Authors in History (Part 11)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1001 - 1,100 of 1,808

  • 1927-07-16 Shirley Hughes, English author and illustrator (Dogger), born in West Kirby, England
  • 1927-07-25 Midge Decter, American journalist and author (The Liberated Woman & Other Americans), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1927-07-27 Gisele Halimi, Tunisian-French lawyer, feminist and author, born in Tunis, French Tunisia (d. 2020)
  • 1927-08-01 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1927-08-09 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1927-08-24 David Ireland, Australian author (The Unknown Industrial Prisoner), born in Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1927-09-07 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), born in Holloway, London (d. 2014)
  • 1927-09-07 François Billetdoux, French author (Word Awake), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1927-11-23 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (d. 2005)
  • 1927-12-16 Peter [Malcolm] Dickinson, Zambia, sci-fi author (Heartsease)

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

1928-01-07 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 1928-01-09 Judith Krantz, Jewish-American novelist (Scruples, Princess Daisy, Dazzle), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-01-30 Andrew Salkey, Panamanian-Jamaican novelist, born in Colón, Panama (d. 1995)
  • 1928-02-05 Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
  • 1928-02-14 Juan Garcia Hortelano, Spanish author (Tormenta de verano)
  • 1928-02-24 Michael Harrington, socialist/author (Fragments of Century), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1928-02-25 Larry Gelbart, American television writer, playwright, director and author, best known as creator and producer of M*A*S*H, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1928-02-27 Josh Greenfeld, American author and screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1928-03-30 Tom Sharpe, English historian/author (Riotous Assembly, Want), (d. 2013)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

1928-04-04 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • 1928-04-07 James White, UK, sci-fi author (Star Surgeon, Star Healer)
  • 1928-04-17 Cynthia Ozick, American author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-04-30 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1928-05-08 Theodore Sorenson, American presidential advisor to JFK and author (Kennedy), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 2010)
  • 1928-06-08 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1928-06-10 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator (Where The Wild Things Are), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestChe Guevara

1928-06-14 Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary (Cuban Revolution), author and physician, born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 1967)

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1928-07-02 Pavel Kohout, Czech, director/author (Poor Murderer)
  • 1928-07-04 Patrick Tilley, British sci-fi author (1st Family, Blood River)
  • 1928-07-15 Pál Benkő, Hungarian-American chess player, author (Grandmaster; record 8 US Open Championships), born in Amiens, France (d. 2019)
  • 1928-07-16 Robert Sheckley, American sci-fi author (10th Victim, Mindswap), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1928-07-23 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1928-08-03 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, born in Paris, France (d. 2010)
  • 1928-09-02 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author (d. 1996)
  • 1928-09-06 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1928-09-10 Leo P[atrick] Kelley, American sci-fi author (Dead Moon, Vacation in Space)
  • 1928-09-29 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author/poet

Person of interestElie Wiesel

1928-09-30 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, born in Sighet, Romania (d. 2016)

Author Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel
  • 1928-10-04 Alvin Toffler, author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1928-10-05 Louise Fitzhugh, American author and illustrator (Harriet the Spy), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1928-10-12 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1976)
  • 1928-11-02 Paul Johnson, English journalist, author and historian, born in Manchester, England
  • 1928-11-11 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author (The Death of Artemio Cruz), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2012)
  • 1928-11-22 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1928-12-02 Dan Jenkins, American author, sportswriter (Sports Illustrated), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1928-12-12 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-Kyrgyz author and best-known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature (Jamila), born in Kirghiz ASSR, Soviet Union (d. 2008)
  • 1928-12-16 Philip K[indred] Dick, US, sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929-01-26 Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist (Passionella)/author (Little Murders), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929-02-16 Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
  • 1929-02-18 Leonard Cyril Deighton, English author (Ipcress File, Fighter)
  • 1929-03-29 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, born in Taunton, Somerset (d. 2015)
  • 1929-04-15 Adrian Cadbury, British confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance (d. 2015)
  • 1929-04-26 Richard Mitchell, American professor and author (The Underground Grammarian), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1929-06-02 Norton Juster, American architect and children's author (The Phantom Tollbooth; The Dot and The Line), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021) [1] [2]
  • 1929-06-25 Eric Carle, American designer, illustrator and author of children's books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1929-07-08 Shirley Ann Grau, author (Keepers of the House)
  • 1929-07-31 Lynne Reid Banks, British author (The Indian in the Cupboard), born in London
  • 1929-08-21 X. J. Kennedy, American poet and author (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in New Jersey, Iowa
  • 1929-08-27 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1929-10-07 Robert Westall, British author, born in North Shields, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
  • 1929-10-12 Robert Coles, American author (Anna Freud, Pulitzer 1973), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1929-10-21 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2018)
  • 1929-10-25 Roger John Tayler, British astrophysicist (author of The Origin of the Chemical Elements), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1997)
  • 1929-11-10 W. E. B. Griffin [William Edmund Butterworth], American best-selling author (Clandestine Operations, The Lieutenants), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1929-11-14 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1929-11-16 Renate Rubinstein, German-Dutch author and columnist (Tamar), born in Berlin (d. 1990)
  • 1929-11-21 Marilyn French, American author (The Women's Room), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1930-01-12 Jennifer Johnston, Irish author (Fool's sanctuary), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1930-01-16 Norman Podhoretz, American neoconservative pundit (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930-05-18 Barbara Goldsmith, American author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1930-05-18 Fred[erick Thomas] Saberhagen, American sci-fi author (Book of Swords)
  • 1930-05-20 James McEachin, American actor and author (Perry Mason, Harry-Tenafly), born in Rennert, North Carolina
  • 1930-06-03 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American sci-fi author (Storm Queen), born in Albany, New York
  • 1930-06-09 Lin Carter, American sci-fi author (Thongor of Lemuria), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1930-06-14 Charles McCarry, American author and former CIA spy (The Tears of Autumn), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1930-07-28 Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (Boule et Bill), born in Schaerbeek, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • 1930-07-30 Tony Lip [Frank Anthony Vallelonga], American author and actor (Sopranos, Donnie Brasco, Good Fellas), born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1930-08-19 D[avid] G[uy] Compton, UK, sci-fi author (Synthajoy, Radio Plays)
  • 1930-08-30 Warren Burger, American author (The Midas Touch)
  • 1930-09-03 Cherry Barbara Grimm [Lockett], New Zealand sci-fi author (Nearest Fire), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2002)
  • 1930-09-08 Robert W. Firestone, American author and clinical psychologist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930-09-14 Allan Bloom, American philosopher and author (Closing of the American Mind), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1930-09-25 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter (A Boy Named Sue; The Cover Of The Rolling Stone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1930-10-15 FM-2030 [Fereidoun M. Esfandiary], Iranian-American author and transhumanist (Are You a Transhuman?), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2000)
  • 1930-10-17 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930-11-12 Tonke Dragt, Dutch children book author (Towers of February)
  • 1930-11-14 Ornelio Martina, Antillian author/governor of Curacao
  • 1930-11-15 J[ames] G[raham] Ballard, China, sci-fi author (Drowned World)

Person of interestChinua Achebe

1930-11-16 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author (Christmas in Biafra), born in Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria (d. 2013)

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • 1930-12-08 John Morressy, American sci-fi author (Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930-12-17 Armin Mueller-Stahl, German painter, author and actor (Kafka, Music Box), born in Tilsit, Germany
  • 1931-01-06 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1931-01-09 Algis Budrys, Lithuanian-American sci-fi author (Man of Earth), born in Kaliningrad, Russia (d. 2008)
  • 1931-01-27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
  • 1931-01-30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1931-01-30 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1931-02-02 Judith Viorst, American author
  • 1931-02-11 Larry Merchant, American boxing author and analyst (International Boxing Hall of Fame; HBO, Showtime), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1931-02-12 Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch author
  • 1931-03-02 Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (The Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2018)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1001 - 1,100 of 1,216

  • 2006-11-27 Bebe Moore Campbell, American author (b. 1950)
  • 2006-12-10 Jack Williamson, American sci-fi author (Cometeers), dies at 98
  • 2006-12-18 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (b. 1923)
  • 2007-01-11 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • 2007-01-31 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, dies at 62
  • 2007-02-03 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • 2007-02-06 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), dies at 74
  • 2007-02-11 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (Simon and the Oaks), dies at 79
  • 2007-03-02 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95

Person of interestKurt Vonnegut

2007-04-11 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author, dies from head trauma at 84

  • 2007-04-14 June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • 2007-04-23 Paul Erdman, Canadian-born American economist & author, dies at 74
  • 2007-04-23 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (Pulitzer 1964), dies at 73
  • 2007-05-11 Bernard Gordon, American writer & producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), dies at 88
  • 2007-05-17 Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924)
  • 2007-05-30 Jean-Claude Brialy, Algerian actor and director (Églantine, Circle of Love, Cousins), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2007-06-12 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering backpacker (Walking Through Time), dies of complications from an old head injury at 85
  • 2007-06-14 Ruth Graham [Bell], American Christian author and wife of evangelist Billy Graham, dies at 87
  • 2007-07-11 Glenda Adams, Australian author (b. 1939)
  • 2007-08-03 John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
  • 2007-08-30 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • 2007-09-06 Madeleine L'Engle, American author (b. 1918)
  • 2007-09-11 Gene Savoy, American author and cleric (b. 1927)
  • 2007-09-16 Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series (b. 1948)
  • 2007-10-01 Ned Sherrin, English broadcaster, author and stage director (b. 1931)
  • 2007-10-22 Ève Curie, French author and daughter of Madame Curie, dies at 102
  • 2007-11-04 Peter Viertel, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2007-11-12 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), dies at 78
  • 2007-11-16 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author, dies at 61
  • 2008-01-02 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet & author (Flashman at the Charge), dies at 82
  • 2008-02-09 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • 2008-02-27 William F. Buckley Jr, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2008-03-04 Gary Gygax, American fantasy author and role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons), dies at 69
  • 2008-03-18 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)

Person of interestArthur C. Clarke

2008-03-19 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), dies of post-polio syndrome at 90

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • 2008-05-22 Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)
  • 2008-06-10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-Kyrgyz author and best-known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature (Jamila), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 2008-06-18 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), dies at 92
  • 2008-07-04 Thomas M. Disch, American sci-fi author (b. 1940)
  • 2008-08-23 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • 2008-09-12 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)
  • 2008-10-14 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), dies at 71

Person of interestMichael Crichton

2008-11-04 Michael Crichton, American author, dies at 66

  • 2008-12-20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • 2008-12-31 Donald E. Westlake, American author (The Hunter), dies at 75
  • 2009-01-09 T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • 2009-01-16 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • 2009-03-13 James Purdy, American author (Malcolm), dies at 94
  • 2009-05-02 Marilyn French, American author (The Women's Room), dies at 79
  • 2009-07-03 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • 2009-07-19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American author. (b. 1930)
  • 2009-07-24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • 2009-08-21 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • 2009-11-29 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), dies at 61
  • 2009-12-15 Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2010-04-15 Jack Herer, American author & cannabis activist, dies at 70
  • 2010-07-02 Beryl Bainbridge, Author (b. 1932)
  • 2010-07-12 James P. Hogan, British sci-fi author (Giants' Star), dies at 69
  • 2010-07-14 Bengt Emil Johnson, Swedish author and composer, dies at 73
  • 2010-07-19 Cécile Aubry, French actress (The Black Rose), author (Belle et Sébastien), television screenwriter and director, dies at 81
  • 2010-08-14 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset), dies at 88
  • 2010-10-31 Theodore Sorenson, American presidential advisor to JFK and author (Kennedy), dies at 82
  • 2010-11-15 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster, author and journalist (5 x US Chess C'ship; 20+ books), dies following gallbladder surgery at 78
  • 2010-11-20 Chalmers Johnson, American political scholar and author (b. 1931)
  • 2010-11-23 James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • 2010-12-24 Elisabeth Beresford, British author and creator of The Wombles (b. 1926)
  • 2011-01-04 Dick King-Smith English Author (b. 1922)
  • 2011-02-05 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • 2011-02-20 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • 2011-05-26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 2011-06-04 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2011-06-21 Robert Kroetsch, Canadian author (b. 1927)
  • 2011-09-23 Stuart J. Byrne, American sci-fi author (Star Man, God Man), dies at 97
  • 2011-11-14 Franz Josef Degenhardt, German poet and author, dies at 79
  • 2011-11-15 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), dies at 95
Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • 2011-11-25 Tom Wicker, American journalist and author, dies at 85
  • 2011-12-13 Russell Hoban, American author (creator of 'Frances' series), dies at 86

Person of interestChristopher Hitchens

2011-12-15 Christopher Hitchens, English author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens
  • 2012-01-07 Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2012-01-12 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels), dies of brain cancer at 75
  • 2012-02-10 Jeffrey Zaslow, American author and columnist, dies in a car accident at 53
  • 2012-02-24 Jan Berenstain [Janice Marian Grant], American author (The Berenstain Bears), dies from a stroke at 88
  • 2012-02-25 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2012-03-02 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • 2012-05-08 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator, dies at 83
  • 2012-05-15 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author (The Death of Artemio Cruz), dies from a haemorrhage at 83
  • 2012-06-05 Ray Bradbury, American author (Fahrenheit 451), dies at 91
  • 2012-06-26 Nora Ephron, American author/screenwriter, dies from pneumonia at 71
  • 2012-07-31 Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln), dies from pneumonia at 86
  • 2012-08-13 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher, dies at 90
  • 2012-08-15 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • 2012-08-22 Nina Bawden, English author, dies at 87
  • 2012-08-28 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • 2012-10-25 Jacques Barzun, French author (The House of Intellect), dies at 104
  • 2012-11-19 Boris Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian science fiction author (Tale of Troika), dies at 79
  • 2012-12-04 Vasily Belov, Russian author, dies at 80
  • 2012-12-09 Sir Patrick Moore, English amateur astronomer and author, dies from an infection at 89
  • 2013-01-04 Tony Lip [Frank Anthony Vallelonga], American author and actor (Sopranos, Donnie Brasco, Good Fellas), dies at 82
  • 2013-01-10 Evan Connell, American author, dies at 88

Famous Authors