Today in Writer History (Part 22)

Historical Events


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Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2101 - 2,200 of 2,627

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1938-04-03 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 writer
  • 1938-08-22 Dale Hawkins, music writer (Suzy Q)
  • 1938-08-24 Mason Williams, Abilene Tx, writer (Smother Brothers Hour)
  • 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/writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1939-05-07 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden
  • 1939-05-29 Nanette Newman, writer/actress (Endless Game, Of Human Bondage)
  • 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, writer
  • 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)
  • 1941-10-04 Roy Blount, Jr., American writer
  • 1941-10-10 Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa, writer/environmentalist
  • 1941-10-21 Marina Ripa, countess/writer (My First 40 Years), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1941-10-25 Anne Tyler, American writer (Accidental Tourist)
  • 1941-11-20 Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright
  • 1941-12-04 Humberto Solas, director/writer (Lucia)
  • 1942-01-05 Terenci Moix, Spanish writer (d. 2003)
  • 1942-03-02 John Irving, NH, short-story writer (World According to Garp)
  • 1942-03-25 Richard O'Brien, English actor and writer (Rocky Horror Show)
  • 1942-03-27 Michael Jackson, English writer (d. 2007)
  • 1942-04-08 Eduard Visser, Dutch writer (Fyffes are now called Chiquita)
  • 1942-04-13 Ataol Behramoglu Turkish poet and writer.
  • 1942-04-17 Mario Brenta, writer/director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains)
  • 1942-05-11 Rachel Billington, British writer
  • 1942-06-21 Henry S. Taylor, American writer
  • 1942-06-24 Gerhart Roth, Austrian writer, born in Graz
  • 1942-07-09 Hermann Burger, writer
  • 1942-07-25 Felix Ph Ingold, writer
  • 1942-08-22 Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (d. 1993)
  • 1942-09-14 Bernard MacLaverty, Northern Irish writer
  • 1942-12-06 Peter Handke, Austrian writer
  • 1942-12-19 Jean-Patric Manchette, thriller writer
  • 1943-01-04 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American writer
  • 1943-01-06 Osvaldo Soriano, writer
  • 1943-02-01 Josceline Dimbleby, cookery writer
  • 1943-02-13 Friedrich Christian Delius, German writer, born in Rome
  • 1943-02-18 Graeme Garden, Scottish writer
  • 1943-03-01 Franz Hohler, Swiss writer, born in Biel
  • 1943-03-03 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point)
  • 1943-03-13 Andre Techine, director/writer (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous)
  • 1943-03-23 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish writer (d. 2001)
  • 1943-04-03 Jonathan Lynn, Bath England, writer/actor (Greedy, Bar Mitzvah Boy)
  • 1943-04-08 James Herbert, horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1943-05-15 Harve Brosten, comedy writer/producer/director (All in the Family)
  • 1943-06-05 Ann Craft, researcher/writer

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths

Deaths 2101 - 2,137 of 2,137

  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 2012-11-17 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • 2012-12-26 Gerry Anderson, English writer/producer/director, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2013-03-20 James Herbert, British horror writer, dies at 69
  • 2013-04-02 Jesús Franco, Spanish film director and writer, dies from complications from a stroke at 82
  • 2013-04-19 Patrick Garland, British director, writer, and actor, dies at 78
  • 2013-12-05 Colin Wilson, English writer, dies at 82
  • 2013-12-11 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • 2014-02-12 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer ("Your Show of Shows"), dies at 91
  • 2014-03-30 Kate O'Mara, English actress (Dynasty) and writer, dies at 74
  • 2014-10-09 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • 2014-11-14 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer, dies from esophageal cancer at 77
  • 2014-11-27 P D [Phyllis Dorothy] James, Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94
  • 2015-01-07 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88
  • 2015-01-12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • 2015-02-06 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • 2015-02-28 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • 2015-03-14 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember) dies at 77
  • 2015-04-13 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, dies at 74

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2015-04-13 Günter Grass, German writer (The Tin Drum) and playwright and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 2015-05-02 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • 2015-06-06 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • 2015-08-09 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • 2015-10-25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • 2016-01-18 Michel Tournier, French writer ( Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • 2016-01-22 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93
  • 2016-02-02 Intizar Hussain, Pakistani and Urdu writer and columnist, dies in his early 90s
  • 2016-02-19 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), dies at 84
  • 2016-02-24 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, dies at 79
  • 2016-03-04 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • 2016-03-31 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, dies at 86