Writer in History (Part 20)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,658

  • 1928-06-13 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, born in Zurich (d. 2006)
  • 1928-06-19 Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002)
  • 1928-06-28 Harold Evans, English journalist and writer; editor of The Sunday Times
  • 1928-07-03 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance)
  • 1928-07-03 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1977)
  • 1928-07-04 Paul de Wispelaere, Flemish writer/essayist/critic
  • 1928-07-18 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer
  • 1928-07-19 John Bratby, painter/writer (Breakdown)
  • 1928-07-20 Pavel Kohout, Czech and Austrian writer (Poor Murderer) and dissident, born in Prague
  • 1928-07-26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (d. 1980)
  • 1928-08-21 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), born in Golungo Alto, Portuguese Angola (d. 1990)
  • 1928-08-31 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer
  • 1928-09-02 Peter Mansfield, British politial journalist and author (d. 1996)
  • 1928-10-04 Torben Ulrich, Danish musician, writer, filmmaker and tennis player
  • 1928-10-24 Gabriel Laub, Polish writer
  • 1928-12-12 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-born Kyrgyz writer (Jamila)
  • 1928-12-22 Piero Angelo, Italian writer (Control)
  • 1928-12-31 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, born in Viipuri (d. 2015)
  • 1929-02-06 Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer
  • 1929-03-09 Marie Cardinal, writer
  • 1929-03-13 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, born in Heswall, Cheshire (d. 2015)
  • 1929-03-29 Yayoi Kusama, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japanese artist and writer
  • 1929-04-01 Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 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, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), born in NYC, New York (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, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2017)
  • 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], British 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)
  • 1930-09-29 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), born in Stamford, Lincolnshire (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1931-03-22 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), born in Newport (d. 2014)
  • 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
  • 1931-12-12 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian writer and journalist, born in Sirjan, Kerman (d. 1994)
  • 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

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,253

  • 1997-02-01 Mitchell Goodman, writer, dies at 71
  • 1997-02-03 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, writer/curator, dies at 84
  • 1997-02-03 Bohumil Hrabal, writer, dies at 82
  • 1997-02-18 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1997-02-19 Leo Rosten, writer/humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • 1997-02-22 Frank Launder, director/scriptwriter, dies at 91
  • 1997-02-25 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, dies at 71
  • 1997-03-09 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7) at 66
  • 1997-03-14 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), dies at 59
  • 1997-03-21 W. V. Awdry, English children's writer (b. 1911)
  • 1997-03-24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer (b. 1927)
  • 1997-04-04 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72
  • 1997-04-11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52
  • 1997-04-13 Ann Craft, researcher/writer, dies at 53
  • 1997-05-13 Laurie Lee, English writer ('Cider with Rosie'), dies at 82
  • 1997-06-04 Kurt Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • 1997-06-05 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • 1997-06-12 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • 1997-06-18 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • 1997-08-10 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • 1997-08-16 Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer, dies at 82
  • 1997-09-12 Judith Merril [Grossman], sci-fi writer, dies at 74
  • 1997-09-23 Murray Burnett, writer (Everybody Goes to Rick-Casablanca), dies at 86
  • 1997-10-17 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1997-10-18 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • 1997-10-28 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • 1997-10-30 Sam Fuller, director/writer (Big Red One), dies at 86
  • 1997-11-02 G Harry Stine, writer, dies at 69
  • 1997-11-14 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • 1997-11-19 Frank Joseph Kofsky, teacher/writer, dies at 62
  • 1997-11-22 Tom Blackburn, writer, dies at 71
  • 1997-11-30 Kathy Acker, writer, dead Cancer Died, dies at 54
  • 1997-12-05 Daphne Fielding, socialite/writer, dies at 93
  • 1997-12-28 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, dies at 89
  • 1998-01-02 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • 1998-01-26 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • 1998-02-15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • 1998-02-17 Ernst Juenger, German writer, dies at 102
  • 1998-02-25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.

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1998-03-15 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1998-04-19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 1998-04-25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • 1998-04-27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer and mystic, dies at 72
  • 1998-05-12 Hermann Lenz, German writer Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75
  • 1998-07-23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • 1998-09-04 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • 1998-10-14 Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)
  • 1998-12-12 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (b. 1922)
  • 1998-12-16 William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 1998-12-29 Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)
  • 1999-01-11 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), dies at 77
  • 1999-02-08 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • 1999-02-24 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 1999-03-04 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • 1999-03-08 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • 1999-03-13 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • 1999-04-03 Lionel Bart, English pop music composer and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • 1999-08-01 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • 1999-08-23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • 1999-08-26 Lilo Hardel, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1999-09-19 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • 1999-09-25 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer, dies at 69
  • 1999-10-16 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), dies at 78
  • 1999-10-18 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • 1999-10-19 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood, Portrait of a Man Unknown, The Golden Fruits), dies at 99
  • 1999-10-29 Michel Regnier (Greg), Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon) (b. 1931)
  • 1999-11-11 Jacobo Timmerman, Argentine writer and journalist (b. 1923)
  • 1999-11-21 Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)
  • 1999-12-08 Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2000-01-22 Craig Claiborne, American writer and editor (b. 1920)
  • 2000-01-31 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  • 2000-02-23 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, dies at 91
  • 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)
  • 2000-06-09 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • 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)
  • 2000-06-20 Karl Mickel, German writer, dies at 64
  • 2000-07-04 Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2000-07-20 Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (Principia Discordia), dies at 59
  • 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)
  • 2000-11-05 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), dies at 93
  • 2000-11-06 L. Sprague de Camp, American writer (b. 1907)
  • 2000-11-20 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2000-12-04 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, dies at 79
  • 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 sci-fi writer (b. 1915)
  • 2001-09-19 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, dies at 91
  • 2001-11-03 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, dies at 56
  • 2001-11-26 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish writer (b. 1943)
  • 2001-12-14 W. G. Sebald, German writer (b. 1944)