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[Birth] Danny Von Kanel was born in Macon, Mississippi.

[Birth] February 8: John Grisham born in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

[Stage Play][Award] Tennessee Williams's play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof produced on Broadway. It wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

[Film] Premiere of the film Land of the Pharaohs, screenplay by William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, and Harold Jack Bloom.

[Film] Premiere of the film The Rose Tattoo, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.

[Award] William Faulkner receives a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for A Fable.

[Award] Eudora Welty receives a William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for The Ponder Heart.
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