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DECEMBER 24

Children's Authors & Illustrators
1795 William Woodruff (New York-born Publisher of the Arkansas Gazette, the First Newspaper West of the Mississippi River) New York Authors Arkansas Authors Journalism Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture Arkansas History Commission
1880 Johnny Gruelle (Illinois-born Cartoonist, Children's Author; Creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy) Illinois Authors Primary Children's Authors American Artists Raggedy Land
1891 Feodor Rojankovsky (Russian-American Children's Author, Illustrator Awarded the 1955 Caldecott Medal for Frog Went A-Courtin') Russian Authors Primary Children's Authors Artists 1955 Caldecott Medal University of Southern Mississippi University of Minnesota
1897 Noel Streatfeild (English Children's Author) English Authors Primary Children's Authors
1912 Jay Bennett (New York City-born Children's Mystery Author) New York City Authors Young Adult Authors
1920 John Langstaff (New York City-born Children's Author, Folk Musician) New York City Authors Primary Children's Authors Folk Music Revels
1929 Mary Higgins Clark (New York City-born Novelist, Children's Author) New York City Authors Young Adult Authors Simon & Schuster Teenreads Powells Writers Write Bookreporter.com Writer's Almanac
1931 Margaret J. Anderson (Scottish-American Children's Author) Scottish Authors Young Adult Authors Official Web Site
1945 Gillian Cross (English Children's Author) English Authors Young Adult Authors Official Web Site Northern Children's Book Festival Jubileebooks
1951 Lynn Munsinger (Massachusetts-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Massachusetts Authors Primary Children's Authors American Artists Houghton Mifflin James Madison University
1953 Debra Barracca (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors Primary Children's Authors James Madison University
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1822 Matthew Arnold (English Poet) English Authors Poetry Victorianweb Writer's Almanac
1853 Octavia Albert (Georgia-born African-American Writer) Georgia Authors African-American Authors African American Registry
1881 Juan Ramón Jiménez (Spanish Poet; 1956 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Spanish Authors Poetry 1956 Nobel Laureate for Literature History Channel
1907 I.F. (Isidor Feinstein) Stone (Pennsylvania-born Journalist) Pennsylvania Authors Journalism Spartacus Writer's Almanac New York Times
1950 Dana Gioia (California-born Poet, Essayist) California Authors Official Website Writer's Almanac
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2008 Harold Pinter (English-born 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Harold Pinter Plays 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature
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1822 Clement Clarke Moore Composes His Poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" New York City Authors Poetry Christmas Library of Congress Writer's Almanac
1851 Fire Sweeps through the Library of Congress, Destroying Two-Thirds of Thomas Jefferson's Personal Literary Collection Library of Congress President Thomas Jefferson Libraries and Reference Resources Fire History Channel
1916 Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea Opens in New York City Jules Verne New York City Film Internet Movie Database
1925 The London Evening News Publishes the First Short Story by A.A. Milne That Includes the Character Winnie-the-Pooh A.A. Milne Primary Children's Authors Journalism Winnie the Pooh Historic Firsts Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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