Authors in History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 1,808

  • 1923-05-25 John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1923-06-06 V. C. Andrews, American author (Flowers in the Attic), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1923-06-08 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1923-06-15 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2012)
  • 1923-07-12 James E. Gunn, American sci-fi author (The Listeners, Station in Space, Immortal), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1923-07-26 Jan Berenstain [Janice Marian Grant], American author (The Berenstain Bears), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1923-09-13 Reninca [Renée Lauwers], Flemish author (Seed in the Wind), born in Puurs, Antwerp
  • 1923-09-29 Stan Berenstain, American children's author (The Berenstain Bears), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1923-10-15 Italo Calvino, Italian author (Winter's Night a Traveler), born in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba (d. 1985)
  • 1923-10-23 Ned Rorem, composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1923-11-01 Edward A de Jongh, Antillian author (The Arch)
  • 1923-11-01 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American sci-fi author (Genetic General), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2001)
  • 1923-11-20 Nadine Gordimer, South African author (July's people, Nobel 1991), born in Springs, Transvaal, (d. 2014)
  • 1923-12-30 Sara A Lidman, Swedish author (Jag Och Min Son, Samtal in Hanoi)
  • 1924-01-19 Jean Francois Revel, French journalist/author (Ni Marx ni Jesus)
  • 1924-01-30 Margaret Yorke [Margaret Beda Nicholson], English author (Patrick Grant novels, No Medals for the Major), born in Compton, Surrey, England (d. 2012)
  • 1924-02-01 Ben Weider, Quebec businessman and author
  • 1924-02-06 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist & author (Road to Rome), born in Urbino, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1924-02-12 Hans Berghuis, Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
  • 1924-04-17 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1924-04-18 Raf de Linde [Raphael van Hecke], author (Vaarwel on Gertrude), born in Evergem, Belgium
  • 1924-05-08 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, born off Tristan da Cunha (d. 1995)
  • 1924-05-09 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)

Person of interestJames Baldwin

1924-08-02 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • 1924-08-17 Evan Connell, American author (The Patriot), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1924-08-22 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1989)
  • 1924-08-23 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1924-09-14 Davidson Nicol, Sierra Leonean diplomat and author, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone (d. 1994)
  • 1924-09-27 Bernard Waber, American author, (d. 2013)

Person of interestTruman Capote

1924-09-30 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1924-10-10 James Clavell, British-American author (The Asian Saga), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1924-10-10 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1924-11-21 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • 1925-01-17 Robert Cormier, American author (d. 2000)
  • 1925-01-19 Nina [Mary] Bawden, English author (Afternoon of a Good Woman), (d. 2012)
  • 1925-02-04 Russell Hoban, US children's book author (Riddley Walker/Pilgermann)
  • 1925-02-13 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author
  • 1925-02-20 Pramudya Ananta Tur, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa)
  • 1925-02-22 Edward Gorey, American author & artist (Curious Sofa), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1925-03-12 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, UK, sci-fi author (Deathworld Trilogy), (d. 2012)
  • 1925-04-02 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet and author (Flashman at the Charge), born in Carlisle, England (d. 2008)
  • 1925-05-11 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), born in Haslingden, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • 1925-05-12 John Simon, American author, literary and theater critic (NY Times), born in Subotica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
  • 1925-06-09 Keith Laumer [Anthony LeBaron], American sci-fi author (Retief's War), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1925-08-12 Norris McWhirter, English author (founded Guinness Book of World Records), born in Winchmore Hill, England (d. 2004)
  • 1925-08-12 Ross McWhirter, English author (founded Guinness Book of World Records), born in Winchmore Hill, England (d. 1975)
  • 1925-08-14 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times), born in Loudoun County, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1925-08-18 Brian W[ilson] Aldiss, UK, sci-fi author (Helliconia Trilogy)
  • 1925-08-18 Brian Aldiss, British sci-fi author (Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, Helliconia trilogy), born in East Dereham, Norfolk (d. 2017)
  • 1925-08-28 Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian sci-fi author (Tale of the Troika), born in Batumi, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1925-09-04 Forrest [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1979)
  • 1925-09-06 Andrea Camilleri, Italian author (Inspector Montalbano novels, born in Porto Empedocle, Italy (d. 2019)
  • 1925-10-03 Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln), born in West Point, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1925-10-20 Art Buchwald, columnist and author (Have I Ever Lied to You), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • 1925-10-29 Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • 1925-11-03 Dieter Wellershoff, German author (Minotaur)
  • 1925-11-13 Inez van Dullemen, Dutch author, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1925-11-24 William F. Buckley Jr, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line), born in NYC (d. 2008)
  • 1925-12-08 Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author, born in Salamanca, Spain (d. 2000)
  • 1925-12-25 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American author and mystic (Eagle's Gift, Fire From Within), born in Cajamarca (d. 1998)
  • 1926-01-13 Carolyn Heilbrun [Amanda Cross], author (Lady Ottoline's Album)
  • 1926-01-13 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)
  • 1926-01-19 Libera Carlier, Flemish author (Action Station Go!)
  • 1926-01-26 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, born in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 2013)
  • 1926-02-20 Richard Matheson, American author, (d. 2013)
  • 1926-02-28 Svetlana Alliluyeva, Russian-born daughter of Joseph Stalin who later defected to the West and author (My Life), born in Moscow (d. 2011)
  • 1926-03-01 Robert Clary [Widerman], French-American actor, published author, artist and lecturer (LeBeau-Hogan's Heroes), born in Paris, France
  • 1926-03-03 James Ingram Merrill, American poet/author (Scripts for the Pageant)

Person of interestIngvar Kamprad

1926-03-30 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), born in Pjätteryd, Sweden (d. 2018)

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad

Person of interestAnne McCaffrey

1926-04-01 Anne [Inez] McCaffrey, American sci-fi author (Dragonflight, Dragondrums), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • 1926-04-14 Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author, born in Hastings, New Zealand (d. 2013)
  • 1926-04-16 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, born in London (d. 2015)

Person of interestHarper Lee

1926-04-28 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama (d. 2016)

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • 1926-04-30 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi author (Seed of Light, All Fool's Day), born in Marple, Greater Manchester, England (d. 1982)
  • 1926-05-13 Wallace Breem, British author (Eagle in the Snow), born in Kingston, England (d. 1990)
  • 1926-05-19 Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
  • 1926-05-26 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • 1926-06-18 Tom Wicker, American columnist (covered assassination of JFK for NY Times) and author, born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1926-06-25 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), born in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1926-07-08 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-American author and psychiatrist (On Death and Dying), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • 1926-07-11 Frederick Buechner, American author
  • 1926-07-15 Driss Chraïbi, Moroccan author
  • 1926-07-26 Ana María Matute, Spanish author (Fiesta al noroeste), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1926-08-06 J[anet] O[pal] Jeppson [nee Janet Asimov], author (2nd Experiment)
  • 1926-08-14 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1926-09-03 John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1926-09-11 Alfred Slote, American children's books author (Love & Tennis, Omega Station), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1926-11-05 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1926-11-24 Alan Owen, English author (Maggie May, Ronnie Barker Show)
  • 1926-11-25 Poul [William] Anderson, American sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Mirkheim)
  • 1926-12-22 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, born in New York, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1927-01-29 Edward Abbey, American author (Desert Solitaire)
  • 1927-02-01 Galway Kinnell, American author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2014)
  • 1927-02-10 Jakov Lind, German/British author (Counting My Footsteps)
  • 1927-03-27 Anthony Lewis, American columnist (NY Times) and author (Gideon's Trumpet), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1927-03-28 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (Simon and the Oaks), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • 1927-05-10 Nayantara Sahgal, Indian author
  • 1927-05-11 Zilpha Keatly Snyder, American sci-fi author (Headless Cupid)
  • 1927-05-11 Gene Savoy, American author, explorer, scholar and cleric (d. 2007)
  • 1927-05-30 Evelyn Wesler Zemel, American author (American Glass Animals)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 1,216

  • 2001-11-21 Gardner McKay, American actor and author (Adventures in Paradise, Pleasure Seekers, Boots & Saddles), dies at 69
  • 2001-11-25 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Muslim Sufi, author, spiritual leader (b. 1941)
  • 2001-11-28 William Kienzle, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2001-11-29 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes), dies at 75
  • 2001-12-16 Stefan Heym, German-American author (Crusaders, Family Benda), dies at 88
  • 2002-01-28 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author (b. 1907)
  • 2002-03-04 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • 2002-03-14 Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
  • 2002-03-14 Cherry Barbara Grimm [Lockett], New Zealand sci-fi author (Nearest Fire), dies at 71
  • 2002-04-15 Damon Francis Knight, American sci-fi author (CV, Beyond the Barrier), dies at 79
  • 2002-04-27 George Alec Effinger, American author, dies at 55
  • 2002-05-19 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), dies at 84
  • 2002-07-23 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, dies at 68
  • 2002-07-31 Jerome Beatty Jr., American author of children's literature (Matthew and Maria Looney books), dies at 85
  • 2002-09-05 David Todd Wilkinson, American astronomer, author of the first study of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (b. 1935)
  • 2002-09-18 Andres Burnier [Catharina Irma Dessaur], Dutch criminologist and author (Jongensuur), dies at 71
  • 2002-10-03 John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), dies at 79
  • 2002-11-02 Charles Sheffield, American author and physicist (b. 1935)
  • 2002-12-12 Dee Brown, American author (b. 1908)
  • 2002-12-24 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 2002-12-27 Richard Mitchell, American professor and author (The Underground Grammarian), dies at 73
  • 2003-01-18 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2003-02-07 Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
  • 2003-02-13 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • 2003-02-20 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • 2003-03-04 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • 2003-03-06 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • 2003-03-11 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • 2003-03-12 Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
  • 2003-04-16 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • 2003-07-16 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, dies at 68
  • 2003-09-05 C. H. Sisson, British author (Christopher Homm), dies at 89
  • 2003-10-03 William Steig, American cartoonist and children's author (Shrek!, Doctor De Soto), dies at 95
  • 2003-10-11 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2003-11-26 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), dies at 81
  • 2003-11-28 Antonia Forest [Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein], British children's author (The Marlows), dies at 88
  • 2003-12-02 Alan Davidson, British author (b. 1924)
  • 2004-01-10 Alexandra Ripley, American author (b. 1934)
  • 2004-02-02 Alan Bullock, British historian and author (Hitler: A Study in Tyranny), dies at 89
  • 2004-02-28 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, dies at 82
  • 2004-03-21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), dies at 79
  • 2004-03-28 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), dies of heart failure at 82

Person of interestMichael King

2004-03-30 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), dies in a car crash at 58

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • 2004-04-26 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 2004-05-24 Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • 2004-05-24 Captain Stubby [Tom Fouts], American author and comedian (Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 2004-06-28 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (Jennings), dies at 92
  • 2004-07-02 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), dies at 84
  • 2004-07-08 Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2004-08-13 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), dies at 91
  • 2004-09-27 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • 2004-11-09 Iris Chang, American author and journalist, committed suicide at 36

Person of interestStieg Larsson

2004-11-09 Stieg Larsson, Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), dies of a heart attack at 50

  • 2005-01-04 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (b. 1927)
  • 2005-01-04 Humphrey Carpenter, English author (b. 1946)
  • 2005-01-15 Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
  • 2005-01-15 Walter Ernsting, German author (b. 1920)
  • 2005-01-20 Miriam Louisa Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)
  • 2005-01-29 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, dies at 80
  • 2005-02-04 Raiford "Ossie" Davis, American actor, director, author, and civil rights activist (Purlie Victorious, Do the Right Thing, Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), dies from heart problems at 87
  • 2005-02-11 Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2005-02-20 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), dies at 67
  • 2005-03-30 O. V. Vijayan, Indian author and cartoonist (b. 1930)

Person of interestSaul Bellow

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

Novelist Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
  • 2005-04-17 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), dies at 83
  • 2005-04-26 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author, dies at 87
  • 2005-06-27 Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)
  • 2005-08-23 Ninjalicious, Canadian author and urban explorer (b. 1973)
  • 2005-09-26 Helen Cresswell, British author
  • 2005-11-13 Vine Deloria, Jr., Native American author, theologian, historian, and activist (b. 1933)
  • 2005-11-26 Stan Berenstain, American children's author (The Berenstain Bears), dies at 82
  • 2005-12-04 Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
  • 2005-12-09 Robert Sheckley, American sci-fi author (10th Victim, Mindswap), dies at 77
  • 2005-12-14 Trevanian [Rodney William Whitaker], American film scholar & author, dies at 74
  • 2005-12-16 Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)
  • 2006-01-07 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer and author (Seven Years in Tibet), dies at 93

Person of interestPeter Benchley

2006-02-11 Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • 2006-02-20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and author (Ford C. Frick Award; Pete Rozelle Award; lifetime achievement Emmy, 1992), dies of leukemia at 86
  • 2006-02-24 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • 2006-03-01 Harry Browne, American politician and author, dies at 72
  • 2006-03-07 Ansen [Nancy Ann] Dibble, Dutch sci-fi author (Summerfair), dies at 63
  • 2006-03-16 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • 2006-03-22 Kurt von Trojan, Australian sci-fi author (b. 1937)

Person of interestMuriel Spark

2006-04-13 Muriel Spark, Scottish author (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), dies at 88

Author Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark
  • 2006-04-25 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), dies at 89
  • 2006-05-01 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • 2006-05-11 Frankie Thomas, American actor & author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 2006-05-28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • 2006-06-11 Michael Bartosh, computer expert and author (b. 1977)
  • 2006-06-14 Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (Boule et Bill), dies at 75
  • 2006-06-28 Peter Rawlinson, Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, English barrister, politician and author (b. 1919)
  • 2006-07-06 Tom Weir, Scottish climber, author and broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • 2006-08-09 Philip E. High, sci-fi author (b. 1914)
  • 2006-08-16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006-09-04 Colin Thiele, Australian author and educator (b. 1920)
  • 2006-09-08 Hilda Bernstein, English-born South African author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)
  • 2006-09-25 John M. Ford, American sci-fi author and poet, dies at 49
  • 2006-11-03 Marie Rudisill, American author and "Fruitcake Lady" (b. 1911)
  • 2006-11-04 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (Cheaper by the Dozen), dies at 98

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