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FEBRUARY 8

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Slovenia: Prešeren's Day, Slovene Culture Day
(Commemoration of the death of France Prešeren, Slovenia's national poet: 02/08/1849)
France Prešeren Poetry U.S. Department of State Preseren.net
1878 Martin Buber (Austrian Religious Scholar) Martin Buber Judaism Philosophy
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1906 Adrienne Adams (Arkansas-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Adrienne Adams Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1934 Anne Rockwell (Tennessee-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Tennessee Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1577 Robert Burton (English Writer) Robert Burton
1819 John Ruskin (English Critic, Social Theorist) English Authors Art
1828 Jules Verne (French "Father of Science Fiction," Author of Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) Jules Verne
1831 Joseph A. Wheelock (Canadian-American Journalist in St. Paul, Minnesota) Canadian Authors St. Paul, Minnesota Journalism
1850 Kate (O'Flaherty) Chopin (Missouri-born Novelist) Kate Chopin
1906 Henry Roth (Hungarian-American Novelist) Henry Roth
1908 C.A. Scott (Mississippi-born African-American Journalist) C.A. Scott Journalsim African-American Authors & Illustrators Atlanta Daily World
1911 Elizabeth Bishop (Massachusetts-born Poet) Elizabeth Bishop Poetry
1913 Orville B. Eustis (Mississippi-born Outdoors Columnist) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators Journalism
1924 Lisel Mueller (German-American Poet) German Authors & Illustrators Poetry Writer's Almanac
1926 Philip Appleman (Indiana-born Poet) Philip Appleman Poetry
Neal Cassady Utah-born Beat Generation Letter Writer) Utah Authors & Illustrators
1940 Ted Koppel (English-American Broadcast Journalist) British Authors Television ABC News Biography.com
1942 Peggy Webb (Mississippi-born Novelist) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators
1955 John Grisham (Arkansas-born Novelist) John Grisham
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1849 France Prešeren (Slovenia's National Poet) France Prešeren Poetry Preseren.net
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1831 Edgar Allan Poe Is Court-martialed At West Point for Failing to Attend Classes or Church Edgar Allan Poe American Authors West Point American Collection
1864 President Lincoln and Family Attend the Play "Sea of Ice" at the Washington Theater Abraham Lincoln Plays Lincoln Papers
1918 First WWI Edition of U.S. Military Newspaper Stars and Stripes Is Published Stars and Stripes Europe World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
1919 Hobohemia, by Sinclair Lewis, Opens at the Greenwich Village Theatre, New York Sinclair Lewis Plays Internet Broadway Database
1925 William Faulkner Publishes "Mirrors of Chartres Street" in the New Orleans Times-Picayune William Faulkner American Authors Journalism Mississippi Writers
1926 Greta Garbo's First U.S. Film, Torrent, Premieres Greta Garbo Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1939 The Warner Theater, Wilmington, Delaware's Last Big Movie House, Opens with a Seating Capacity of 1,700 Wilmington, Delaware Film State of Delaware

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