Writer in History (Part 22)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2101 - 2,200 of 2,665

  • 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, 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

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1936-10-05 Vaclav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), born in Prague (d. 2011)

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • 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)
  • 1937-10-20 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1938-01-06 Mario Rodríguez Cobos "Silo", Argentine writer and spiritual leader
  • 1938-01-31 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • 1938-02-18 Elke Erb, German writer, born in Scherbach
  • 1938-02-25 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), (d. 1999)
  • 1938-04-03 Jeff Barry, American rock writer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938-05-04 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer
  • 1938-05-12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident
  • 1938-05-17 Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
  • 1938-05-21 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, born in Basel (d. 2014)
  • 1938-05-25 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)
  • 1938-06-16 Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer
  • 1938-06-24 Lawrence Block, American writer
  • 1938-07-28 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1938-08-15 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish science fiction author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1985)
  • 1938-08-22 Dale Hawkins, music writer (Suzy Q)
  • 1938-08-24 Mason Williams, American writer (Smother Brothers Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1938-12-28 Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician
  • 1939-01-10 William Levy, Dutch writer
  • 1939-01-12 Helmut Eisendle, writer
  • 1939-01-12 Jacobus M "Jacques" Hamelink, Dutch writer/poet (Cold Unrest)
  • 1939-02-05 Jane Bryant Quinn, newscaster/financial writer (Everyone's Money Book), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1939-03-05 Charles Fuller, US writer (Zooman, Soldier Story)
  • 1939-03-08 George William Reed, astronomy writer/cartoonist (Dark Sky Legacy)
  • 1939-03-15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1939-04-21 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • 1939-04-22 Jason Miller, actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1939-05-07 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden
  • 1939-06-09 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939-06-17 Hanna Johansen, writer
  • 1939-07-03 Jay Tarses, Balt Md, actor/writer (Open All Night, Duck Factory)
  • 1939-07-14 George E. Slusser, American scholar and writer
  • 1939-07-16 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer
  • 1939-09-27 Carol Lynn Pearson, American poet and writer
  • 1939-10-07 Clive James, Australian television presenter and writer
  • 1939-10-09 Pierre Mertens, French/Belgian writer (Lettres Clandestines)
  • 1939-12-02 Yael Dayan, Israeli writer and politician
  • 1939-12-05 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • 1939-12-11 Thomas McGuane, US, writer (Colf Feet, Tom Horn, Missouri Breaks)
  • 1940-01-05 Michael O'Donoghue, Sauquoit, New York, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged)
  • 1940-03-03 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • 1940-03-07 Harald Gerlach, writer
  • 1940-03-12 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • 1940-04-02 Peter Haining, writer/editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft)
  • 1940-04-20 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer/sculptor (I, John Cremer)
  • 1940-05-13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • 1940-06-25 A.J. Quinnell, British writer (d. 2005)
  • 1940-09-03 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, born in Montevideo
  • 1940-09-14 Leo H Ferrier, Suriname writer (Atman)
  • 1940-09-24 Yves Navarre, French writer (d. 1994)
  • 1940-12-05 Peter Pohl, Swedish writer
  • 1940-12-07 Kumar Shahani, writer/director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan)
  • 1940-12-29 Brigitte Kronauer, writer
  • 1940-12-29 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch writer/vocalist (Come off that Roof)
  • 1941-03-13 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose.(d. 2008)
  • 1941-03-18 Wolfgang Bauer, writer
  • 1941-04-10 Paul Theroux, American travel book writer (Mosquito Coast)
  • 1941-05-19 Jane Brody, writer/nutritionist
  • 1941-05-28 Guntram Vesper, writer
  • 1941-06-14 John Edgar Widerman, US writer
  • 1941-07-05 Barbara Frischmuth, writer
  • 1941-09-03 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer (d. 1990)

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1941-09-10 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • 1941-10-04 Roy Blount, Jr., American writer
  • 1941-10-10 Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer and environmentalist
  • 1941-10-21 Marina Ripa, countess/writer (My First 40 Years), born in Rome, Italy

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2101 - 2,200 of 2,258

  • 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
  • 2006-09-08 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, dies at 78
  • 2006-09-11 William Auld, Scottish poet, writer and supporter of Esperanto (b. 1924)
  • 2006-09-15 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 77
  • 2006-10-04 Oskar Pastior, Romanian-born German writer, dies at 78
  • 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)
  • 2007-04-30 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, dies at 94
  • 2007-05-07 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2007-07-23 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, dies at 93
  • 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
  • 2007-10-05 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), dies at 78
  • 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)
  • 2008-02-06 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • 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)
  • 2010-01-05 Gisela Kraft, German writer, dies at 73
  • 2010-01-13 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • 2010-03-03 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), dies at 96
  • 2010-03-20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • 2010-04-25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • 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)
  • 2011-05-11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • 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