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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1907 Anne Ophelia Dowden (Colorado-born Children's Botanical Author, Artist) Anne Ophelia Dowden Botany Illustrators
1909 Elizabeth Enright (Illinois-born Children's Author) Elizabeth Enright Young-adult Authors
1915 Zena Sutherland (Massachusetts-born Children's Literature Critic) Zena Sutherland Children's Literature
1916 Mary Stewart (English Children's Author) Mary Stewart Young-adult Authors
1947 Gail Carson Levine (New York City-born Children's Author)  Gail Carson Levine Young-adult Authors
1961 Elaine Clayton (Texas-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Elaine Clayton Illustrators
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
1883 William Carlos Williams (New Jersey-born Poet, Physician) William Carlos Williams Poetry
1903 Frank O'Connor (Irish Short-Story Writer) Irish Authors Irish Writers Online Writer's Almanac
1908 John Creasey (English Authors) John Creasey
1935 Robert B. Parker (Massachusetts-born Novelist) Robert B. Parker
1935 Ken Kesey (Colorado-born Novelist) Ken Kesey
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1997 Red Skelton (Indiana-born Comedian) Indiana Performing Artists Famous American Entertainers
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1787 Members of the Constitutional Convention Sign the Final Draft of the U.S. Constitution Constitutional Convention Writer's Almanac Library of Congress History Channel University of Georgia
1820 A Dying John Keats Travels to Italy for Tuberculosis Treatment John Keats Poetry History Channel
1881 Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, A. B. & Louisa May Alcott Spend an Evening Together Walt Whitman Ralph Waldo Emerson Louisa May Alcott American Authors American Collection
1894 George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man Premieres on Broadway George Bernard Shaw Plays Stage & Theater Internet Broadway Database
1924 Laurence Stallings Publishes His Story "The Big Parade" in the New Republic Georgia Authors The New Republic American Collection
1965 The Smothers Brothers Premiere on CBS Television Popular Music CBS Smothers Brothers History Channel
M*A*S*H Premieres on CBS Television CBS Internet Movie Database New York Times

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