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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1906 Margret Rey (German Author of the Curious George Books) Margret Rey Primary Children's Authors
1919 Daniel S. Halacy (South Carolina-born Author of Science Books for Children) South Carolina Authors Science
1928 Betty Miles (Chicago-born Children's Author) Chicago Authors Young-adult Authors
1944 Caroline Arnold (Minnesota-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Minnesota Authors Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1949 Deborah Nourse Lattimore (American Children's Author) American Authors Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1950 Bruce Coville (New York-born Children's Author) New York Authors Primary Children's Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1882 Anne O'Hare McCormick (English-American Journalist; First Woman to Receive a Pulitzer Prize) English Authors Journalism Awarded 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Correspondence New York Times
1886 Douglas Southall Freeman (Virginia-born Journalist, Historian, Biographer) Virginia Authors Journalism U.S. History
1894 Walter Yust (Pennsylvania-born Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia Britannica: 1938-1960) Pennsylvania Authors Encyclopedia Britannica
1905 H. E. (Herbert Ernest) Bates (English Novelist, Short-Story Writer) H.E. Bates
1912 Studs Terkel (New York City-born Writer, Broadcaster) Studs Terkel Broadcast Journalism
1918 Juan Rulfo (Mexican Novelist, Short Story Writer) Juan Rulfo
1929 Adrienne Rich (Maryland-born Poet) Adrienne Rich Poetry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1944 George Ade (Indiana-born Humorist) George Ade Plays
1955 James Agee (Tennessee-born Poet) James Agee Poetry
1984 Andy Kaufman (New York City-born Comedian) New York Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
Irwin Shaw (New York City-born Author) New York City Writers American Authors
1985 Margaret Hamilton (Ohio-born Actress: Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz) Ohio Performing Artists Actors Wizard of Oz
1990 Sammy Davis, Jr. (New York City-born African-American Singer, Dancer, Actor) Sammy Davis, Jr. Popular Musicians Dance Actors Film Notable African Americans
1717 Voltaire Imprisoned in Bastille for Insulting the State with His Satire Voltaire Law and Legal Resources The History Channel Writer's Almanac
1763 Biographer James Boswell Meets Subject, Samuel Johnson James Boswell Samuel Johnson Writer's Almanac
1777 Button Gwinnett, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Is Mortally Wounded in a Duel English Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Declaration of Independence History Channel University of Georgia
1792 The Teatro la Fenice Opens in Venice Venice, Italy Stage and Theater Opera Teatro la Fenice American Public Media
1836 Edgar Allan Poe (Age 27) Marries Virginia Clemm (Age 13) Edgar Allan Poe American Authors American Collection
1924 Edith Wharton's Stories Are Published as a Boxed Set by D. Appleton and Company, New York Edith Wharton American Authors American Collection
1937 Thomas Wolfe's Story "Return" Is Published in The Asheville Citizen-Times Thomas Wolfe American Authors The Asheville Citizen-Times American Collection
1940 University of Washington Opens First Theater Built for In-the-Round Performances Washington Education Stage and Theater Historic Firsts University of Washington History Link
1946 Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun Opens on Broadway Irving Berlin New York City Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database

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