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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1896 Ann Nolan Clark (New Mexico-born Children's Author: 1953 Newbery Award Winner for Secret of the Andes) Ann Nolan Clark Young Adult Authors Native-American Studies Latin-American Studies 1953 Newbery Award Winner for Secret of the Andes
1933 Harve Zemach (Harvey Fischtrom: New Jersey-born Children's Author)) New Jersey Authors Primary Children's Authors
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
1830 Christina Rossetti (English Poet) Christina Rossetti Poetry
1902 Annie Greene Nelson (South Carolina-born African-American Author) South Carolina Authors & Illustrators African-American Authors & Illustrators South Carolina African-American History African American Registry
1915 Ernest Kaiser (Virginia-born African-American Author) Virginia Authors Famous African-Americans
1925 John A. Williams (Mississippi-born African-American Author) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators African-American Authors and Illustrators University of Mississippi
1934 Joan Didion (California-born Author) Joan Didion
1935 Calvin Trillin (Missouri-born Journalist) Calvin Trillin Journalism
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1784 Phyllis Wheatley (Senegalese-born African-American Poet) Phyllis Wheatley American Authors Poetry Famous African Americans
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1866 Herman Melville Is Appointed as Customs Inspector in New York City Herman Melville American Authors US Treasury
1871 John Muir Publishes "Yosemite Glaciers" in the New York Tribune John Muir Yosemite National Park Journalism Sierra Club
1883 Meeting Is Held in Tallahassee, Florida to Consider Funding for City's First Library Florida Library and Media Resources Economics Florida Historical Society
1904 Henry Adams Writes the Preface to His book, Mont-Saint Michel and Chartres Henry Adams American Authors American Collection
1936 William Faulkner Publishes "Vendee," in the Saturday Evening Post William Faulkner American Authors Journalism American Collection
1941 John Steinbeck Publishes Non-fiction Sea of Cortez with Ed Ricketts John Steinbeck 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature American Authors American Collection History Channel
1952 Eudora Welty's Story "The Ponder Heart" is Published in the New Yorker Eudora Welty American Authors Journalism American Collection
1957 William Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" Opens at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway New York City William Inge Plays Internet Broadway Database
1997 Miramax Pictures Premieres "Good Will Hunting" in California Film Internet Movie Database Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities

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