Maureen Connolly, athlete
Sept. 17, 1934-June 21, 1969
Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1997)
Tennis anyone? Maureen Connolly was the first woman to win the "grand slam" of tournaments: Wimbledon, French Open, Australian Open and U.S. Open.
Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame for additional information on "Little Mo" and other tennis greats.
Jacob Lawrence, painter
Sept. 17, 1917-June 9, 2000
Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence by John Diggleby (Chronicle, 1998)
Lawrence, an accomplished African American painter who grew up in Harlem fostered his talent at a young age and by 30 was considered an incredible talent. A story of determination.
The University of Washington site has excellent bio and links.