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July 1 1926: Frank Trippett was born in Columbus, Mississippi.

1932: Presbyterian minister Perry H. Biddle, Jr., was born in Meridian, Mississippi.

1933: Foreign languages professor William D. Horan was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1934: William Faulkner left Mississippi for a three-week assignment at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

July 2 1925: Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was born near Decatur, Mississippi.

1925: Sociologist George L. Maddox, Jr., was born in McComb, Mississippi.

1944: Educator and science writer Barrie Klaits was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.

1944: Photographer and journalist Mary Ann Wells was born in Mississippi.

1959: Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams was performed as a one-act play in Spoleto, Italy’s Festival of Two Worlds.

July 3 1948: Documentarian and memoirist Edward Cohen was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1986: Novelist Lewis Nordan married Alicia Blessing.

July 4 1863: Confederate general John C. Pemberton surrendered the city of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River to Union general Ulysses S. Grant following a 47-day siege, prompting U.S. president Abraham Lincoln to remark “the Father of Waters flows unvexed to the sea.”

1909: Rancher and photojournalist Josephine Alexander was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.

1913: Speech and drama professor Floyd Leslie Sandle was born in Magnolia, Mississippi.

July 5 1938: Mystery writer Dianne Day was born in Greenville, Mississippi.

1939: Historian John F. Marszalek was born in Buffalo, New York.

1962: William Faulkner entered the hospital in Byhalia, Mississippi.

July 6 1826: Soldier, statesman, railroad-builder and writer William Clark Falkner was born in Knox County, Tennessee.

1930: Historian Avarh E. Strickland was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

1930: Baptist minister and theologian Clayton Sullivan was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1962: William Faulkner died of a heart attack in the hospital at 1:30 a.m. in Byhalia, Mississippi.

1964: The New Yorker published Eudora Welty’s “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” Submitted June 26, 1964, it was published almost immediately.

July 7 1915: Poet Margaret Walker was born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1925: William Faulkner sailed for Europe from New Orleans with William Spratling.

1947: Fiction writer Steve Barthelme was born in Houston, Texas.

1962: William Faulkner was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford, Mississippi.

July 8 1907: Educator and writer Chester E. Swor was born in Harrison County, Mississippi.

1944: Library scientist Barbara B. Moran was born in Columbus, Mississippi.

1947: Tennessee Williams’ play Summer and Smoke premiered at Theatre ’47 in Dallas, Texas.

July 9 1870: Southwestern humorist Augustus Baldwin Longstreet died in Oxford, Mississippi, and was buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

1918: William Faulkner reported to the Recruits’ Depot in Toronto after his acceptance by the Canadian Royal Air Force as a cadet. He entered active service the next day.

1920: Presbyterian minister Jack L. Moore was born in DeKalb, Mississippi.

1929: Walker Percy’s father committed suicide. Percy was 13 years old at the time.

1945: Theologian P. Kyle McCarter was born in Oxford, Mississippi.

1951: Fiction writer Larry Brown was born in Oxford, Mississippi.

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July 11 1948: William Faulkner sold the screen rights to Intruder in the Dust to MGM.
July 12 1921: Josephine Ayres, who would publish fiction under the pen name Ellen Douglas, was born in Natchez, Mississippi.

1926: Playwright and poet Beah Richards was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1933: Theologian John Y. Fenton was born in French Camp, Mississippi.

1935: Tennessee Williams’ first play, Cairo! Shanghai! Bombay!, was performed by the Garden Players in Memphis, Tennessee.

July 13 1922: Historian and biographer Louis R. Harlan was born in West Point, Mississippi.
July 14 1892: Methodist Episcopal minister Nolan B. Harmon was born in Meridian, Mississippi.

1901: Sara Dodge Kimbrough, a portrait painter and art teacher on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, was born in New York City.

1903: Historian Thomas D. Clark was born in Louisville, Mississippi.

July 15 1946: Historian and poet Julius Eric Thompson was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
July 16 1862: Outspoken journalist and political activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

1937: Jay Higginbotham was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

July 17 1972: Historian W. B. Hamilton died.

2012:Washington Post columnist William Raspberry died at his home in Washington, D.C. at the age of 76.

July 18 1923: Jimmy Faulkner, the son of John and the nephew of William Faulkner, was born in Oxford, Mississippi.

1924: Baptist minister and civil rights activist Will D. Campbell was born in Liberty, Mississippi.

1924: Political scientist Cecil V. Crabb, Jr., was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

1936: Poet and playwright Timothy Reynolds was born in Vicksburg.

1936: Historian Samuel J. Wells was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.

July 19 1921: Novelist and short story writer Elizabeth Spencer was born in Carrollton, Mississippi.
July 20 1909: William Miller, Democratic doorkeeper for the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1976, was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
July 21 1868: Novelist Harris Dickson was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

1947: Actress and poet Billie Jean Young was born.

July 22 1883: Katherine Sherwood Bonner died of breast cancer at the age of 34 in her hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi.

1938: Historian Daniel P. Jordan, Jr., was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

July 23 1902: Baptist minister Benjamin Franklin Smith was born in Copiah County, Mississippi.

1942: Poet David Chapman Berry was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1953: Children’s writer Margaree King Mitchell was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

2001: Renowned novelist and short story writer Eudora Welty died of pneumonia in Jackson, Mississippi, at the age of 92.

July 24 1940: In a letter to Bennett Cerf at Random House, William Faulkner wrote, “What has happened to writing anyway? Hemingway and Dos Passos and I are veterans now; we should be fighting tooth and toenail to hold our places against young writers. But there are no young writers worth a damn that I know of. I think of my day. There were Lewis and Dreiser and Sherwood Anderson and so forth, and we were crowding the hell out of them. But now there doesn’t seem to be enough pressure behind us to keep Dos Passos and Hemingway writing even.”
July 25 1913: Clara Hieronymus, a journalist and author of Requiem for a Nun: On Stage and Off, the only book about William Faulkner’s sole play, was born in Drew, Mississippi.

1937: Art historian Mary D. Garrard was born in Greenwood, Mississippi.

1951: Poet, playwright, and fiction writer Angela Jackson was born in Greenville, Mississippi.

July 26 1905: Christian minister Will Sessions was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1905: Minister Will Sessions was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1918: William Faulkner was posted to the Cadet Wing in Long Branch after his entry into the Canadian Royal Air Force in Toronto.

1925: William Faulkner published “The Liar” in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

1942: William Faulkner began a five-month segment of a long-term Warner Brothers contract.

July 27 1921: Political scientist Douglas H. Carlisle was born in Jackson, Mississippi.
July 28 1940: Editor and fiction writer Anne Mollegen Smith was born in Meridian, Mississippi.
July 29

1886: Baptist minister and theologian Gaines Stanley Dobbins was born in Langsdale, Mississippi.

1910: History educator Mary Odin Haas was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.

1955: William Faulkner left for Japan on a State Department trip. He would also visit Manila, the Philippines, and Italy in August, France in September, and Iceland in October before returning to New York in mid-October.

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July 31 1910: Economist William C. Bradford was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi.
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