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International Literacy Day
(Observed annually on September 8 since 09/08/1967)
Literature and Reading International Literacy Day International Reading Association
1588 Marin Mersenne (French Philosopher and Theologian) France Authors Philosophy Religious Leaders and Theologians
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1863 Jessie Willcox Smith (Pennsylvania-born Artist, Illustrator) Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Fiction American Artists
1930 Byron Barton (Rhode Island-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Rhode Island Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1940 Jack Prelutsky (New York City-born Poet, Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Poetry
1948 Michael Hague (Los Angeles-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Los Angeles Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1953 Jan Romero Stevens (Nevada-born Children's Author) Nevada Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors
1954 Jon Scieszka (Michigan-born Children's Author)  Jon Scieszka Primary Children's Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1474 Ludovico Ariosto (Italian Poet)  Ludovico Ariosto Poetry
1830 Frédéric Mistral (French-born 1904 Nobel Laureate for Literature)  Frédéric Mistral Poetry 1904 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1924 Grace Metalious (English Author of Peyton Place) English Authors Writer's Almanac
1930 Marilyn Durham (Indiana-born Author of The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing) Indiana Authors Writer's Almanac
1933 Michael Frayn (English Journalist, Dramatist)  Michael Frayn  Journalism Plays
1947 Ann Beattie (Washington, D.C.-born Author) Ann Beattie
1954 Ruby Bridges (Mississippi-born African-American Subject of Norman Rockwell's School Integration Painting) Ruby Bridges New Orleans U.S. Civil Rights Movement Notable African Americans
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1795 21 Students Form Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club Massachusetts Stage and Theater Harvard University Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1892 "The of Allegiance" Is First Published in the Youth's Companion The Pledge of Allegience Historic Firsts National Flag Day Foundation
1952 Ernest Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea Is Published Ernest Hemingway American Authors American Collection
1966 NBC Airs the First Episode of "Star Trek" Television History Channel

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