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DECEMBER 8

Children's Authors & Illustrators
1881 Padraic Colum (Irish Poet, Children's Author) Irish Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Author Poetry
1897 Edwin Tunis (New York-born Children's Historical Author, Illustrator) New York Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Author American Artists U.S. History
1911 Kin Platt (New York City-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New York City Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Author American Artists
1913 Delmore Schwartz (New York City-born Poet, Children's Author) Delmore Schwartz Young-adult Author Poetry
1928 Miriam Chaikin (Israeli Children's Author) Israeli Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Author
1940 Mary Azarian (Washington, D.C.-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Washington, D.C. Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Author American Artists
1951 Kristi Holl (Iowa-born Children's Author) Iowa Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Author
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
65 B.C. Horace (Ancient Greek Poet) Horace Poetry
1790 Richard Carlile (English Journalist; Disciple of Thomas Paine) English Authors & Writers Journalism
1832 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (Norwegian Poet) Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Poetry
1862 Georges Feydeau (French Playwright) Georges Feydeau Plays
1894 James Thurber (Ohio-born Author, Humorist, Artist) James Thurber
1906 Richard Llewellyn (Welsh Author of How Green Was My Valley) Richard Llewellyn
1913 Delmore Schwartz (New York City-born Poet) Delmore Schwartz Poetry
1936 Zhang Xianliang (Chinese Novelist, Poet, Political Dissident) Zhang Xianliang Poetry
1945 John Banville (Irish Novelist) Irish Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1947 Ron Hansen (Nebraska-born Novelist) Nebraska Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1949 Mary Gordon (New York-born Novelist) Mary Gordon
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1914 Irving Berlin's Watch Your Step Opens at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City Irving Berlin New York City American Musicals Plays Internet Broadway Database
1931 William Faulkner's Idyll in the Desert Is Published by Random House William Faulkner American Authors Random House American Collection
George Gershwin's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical, "Of Thee I Sing," Premieres in Boston Boston, Massachusetts George Gershwin Composers Stage & Theater Historic Firsts 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Drama American Public Media
1949 Jule Styne's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway English Composers New York City American Musicals Plays Internet Broadway Database

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