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DECEMBER 17

Children's Authors & Illustrators
1904 William Lipkind (New York City-born Poet, Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Authors Archaeology & Anthropology Poetry
1931 David Kherdian (Wisconsin-born Poet, Children's Author) David Kherdian Poetry Young-adult Authors
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
1616 Roger L'Estrange (English Journalist, Pamphleteer) English Authors Journalism
1796 Thomas C. Haliburton (Canadian Judge and Humorist) Thomas C. Haliburton
1807 John Greenleaf Whittier (Massachusetts-born Quaker Poet, Abolitionist) John Greenleaf Whittier Poetry Quakers Abolition
1873 Ford Madox Ford (English Writer, Editor; a Founding Fathers of English Modernism) Ford Madox Ford
1903 Erskine Caldwell (Georgia-born Novelist) Erskine Caldwell
1929 William Safire (New York City-born Columnist, Author Awarded the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary) William Safire Journalism 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1861 Henry Ruffner (Virginia-born Anti-Slavery Minister, Educator, Author) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Religion Educators of Note American Authors Slavery West Virginia State Archive
1983 Josefina Niggli (Mexican Author) Josefina Niggli Latin-American Authors
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1843 Charles Dickens Publishes A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Christmas History Channel
1877 Mark Twain Speaks at the Public Celebration of the 70th birthday of John Greenleaf Whittier John Greenleaf Whittier Mark Twain Poetry American Collection
1949 Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire Closes in New York After 855 Performances. New York City Tennessee Williams Plays Internet Broadway Database
1951 The Radio Show of Texas Storyteller John Henry Faulk Debuts on WCBS Texas Performing Artists Radio Historic Firsts WCBS Texas State Historical Association

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