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1893 Robert Ripley (California-born Newspaper Cartoonist; Founder of "Ripley's Believe It or Not!") California Artists American Artists Journalism Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1937 Jean Van Leeuwen (New Jersey-born Children's Author) New Jersey Authors and Illustrators Young-Adult Authors Official Web Site Houghton-Mifflin
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1716 Thomas Gray (English Poet) British Authors Poetry The Thoams Gray Archive Writer's Alamanc
1820 Dion Boucicault (Irish-American Playwright, Actor) Irish Authors Stage Plays
1891 Henry Miller (New York City-born Author) New York City Authors Henry Miller Library Writer's Alamanc
1894 Nathaniel Jean Toomer (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Poet, Novelist) Washington, D.C. Authors Poetry African American Authors University of Illinois New Georgia Encycloepdia Writer's Alamanc African American Registry University of Georgia
1926 Doris Lilly (California-born Columnist) California Authors Journalism Writer's Alamanc
1956 David Sedaris (New York-born Humorist) New York Authors National Public Radio Writer's Alamanc
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1974 Jack Benny (Illinois-born Comedian) Jack Benny American Performing Artists Television
2000 Jason Robards (Chicago-born Actor) Chicago Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database History Channel
1604 William Shakespeare's Play Measure for Measure Is Performed at the Court of King James I of England England King James I William Shakespeare Measure for Measure Theatre History
1606 William Shakespeare's Play King Lear Is Performed at the Court of King James I of England England King James I William Shakespeare King Lear History Channel
1662 Molière's The School for Wives Premieres in the Theatre of the Palais-Royal. Molière Plays Theatre History
1834 The Orphaned Edgar Allan Poe Is Taken Into the Home of John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia Edgar Allan Poe American Authors American Collection
1892 Meeting in Augusta, 34 African-American Editors and Publishers Form the Negro Press Association of Georgia Augusta, Georgia Journalism African American Authors University of Georgia
1939 President Franklin Roosevelt Is Given a Private Viewing of "Gone With The Wind" at the White House The White House President Franklin Roosevelt Film Gone with the Wind University of Georgia
1944 Tennessee Williams' Play The Glass Menagerie Opens in Chicago Chicago Tennessee Williams Plays Mississippi Writers Project
1955 Porgy and Bess Opens in Leningrad Soviet Union Porgy and Bess Cold War History Channel

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