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  • 1706

    Benjamin Franklin: On the 17th of January 1706 Benjamin Franklin is born [Boston, Massachusetts, United States]

  • 1782

    Samuel Johnson: On the 17th of January 1782 Johnson's friend and tenant Robert Levet passes away [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1820

    Anne Brontë: On the 17th of January, 1820 Anne Bronte is born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England [Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom]

  • 1914

    William Stafford: On January the 17th, 1914 William Stafford is born in Hutchinson, Kansas [Hutchinson, Kansas, United States]

  • 1962

    Sylvia Plath: On the 17th of January 1962 Plath has her second child Nicholas [North Tawton, Devon, United Kingdom]

  • 2001

    Gregory Corso: On January the 17th, 2001 at the age of 70 Gregory Corso passes away in Minnesota, United States [Minnesota, United States]

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Lorca Celebrations/Keats’ Bicentenary/Cowboy Poet – Poetry News Roundup January 16th


Today on My Poetic Side we take a look at the year long celebrations for the poet Federico Garcia Lorca that are taking place in Madrid. We also have the bicentenary of Keats, and the winner of this years Cowboy Poet of the Year Award. 100th Anniversary of Lorca The government in Madrid is beginning a year long tribute to the life of the poet Federico Garcia Lorca in an initiative they are calling ...

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