Writer in History (Part 23)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2201 - 2,300 of 2,669


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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
  • 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
  • 1943-08-21 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor
  • 1943-09-12 Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-born writer
  • 1943-09-16 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2016)

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1943-10-08 R. L. Stine, children's book writer (Goosebumps), born in Columbus, Ohio

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine
  • 1943-11-26 Marilynne Robinson, American writer
  • 1944-01-11 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (d. 1989)
  • 1944-01-29 Hans Plomp, Dutch writer/poet (Venus in Holland)
  • 1944-02-21 Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet (Impossible Work)
  • 1944-02-28 Colin Nutley, director/writer (Such is Life, Black Jack)
  • 1944-03-07 Jorgen Theobaldy, writer
  • 1944-03-14 Peter Paul Zahl, writer
  • 1944-03-15 Jacques Doillon director/writer (La Fille de Quinze Ans)
  • 1944-04-08 Christoph Hein, writer
  • 1944-04-11 John Milius, writer (Red Dawn, 1941, Big Wednesday)
  • 1944-04-12 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, born in Oxford, England (d. 2015)
  • 1944-05-02 Franz Innerhofer, Austrian writer (Beautiful Days), born in Krimml, Salzberg
  • 1944-05-10 Marie-France Pisier, Daclat, Vietnam, French actress and writer (Love on the Run, Cousin cousine)
  • 1944-05-12 Eva Demski, German writer, born in Regensburg
  • 1944-05-18 W. G. Sebald, German-born writer (d. 2001)
  • 1944-06-27 Cornelis J "Kees" Ouwens, Dutch writer/poet (Intimate Acts)
  • 1944-07-21 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), born in Lagos (d. 2017)
  • 1944-08-19 Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer
  • 1944-08-21 Peter Weir, Australian director/writer (Witness, Dead Poets Society), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1944-09-06 Gordon DeMarco, American writer and activist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1944-11-16 Hugo Dittberner, writer

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1944-11-17 Lorne Michaels [Lipowitz], Canadian producer, actor and comedy writer (Saturday Night Live), born in Toronto, Ontario

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1944-12-01 Tahar Ben Jelloun, French writer of Moroccan origin
  • 1944-12-01 Daniel Pennac, French writer born in Morocco
  • 1944-12-20 Gernot Wolfgruber, Austrian writer, born in Gmünd
  • 1945-01-17 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
  • 1945-01-22 Michael Cristofer, actor/writer (Little Drummer Girl)
  • 1945-01-30 Michael Dorris, writer
  • 1945-02-15 Douglas Hofstadter, American academic and writer
  • 1945-02-19 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, born in Westow, England (d. 2001)
  • 1945-03-04 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)
  • 1945-03-09 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), born in Pretoria (d. 1988)
  • 1945-03-14 Herman[us J] van Veen, Neth, cabaretier/singer/composer/writer
  • 1945-03-31 Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
  • 1945-04-30 Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood)
  • 1945-04-30 Claude van de Berge, [Rony MF Pauwels], Flemish writer (Graph Theory)
  • 1945-05-04 Monika van Paemel, Belgian writer (Accursed Fathers)
  • 1945-06-04 Daniel Topolski, writer/photographer/rowing coach
  • 1945-06-19 Tobias Wolff, US writer (This Boy's Life)
  • 1945-06-23 Kjell Albin Abrahamson, Swedish journalist and writer
  • 1945-07-13 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Duvelsmoer)
  • 1945-09-01 Mustafa Balel, Turkish writer
  • 1945-10-16 Paul Monette, American writer and LBT activist, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1945-10-26 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1945-10-27 John Kane, actor/writer
  • 1946-01-19 Julian Barnes, England, writer (Before She Met Me)
  • 1946-01-21 Vincent Placoly, Martinique, writer (L'eau-de-mort guildive)
  • 1946-01-25 Silvio Blatter, writer
  • 1946-02-25 F Xaver Kroetz, writer
  • 1946-03-19 Bigas Luna, director/writer (Anguish)
  • 1946-03-23 Alan Bleasdale, English author, playwright and scriptwriter (Are You Lonesome Tonight), born in Liverpool
  • 1946-04-14 Tom Monteleone, US writer (Dark Star & Illumination)
  • 1946-06-10 Mensje F van Keulen-van der Steen, Dutch writer (Bleeker's Summer)
  • 1946-06-12 Harry Glasper, English writer
  • 1946-06-17 Peter Rosei, Austrian writer
  • 1946-06-28 Robert L Asprin, US, sci-fi writer (Thieves World, Cold Cash War)
  • 1946-07-22 Paul Schrader, director (Blue Collar) and writer (Taxi Driver), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1946-07-28 Fahmida Riaz, Pakistani writer and feminist
  • 1946-08-11 Marilyn Vos Savant, writer/world's highest IQ (228), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1946-08-31 Jerome Corsi, American writer

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2201 - 2,258 of 2,258

  • 2012-07-04 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89
  • 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
  • 2013-07-26 Rolf Haufs, German writer , dies at 77
  • 2013-11-13 Hans-Jürgen Heise, German writer, dies at 83
  • 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
  • 2014-04-02 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • 2014-05-06 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • 2014-05-18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • 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
  • 2014-12-17 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, dies at 79
  • 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
  • 2015-06-21 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86
  • 2015-06-22 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, dies at 83
  • 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
  • 2015-11-18 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86
  • 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
  • 2016-04-28 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2016-05-25 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104
  • 2016-07-02 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), dies of cancer at 52
  • 2016-07-27 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 72
  • 2016-07-28 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, dies at 90
  • 2016-09-28 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director, and writer (All My Children), dies at 93
  • 2016-10-31 Natalie Babbitt, American children's writer (Tuck Everlasting), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 2016-11-14 Gwen Ifill, journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2016-11-20 William Trevor, Irish-born writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), dies at 88
  • 2016-12-05 E. R. Braithwaite, Guyanese diplomat and writer (To Sir with Love), dies at 104

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2016-12-27 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), dies at 60 four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

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2017-01-13 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, dies at 89

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 2017-01-21 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • 2017-01-25 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • 2017-03-01 Paula Fox, American writer for children (The Slave Dancer) and adults, dies at 92
  • 2017-03-21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • 2017-07-13 Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist, dies from liver cancer at 61