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United States: Dictionary Day
(Observed in honor of Noah Webster's birth date: 10/16/1758)
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1900 Edward Ardizzone (English Children's Author, Illustrator) English Authors & Writers Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors Artists
1939 Karen Gundersheimer (Massachusetts-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Massachusetts Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1942 Joseph Bruchac (New York-born Native-American Children's Author, Poet) Joseph Bruchac Native American Studies Poetry Young-adult Authors
Sandy Asher (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author, Playwright) Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors Plays
1951 Patrice Kindl (New York-born Children's Author) Patrice Kindl Young-adult Authors
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
1758 Noah Webster (Connecticut-born Lexicographer) Noah Webster Reference Resources
1849 George Washington Williams (Pennsylvania-born African-American Historian, Journalist, Minister) Pennsylvania Authors Journalism African-American Authors African American Registry
1854 Oscar Wilde (Fingall O'Flahertie Wills: Irish Dramatist)) Oscar Wilde
1888 Eugene O'Neill (New York City-born Playwright: 1936 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Eugene O'Neill Plays 1936 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1906 Cleanth Brooks (Kentucky-born Author, Educator) Kentucky Authors & Illustrators Education
1919 Kathleen Winsor (Minnesota-born Author) Minnesota Authors & Illustrators
1927 GŁnther Grass (German-born 1999 Nobel Laureate for Literature) GŁnther Grass 1999 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1930 Dan Pagis (Romanian Poet) Romanian Authors & Illustrators Poetry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1997 James Michener (New York City-born Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author) James Michener American Authors 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Tales of the South Pacific
1884 In Wisconsin, the First Edition of the Washburn Itemizer Is Published Washburn, Wisconsin Journalism Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1921 The Marx Brothers Play the Hennepin Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota The Marx Brothers American Performing Artists Minnesota Historical Association
1925 The Texas State Text Book Board Bans Evolutionary Theory from All Textbooks Texas Education Education Theory of Evolution Concordia
1930 A Minneapolis Bookstore Owned by the Communist Party Is Bombed and Looted, Its Books Burned on the Street Minneapolis, Minnesota Literature First Amendment Crime Minnesota Historical Association
1939 Man Who Came to Dinner Opens on Broadway New York City Stage & Theater Internet Broadway Database
1944 Kathleen Winsor's Forever Amber Is Published Adult Fiction University of Illinois
1955 Elvis Presley First Appears on Television: "Louisiana Hayride" Elvis Presley Television Historic Firsts Rokcabilly Hall of Fame
Mrs. Jules Lederer Prints First Column in the Chicago Sun-Times as Ann Landers Journalism Internet Movie Database

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