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Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1864 Andrew Barton Paterson (Australian Poet, Songwriter, Children's Author) Andrew Barton Paterson Poetry Music Young-adult Authors
1879 Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Kansas-born Children's Author) Kansas Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1912 Alice Mary Norton (Ohio-born Children's Author) Ohio Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
Virginia Sorenson (Utah-born Children's Author Awarded the 1957 Newbery Medal for Miracles on Maple Hill) Utah Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors 1957 Newbery Medal for Miracles on Maple Hill
1928 Robert Newton Peck (Vermont-born Children's Author) Robert Newton Peck Young-adult Authors
1929 Chaim Potok (New York City-born Jewish Writer, Translator, Educator, Artist, Children's Author) Chaim Potok Judaism Young-adult Authors
1948 Susan Beth Pfeffer (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1857 S. S. McClure (Irish-American Editor Who Developed the Technique of "Muckraking") S. S. McClure Journalism
1881 Bess Streeter Aldrich (Iowa-born Author) Iowa Authors & Illustrators
1903 Sadeq Hedayat (Iranian Playwright; Father of Modern Persian Fiction) Sadeq Hedayat Plays
1904 Hans J. Morgenthau (German-American Political Scientist) Germany Politics History
1920 Elleston Trevor (English Author) Elleston Trevor
1936 Gustavo Adolfo Becquer (Spanish Poet) Spanish Authors and Illustrators Poetry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1600 Giordano Bruno (Italian Philosopher, Poet Burned at the Stake for Heresy) Giordano Bruno Philosophy Religion Catholic Encyclopedia
1763 Molière (French Dramatist) French Authors Plays
1913 Joaquin Miller (Indiana-born Poet) Indiana Authors & Illustrators American Authors Poetry American Collection
1982 Lee Strasberg (Polish-American Drama Teacher) Lee Strasberg Actors Educators of Note
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1600 Italian Philosopher Giordano Bruno Is Burned at the Stake for Heresy in Rome's Campo dei Fiori Giordano Bruno Philosophy Religion Catholic Encyclopedia
1815 The Treaty of Ghent Goes into Effect, Formally Ending the War of 1812 Great Britain Treaty of Ghent War of 1812 Minnesota Historical Society
1933 First Issue of "Newsweek" Magazine Published Journalism Newsweek New York Times
1986 Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist Wins National Book Critics Circle Award Anne Tyler Literary Awards National Book Critics Circle Award History Channel

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