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FEBRUARY 27

1942 Charlayne Hunter (South Carolina-born Broadcast Journalist; First African-American to Attend the University of Georgia) South Carolina Political & Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights Journalism African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1850 Laura Richards (Massachusetts Children's Author Awarded the 1917 Pulitzer Prize for her Biography of Julia Ward Howe Massachusetts Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors 1917 Pulitzer Prize for Biography of Julia Ward Howe
1919 Florence Parry Heide (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author) Pennsylvania Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors
1923 Mary Francis Shura Craig (Kansas-born Children's Author) Kansas Authors Young Adult Authors
1935 Uri Shulevitz (Polish-American Children's Author, Illustrator Awarded the 1969 Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship) Uri Shulevitz Artists 1969 Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Maine-born Poet) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poetry
1880 Angelina Grimke (Massachusetts-born Playwright, Poet, Abolitionist, Suffragist) Massachusetts Authors & Illustrators Poetry Plays African American Authors African American Registry
1902 John Steinbeck (California-born Author Awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature) John Steinbeck 1940 Pulitzer Prize for the Grapes of Wrath 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature
1904 James T. Farrell (Chicago-born Novelist) James T. Farrell
1910 Peter de Vries (Chicago-born Novelist) Chicago Authors
1912 Lawrence Durrell (English Playwright) English Authors Plays Writer's Almanac
1913 Irwin Shaw (New York City-born Novelist) New York City Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1925 Kenneth Koch (Ohio-born Poet, Playwright) Ohio Authors Poetry Plays
1934 N(avarre) Scott Momaday (Oklahoma-born Native-American Awarded the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, "House Made of Dawn") Oklahoma Authors & Illustrators Kiowa Indians 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, House made of Dawn American Collection
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2008 William F. Buckley, Jr. (New York City-born Journalist; Founder of National Review) New York City Authors Journalism National Review
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1905 Russian Dramatist Maxim Gorky Is Freed on Bail and Exiled to Riga Maxim Gorky Authors Theatre History
1915 Arthur Conan Doyle's The Valley of Fear Is Published Arthur Conan Doyle Authors History Channel
1922 George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah Premieres at New York's Garrick Theatre New York City George Bernard Shaw Plays Internet Broadway Database
1932 William Faulkner Publishes "Lizard's in Jamshyd's Courtyard" in the Saturday Evening Post William Faulkner Journalism Mississippi Writers
1974 People Magazine Goes on Sale Journalism Historic Firsts People Magazine TV News Archive
1979 The U.S. Postal Service Issues a Stamp Commemorating John Steinbeck John Steinbeck U.S. Postal Service 1940 Pulitzer Prize for the Grapes of Wrath 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature First Day Cover Store

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