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MAY 8

Children's Authors & Illustrators
1915 Milton Meltzer (Massachusetts-born Children's Author) Milton Meltzer Young-adult Authors American History
1922 Mary Steele (Tennessee-born Children's Author) Tennessee Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors Science
1926 Lenore Blegvad (New York City-born Children's Author and Illustrator) New York City Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1939 Helen Griffiths (English Children's Author) English Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1943 Ellen Howard (North Carolina-born Children's Author) North Carolina Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1737 Edward Gibbon (English Historian; Author of "History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) Edward Gibbon World History
1833 James Mitchell (Editor of the Arkansas Democrat) Arkansas Authors Journalism Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture
1864 Lena Mason (Illinois-born African-American Religious Leader, Poet, Lecturer) Illinois Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1892 Arnold Hauser (Hungarian Historian of Art and Film) Hungary Art Film
1885 Thomas Costain (Canadian-American Historical Novelist) Canadian Authors
1895 Edmund Wilson (New Jersey-born Author, Poet and Critic) Edmund Wilson Poetry
1914 Romain Gary (Lithuanian-born French Novelist, War Hero and Diplomat) Romain Gary French Authors
1920 Sloan Wilson (Connecticut-born Novelist) Sloan Wilson
1930 Gary Snyder (San Francisco-born Poet and Environmental Activist) Gary Snyder Poetry
1937 Thomas Pynchon (New York-born Novelist, Short Story Writer) New York Writers San Narcisco Community College Writer's Almanac
1940 Peter Benchley (New York City-born Author of Jaws) Peter Benchley
1952 Beth Henley (Mississippi-born Playwright) Beth Henley Plays
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1873 John Stuart Mill (English Economist, Philosopher) John Stuart Mill Philosophy Economics
1880 Gustave Flaubert (French Novelist) Gustave Flaubert
1988 Robert A. Heinlein (Missouri-born Author) Missouri Writers
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1798 Delegates Representing 21 Georgia Counties Convene to Draft a New State Constitution Georgia State Constitution Historic U.S. Documents University of Georgia
1852 Samuel Clemen's Article "Hannibal, Missouri" is Published in the Philadelphia American Courier Missouri Mark Twain American Authors Journalism American Collection
1873 Melville Dewey Proposes His Library Classification System Melville Dewey Dewey Decimal System Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1899 The Countess Cathleen by William Butler Yeats Opens at Dublin's Irish Literary Theatre William Butler Yeats Plays History Channel
1938 Wallace Stevens Reads "The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words" at Princeton University Wallace Stevens American Authors Princeton University American Collection
1950 Jackie Robinson Is the First African-American on the Cover of LIFE Jackie Robinson Journalism African American Heritage Life Magazine
1996 A New Constitution Is Approved for South Africa South Africa Historic World Documents South African History

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