Writer in History (Part 21)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,661

  • 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
  • 1932-07-28 Natalie Babbitt, American children's writer (Tuck Everlasting), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1932-08-11 Fernando Arrabal, Spanish song/romance writer (Baal Babilonia)
  • 1932-08-31 Benito Wogatzki, writer
  • 1932-09-29 Robert Benton, American writer/director (Kramer vs Kramer), born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • 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)
  • 1933-04-17 Penelope Lively, writer
  • 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 and journalist (Rituelen), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 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, German writer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1933-10-24 Norman Rush, American writer
  • 1934-01-08 Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004)
  • 1934-02-18 Audre Lorde, American writer, feminist and activist (Black Unicorn), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 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
  • 1934-05-29 Nanette Newman, English writer/actress (Endless Game, Of Human Bondage), born in Northampton, 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, Peruvian writer, poet, journalist, presidential candidate and Nobel Prize Laureate (Aunt Julia), born in Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
  • 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)
  • 1936-06-30 Assia Djebar [Fatma-Zohra Imalhayène], Algerian writer and filmmaker, born in Iol, Algeria (d. 2015)
  • 1936-08-30 Fabrizia Ramondino, writer
  • 1936-09-05 Jonathan Kozol, American writer and sociologist, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,254

  • 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)
  • 2002-02-21 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, dies at 83
  • 2002-03-17 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), dies at 90
  • 2002-03-18 R.A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • 2002-05-19 Walter Lord, American writer (b. 1917)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002-05-20 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, dies of cancer at 60

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • 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)
  • 2002-07-26 Jutta Hecker, German writer, dies at 97
  • 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)
  • 2003-06-22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • 2003-06-30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2003-07-02 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • 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, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 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 (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • 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 novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • 2004-09-24 Françoise Sagan, French writer and playwright (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69
  • 2004-10-10 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (b. 1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2005-04-05 Saul Bellow, Canadian-American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), dies at 89

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, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 2005-09-25 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (b. 1936)
  • 2005-10-11 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Linguist, and writer of Pakistan (b. 1917)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 2006-02-22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 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)