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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1936 Carol Farley (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author) Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1940 M.B. Goffstein (Minnesota-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Minnesota Authors & Illustrators American Artists
1945 Dennis Brindell Fradin (Chicago-born Children's Author) Chicago Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1955 Michael J. Caduto (Rhode Island-born Children's Science Author) Rhode Island Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors Earth & Earth Science
1957 Lulu Delacre (Puerto Rican Children's Author, Illustrator) Lulu Delacre Primary Authors Young-adult Authors American Artists Latin-American Studies
1579 John Fletcher (English Playwright John Fletcher Plays
1902 Max Lerner (Belarus-born American Newspaper Columnist) Belarus Authors & Illustrators Journalism Writer's Almanac
1911 Hortense Calisher (New York City-born Novelist and Short Story Writer) New York City Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1918 W. Eugene Smith (Kansas-born Photojournalist) W. Eugene Smith Photography Journalism
1927 David Markson (New York-born Novelist) New York Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1946 Andrei Codrescu (Romanian-born American Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Educator) Romanian Authors & Illustrators Official Website Writer's Almanac
1954 Elizabeth Benedict (Connecticut-born Novelist) Connecticut Authors & Illustrators Official Website Writer's Almanac
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1968 John Steinbeck (California-born 1962 Nobel Laureate for Literature) John Steinbeck American Authors 1962 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1996 Carl Sagan (New York City-born Astronomer, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author) Carl Sagan Space & Cosmology American Authors 1978 Pultizer Prize for non-Fiction
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1859 Lincoln Provides Autobiographical Sketch for Jesse Fell of Bloomington, IL Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1946 Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life Premieres in New York City Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed Film Historic Firsts The Internet Movie Database Merriam-Webster
1981 Dreamgirls Opens at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway New York City Plays American Musicals African-American Heritage Internet Broadway Database

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