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United Nations: World Press Freedom Day
(Observed annually on May 3 as per UN Resolution 4.3 adopted 1991)
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Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1859 Andy Adams (Indiana-born of Children's Author of the Old West) Indiana Authors Young-adult Authors Westward Expansion The History Channel
1923 John Ney (Minnesota-born Children's Author) Minnesota Authors Young-adult Authors
1947 Mavis Jukes (New York-born Children's Author) Mavis Jukes Young-adult Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1469 Niccolo Machiavelli (Italian Statesman, Political Theorist and Author of The Prince) Niccolo Machiavelli Philosophy
1849 Jacob Riis (Danish Journalist and Reformer) Jacob Riis Journalism
1853 Edgar Watson Howe (Indiana-born Editor, Essayist and Novelist) Indiana Authors
1907 Earl Wilson (Ohio-born Columnist) Ohio Authors Journalism
1912 May Sarton (Belgian-born American Poet, Essayist, Novelist)  Mary Sarton Poetry
1913 William Inge (Kansas-born Playwright: 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Picnic) Kansas Authors Plays 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Picnic
1917 Nick Joaquin (Philippine Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Essayist ) Republic of the Philippines Poetry Plays
1924 Yehuda Amichai (German Poet) German Authors Poetry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1845 Thomas Hood (English Author) English Authors Authors Chambers' Book of Days
1791 Poland Ratifies Its Constitution Poland Historic World Documents Polish Embassy
1810 Lord Byron Swims Hellespont (Dardanelles) Strait in Turkey Lord Byron (George Gordon) Turkey Swimming The History Channel
1848 In Arkansas, the First Issue of the Batesville Eagle Is Published Batesville, Arkansas Journalism Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1925 William Faulkner Publishes "The Rosary" in the New Orleans Times-Picayune William Faulkner American Authors Journalism Mississippi Writers
1937 Margaret Mitchell Is Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Her Novel Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell American Authors 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Her Novel Gone with the Wind The History Channel
1943 Thornton Wilder Is Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Skin of Our Teeth Thorton Wilder American Authors Plays 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Skin of Our Teeth American Collection
Upton Sinclair Is Awarded a Pulitzer Prize for His Novel Dragon's Teeth Upton Sinclair American Authors 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Novel: Dragon's Teeth American Collection
1947 Japan Adopts Its Democratic Constitution Japan Historic World Documents The History Channel
1951 King George VI Open's London's New Royal Festival Hall London King George VI Stage and Theater Royal Festival Hall BBC
1960 The Fantasticks Opens Off-Broadway New York City Musical Theater Official Website The History Channel
1965 Jack Kerouac's Desolation Angeles Is Published Jack Kerouac American Authors American Collection
1971 National Public Radio's All Things Considered Debuts Radio National Public Radio

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