William S. Burroughs (Missouri-born Novelist) William S. Burroughs
1915 Margaret Millar (Canadian Mystery Writer, Novelist) Canadian Authors and Illustrators Biblio Writer's Almanac
1928 Andrew Greeley (Illinois-born Catholic Priest and Novelist) Illinois Authors and Illustrators Catholicism History Channel
1938 John Guare (New York City-born Playwright) New York City Authors and Illustrators Plays Writer's Almanac
1942 Susan Hill (English Novelist, Short-Story Writer) English Authors and Illustrators Official Web Site Writer's Almanac
1951 Elizabeth Swados *New York-born Author) New York Authors and Illustrators
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1881 Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Author) Thomas Carlyle Authors
1969 Thelma Ritter (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Television Internet Movie Database
1972 Marianne Moore (Missouri-born Poet) Marianne Moore Poetry
1987 Margaret Laurence (Canadian Author) Canadian Authors Authors Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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1846 "Oregon Spectator" Is the First Newspaper on U.S. West Coast Oregon Journalism Historic Firsts On This Day in Oregon
1861 President Lincoln Discusses Government Policy for Several Houses with Journalist Horace Greeley Horace Greeley U.S. Government Abraham Lincoln Jounralism Lincoln Logs
1922 The First Issue of Reader's Digest Is Published Journalism REader's Digest Media Owners
1945 John Dos Passos Enters Manila with the U.S. Sixth Army as a War Correspondent for Life Magazine Republic of the Philippines John Dos Passos American Authors Journalism World War II American Collection
1956 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention at Fairbanks Adopt a Constitution for Alaska Alaskan Government Alaska Constitution Alaska Historical Society
Percival Prattis Is the First African American Admitted to the National Press Club Journalism African-American History Historic First National Press Club PBS
2002 John Grisham Publishes The Summons John Grisham American Authors Mississippi Writers Page

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