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DECEMBER 22

Children's Authors & Illustrators
1917 William O. Steele (Tennessee-born Author of Historical Fiction for Young Adults) Tennessee Authors Young Adult Authors U.S. History
1939 Jerry Pinkney (Pennsylvania-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator Awarded 4 Caldecott Medals) Jerry Pinkney Primary Children's Authors American Artists African American Artists Awarded 4 Caldecott Medals - 2000 for The Ugly Duckling, in 1995 for John Henry by Julius Lester, in 1990 for The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, and in 1989 for Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
1942 Bonnie Pryor (Los Angeles-born Children's Author) Los Angeles Authors Young Adult Authors
1946 Trudy Krisher (Georgia-born Children's Author) Georgia Authors Young Adult Authors Official Web Site
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1869 Edwin Arlington Robinson (Maine-born Poet) Maine Authors Poetry Sonnet Central Writer's Almanac
1876 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (Italian-born French Novelist, Poet, Dramatist; Founded Futurist Artistic Movement) Italian Authors French Authors Poetry
1898 Chancellor Williams (South Carolina-born African-American Historian, Author) South Carolina Authors African-American Authors African American Heritage
1905 Kenneth Rexroth (Indiana-born Bohemian Poet) Indiana Authors Poetry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1989 Samuel Beckett (Irish Playwright) Samuel Beckett Plays 1969 Nobel Laureate for Literature
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1849 Russian Novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky Is Given a Last-Minute Reprieve from Execution by Firing Squad Fyodor Dostoevsky Authors History Channel
1886 Georgia Journalist, Henry Grady, Delivers His "New South" Speech in New York to the New England Society New York Georgia Political and Social Leaders Journalism University of Georgia
1939 Tennessee Williams Receives a Rockefeller Fellowship for $1000 Tennessee Williams American Authors American Collection
1943 W.E.B. Du Bois Is Elected as the First African-American Member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters W.E.B. DuBois American Authors Civil Rights African-American Authors Historic Firsts American Academy of Arts and Letters University of Georgia
1944 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Is Captured During the Battle of the Bulge and Put to Work at a Vitamin Factory in Dresden Germany Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. American Authors World War II Prisoners of War American Collection
1959 Based on the Play by Tennessee Williams, the Film Suddenly, Last Summer, Opens Tennessee Williams Film Internet Movie Database

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