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Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1912 Toshi Maruki (Japanese Artist, Illustrator) Japanese Artists Primary Children's Authors Artists
1915 Mabel Esther Allan (English Children's Author) English Authors Young-adult Authors
1939 Jane Yolen (New York City-born Poet, Children's Author) Jane Yolen Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors Poetry
Authors and Poets
1657 Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle (French Writer) French Authors
1802 Lydia Maria Child (Massachusetts-born Author, Rights Activist) Massachusetts Authors Civil Rights, Human Rights Slavery Women Native American Heritage Writer's Almanac African American Registry
1813 Otto Ludwig (German Novelist, Playwright, Critic) German Authors Playwright
1908 Philip Dunne (New York-born Screenwriter) New York Authors Filmmakers
1912 Roy Fuller (English Poet, Novelist) English Authors Poetry
1917 Sidney Sheldon (Chicago-born Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer) Chicago Writers Filmmakers Official Web Site Writer's Almanac
1934 Maryse Condé (Guadeloupean Author) Guadeloupe
1944 Joy Williams (Massachusetts-born Writer) Massachusetts Authors Writer's Almanac
1957 Pico Iyer (Indian Novelist, Travel Writer) Indian Authors Writer's Almanac
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1650 René Descartes (French Philosopher, Author, Mathematician) René Descartes Philosophy Authors Math
1946 Langalibalele Dube (South African of Zulu Royalty; Founder of the Zulu Newspaper Ilanga lase Natal, First Chairperson of the ANC, First Black Person to Receive a Doctorate Degree from a South African University) South African Political and Social Leaders Journalism South African History
1979 Lee J. Cobb (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1986 Frank Herbert (Washington-born Author) Frank Herbert American Authors
2006 Peter Benchley (New York City-born Author) Peter Benchley American Authors
1825 State Assembly Creates the Indiana State Library Indiana Libraries Indiana State Library
1938 Bob Hope Makes His First Film Appearance in The Big Broadcast of 1938 Bob Hope Film Historic Firsts The Internet Movie Database
1941 The Atlantic Monthly Accepts Eudora Welty's Short Story "Why I Live At the P.O." for Publication Eudora Welty' American Authors Journalism American Collection
1947 Wallace Stevens Reads "Three Academic Pieces" at Harvard University Wallace Stevens' American Authors Harvard University American Collection
1950 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Publishes His First Story, "Report on the Barnhouse Effect," in Collier's Kurt Vonnegut' American Authors Journalism Historic Firsts American Collection
1979 They're Playing Our Song Premieres in New York City New York City Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database

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