Writer in History (Part 21)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,621

  • 1933-04-24 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer and biographer
  • 1933-05-08 Alistair Service, writer/publisher
  • 1933-06-16 Joachim Nowotny, writer
  • 1933-06-17 Harry Browne, American free-market libertarian writer, politician, and investment analyst (d. 2006)
  • 1933-07-18 Aad Nuis, Dutch writer/undersecretary of Education (D66)
  • 1933-07-21 Brigitte Reimann, writer
  • 1933-07-21 John C Gardner, scholar/writer (Grendel, Sunlight Dialogues)
  • 1933-07-31 Cees Nooteboom, Dutch writer
  • 1933-08-13 Madhur Jaffrey, cookbook writer/actress (Shakespeare Wallah)
  • 1933-08-16 Reiner Kunze, German writer (The Lovely Years), born in Oelsnitz, Saxony
  • 1933-08-22 Irmtraud Morgner, writer
  • 1933-10-24 Norman Rush, American writer
  • 1934-01-08 Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004)
  • 1934-03-27 Istvan Csurka, politician and writer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012)
  • 1934-05-13 Adolf Muschg, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Zollikon
  • 1934-05-25 David J Burke, writer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1934-06-01 Willy Roggeman, Flemish writer (Goldfish, Nardis)
  • 1934-06-21 Wulf Kirsten, German writer, born in Klipphausen, Meissen
  • 1934-07-03 Manfred Bieler, writer
  • 1934-07-17 Rainer Kisch, German writer, born in Döbeln
  • 1934-07-20 Uwe Johnson, German writer
  • 1934-08-05 Wendell Berry, American poet, writer and farmer
  • 1934-09-23 Per Olov Enquist, Swedish writer (Hour of the Lynx)
  • 1934-10-07 Imamu Amiri Baraka, [Everett Leroi Jones], US, poet/writer
  • 1934-10-07 [Everett] LeRoi Jones, [Amiri Baraka], US writer (Black Music)
  • 1934-10-26 Ulrich Plentzdorf, writer
  • 1934-11-18 Vassilis Vassilikos, Greek writer and ambassador
  • 1935-01-28 David John Lodge, English writer (Soul & Bodies)
  • 1935-02-10 Conrad Klapheck, German painter (typewriters)
  • 1935-03-13 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in Petts Wood, Kent (d. 2015)
  • 1935-03-21 Hubert Fichte, German writer, born in Perleberg (d. 1986)
  • 1935-03-23 Barry Cryer, comedian/writer (Goodies Rule-OK, All You Need is Cash)
  • 1935-03-24 Peter Bichsel, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Bellach
  • 1935-03-27 Abelardo Castillo, Argentine writer
  • 1935-03-31 Judith Rossner, US, writer (August)
  • 1935-04-06 John Pepper Clark, Nigeria, writer (Horn, Song of a Goat)
  • 1935-04-14 Erich von Däniken, Zofingen, Aargau, Swiss writer (Chariots of the Gods)
  • 1935-05-05 Douglas Marland, West Sand Lake NY, soap opera writer (Gen Hospital)
  • 1935-05-19 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1935-05-29 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • 1935-06-07 Harry Crews, US writer/actor (Indian Runner), (d. 2012)
  • 1935-06-12 Christoph Meckel, writer
  • 1935-08-12 Karl Mickel, German writer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1935-08-23 Roy Strong, writer/art historian/director (Victoria & Albert Museum)
  • 1935-08-27 Frank Yablans, American writer (North Dallas Forty), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935-08-29 William Friedkin, American director/producer/writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-09-20 Keith J Roberts, England, writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell)
  • 1935-10-07 Thomas M Keneally, Australian writer (Schindler's List)
  • 1935-10-30 Agota Kristof, Hungarian writer
  • 1935-11-14 Donald Edwin White, advertising copywriter/opera administrator
  • 1935-11-18 Frank Joseph Kofsky, teacher/writer
  • 1935-12-13 Thomas Wakefield, writer
  • 1935-12-31 Rolf Haufs, German writer, born in Düsseldorf (d. 2013)
  • 1936-01-09 Anne Rivers Siddons, American writer
  • 1936-02-18 Jean Auel, American writer
  • 1936-03-01 Jean-Edern Hallier, writer
  • 1936-03-07 Georges Perec, French writer (Seire Noire, Retour a la bien-aimee)
  • 1936-03-18 Hans Peter Bleuel, writer
  • 1936-03-28 Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru, writer (Aunt Julia)/presidential candidate
  • 1936-05-11 Ulrich Berkes, German writer, born in Salle
  • 1936-05-17 Lars Gustafsson, writer
  • 1936-05-22 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (d. 2005)
  • 1936-05-25 Tom T Hall, Olive Hill Ky, country singer/writer (Harper Valley PTA)
  • 1936-06-03 Larry McMurtry, US scriptwriter (Lonesome Dove, Pulitzer 1986), born in Archer City, Texas
  • 1936-06-25 Paul Nowee, Dutch western writer (Eagle's Eye)
  • 1936-06-28 Gisela Kraft, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2010)
  • 1936-08-04 Assia Djebar, Algerian writer and filmmaker
  • 1936-08-30 Fabrizia Ramondino, writer
  • 1936-09-05 Jonathan Kozol, American writer, sociologist
  • 1936-09-28 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, born in Damascus, Syria (d. 2016)
  • 1936-10-04 Sally Mary Caroline Belfrage, writer
  • 1936-10-05 Vaclav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), born in Prague (d. 2011)
  • 1936-11-15 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • 1936-11-23 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
  • 1936-11-29 Gerti Tetzner, German writer, born in Thuringia
  • 1936-12-05 James Lee Burke, American writer
  • 1936-12-06 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1936-12-17 Frank Martinus Arion, [F Efraim M], Antilles, writer (Double Play)
  • 1936-12-22 James Burke, British science historian and broadcaster (Connections), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1937-01-03 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1937-01-09 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2001)
  • 1937-01-22 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1937-01-25 Kathleen Tynan Halton, writer
  • 1937-01-31 Steve Karmen, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937-02-13 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer (d. 1992)
  • 1937-03-08 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1937-03-15 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer,(To Live and Remember), born in Atalanka, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • 1937-03-20 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor
  • 1937-04-29 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer
  • 1937-05-02 Gisela Elsner, German writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1992)
  • 1937-05-02 Lorenzo Music, American writer/actor/voice (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937-05-03 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer
  • 1937-05-08 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • 1937-07-11 Pai Hsien-yung, Taiwanese writer
  • 1937-07-17 Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, writer
  • 1937-09-30 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1937-11-30 Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Writer
  • 1937-12-11 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), born in Grayling, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-12-31 Nicolas Born, German writer, born in Duisburg (d. 1979)
  • 1938-01-05 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,130

  • 2005-10-17 Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  • 2005-10-24 Robert Sloman, writer (b. 1926)
  • 2005-11-05 John Fowles, English writer (b. 1926)
  • 2005-11-15 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (b. 1959)
  • 2006-01-19 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)

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2006-02-04 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist, dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • 2006-02-20 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • 2006-03-27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (b. 1925)
  • 2006-03-27 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • 2006-03-29 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)
  • 2006-04-08 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1923)
  • 2006-04-09 Vilgot Sjöman, Swedish writer and film director (b. 1924)
  • 2006-06-05 Frederick Franck, American artist and writer (b. 1909)
  • 2006-07-23 Jean-Paul Desbiens, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1927)
  • 2006-07-28 David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
  • 2006-08-30 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • 2006-09-11 William Auld, Scottish poet, writer and supporter of Esperanto (b. 1924)
  • 2006-09-15 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer (b. 1929)
  • 2006-10-06 Wilson Tucker, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 2006-11-24 George W. S. Trow, American writer (b. 1943)
  • 2006-11-26 Mário Cesariny, Portuguese painter and writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007-01-01 Tillie Olsen, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2007-01-04 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • 2007-01-15 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • 2007-01-23 Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007-02-13 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007-02-17 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • 2007-03-02 Henri Troyat, French writer, dean of the Académie française (b. 1911)
  • 2007-03-21 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • 2007-04-05 Maria Gripe, Swedish writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007-04-05 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (b. 1908)
  • 2007-04-05 Poornachandra Tejaswi, Kannada writer (b. 1938)
  • 2007-04-09 Egon Bondy, Czech philosopher and writer (b. 1930)
  • 2007-05-07 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2007-07-26 Lars Forssell, Swedish writer, member of the Swedish Academy (b. 1928)
  • 2007-08-21 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 2007-10-02 Christopher Derrick, British writer (b. 1921)
  • 2007-10-03 M.N. Vijayan, Indian writer, orator, and academic
  • 2007-10-10 Mehmed Uzun, Contemporary Kurdish writer and novelist. (b. 1953)
  • 2007-10-18 Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)
  • 2007-10-19 Jan Wolkers, Dutch writer (b. 1925)
  • 2007-10-22 Ève Curie French writer (b. 1904)
  • 2007-11-26 Mel Tolkin, television comedy writer (b. 1913)
  • 2007-11-29 James Barber, Canadian chef and writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007-12-11 Grace Paley, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2007-12-18 Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
  • 2007-12-22 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007-12-27 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2008-02-10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • 2008-03-19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (b. 1929)
  • 2008-06-09 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2008-06-10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani-Soviet writer, dies of lung and kidney failure at 79
  • 2008-06-16 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • 2008-07-12 Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)

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2008-08-03 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer, dies at 89

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 2008-08-09 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose.(b. 1941)
  • 2008-10-26 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 2008-12-08 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer. (b. 1925)
  • 2009-01-08 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 2009-01-17 Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • 2009-01-20 Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • 2009-02-25 Philip José Farmer, American science fiction writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91
  • 2009-03-04 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • 2009-04-15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP (b.1924)
  • 2009-04-24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • 2009-05-03 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • 2009-05-08 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2009-06-02 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • 2009-07-01 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • 2009-07-04 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer (b. 1935)
  • 2009-07-06 Vasily Aksyonov, Russian writer (b. 1932)
  • 2009-07-22 Peter Krieg, German documentary filmmaker, producer and writer (b. 1947)
  • 2009-07-25 Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
  • 2009-08-26 Dominick Dunne, American writer, Vanity Fair correspondent (b. 1925)
  • 2009-08-27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer and poet (b. 1913)
  • 2009-12-24 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • 2010-01-13 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • 2010-03-20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • 2010-05-23 Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)

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2010-06-18 José Saramago, Portuguese writer and Nobel laureate, dies of leukemia at 87

Novelist José Saramago
Novelist
José Saramago
  • 2010-07-12 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (b. 1939)
  • 2010-08-21 Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, Argentinean writer (b. 1941)
  • 2010-09-07 Barbara Holland, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2010-10-30 Harry Mulisch, Dutch writer (b. 1927)
  • 2010-11-21 Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American artist and writer (b. 1917)
  • 2010-12-03 Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • 2011-02-26 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 2011-03-26 Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy writer (b. 1934)
  • 2011-04-23 John Sullivan, British comedy writer (b. 1946)
  • 2011-09-21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2011-12-01 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • 2012-01-03 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer, dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • 2012-01-03 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer and publisher, dies at 87
  • 2012-02-02 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2012-02-03 Christopher Samuel Youd, British science fiction writer, dies at 89
  • 2012-02-04 Istvan Csurka, Hungarian writer and politician, dies at 77
  • 2012-02-07 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2012-03-28 Harry Crews, American writer/actor, dies from neuropathy at 76

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2012-05-20 Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • 2012-08-06 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74