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Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1898 Leclaire Gowans Alger (Ohio-born Children's Author Who Published under the Name of Sorche Nic Leodhas) Ohio Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's  Authors University of Illinois
1917 Donald Elmer Lawson (Chicago-born Children's Author, Historian) Chicago Authors Young-adult Authors World History
1928 Shirley Rousseau Murphy (California-born Children's Author) California Authors Primary Children's  Authors Young-adult Authors
1935 Carol Carrick (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's  Authors Houghton-Mifflin
1945 Carolyn Croll (South Dakota-born Children's Author, Artist) South Dakota Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's  Authors American Artists MB Artists
1949 Mary Pope Osborne (Oklahoma-born Children's Author) Mary Pope Osborne Primary Children's  Authors
1963 Caralyn Buehner (Utah-born Children's Author) Utah Authors Primary Children's  Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1799 Honoré de Balzac (French Novelist, Short-Story Writer) Honoré de Balzac
1806 John Stuart Mill (English Philosopher, Economist) John Stuart Mill Philosophy Economics
1882 Sigrid Undset (Danish-Norwegian Novelist; 1928 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Danish Writers Norwegian Writers 1928 Nobel Laureate for Literature Writer's Almanac
1890 Allan Nevins (Illinois-born Journalist, Historian) Illinois Authors Journalism U.S. History
1894 Adela Rogers Saint Johns (Los Angeles-born Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter) Los Angeles Authors & Illustrators Journalism Film
1900 Lydia Cabrera (Cuban-American Ethnologist, Writer) Cuban Authors & Illustrators Latin-American Authors African-American Authors African American Registry
1904 Margery Allingham (English Crime Novelist) English Writers
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1989 Gilda Radner (Detroit-born Comedian) Detroit Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
2002 Stephen Jay Gould (New York City-born Scientist, Author) Stephen Jay Gould Science American Authors
1609 Thomas Thorpe Is Licensed to Publish Sonnets by William Shakespeare English History William Shakespeare Sonnets University of Toronto
1842 Graham's Magazine Publishes Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" Edgar Allen Poe American Authors Journalism American Collection
1860 The Atlantic Publishes Harriet Prescott Spofford's Poem "Circumstance" Maine Authors American Authors Journalism Poetry American Collection
1862 President Abraham Lincoln Signs the Homestead Act Abraham Lincoln Westward Expansion Historic Documents Library of Congress History Channel African American Registry
1916 Norman Rockwell's First Saturday Evening Post Cover Norman Rockwell Journalism Artists Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont
1935 In Washington, Mary Pickford Begins a National Stage Tour at Seattle's Metropolitan Theatre Mary Pickford Seattle, Washington Stage and Theater History Link
1946 W.H. Auden Becomes a U.S. Citizen W.H. Auden Poetry History Channel
1979 Eudora Welty's Ida M'Toy Is Published by the University of Illinois Press Eudora Welty American Authors American Collection

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