Authors in History (Part 12)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1101 - 1,200 of 1,808

  • 1931-03-08 John McPhee, author (Back to ----)
  • 1931-03-10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)

Person of interestWilliam Shatner

1931-03-22 William Shatner, Canadian author, director and actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1931-04-09 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931-04-17 Joyce Molyneux, British chef and author
  • 1931-05-07 Gene Wolfe, American sci-fi author (Soldier of Arete), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931-05-23 Barbara Barrie [Berman], American actress and author (Breaking Away, Barney Miller), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-05-28 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1931-06-26 Colin Wilson, English author (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1931-07-03 Andres Burnier [Catharina Irma Dessaur], Dutch criminologist and author (Jongensuur), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1931-07-07 David Eddings, American sci-fi author (Belgariad, Malloreon)
  • 1931-07-10 Alice Munro, Canadian author (Dance of the Happy Shades) and Nobel laureate 2013, born in Wingham, Ontario, Canada
  • 1931-07-10 Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1931-07-23 Guy Fournier, French Canadian author and screenwriter, born in Waterloo, Quebec
  • 1931-08-07 Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author, born in New York (d. 2015)
  • 1931-08-12 William Goldman, American screenwriter and author (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1931-09-12 Kristin Hunter, African-American author (God Bless the Child), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1931-09-24 Brian Glanville, English journalist and football writer, born in Hendon, London
  • 1931-11-15 Jan Terlouw, Dutch politician (D-66) and author (Winters in Wartime)
  • 1931-11-28 Dervla Murphy, Irish travel author (Full Tilt, In Ethiopia with a Mule), born in Lismore, Ireland
  • 1931-11-28 Rinus Ferdinandusse, Dutch editor and author (Nude on Fence), born in Goes, Netherlands
  • 1931-12-02 Edwin Meese, American author and 75th United States Attorney General (1985-88), born in Oakland, California
  • 1931-12-03 Franz Josef Degenhardt, German poet and author, born in Schwelm, Westphalia, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1931-12-31 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish sci-fi author (Light of Other Days, The Ragged Astronauts), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1996)
  • 1932-01-05 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher & author (Name of the Rose), born in Alessandria, Piedmont (d. 2016)
  • 1932-01-18 Robert Anton Wilson, American sci-fi author (Trick Top Hat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1932-01-26 Ronald Allison, British author/broadcaster
  • 1932-02-07 Gay Talese, author (Honor Thy Father)
  • 1932-02-12 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • 1932-02-14 Alexander Kluge, German author and film director (Yesterday Girl), born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony
  • 1932-03-22 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster, author and journalist (5 x US Chess C'ship; 20+ books), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1932-05-09 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 2003)
  • 1932-05-19 Paul Erdman, American economist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1932-05-29 Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author who founded the group Zero Population Growth, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-06-10 Gardner McKay, American actor and author (Adventures in Paradise, Pleasure Seekers, Boots & Saddles), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1932-07-22 Tom Robbins, American author (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
  • 1932-08-14 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1932-08-27 Antonia Fraser, British author and biographer (Mary Queen of Scots), born in London, England
  • 1932-08-28 Carlene Polite, American dancer, activist and author (Sister X), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1932-08-31 Robert [Franklin] Adams, American sci-fi author (Castaways in Time)
  • 1932-09-19 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1932-09-28 Michael G[reatrex] Coney, Canadian sci-fi author (Cat Karina)
  • 1932-09-30 Shintaro Ishihara, Japanese author and politician (Governor of Tokyo)
  • 1932-10-06 Gloria Lane, educator/author/founder (Women's International Center)
  • 1932-10-23 Vasily Belov, Northern Krai, USSR, author (Business as Usual, Everything's Ahead), (d. 2012)
  • 1932-11-08 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1932-11-09 Marian Christy, American author (Invasions of Privacy), born in Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • 1933-01-09 Sonia Garmers, Curaçao writer (Dear Queen), born in Curaçao
  • 1933-01-13 Ron Goulart, American sci-fi author (Deadwalk, Plunder)
  • 1933-01-15 Ernest J. Gaines, African-American author, born in Oscar, Louisiana

Person of interestSusan Sontag

1933-01-16 Susan Sontag, American author & film director (Benefactor, 1966 Pol Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)

Author Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag
  • 1933-02-12 Juanita [Ruth] Coulson, sci-fi author (Web of Wizardry, Space Trap)
  • 1933-03-06 William Davis, author/broadcaster (Battle at Bull Run)
  • 1933-04-10 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), born in Asakusa, Tokyo (d. 2016)
  • 1933-04-15 Boris Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian science fiction author (Tale of Troika), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1933-05-10 Barbara Taylor Bradford, author
  • 1933-07-09 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1933-07-12 Donald E. Westlake, American author (The Hunter), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1933-07-20 Cormac McCarthy, American author
  • 1933-08-07 Jerry Pournelle, American polymath and sci-fi author (Mercenary, Red Dragon), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1933-08-09 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author, born in Nogisaka, Tokyo
  • 1933-09-11 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • 1933-10-10 Gerald Masters, South African-British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • 1933-11-29 David Reuben, author (Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex)
  • 1933-12-11 Ernst van Altena, Dutch author and interpreter (Chansons van Earnest), born in Amsterdam (d. 1999)
  • 1933-12-15 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), born in Elliotdale, South Africa (d. 2001)
  • 1933-12-31 Edward Bunker, American author & actor, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1934-02-17 Barry Humphries, Australian comedian, actor and author known for his stage alter egos (Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1934-02-27 N. Scott Momaday, American author (House Made of Dawn, Pulitzer 1969), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1934-03-13 Barry Hughart, American author of fantasy novels (Bridge of Birds), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1934-03-20 David Malouf, Australian author
  • 1934-04-10 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (Pulitzer 1964), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1934-05-19 Ruskin Bond, Indian author
  • 1934-05-27 Harlan Ellison, American sci-fi author and screenwriter (Star Trek-"The City on the Edge of Forever"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1934-07-23 Nicholas Barrington, British high commissioner (Pakistan) and author (A passage to Nuristan: exploring the mysterious Afghan hinterland)
  • 1934-08-06 Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, UK, sci-fi author (Chthon, Phthor)
  • 1934-08-16 Diana Wynne Jones, UK, sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet, Witch Week)
  • 1934-08-18 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author (Helter-Skelter), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1934-09-14 Kate Millett, American feminist and author (Sexual Politics), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1934-09-24 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), born in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1934-09-27 Dick Schaap, sportscaster/author (Bo Knows Bo, Instant Replay)
  • 1934-10-09 Jill Ker Conway, Australian-American author, first female president of Smith College, born in Hillston, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1934-11-04 Judith Herzberg, Dutch poet and author (Charlotte Life or Theater), born in Amsterdam
  • 1934-11-09 Carl Sagan, American astronomer, author, professor (Cosmos, Broca's Brain), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1934-12-05 Joan Didion, American author and journalist (The year of Magical Thinking), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1935-01-15 Robert Silverberg, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Regan's Planet), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1935-01-17 Paul O[sborne] Williams, American sci-fi author (Ends of the Circle)
  • 1935-01-18 Raymond Briggs, English author (Fungus the Bogeyman), born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1935-02-15 Susan Brownmiller, feminist author (Against Our Wills), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1935-03-01 Judith Rossner, author (Looking for Mr Goodbar)
  • 1935-03-12 John Gross, author (Age of Kipling, Dickens & 20th Century)
  • 1935-05-07 Isobel Warren, Canadian author and journalist
  • 1935-05-09 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), born in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire (d. 1988)
  • 1935-07-05 John Gilmore, American true crime author (Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1935-07-31 Yvon Deschamps, French-Canadian author and humorist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1935-07-31 Mort Crim, American broadcast journalist, author, and inspiration for the Ron Burgundy character in the "Anchorman" films, born in West Frankfort, Illinois
  • 1935-08-20 Ron Paul, American author and politician (3 times presidential candidate, 1988, 2008, 12), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-08-22 E. Annie Proulx, American author (Postcards), born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • 1935-08-27 Michael Holroyd, author
  • 1935-09-05 Werner Erhard, American author and lecturer (founded EST), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1101 - 1,200 of 1,216

  • 2013-02-19 Donald Richie, American-born author and (Japanese) film critic, dies at 88
  • 2013-03-22 Aya Zikken, Dutch author (Atlasvlinder, Rameh), dies at 93
  • 2013-03-25 Anthony Lewis, American journalist (Pulitzer Prize 195,1963) & author, dies from kidney and heart failure at 85
  • 2013-05-16 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88
  • 2013-05-26 Jack Vance, American sci-fi author, dies at 96
  • 2013-06-06 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • 2013-06-08 John Boyd [Boyd Bradfield Upchurch], American sci-fi author (The Last Starship from Earth), dies at 93
  • 2013-06-09 Iain Banks, Scottish author, dies from gallbladder cancer at 59
  • 2013-06-23 Richard Matheson, American author and screenwriter, dies at 87
  • 2013-07-19 Mel Smith, English comedian and author, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2013-08-03 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2013-08-20 Elmore Leonard, American author (Glitz, Mr Majestyk, Touch, 52 Pick-Up), dies from complications from a stroke at 87
  • 2013-09-02 Frederik Pohl, American sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Gateway, Bipohl), dies at 93
  • 2013-10-01 Tom Clancy, American author (Rainbow Six, The Hunt for Red October), dies aged 66
  • 2013-10-09 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 2013-10-12 Oscar Hijuelos, American novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 2013-11-19 Charlotte Zolotow, American author and publisher of children's books (When the Wind Stops), dies at 98
  • 2013-11-20 Sylvia Browne, American author and self-proclaimed medium dubbed "America's most controversial psychic," dies at 77
  • 2014-02-16 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author (World Fantasy Award: Nifft the Lean, Growlimb), dies at 67
  • 2014-03-10 Joe McGinniss, American author (The Selling of the President 1968), dies at 71
  • 2014-04-10 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), dies at 95
  • 2014-05-06 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • 2014-05-09 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97

Person of interestMaya Angelou

2014-05-28 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), dies at 86

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • 2014-06-06 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), dies at 86
  • 2014-06-15 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86
  • 2014-07-01 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, dies at 76
  • 2014-07-13 Nadine Gordimer, South African author & Nobel laureate, dies at 90
  • 2014-07-25 Bel Kaufman, American author (Up the Down Staircase), dies at 103
  • 2014-08-05 Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100
  • 2014-10-28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • 2015-01-04 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, dies at 88
  • 2015-01-29 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession, The Thorn Birds), dies at 77
  • 2015-02-27 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91
  • 2015-03-02 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67

Person of interestTerry Pratchett

2015-03-12 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett
  • 2015-04-12 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, dies at 86
  • 2015-05-24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2015-06-06 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80
  • 2015-07-21 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • 2015-08-29 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You), dies at 75
  • 2015-08-30 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • 2015-09-03 Adrian Cadbury, British confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance, dies at 86
  • 2015-09-19 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2015-10-02 Steve Camacho, West Indian cricket batsman, author, administrator (11 Tests, CEO WI Cricket Board), dies at 69
  • 2015-10-05 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2015-10-09 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, dies at 79
  • 2015-11-16 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, dies at 86

Person of interestHarper Lee

2016-02-19 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • 2016-04-10 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70
  • 2016-06-26 Barbara Goldsmith, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), dies at 85
  • 2016-06-27 Alvin Toffler, American author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), dies at 87

Person of interestElie Wiesel

2016-07-02 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, dies at 87

Author Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel
  • 2016-07-04 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author and director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up, Taste of Cherry), dies at 76
  • 2016-07-07 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), dies at 83
  • 2016-09-28 Gloria Naylor, American author (Women of Brewster Place), dies at 66
  • 2016-10-13 John Gilmore, American true crime author (Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder), dies at 81
  • 2016-11-23 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, dies at 78
  • 2016-12-05 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), dies at 85
  • 2016-12-05 Robert Sumner, American evangelist and author, dies at 94
  • 2016-12-24 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), dies at 96
  • 2017-01-02 John Berger, English art critic & author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

2017-01-12 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, dies at 89

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 2017-02-17 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97
  • 2017-03-10 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77
  • 2017-03-19 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), dies at 88
  • 2017-04-24 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • 2017-06-15 John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), dies at 90
  • 2017-07-03 Spencer Johnson, American author (Who Moved My Cheese?), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • 2017-08-18 Brian Aldiss, British sci-fi author (Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, Helliconia trilogy), dies at 92
  • 2017-08-23 Susan Vreeland, American author (The Passion of Artemisia), dies at 71
  • 2017-10-17 Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat), dies at 86
  • 2017-11-01 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), dies at 98
  • 2017-11-04 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), dies at 87
  • 2017-12-11 Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, dies at 94
  • 2017-12-18 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), commits suicide at 27
  • 2017-12-28 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), dies at 77
  • 2018-01-20 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2018-01-22 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), dies at 88
  • 2018-01-24 Jack Ketchum [Dallas William Mayr], American horror fiction author (Off Season, Red, The Woman), dies of cancer at 71

Person of interestIngvar Kamprad

2018-01-27 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), dies at 91

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad
  • 2018-03-08 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), dies of respiratory failure at 89
  • 2018-03-08 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock, Jonestown, The Ghost of Memory), dies of natural causes at 96
  • 2018-03-13 Dr. T Berry Brazelton, American child development paediatrician, author, TV host (What Every Baby Knows), who developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), dies at 99
  • 2018-03-24 Lawrence K. Grossman, American news executive (PBS, NBC-TV) and author (The Electronic Republic), dies of Parkinson’s disease and cancer at 86
  • 2018-05-01 Reg Gadney, British author, dies at 77
  • 2018-05-01 Chuck Missler, American evangelist and author, dies at 83
  • 2018-05-01 Bob Woffinden, British journalist and author, dies of mesothelioma at 89
  • 2018-05-02 Kottayam Pushpanath, Indian author, dies at 80
  • 2018-05-04 Bobbie Louise Hawkins, American poet and author, dies at 87
  • 2018-05-06 Brad Steiger, American author and paranormal researcher, dies at 82
  • 2018-05-11 Josh Greenfeld, American author & screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), dies at 90
  • 2018-05-14 Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (The Right Stuff), dies at 88
  • 2018-06-01 Jill Ker Conway, Australian-American author, first female president of Smith College, dies at 83
  • 2018-06-08 Anthony Bourdain, American-French celebrity chef, author, and TV personality considered one of the most influential chefs in the world (No Reservations, Parts Unknown), commits suicide by hanging at 61
  • 2018-06-28 Harlan Ellison, American sci-fi author and screenwriter (Star Trek-"The City on the Edge of Forever"), dies at 84

Person of interestNeil Simon

2018-08-26 Neil Simon, American playwright and author (The Odd Couple), dies at 91

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

MurderJamal Khashoggi

2018-10-02 Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian dissident, author, Washington Post columnist and editor in chief (Al-Arab News Channel), assassinated in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul at 59, reportedly on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
  • 2018-10-03 Leon M. Lederman, American experimental physicist (1982 Nobel Prize for research on quarks and leptons) and author (The God Particle), dies from complications of dementia at 96
  • 2018-11-16 William Goldman, American screenwriter and author (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), dies at 87

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