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FEBRUARY 9

Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1908 Hilda Van Stockum (Dutch Children's Author, Illustrator) Dutch Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Author American Artists
1927 Dick Gackenbach (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Author American Artists
1945 Stephen Roos (New York City-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New York City Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
Authors and Poets
1868 Lucian Lamar Knight (Georgia-born Historian) Georgia Authors & Illustrators U.S. History University of Georgia
1874 Amy Lowell (Massachusetts-born Poet) Amy Lowell Poetry
1899 George Ade (Indiana-born Humorist) George Ade
1923 Brendan Behan (Irish Playwright, Memoirist) Brendan Behan
1928 Roger Mudd (Washington, D.C.-born Broadcast Journalist) Washington, D.C. Authors and Journalists Journalists Television The Internet Movie Database
1930 Carl Bain (Mississippi-born Educator) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators Educators of Note Mississippi Writers
1940 J.M. Coetzee (South African 2003 Nobel Laureate for Literature) J.M. Coetzee 2003 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1944 Alice Walker (Georgia-born African-American Awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for "The Color Purple") Alice Walker Poetry Notable African Americans 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Color Purple
1949 Robert Hedin (Minnesota-born Poet) Robert Hedin Poetry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1881 Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russian Novelist, Journalist, Short Story Writer) Fyodor Dostoevsky Authors
1906 Paul Laurence Dunbar (Ohio-born African-American Poet) Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetry Notable African Americans
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1837 German Explorer and Writer, Frederick Gerstaecker, Arrives in Little Rock, Arkansas German Authors Little Rock, Arkansas North American Explorers Arkansas History Commission
1849 In Wisconsin, the Oshkosh True Democrat Begins Publication as the City's First Newspaper Oshkosh, Wisconsin Journalism Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1857 Lincoln Explains Why His Newspaper Delivery Has Been Canceled Abraham Lincoln Journalism Lincoln Papers
1931 The Novel Sanctuary, by William Faulkner, Is Published William Faulkner American Authors Mississippi Writers
1941 Book of the Month Club Selects Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls Outstanding Book of 1940 Ernest Hemingway American Authors American Collection
1953 Ralph Ellison Receives the National Book Award for The Invisible Man Ralph Ellison African American Authors Noted African Americans Looksmart
1955 South African Newspaper, The Star, Condemns Forced Removal of Blacks from Central Johannesburg Apartheid Racism Journalism South African History

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