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1870 James Cox (Ohio-born Newspaper Publisher, Governor of Ohio) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Journalism Politics
1872 Arthur Griffith (Irish Journalist and Principal Founder of Sinn Fein) Irish Political and Social Leaders Journalism
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1844 Andrew Lang (Scottish Poet, Children's Author) Andrew Lang Journalism Poetry Primary Children's Authors
1926 Beni Montresor (Italian Children's Author, Illustrator Awarded the 1965 Caldecott Medal for May I Bring a Friend) Beni Montresor Primary Authors Artist, Designer Film 1965 Caldecott Medal Winner for May I Bring a Friend
1932 Jane Campbell Edwards (Montana-born Children's Author) Montana Authors Young-Adult Authors
Junko Morimoto (Japanese Children's Author, Illustrator) Japanese Authors Primary Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1574 Ben Jonson (English Dramatist) Ben Jonson
1596 René Descartes (French Philosopher, Mathematician) René Descartes Philosophy Physics Calculus
1621 Andrew Marvell (English Poet, Political Writer) Andrew Marvell Poetry
1770 John Wyeth (Massachusetts Printer and Publisher) Massachusetts Authors and Illustrators
1809 Edward Fitzgerald (English Writer) Edward FitzGerald Omar Khayyám
Nikolai Gogol (Ukrainian-born Russian Humorist, Dramatist, Novelist) Nikolai Gogol Russian Authors Plays
1810 James M. Goodhue (New Hampshire-born Newspaper Editor of Minnesota's First Newspaper, the Minnesota Pioneer) New Hampshire Authors & Illusatrators Minnesota Authors & Illusatrators Journalism Minnesota Historical Society
1823 Mary Chestnut (South Carolina Diarist) Mary Chestnut American Civil War
1914 Octavio Paz (Mexican Poet, 1990 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Octavio Paz Poetry 1990 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1926 John Fowles (English Author) John Fowles
1932 John Jakes (Chicago-born Historical Author) John Jakes U.S. History
1942 Robert McGruder (Kentucky-born Journalist) Kentucky Authors and Illustrators Journalism African-American Authors and Illustrators African American Heritage
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1703 John Donne (English Poet) John Donne Poetry Concordia
1855 Charlotte Brontë (English Novelist, Author of Jane Eyre) Charlotte Bronte Authors
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1854 Treaty of Kanagawa Opens Japanese Ports to the U.S. and Establishes U.S. Consulate in Japan Japan Historic U.S. Documents Naval History History Channel
1836 24-year-old Charles Dickens Publishes the First Monthly Installment of The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens The Pickwick Papers History Channel
1862 President Lincoln Transmits to the Senate a Treaty of Commerce and Navigation with Ottoman Empire Turkey U.S. Senate President Abraham Lincoln Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Papers
1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical ''Oklahoma!'' Opens on Broadway New York City Oklahoma Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database
1945 The Tennessee Williams' Play ''The Glass Menagerie'' Opens on Broadway New York City Tennessee Williams Stage and Theater Internet Broadway Database
1962 William Faulkner Publishes "Hell Creek Crossing" in the Saturday Evening Post William Faulkner American Authors Journalism Mississippi Writers
1976 The First Edition of the Seattle Weekly Is Published Seattle, Washington Journalism Seattle Weekly Historic Firsts History Link

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