Authors in History (Part 13)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 1,840

  • 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
  • 1935-09-09 Gopal Baratham, Singaporean author
  • 1935-09-17 Ken Kesey, American author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in La Junta Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1935-11-18 Rodney Hall, Australian author
  • 1935-11-28 Randolph Stow, author/poet (Suburbs of Hell)
  • 1935-12-02 Jeannie Morris, American sports journalist and author (Chicago Daily News, WMAQ; 'Brian Piccolo: A Short Season', 2014 Ring Lardner Award), born in Redondo Beach, California (d. 2020)
  • 1935-12-05 Calvin Trillin, American author (New Yorker), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1936-01-03 Betty Rollin, actress (Crossing Delancey)/author (Last Wish)
  • 1936-01-10 Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, author and dreamer, born in Dignams Creek, Australia (d. 1997)
  • 1936-01-23 Jerry Kramer, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and author (Instant Replay), born in Jordan, Montana
  • 1936-01-27 Ismail Kadare, Albanian author/poet (Dimri i Madh)
  • 1936-03-14 Bruce Hood, Canadian National Hockey League referee (1965-84), and author (Calling The Shots), born in Campbellville, Ontario (d. 2018)
  • 1936-03-31 Marge Piercy, author (Small Changes, Gone for Soldiers)
  • 1936-04-03 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels), born in West Hartlepool, County Durham (d. 2012)
  • 1936-04-09 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist and author of SCUM Manifesto who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, born in Ventnor City, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1936-04-27 John Burningham, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr Grumpy's Outing), born in Farnham, England (d. 2019)
  • 1936-05-15 Donald [Anthony] Moffitt, American sci-fi author (Jupiter Theft)
  • 1936-05-28 Frank Orr, Canadian sports author and journalist (Hockey Hall of Fame; Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award; Toronto Star), born in Hillsburgh, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • 1936-06-06 Richard Green, American sexologist, lawyer, and author who advocated for gay and transsexual rights, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1936-08-07 Richard L. Tierney, American sci-fi author (Winds of Zarr), born in Spencer, Iowa
  • 1936-08-30 Fabrizia Ramondino, Italian author, born in Naples, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1936-09-27 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, born in Karachi, Colonial India (d. 2015)
  • 1936-10-19 Sylvia Browne, American author and self-proclaimed medium dubbed "America's most controversial psychic", born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1936-11-06 K. Schippers [Gerard Stigter], Dutch author (Een klok en profil), born in Amsterdam
  • 1936-11-20 Don DeLillo, American author (Underworld), born in New York City
  • 1936-11-30 Abbie Hoffman, aka Free, Yippie/activist/author (Steal this Book)
  • 1936-12-12 Bengt Emil Johnson, Swedish author and composer, born in Saxdalen, Sweden (d. 2010)
  • 1937-01-01 Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995)
  • 1937-01-25 Kathleen Tynan Halton, Canadian-British journalist & author, born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1937-02-15 Gregory Mcdonald, American author
  • 1937-02-22 Joanna Russ, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937-04-09 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2008)
  • 1937-04-23 Victoria Glendinning, British author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1937-05-13 Roger [Joseph] Zelazny, sci-fi author (6 Hugos, Chronicles of Amber)
  • 1937-06-01 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession, The Thorn Birds), born in Wellington, NSW, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1937-06-04 Robert Fulghum, American author (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1937-06-15 Ray Coleman, British author (biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Epstein, and Phil Collins), and music journalist (Melody Maker), born in Leicester, England (d. 1996)
  • 1937-06-16 Erich Segal, author (Love Story, Oliver's Story), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937-06-18 Gail Godwin, American author (Perfectionists, Odd Woman)
  • 1937-06-25 Marabel Morgan, American author (The Total Woman), born in Crestline, Ohio
  • 1937-07-05 Brooke Hayward, American author (Haywire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937-07-18 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2005)
  • 1937-08-12 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, (d. 2014)
  • 1937-08-16 Andrew J[efferson V] Offutt, American sci-fi author (Undying Wizard)
  • 1937-08-18 William George Rushton, English actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1937-09-10 Jared Diamond, American biologist and author (Guns, Germs and Steel), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937-09-17 Albertine Sarrazin, French author (L'astragale, La Cavale), born in Algiers, Algeria (d. 1967)
  • 1937-10-04 Jackie Collins, British-American romance novelist (The Stud; The Bitch; Lucky), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1937-11-27 Gail Sheehy, American author (Hustling), born in Mamaroneck, New York
  • 1937-12-02 Brian Lumley, English sci-fi author (Compleat Crow, Psychomech), born in County Durham, England
  • 1937-12-15 John Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs), born in Waverly, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1938-01-02 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • 1938-01-16 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1938-01-17 John Bellairs, American sci-fi author (Chessmen of Doom)
  • 1938-01-22 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, born in Chicago (d. 2016)
  • 1938-01-25 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author, born in Tome, Japan (d. 1998)
  • 1938-02-03 Randolfe "Randy" Wicker [Charles Gervin Hayden Jr.], American author, LGBT and pro-cloning activist and blogger, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1938-02-12 Judy Blume, author (Wifey)
  • 1938-02-22 Ishmael Reed, American author (Last Days of Louisiana Red), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1938-03-01 Michael J[oseph] Kurland, American sci-fi author (Infernal Device)
  • 1938-04-22 Adam Raphael, English journalist and author
  • 1938-04-30 Larry Niven, American sci-fi author (5 Hugo, Neutron Star), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938-06-02 Kevin Brownlow, English film historian and author
  • 1938-07-27 Gary Gygax, American role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons) and fantasy author, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1938-08-15 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1985)
  • 1938-08-24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer ("Classical Gas", Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1938-08-25 Frederick Forsyth, British author (Day of the Jackal, Deceiver, Odessa File), born in Ashford, Kent, England
  • 1938-09-13 Judith Martin, American author, journalist and columnist (Miss Manners), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-11-09 Ti-Grace Atkinson, American feminist author, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1938-11-24 Spencer Johnson, American author (Who Moved My Cheese?), born in Watertown, South Dakota (d. 2017)
  • 1938-12-28 Janet Hough Bryant, author/performing artist/educator
  • 1939-01-10 David Horowitz, American author & political commentator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-01-29 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist/author (Female Eunich), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1939-02-11 Jane [Hyatt] Yolen, American sci-fi author (Spider Jane, Heart's Blood)
  • 1939-02-15 Jo Clayton, American sci-fi author (Irsud, Maeve, Star Hunters)
  • 1939-03-08 Jim Bouton, American baseball pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1939-03-15 Jack Whyte, Scottish-Canadian author
  • 1939-05-04 Amos Oz, Israeli author (My Michael), born in Jerusalem
  • 1939-05-17 Gary Paulsen, American author of young adult literature, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1939-06-05 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1939-06-11 Christina Crawford, American actress and author (Mommie Dearest), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939-06-14 John F. MacArthur, American evangelist and author, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939-06-15 Brian Jacques, British author, born in Liverpool, England (2011)
  • 1939-07-02 M[ichael] A[nthony] Foster, American sci-fi author (Gameplayers of Zan)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1201 - 1,248 of 1,248

  • 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
  • 2019-01-04 John Burningham, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr Grumpy's Outing), dies at 82
  • 2019-01-08 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, dies at 89
  • 2019-01-21 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times) dies at 93
  • 2019-02-12 W. E. B. Griffin [William Edmund Butterworth], American best-selling author (Clandestine Operations, The Lieutenants), dies at 89
  • 2019-02-16 Theodore Isaac Rubin, American psychiatrist and author credited with popularising psychotherapy, dies at 95
  • 2019-02-26 Charles McCarry, American author and former CIA spy (The Tears of Autumn), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 88
  • 2019-03-07 Dan Jenkins, American author, sportswriter (Sports Illustrated), dies at 90
  • 2019-04-06 Richard Green, American sexologist, lawyer, and author who advocated for gay and transexual rights, dies of oesophageal cancer at 82
  • 2019-07-10 Jim Bouton, American baseball pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), dies of cerebral amyloid angiopathy at 80
  • 2019-07-17 Andrea Camilleri, Italian author (Inspector Montalbano novels), dies at 93
  • 2019-08-25 Pál Benkő, Hungarian-American chess player, author (Grandmaster; record 8 US Open Championships), dies at 91
  • 2019-08-30 Franco Columbu, Italian bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor and author (Mr. Olympia 1976, 81), dies at 78
  • 2019-11-21 Gahan Wilson, American author and cartoonist known as the "Michelangelo of the Macabre", dies at 89 [1]
  • 2020-01-07 Elizabeth Wurtzel, American author (Prozac Nation), dies of metastatic breast cancer at 52
  • 2020-01-16 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, dies at 95
  • 2020-03-15 Roy Hudd, British comedian, radio host (News Huddlines, 1975-2001), author (Underneath The Arches), and actor (Lipstick On Your Collar), dies at 83
  • 2020-07-01 Ida Haendel, Polish-British-Canadian child prodigy violinist, teacher, and author (Woman with Violin), dies of kidney cancer at 91
  • 2020-07-28 Gisele Halimi, Tunisian-French lawyer, feminist and author, dies at 93
  • 2020-11-29 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), dies at 88 [1]
  • 2020-12-05 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), dies at 89
  • 2020-12-09 Gordon Forbes, South African tennis player and author (French Open mixed doubles [Darlene Hard] 1955), dies from COVID-19 at 86
  • 2020-12-14 Jeannie Morris, American sports journalist and author (Chicago Daily News, WMAQ; 'Brian Piccolo: A Short Season', 2014 Ring Lardner Award), dies from appendix cancer at 85
  • 2020-12-18 Tim Severin, British author and explorer who replicated historic voyages, dies at 80
  • 2021-02-13 Frank Orr, Canadian sports author and journalist (Hockey Hall of Fame; Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award; Toronto Star), dies at 84
  • 2021-03-08 Norton Juster, American architect and children's author (The Phantom Tollbooth; The Dot and The Line), dies at 91 [1]
  • 2021-04-18 Iain Watson Gallaway QSO MBE, New Zealand sports broadcaster (Radio Sport; Halberg Award) and author ("Not a Cloud in the Sky"), dies at 98
  • 2021-05-06 Kentaro Miura, Japanese manga author (Berserk), dies at 54

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