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MARCH 2

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Read Across America Day
(Observed annually on March 2: Dr. Seuss's Birthday)
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1896 Clair Bee (West Virginia-born Coach, Author of Young Adult Sports Books; Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) West Virginia Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Young-adult Author
1904 Theodore Geisel (Massachusetts-born Children's Author: Dr. Seuss) Dr. Seuss Primary Children's Authors
1921 Helen Roney Sattler (Iowa-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Iowa Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1925 Richard Cuffari (New York City-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1933 Leo Dillon (New York City-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists KidsRead.com
1949 Anne Isaacs (New York-born Children's Author) Anne Isaacs Young-adult Authors
1960 Marjorie Blain Parker (Canadian Children's Author) Canadian Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Official Web Site
1962 P.J. Lynch (Irish Children's Author Illustrator) Northern Ireland Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Artists Arthur Levine Books
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1820 Eduard Douwes Dekker (Dutch Novelist Known as Multatuli) Dutch Authors & Illustrators Authors' Calendar
1859 Sholem Aleichem (Ukrainian Jewish Humorist, Author) Ukrainian Authors & Illustrators Judiasm Writer's Almanac
1862 John Jay Chapman (New York City-born Poet) New York City Authors & Illustrators Poetry Writer's Almanac
1886 Friedebert Tuglas (Estonian Author, Scholar, Critic, Novelist) Estonian Authors & Illustrators Authors' Calendar
1897 Max Schuster (Austrian-American Publisher) Austrian Authors & Illustrators Business Simon & Schuster Writers Almanac
1905 Geoffrey Grigson (English Poet) English Authors & Illustrators Poetry
1921 Ernst Haas (Austrian Photojournalist) Austrian Authors & Illustrators Journalism Photography
1931 Tom Wolfe (Virginia-born Novelist) Tom Wolfe
1942 John Irving (New Hampshire-born Novelist) John Irving
1943 Peter Straub (Wisconsin-born Novelist) Peter Straub
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1930 D. H. Lawrence (English Military Figure, Author) D. H. Lawrence Authors
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1864 President Lincoln & Family Attend Grover's Theatre to See Edwin Booth in "Hamlet" Abraham Lincoln Stage & Theater Hamlet Lincoln Papers
1901 Arkansas Provides That Cities Will Establish and Maintain Libraries Arkansas Libraries Law Arkansas Historical Commission
1907 Edith Wharton's Madame De Treymes Is Published Edith Wharton American Authors American Collection
1919 Claude Barnett Founds the Associated Negro Press (AFP) in Chicago Chicago Journalism African-American History African American Registry
1923 Time Magazine Makes Its Debut Time Magazine Journalism Historic Firsts The New York Times
1950 Jack Kerouac's The Town and the City Is Published Jack Kerouac American Authors American Collection
1955 William Inge's Bus Stop Premieres at the Music Box Theatre, New York New York City William Inge Plays Internet Broadway Database
1974 Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore Opens in South Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Literature Business Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore Minnesota Historical Society

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