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International Children's Book Day
(commemoration of the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen)
Children's Literature International Board on Books for Young People
Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1805 Hans Christian Andersen (Danish Children's Author) Hans Christian Andersen Primary Authors
1924 Ruth Heller (Canadian Children's Author) Canadian Authors Artists
1925 George MacDonald Fraser (English Novelist, Children's Author) George MacDonald Fraser Young-Adult Authors
1943 Judith Janda Presnall (Wisconsin-born Children's Author) California Authors and Illustrators Primary Authors
1949 David Ross (New York-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New York Authors and Illustrators American Artists Primary Authors Official Web Site
1954 Amy Schwartz (California-born Children's Author, Illustrator) California Authors and Illustrators American Artists Primary Authors University of Wisconsin
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1725 Giacomo Casanova (Italian Writer, Soldier, Adventurer) Giacomo Casanova
1731 Catherine Macaulay (English Historian, Radical Political Writer) English Authors History Sunshine for Women Writer's Almanac
1840 Émile Zola (French Novelist) Émile Zola
1884 J. C. Squires (English Publisher) English Authors Journalism Writer's Almanac
1929 Edward Dorn (Illinois-born Poet) Illinois Authors Poetry The Guardian Writer's Almanac
1933 György Konrád (Hungarian Author) György Konrád
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1995 Harvey Penick (Texas-born Golf Instructor, Writer; Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures World Golf Hall of Fame American Authors Texas State Historical Association
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1722 16-year-old Benjamin Franklin Publishes His First Satirical Letter as "Silence Dogood" Boston, Massachusetts Benjamin Franklin Journalism Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1861 George Eliot's "Silas Marner" Is Published George Eliot Authors Salon
1877 The American Premiere of Richard Wagner's Opera "Die Walküre" (The Valkyries) Is Performed at the Academy of Music in New York City Richard Wagner New York City Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1944 The First American Performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony Is Given by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Dmitri Shostakovitch New York Philhamonic Orchestra Composers Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1958 San Francisco Chronicle Columnist, Herb Caen, Coins the Term "Beatnik" San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle National Council of Teachers of English
1961 William Faulkner Arrives in Venezuela on a Two-Week Trip for the U.S. State Department Venezuela William Faulkner American Authors U.S. Department of State Mississippi Writers Porject
1972 Charlie Chaplin Returns to U.S. for First Time in 20 Years Charlie Chaplin McCarthyism History Channel
Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings Opens in New York City Tennessee Williams American Authors Plays Mississippi Writers Porject
1982 The Last Edition of the Minneapolis Star Is Printed, Ending 62 Years of Publication Minneapolis, Minnesota Journalism Minnesota Historical Society

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