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Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1947 Barbara Park (New Jersey-born Children's Author) Barbara Park Young-adult Readers
1950 Jane Breskin Zalben (New York City-born Children's Author and Illustrator) Jane Breskin Zalben Primary Children's Books American Artists
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1816 Charlotte Brontė (British Author of Wuthering Height and Jane Eyre) Charlotte Brontė
1818 Josh Billings (Massachusetts-born Humorist and Writer; Popular After the Civil War) Josh Billings Journalism
1923 John Mortimer (British Writer, Playwright, and Critic) John Mortimer Plays
1943 Thomas McMahon (Ohio-born Scientist and Fiction Writer) Thomas McMahon Physics Physiology
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1699 Jean Racine (French Writer and Playwright) French Writers Poetry Plays
1891 James K. Hilyard (Minnesota African-American Entrepreneur, Publisher) Minnesota Authors Journalism African-American Authors
1910 Mark Twain (Missouri-born Writer, Journalist: Authors of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn Missouri Authors & Illustrators Mark Twain American Authors
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1649 Maryland Assembly Passes the Toleration Act Protecting Roman Catholics from Protestant Harassment Maryland Colonial Maryland Historic U.S. Documents Religion Concordia
1861 The New York Times Publishes Its First Sunday Edition New York City Media Journalism The New York Times Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1879 Delegates Assemble in New Orleans to Draft a New Louisiana State Constitution New Orleans, Louisiana Historic U.S. Documents Louisiana Secretary of  State
1899 The Minnesota Legislature Creates a State Public Library Commission and Establishes a System of Traveling Libraries to Serve Rural Areas Minnesota Libraries Libraries Minnesota Library Association Minnesota Historical Society
1918 Ernest Hemingway's Story "Dare Devil Joins Tanks" Appears in the Kansas City Star Ernest Hemingway American Authors Journalism American Collection
1936 Thomas Wolfe's Autobiographical Essay on Writing The Story of a Novel Is Published Thomas Wolfe American Authors American Collection
1955 British Newspapers Begin Publishing Again Following Labor Strike British Business Journalism Labor Strike BBC
1977 The Musical Annie Opens on Broadway New York City Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database

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