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1603-11-17 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
  • 1618-10-29 English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
  • 1714-01-07 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

MurderMurder of Interest

1765-03-09 After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1808-04-30 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri
  • 1829-07-23 American William Austin Burt patents "typographer" (typewriter)
  • 1843-08-26 Charles Thurber patents a typewriter
  • 1868-06-23 Christopher Latham Sholes patents the "Type-writer"
  • 1873-03-01 E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.
  • 1886-09-14 George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon
  • 1892-04-12 George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter
  • 1897-07-25 Writer Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories.
  • 1908-10-14 Baseball Writers Association of America forms
  • 1909-02-02 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris

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1914-01-16 Writer Maxim Gorky returns to Russia

Playwright & Author Maxim Gorky
Playwright & Author
Maxim Gorky
  • 1923-12-14 Gerard K "Simon" van het Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings)
  • 1935-04-12 Germany prohibits publishing "not-Arian" writers

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1936-11-05 French writer Andre Gide criticizes Soviet regime

Writer André Gide
Writer
André Gide
  • 1936-11-24 Pacifist/anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky sent to concentration camp, award Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1938-05-06 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
  • 1941-12-05 Football Writers Association of America organized
  • 1946-08-18 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
  • 1950-02-16 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame

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1950-02-25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

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1956-02-26 Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
  • 1956-09-19 1st international conference of black writers & artists meets (Sorbonne)
  • 1957-02-04 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)
  • 1966-02-14 Writers Andrei Sinjavski & Joeij Daniel found guilty
  • 1966-05-23 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • 1966-06-10 Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in UK
  • 1966-06-25 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1969-11-12 Author Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from Soviet Writers Union
  • 1971-01-19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • 1974-02-13 Dissident Nobel writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from USSR
  • 1977-08-26 Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77

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1982-12-08 Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 1986-01-13 ABC's TV premiere of "The Right of The People", whose writer and director is said to have been inspired by the 14 December 1980 massacre at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles
  • 1986-10-21 US writer Edward A Tracy kidnap in Beirut
  • 1987-02-23 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
  • 1988-01-19 Disabled writer Christopher Nolan wins the Whitbread Book of the Year prize
  • 1988-08-07 Writers guild ends its 6 months strike
  • 1988-10-14 Naguib Mahfouz is 1st Arabic writer to win Nobel literature prize
  • 1989-01-16 Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague
  • 1993-01-24 Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
  • 1994-07-29 200,000 Muslims demand the death of feminist writer Taslima Nasrin in Bangladesh

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2006-08-15 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass membership of the Waffen-SS in WWII

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass

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2012-10-11 Mo Yan, a hallucinatory realist writer, wins the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist Mo Yan
Novelist
Mo Yan

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,625

  • 0866-09-19 Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912)/writer (Problematica)
  • 1304-02-24 Muhammad ibn Battutah, Arab travel writer (Travels in Asia & Africa)
  • 1392-12-09 Peter, Prince/Regent of Portugal/writer (Virtuosa benfeitoria)
  • 1406-01-13 Matteo Palmieri, Italian writer (Della vita civile)
  • 1436-11-26 Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (d. 1463)
  • 1458-09-11 Bernardo Accolti, [Unico Aretino], Italian writer (Virginia)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1469-05-03 Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian politician and writer (Prince), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1527)

Humanist philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli
Humanist philosopher
Niccolo Machiavelli
  • 1475-12-24 Thomas Murner, German writer (d.c. 1537)
  • 1501-02-24 Sixt(us) Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Suzanna)
  • 1503-03-22 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (d. 1583)
  • 1515-03-28 Theresa of Avila/Teresa de Jesus, Spanish mystic writer/saint
  • 1530-11-01 Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer (d. 1563)
  • 1533-02-14 Christianus Adrichomius, Dutch priest/writer (Vita Jesu Christi)
  • 1534-02-05 Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer (d. 1612)
  • 1537-07-20 Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer (d. 1604)
  • 1538-04-26 Giovanni P Lomazzo, Italian writer/poet (Trattato)
  • 1538-12-10 Giovanni Battista Guarini, Italian writer (Faithfull Shepherd)
  • 1541-01-26 Florent Chrestien, French writer (d. 1596)
  • 1549-03-11 Henric/Hendrik Spieghel, Dutch Renaissance writer and poet (Hertspiegel)
  • 1549-11-05 Philippe de Mornay (or Philippe Du-Plessis-Mornay), French writer (d. 1623)
  • 1556-03-07 Guillaume du Vair, French writer (d. 1621)
  • 1565-09-28 Alessandro Tassoni, Modena Italy, political writer (Rape of Bucket)
  • 1567-08-21 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva/writer/saint
  • 1568-02-11 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (d. 1625)
  • 1572-04-04 William Strachey, English writer (d. 1621)
  • 1574-07-01 Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (d. 1656)
  • 1574-08-07 Robert Dudley, styled Earl of Warwick, English writer (d. 1649)
  • 1575-08-15 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist (d. 1650)
  • 1576-10-30 Enrico C Davila, Padua Italy, writer (Storia delguerre civili Francia)
  • 1577-02-08 Robert Burton, writer, Anglican clergyman (Anatomy of Melancholy)
  • 1579-08-01 Luís Vélez de Guevara, Écija, Spanish writer
  • 1580-09-14 Francisco de Quevedo, Spanish writer (d. 1645)
  • 1581-03-16 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch historian and writer (d. 1647)
  • 1585-02-12 Caspar Bartholin the Elder, Danish physician, theologian, writer on anatomy, born in Malmö, Denmark (modern Sweden) (d. 1629)
  • 1586-08-17 Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg)
  • 1588-06-11 George Wither, English writer (d. 1667)
  • 1589-01-08 Ivan [Dzivo F] Gundulic, Dalmatisch writer (Dubravka)
  • 1591-02-25 Friedrich von Spee, German writer (d. 1635)
  • 1592-03-28 Jan Amos Komensky [Comenius], Moravia, Czech-speaking Moravian teacher, educator and writer
  • 1593-08-09 Izaak Walton, England, biographer/fisherman/writer (Compleat Angler)
  • 1594-03-25 Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher, Dutch writer
  • 1594-11-17 Johan van Beverwijck, Dutch physician/writer (Treasure of Health)
  • 1595-12-04 Jean Chapelain, French writer (d. 1674)
  • 1596-08-18 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (d. 1665)
  • 1599-10-31 Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer (d. 1680)
  • 1600-01-17 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, born in Madrid (d. 1681)
  • 1601-01-08 Baltasar Gracián, Spanish writer, born in Belmonte de Calatayud (d. 1658)
  • 1601-08-22 Georges de Scudéry, French writer (d. 1667)
  • 1604-08-04 François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac, French writer (d. 1676)
  • 1605-10-16 Charles C Dassoucy, French writer/singer
  • 1605-10-19 Thomas Browne, English writer (Garden of Cyrus), born in London
  • 1606-05-23 Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer (d. 1682)
  • 1607-11-15 Madeleine de Scudéry, French writer (d. 1701)
  • 1609-10-05 Paul Fleming, German poet, born in Hartenstein, Saxony (d. 1640)
  • 1609-12-24 Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (d. 1683)
  • 1613-09-15 François de La Rochefoucauld, French writer (d. 1680)
  • 1616-10-02 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, born in Glogau, Silesia (d. 1664)
  • 1616-10-11 Andreas Gryphius, German writer (d. 1664)
  • 1618-04-13 Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French writer (d. 1693)
  • 1619-11-07 Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux, French writer (d. 1692)
  • 1619-12-28 Antoine Furetière, French writer (d. 1688)
  • 1620-10-31 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin)
  • 1620-11-10 Ninon de l'Enclos, French courtesan and writer (d. 1705)
  • 1621-11-20 Avvakum, Russian priest and writer (d. 1682)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1623-06-19 Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France (d. 1662)

Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • 1624-08-22 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer (d. 1701)
  • 1624-10-30 Paul Pellisson, French writer (d. 1693)
  • 1626-03-12 John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1627-09-27 Jacques-Benigne bossuet, French bishop and writer (Louis XIV court preacher), born in Dijon, France (d. 1704)

Bishop and Writer Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
Bishop and Writer
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • 1632-06-10 Esprit Fléchier, French writer and bishop (d. 1710)
  • 1638-02-14 Sybilla Schwarz, writer
  • 1639-02-06 Daniel Georg Morhof, German writer and scholar (d. 1691)
  • 1639-12-22 Jean Racine, French dramatist (Phèdre), born in La Ferté-Milon, Picardy (d. 1699)
  • 1640-06-05 Pu Songling, Chinese writer (d. 1715)
  • 1644-10-02 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (d. 1724)
  • 1645-08-16 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (d. 1696)
  • 1647-08-12 Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (d. 1719)
  • 1647-11-08 Pierre Bayle, French/Neth theologist/philosopher/writer
  • 1648-01-01 Elkanah Settle, English writer (d. 1724)
  • 1651-08-06 Francois Fenelon, France, writer (Playing for Time)
  • 1652-01-07 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian
  • 1654-01-22 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (d. 1729)
  • 1655-02-07 Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedy writer (Slave in Algeria)
  • 1657-02-11 Bernard Fontenelle, France, scientist/writer (Plurality of Worlds)
  • 1657-03-24 Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (d. 1725)
  • 1657-11-26 William Derham, English minister and writer (d. 1735)
  • 1658-02-18 Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (d. 1743)
  • 1660-03-28 Arnold Houbraken, Dutch schilder/writer
  • 1664-01-20 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (d. 1718)
  • 1666-04-17 Francois Valentijn, Dutch vicar/writer
  • 1667-04-29 John Arbuthnot, Scottish writer (Alexander Pope)
  • 1670-02-10 William Congreve, England, writer (Old Bachelor, Way of the World)
  • 1672-01-18 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (d. 1731)
  • 1672-03-12 Richard Steele, Irish writer and politician (d. 1729)
  • 1674-01-15 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (d. 1762)
  • 1674-03-30 Jethro Tull, agricultural writer (Basildon), baptised
  • 1674-07-17 Isaac Watts, England, writer/preacher/hymnist (Horae Lyrican)
  • 1675-01-16 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (d. 1755)
  • 1677-08-09 Jacob Campo Weyerman, South Neth's adventurer/painter/writer
  • 1679-03-18 Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)

Famous Weddings

  • 1735-07-09 Author, poet, critic and lexicographer and writer of the first English dictionary Dr. Samuel Johnson (25) marries the widow Elizabeth "Tetty" Porter, 21 years his senior.

HeartWedding of Interest

1806-10-14 German writer, artist and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe marries mistress Christiane Vulpius in Weimar

Social Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Social Philosopher
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

HeartWedding of Interest

1811-01-01 Writer James Fenimore Cooper (21) weds Susan Augusta de Lancey in Mamaroneck, New York

  • 1816-12-30 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft

HeartWedding of Interest

1836-05-16 US writer Edgar Allan Poe (26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm

HeartWedding of Interest

1842-07-09 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston

  • 1850-03-14 French writer and playwright Honoré de Balzac marries Ewelina Hańska in Berdyczów, Ukraine

HeartWedding of Interest

1870-02-02 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain

HeartWedding of Interest

1871-12-25 Writer Ambrose Bierce (29) weds Mary Ellen Day

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • 1880-05-16 British writer Mary Anne Evans, (pen name George Eliot), aged 60 marries John Cross, 20 years her junior

HeartWedding of Interest

1884-05-29 Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington, London

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde

HeartWedding of Interest

1893-01-18 British Poet and writer Rudyard Kipling (26) marries Carrie Balestier (29) in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1896-03-24 Writer "Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad (39) marries Englishwoman Jessie George (23)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad

HeartWedding of Interest

1912-04-09 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (22) weds Natalie Talbert

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner

HeartWedding of Interest

1913-04-12 Author Upton Sinclair (34) weds writer Mary Craig (31)

  • 1913-10-01 Writer and poet Vita Sackville-West (21) marries diplomat Harold Nicolson (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

1916-03-22 British writer ('Lord of the Rings'), poet and professor J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

HeartWedding of Interest

1917-05-24 Writer Walter Lippmann (27) weds Faye Albertson

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 1920-04-03 Novelist and short story writer Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Sayre (19) at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • 1923-03-23 Writer Anaïs Nin (Delta of Venus) marries banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler in Havana, Cuba

HeartWedding of Interest

1924-06-24 American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller
  • 1924-08-28 British children's writer Enid Blyton (27) marries editor Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO (36)
  • 1925-04-15 Russian writer ("Lolita") Vladimir Nabokov (26) marries fellow Russian writer Vera Evseevna Slonim (23) in Berlin

HeartWedding of Interest

1925-07-04 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell (24) marries 2nd husband John Marsh (29)

HeartWedding of Interest

1927-10-15 Writer Graham Greene (23) weds Vivien Dayrell-Browning at St. Mary's Church in Hampstead, North London

HeartWedding of Interest

1928-07-19 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi

HeartWedding of Interest

1928-08-25 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (61) weds dancer and writer Olga Ivanovna

HeartWedding of Interest

1929-11-13 Writer E. B. White (30) weds literary editor Katharine Angell (37)

Writer E. B. White
Writer
E. B. White

HeartWedding of Interest

1930-09-11 Mystery writer Agatha Christie (39) weds archaeologist Max Mallowan (26)

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie

HeartWedding of Interest

1931-07-04 Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1937-07-11 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall
  • 1938-03-26 Writer Walter Lippmann (48) weds second wife Helen Byrne Armstrong
  • 1940-01-02 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.

HeartWedding of Interest

1940-04-07 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1941-06-03 Author Irving Wallace marries writer Sylvia Kahn

HeartWedding of Interest

1941-11-05 Writer and veterinary surgeon James Herriot (25) weds Joan Catherine Danbury

Novelist James Herriot
Novelist
James Herriot
  • 1943-10-20 British Children's writer Enid Blyton marries 2nd husband surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters at City of Westminster registry office, London

HeartWedding of Interest

1944-08-22 Writer Jack Kerouac (22) weds author Edie Kerouac Parker

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • 1947-09-27 Fantasy and sci-fiction writer Ray Bradbury (27) weds Marguerite McClure (25)
  • 1950-06-14 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 2nd wife Kleo Apostolides
  • 1950-11-17 Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-07-02 British writer ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") Ronald Dhal marries American actress Patricia Neal

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • 1955-03-17 Erotic writer Anaïs Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-06-16 British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.

Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1956-08-14 Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)
  • 1958-03-27 Latin American and magic realism leading novelist and short story writer "One Hundred years of Solitude" Gabriel Garc

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-03-27 Writer Gabriel García Márquez (31) weds Mercedes Barcha

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 1959-04-01 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
  • 1966-06-15 English writer of blockbuster novels, Jackie Collins weds 2nd husband Oscar Lerman
  • 1966-07-06 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 4th wife Nancy Hackett
  • 1966-11-18 Writer Jack Kerouac (44) weds Stella Kerouac

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-08-04 Writer Jorge Luis Borges (67) weds old friend Elsa Astete Millán

HeartWedding of Interest

1969-06-22 Writer and producer R. L. Stine (25) weds editor Jane Waldhorn

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine

HeartWedding of Interest

1971-10-05 Television producer Lorne Michaels (26) weds comedy writer Rosie Shuster (21)

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

HeartWedding of Interest

1971-11-11 Swedish director and writer Ingmar Bergman (53) weds actress Ingrid von Rosen (41)

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • 1973-04-18 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby

HeartWedding of Interest

1975-07-20 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-02-02 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-04-14 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein

HeartWedding of Interest

1977-11-10 Actor Bryan Cranston (21) weds writer Mickey Middleton

  • 1978-11-04 "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (20) weds writer and director Peter Marc Jacobson (20)
  • 1980-11-27 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (50) marries 2nd wife British writer and historian Antonia Frazer (48)

HeartWedding of Interest

1982-10-17 Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 1983-08-16 musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher
  • 1986-04-26 Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay
  • 1986-06-21 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

1986-11-15 Golfer Byron Nelson (74) weds advertising copy writer Peggy Simmons (42)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

HeartWedding of Interest

1990-10-20 US Senator Rand Paul (27) weds freelance writer Kelley Ashby

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-08-16 Comedian Janeane Garofalo (27) weds writer Robert Cohen in Las Vegas

Stand-Up Comedian Janeane Garofalo
Stand-Up Comedian
Janeane Garofalo

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-03-31 Actor and writer Larry David (45) weds environmental activist Laurie Lennard (35)

Comedian/Writer Larry David
Comedian/Writer
Larry David
  • 1995-05-07 Eldest son of Shirley Jones and screenplay writer Shaun Cassidy (36) weds actress Susan Diol (30) in Westwood, California
  • 1998-06-27 The "Murphy Brown" actress Faith Ford (33) weds personal trainer and writer Campion Murphy (35) on Clint Eastwood's 22-acre Mission Ranch in Carmel, California
  • 1999-07-28 "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-04-04 Actress and model Brooke Shields (35) weds sitcom writer Chris Henchy (37) in Catalina Island, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-06-03 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 2004-07-03 Actress Tori Spelling (31) weds actor-writer Charlie Shanian (35) at her parents 56,000-square foot mansion in Bel Air, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2004-08-28 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Mariska Hargitay (40) weds actor-writer Peter Hermann (37) at the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara, California

  • 2004-10-02 "Married ... With Children" actress Katey Sagal (50) weds "The Shield" writer Kurt Sutter (42) in Los Feliz, California
  • 2005-09-02 "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (43) weds director and writer Noah Baumbach (36) in Los Angeles
  • 2005-09-24 "King of Queens" actor-comedian Patton Oswalt (36) weds writer Michelle McNamara in Los Angeles
  • 2005-10-09 "The O.C." writer and talk show host Regis Philbin's daughter Jennifer Joy Philbin (31) weds NBC comedy series "The Office" writer Michael Schur (32) at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City
  • 2006-04-29 "The O.C." actress Amanda Righetti (23) weds film director and writer Jordan Alan in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 2007-01-09 "Ugly Betty" actress Ashley Jensen (37) weds actor and writer Terence Beesley in a ceremony in the woods of Big Sur, California
  • 2007-05-05 Actress and singer Brittany Murphy (29) weds writer and director Simon Monjack (37) at their home in Los Angeles City
  • 2008-05-31 "Law & Order" actress Alana De La Garza (31) weds writer Michael Roberts in Orlando, Orange County, Florida
  • 2009-05-09 "The O.C." actress Autumn Reeser (28) weds writer-director Jesse Warren (31) under a 200-year old oak tree at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California
  • 2010-01-09 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-03-15 Stand-up comedian and writer Sacha Baron Cohen (40) weds actress Isla Fisher (36) in Paris, France

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedian/Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen
Actress Isla Fisher
Actress
Isla Fisher
  • 2010-09-25 Actress Emily Deschanel (33) weds writer-actor David Hornsby (34) in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

2012-06-02 Actress Drew Barrymore (37) weds writer Will Kopelman in Montecito, California

  • 2012-07-07 "The Office" Ellie Kemper (32) weds former "Conan O'Brien" writer Michael Koman at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in New York City
  • 2013-06-28 Writer Josh Kilmer-Purcell (43) weds physician Brent Ridge in Sharon Springs, New York
  • 2013-07-13 TV host Jimmy Kimmel (45) weds co-head writer Molly McNearney in Ojai, California
  • 2014-05-25 Happy Endings actress Casey Wilson (33) weds comedy writer David Caspe (35) in Ojai, California
  • 2014-07-05 Writer and comedian John Mulaney (32) weds make-up artist Annamarie Tendler at the Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, New York

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1924-10-16 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell divorces 1st husband Berrien (Red) Upshaw

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1937-12-09 Writer Walter Lippmann (48) divorces first wife Faye Albertson after 20 years of marriage

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1982-04-08 Actor Bryan Cranston (26) divorced writer Mickey Middleton after 4 years of marriage

  • 2006-04-20 Actor-writer Charlie Shanian (39) divorces former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling (32) only 15 months after their lavish $1-million wedding

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007-07-13 Environmental activist Laurie Lennard (49) divorces writer Larry David (60) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Comedian/Writer Larry David
Comedian/Writer
Larry David
  • 2010-11-15 "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (48) divorces writer Noah Baumbach (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 2,136

  • 0079-08-25 Gaius Plinius Secundus, [Pliny the Elder], Roman admiral/writer, dies during eruption of Mount Vesuvius
  • 0899-10-26 Alfred the Great, writer/king of Wessex (871-99), dies
  • 1078-02-22 Johannes van Fecamp, Italian mystic writer, dies
  • 1092-10-14 Aboe Ali Hasan ibn Nizam al-Moelk, writer (Sijasetname), assassinated
  • 1113-06-19 Odo/Odardus van Kamerijk, French writer/bishop of Kamerijk, dies
  • 1125-10-21 Cosmas of Prague, Bohemian writer
  • 1133-12-18 Hildebert, French writer
  • 1142-04-21 Pierre Abélard, French writer (b. 1079)
  • 1213-02-22 Wibert of Gembloers, benediction/writer/abbot of Gembloers, dies
  • 1296-11-01 Guillaume Durand, French writer (b. 1230)
  • 1298-07-14 Jacob de Voragine, Italian bishop/writer (Golden Legend), dies
  • 1331-10-27 Aboe al-Fida, [Aboelfeda], Arabic writer/sultan of Hama, dies
  • 1345-04-14 Richard Aungerville, English bishop and writer (b. 1287)
  • 1412-04-02 Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo, Spanish traveler and writer (b. ????)
  • 1425-07-21 Manuel Paleologus, Byzantine Emperor (1391-1425)/writer, dies
  • 1438-09-09 Eduard [Dom Duarte], King of Portugal (1433-38)/writer, dies
  • 1449-05-20 Peter, Prince/regent of Portugal/writer (Virtuosa Benfeitoria), dies
  • 1463-06-04 Flavio Biondi, Italian writer (Rome instaurata), dies at about 65
  • 1463-06-17 Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (b. 1436)
  • 1471-05-01 Thomas a Kempis, spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • 1478-02-22 Hendrik Herp (Herpius/Harphius), writer (Spieghel volcomenheit), dies
  • 1483-06-25 Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, English writer
  • 1498-07-27 Vespasiano da' Bisticci, Italian book seller/writer, dies at about 77
  • 1501-05-22 Robert Gaguin, French writer/diplomat (Arte Metrificandi), dies at 66
  • 1502-02-01 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies
  • 1517-10-02 John Murmelius, humanist/theory/school book writer, dies at about 37
  • 1529-02-02 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian writer (b. 1478)
  • 1529-02-08 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian writer and diplomat (b. 1478)
  • 1535-03-01 Bernardo Accolti, [Unico Aretino], Italian writer (Virginia), dies
  • 1536-02-03 Garcia de Resende, Port writer/publisher (Cancioneiro Geral), dies
  • 1549-01-28 Elia Levita, German-Yiddish writer (Habachur), dies at about 80
  • 1553-12-14 Hanibal Lucić, Croatian writer (b. 1485)
  • 1554-06-19 Sixt[us] Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Judith), dies at 53
  • 1557-08-01 Olaus Magnus, Swedish writer (b. 1490)
  • 1561-02-26 Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • 1563-08-18 Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer (b. 1530)
  • 1569-05-10 Juan the Avila, Spanish minister/writer
  • 1571-02-14 Benvenuto Cellini, Italian sculptor/writer (Perseus), dies at 70
  • 1573-12-30 Giovanni Battista Giraldi, Italian writer (b. 1504)
  • 1580-07-25 Baltazar Alvarez, Spanish jesuit/writer, dies at 47
  • 1580-08-19 Andrea Palladio, architect/writer (Il Redentore, Venice), dies at 71
  • 1582-10-04 Theresia van Avila, Spanish mystic writer, dies
  • 1583-02-18 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (b. 1503)
  • 1584-03-10 Thomas Norton, English politician and writer (b. 1532)
  • 1584-08-22 Jan Kochanowski, Polish writer (b. 1530)
  • 1585-06-20 Christianus Adrichomius, writer (Theatrum Terrae Sanctae), dies at 52
  • 1587-04-08 John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
  • 1592-09-03 Robert Greene, English writer (b. 1558)
  • 1592-09-13 Michel de Montaigne, French writer (b. 1533)
  • 1594-04-29 Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and writer
  • 1596-10-03 Florent Chrestien, French writer (b. 1541)
  • 1604-03-13 Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer (b. 1537)
  • 1611-02-08 Jan H Van Linschoten, traveller/writer (Reys-Gheschrift), dies
  • 1612-01-04 Henry L Spieghel, Dutch merchant/writer, dies at 62
  • 1612-11-20 John Harington, English writer (b. 1561)
  • 1613-09-15 Thomas Overbury, English writer (b. 1581)
  • 1615-08-15 Cornelis C Vrancx, Flemish poet/writer (Comfort of Soles), dies

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1616-04-23 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish writer (Don Quixote), dies at 69

  • 1616-04-23 El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Peruvian writer (b. 1539)
  • 1616-10-17 John Pitts, Catholic scholar and writer. (b. 1560)
  • 1616-11-23 Richard Hakluyt, English writer (b. 1552)
  • 1617-10-11 Franchois Vranck, economist/writer (Deduction), dies at about 62
  • 1617-11-10 Barnabe Rich, English soldier and writer
  • 1620-01-17 Diego Alvarez de Paz, Span missionary/writer (Peru), dies at about 59
  • 1620-03-09 Aegidius Albertinus, German writer (Lucifer's Kingdom), dies at 59
  • 1621-06-21 Kryštof Harant, Polish soldier, writer, and composer (b. 1564)
  • 1621-08-03 Guillaume du Vair, French writer (b. 1556)
  • 1621-08-15 John Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1582)
  • 1622-12-28 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva/writer/saint, dies at 55
  • 1623-11-11 Philippe de Mornay, French writer (b. 1549)
  • 1625-06-01 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (b. 1568)
  • 1627-05-23 Luis de Gongora y Argote, poet/writer, dies
  • 1629-06-24 Carolus Scribani, Italian/Flemish jesuit/writer, dies at 67
  • 1630-02-12 Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)
  • 1635-04-25 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), dies at 69
  • 1635-08-07 Friedrich von Spee, German writer (b. 1591)
  • 1636-12-09 Giovanni B Aleotti, Italian writer/theater architect, dies at about 90
  • 1636-12-09 Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)
  • 1638-12-10 Ivan [Dzivo F] Gundulic, Dalmatian writer (Osman), dies at 49
  • 1643-09-20 Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English politician and writer
  • 1644-11-10 Luís Vélez de Guevara, Spanish writer (b. 1579)
  • 1645-08-28 Hugo Grotius, Dutch philosopher and writer (b. 1583)
  • 1647-01-29 Francis Meres, English writer (b. 1565)
  • 1648-02-02 George Abbot, English writer
  • 1649-09-06 Robert Dudley, English navigator/writer (Arcano del Mare), dies
  • 1650-10-21 Pedro de Espinosa, Spanish poet/writer, dies
  • 1652-10-20 Antonio Coello, Spanish writer (b. 1611)
  • 1653-05-26 Robert Filmer, English writer (b. 1588)
  • 1654-02-18 Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French writer (b. 1594)
  • 1654-06-27 Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg), dies at 67
  • 1654-12-05 Jean François Sarrazin, French writer
  • 1656-02-27 Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies
  • 1656-09-08 Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (b. 1574)
  • 1658-11-15 Jacobus Revius, [Reefsen], theologist/writer/poet, dies at about 72
  • 1658-12-06 Baltasar Gracian, Spanish writer, dies at 57
  • 1659-06-03 Morgan Llwyd, Welsh Puritan preacher and writer (b. 1619)
  • 1660-10-07 Paul Scarron, French, stagewriter (Le Roman Comique), dies at 50
  • 1661-08-07 Jin Shengtan, Chinese editor, writer and critic (b. 1608)
  • 1662-05-23 John Gauden, English bishop and writer (b. 1605)
  • 1664-07-16 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, dies at 47