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OCTOBER 17

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United States: Black Poetry Day
(Observed in honor of the birth date of Jupiter Hammon, first published African-American poet: 10/17/1711)
American Authors Jupiter Hammon Poetry Famous African-Americans Harcourt
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1926 Naomi J. Karp (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Author
1932 Lee Lorenz (New Jersey-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New Jersey Authors & Illustrators American Artists
1934 Alan Garner (British Children's Author) Alan Garner Young-adult Author
1951 Judith Caseley (New Jersey-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New Jersey Authors & Writers Primary Children's Author American Artists
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
1711 Jupiter Hammon (New York-born African-American Poet) Jupiter Hammon Poetry Famous African Americans
1903 Nathanael West (New York City-born Novelist: The Day of the Locust) Nathanael West
1915 Arthur Miller (New York City-born Playwright: Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) Arthur Miller Plays
1928 Lerone Bennett, Jr. (Mississippi-born African-American Author, Journalist) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators Journalism Famous African Americans African American Registry
1930 Jimmy Breslin (New York-born Columnist) New York Authors & Illustrators Journalism Writer's Almanac
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1856 Emily Dickinson's Bread Wins Second Prize at the Agricultural Fair Emily Dickinson American Authors American Collection
1957 French Author Albert Camus Is Selected for the Nobel Prize in Literature Albert Camus Authors 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature New York Times
Place in Fiction by Eudora Welty Is Published Eudora Welty American Authors American Collection
Jailhouse Rock, Starring Elvis Presley, Premieres in Memphis, TN Tennessee Elvis Presley Film Internet Movie Database
1973 The Way We Were Opens Barbra Streisand Film History Channel

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