Writer in History (Part 20)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,622

  • 1929-03-29 Yayoi Kusama, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japanese artist and writer
  • 1929-04-01 Milan Kundera, Czech poet/writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being)
  • 1929-04-05 Hugo Claus, Flemish writer/director (Cool Lover, Sugar)
  • 1929-04-06 Willis Hall, British writer
  • 1929-04-29 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), born in Rostock (d. 2007)
  • 1929-05-03 Jaharna Imam, Bangladeshi writer/political activist
  • 1929-05-14 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • 1929-05-16 Adrienne Cecile Rich, Balt Md, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), (d. 2012)
  • 1929-05-26 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea)
  • 1929-06-06 Viktor Konezki, writer
  • 1929-07-07 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and critic, born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 2003)
  • 1929-07-24 Hedda J Garza, writer/political activist
  • 1929-08-31 Julio Ramon Ribeyro, writer
  • 1929-09-14 Larry Collins, American writer (d. 2005)
  • 1929-10-24 James Brosnan, baseball player/writer (Long Season)
  • 1929-10-24 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (d. 2004)
  • 1929-10-25 Peter Rohmkorf, writer

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1929-11-09 Imre Kertész, writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, born in Budapest (d. 2016)

Author and Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész
Author and Nobel Laureate
Imre Kertész
  • 1929-11-11 H M Enzensberger, writer
  • 1929-11-12 Michael Ende, German fantasy and children's writer (The Neverending Story), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria (d. 1995)
  • 1929-11-23 Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and Christian writer
  • 1929-12-08 Goffredo Parise, writer

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1929-12-17 William Safire, political columnist (NY Times)/speech writer (Nixon), (d. 2009)

American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • 1929-12-30 Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • 1930-01-23 Derek Walcott, St Lucia, poet/writer (Omeros, Nobel 1992)
  • 1930-01-29 John Junkin, actor/writer (A Hard Day's Night)
  • 1930-02-17 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), born in South Woodford, Essex
  • 1930-02-23 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), (d. 1991)
  • 1930-02-23 Jef Geeraerts, Flemish writer (Black Venus)
  • 1930-02-25 Erica Pedretti, writer
  • 1930-02-27 Peter Stone, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1930-03-27 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist/writer (Bird Watching)
  • 1930-04-08 Julien Van Remoortere, [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist)
  • 1930-04-11 Clive Exton, scriptwriter & playwright
  • 1930-04-12 Bryan Magee, British Philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • 1930-04-25 Paul Mazursky, American writer/director (Moscow on the Hudson), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1930-05-11 Stanley L Elkin, American writer/professor (Living End), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930-06-05 Alifa Rifaat, Egyptian writer (d. 1996)
  • 1930-07-06 Francoise Mallet-Joris, [F Lilar], Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders)
  • 1930-07-06 Hans-Jürgen Heise, German writer, born in Bublitz (d. 2013)
  • 1930-07-12 Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor, director, and writer
  • 1930-07-25 Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and essayist (d. 1990)
  • 1930-08-01 Lionel Bart [Begleiter], English pop music composer and writer (Oliver!), born in London, England
  • 1930-08-03 James Komack, American writer/director/actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930-08-08 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7)
  • 1930-09-25 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1999)
  • 1930-12-15 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace)
  • 1930-12-27 Wilfrid Sheed, England, writer (Boys of Winter, Hack)
  • 1931-01-10 Peter Barnes, English writer (d. 2004)
  • 1931-01-16 Vladimir Skutina, writer playwright/journalist
  • 1931-01-20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
  • 1931-01-25 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
  • 1931-01-27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1931-02-10 Thomas Bernhard, writer
  • 1931-02-16 Alfred Kolleritsch, Austrian writer, born in Eichfeld
  • 1931-02-28 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, born in Beaucaire (d. 1996)
  • 1931-03-13 Wolfgang Kohlhaase, actor/director/writer (Solo Sunday), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1931-03-22 Igor Hajek, translator/writer
  • 1931-04-07 Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
  • 1931-05-02 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), (d. 2012)
  • 1931-05-04 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and writer
  • 1931-05-05 Greg, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d, 1999)
  • 1931-05-16 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • 1931-05-19 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter
  • 1931-06-23 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 1931-07-15 Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara)
  • 1931-07-16 Caroline Blackwood, writer
  • 1931-08-14 Frederic Raphael, writer (After the War, California Time)
  • 1931-08-29 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist
  • 1931-10-17 Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian writer
  • 1931-10-27 Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian writer
  • 1931-12-17 Yvonne Keuls, [Bamberg], Dutch writer (Jan Rap & Co)
  • 1931-12-30 Richard Christ, writer
  • 1932-01-12 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer
  • 1932-02-04 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • 1932-02-14 Alexander Kluge, German author and film director (Yesterday Girl), born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony
  • 1932-02-16 Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli writer, born in Jadova Commune, Kingdom of Romania
  • 1932-02-20 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • 1932-03-09 Heere Heeresma, Dutch writer (Han de Wit goes in development aid)
  • 1932-03-28 Sven Oskar Lindqvist, Swedish writer (Myten om Wu Tao-tzu)
  • 1932-03-30 Ted Morgan, Swiss-born writer
  • 1932-03-31 John Jakes, writer (Sir Scoundrel, Great Women Reporters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-04-13 Barney Simon, theatre director/writer
  • 1932-04-21 Elaine May, American comedienne/writer/actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-04-23 Jim Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running)
  • 1932-05-08 Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • 1932-05-21 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, born in Darmstadt (d. 2015)
  • 1932-05-25 John Grogery Dunne, US writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions)
  • 1932-06-01 Philo [Rolf] Bregstein, Dutch writer (Dingen die niet Voorbijgaan)
  • 1932-06-04 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer
  • 1932-06-11 Athol Fugard, Middleburg South Africa, anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot)
  • 1932-06-27 Joachim Wohlgemuth, writer
  • 1932-07-10 Jorgen Becker, German writer, born in Cologne
  • 1932-08-11 Fernando Arrabal, Spanish song/romance writer (Baal Babilonia)
  • 1932-08-31 Benito Wogatzki, writer
  • 1932-09-29 Robert Benton, Texas, writer/director (Kramer vs Kramer)
  • 1932-12-19 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer
  • 1932-12-28 Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1932-12-28 Manuel Puig, Argentina, writer (Blood of Requited Love)
  • 1933-02-01 Reynolds Price, US writer (Strengthened by a Pale Green Light)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,132

  • 2000-01-31 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  • 2000-04-03 Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • 2000-04-13 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer (b. 1916)
  • 2000-04-28 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (b. 1916)
  • 2000-06-06 Frédéric Dard, French writer (b. 1921)
  • 2000-06-12 P.L.Deshpande, Marathi writer (b. 1919)
  • 2000-06-14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer (b. 1911)
  • 2000-06-15 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • 2000-07-04 Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2000-07-20 Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (b. 1941)
  • 2000-08-05 Otto Buchsbaum, writer and ecological activist (b. 1920)
  • 2000-09-10 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist and writer. (b. 1921)
  • 2000-09-14 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and activist (b. 1906)
  • 2000-11-06 L. Sprague de Camp, American writer (b. 1907)
  • 2000-11-20 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2001-01-31 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2001-02-26 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • 2001-05-05 Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher
  • 2001-06-05 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist
  • 2001-08-06 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • 2001-08-20 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and science fiction writer (b. 1915)
  • 2001-11-26 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish writer (b. 1943)
  • 2001-12-14 W. G. Sebald, German writer (b. 1944)
  • 2002-01-17 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • 2002-01-24 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • 2002-02-01 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  • 2002-02-02 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • 2002-03-18 R.A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • 2002-05-19 Walter Lord, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 2002-05-24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 2002-05-29 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 2002-06-14 June Jordan, American writer and teacher (b. 1936)
  • 2002-07-09 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2002-08-05 Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2002-08-25 Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2002-09-21 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2002-09-22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-born writer (b. 1914)
  • 2002-11-13 Rishikesh Shaha, Nepalese politician and writer (b. 1925)
  • 2003-01-04 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003-01-19 Françoise Giroud, French writer and journalist (b. 1916)
  • 2003-03-27 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 2003-04-26 Peter Stone, American writer (b. 1930)
  • 2003-05-26 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003-06-06 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • 2003-06-21 Leon Uris, American writer (b. 1924)
  • 2003-06-30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2003-07-10 Winston Graham, English writer (b. 1908)
  • 2003-07-15 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (b. 1953)
  • 2003-07-20 Nicolas Freeling, English writer (b. 1927)
  • 2003-09-25 George Plimpton, American writer and actor (b. 1927)
  • 2003-10-18 Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • 2003-10-29 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
  • 2003-11-04 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • 2003-11-26 Stefan Wul, French writer (b. 1922)
  • 2003-12-11 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • 2003-12-30 John Gregory Dunne, American writer (b. 1932)
  • 2004-01-04 Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • 2004-01-21 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (b. 1929)
  • 2004-01-29 M. M. Kaye, British writer (b. 1908)
  • 2004-01-29 Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)
  • 2004-02-28 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • 2004-04-17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (b. 1908)
  • 2004-06-01 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2004-06-13 Ralph Wiley, American journalist and writer (b. 1952)
  • 2004-06-26 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • 2004-06-30 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer (b. 1924)
  • 2004-07-01 Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
  • 2004-07-02 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese writer (b. 1919)
  • 2004-08-14 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2004-08-17 Thea Astley, Australian writer (b. 1925)
  • 2004-09-24 Françoise Sagan, French writer (b. 1935)
  • 2004-10-10 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (b. 1932)

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2004-12-28 Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

Author Susan Sontag
Author
Susan Sontag
  • 2005-01-14 Charlotte MacLeod, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2005-01-20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Polish journalist, writer, and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2005-01-21 Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (b. 1907)
  • 2005-01-24 Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
  • 2005-01-25 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • 2005-03-04 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • 2005-03-17 Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2005-03-25 Paul Henning, American TV/film producer and writer (b. 1911)

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2005-04-05 Saul Bellow, Canadian born writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • 2005-05-07 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • 2005-05-24 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, dies at 83
  • 2005-05-30 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer (b. 1958)
  • 2005-06-03 Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer, and lawyer (b. 1945)
  • 2005-06-13 Álvaro Cunhal, Portuguese politician and writer (b. 1913)
  • 2005-06-16 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (b. 1906)
  • 2005-06-17 Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • 2005-06-20 Larry Collins, American writer (b. 1929)
  • 2005-07-06 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer, (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), dies at 91
  • 2005-07-10 A.J. Quinnell, English writer (b. 1940)

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2005-07-14 Cicely Saunders, English Nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, dies of cancer at 87

Nurse and Social Worker Cicely Saunders
Nurse and Social Worker
Cicely Saunders
  • 2005-07-17 Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
  • 2005-07-19 Edward Bunker, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2005-07-27 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer (b. 1912)
  • 2005-08-02 Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)
  • 2005-08-16 William Corlett, English children's writer(b. 1938)
  • 2005-09-14 Vladimir Volkoff, French writer (b. 1932)
  • 2005-09-20 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer dies at 83