Authors in History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,808

  • 1917-04-05 Robert Bloch, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1917-09-10 Miguel Serrano, Chilean author and diplomat
  • 1917-09-11 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author (American Way of Death), activist and one of the Mitford sisters, born in Gloucestershire (d. 1996)
  • 1917-10-08 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2002)
  • 1917-11-01 Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American visual artist and co-founder of DuSable Museum of African American History, born in St. Rose, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1917-11-01 Zenna Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1983)
  • 1917-11-11 Mack Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War), born in Corcoran, California (d. 1983)

Person of interestArthur C. Clarke

1917-12-16 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), born in Minehead, England (d. 2008)

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • 1917-12-18 Raiford "Ossie" Davis, American actor, director, author, and civil rights activist (Purlie Victorious, Do the Right Thing, Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), born in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1918-02-02 Hella [S Lelyveld-]Haasse, Dutch author (Cider for Poor People)
  • 1918-02-06 Lothar-Günther Buchheim, German author, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1918-02-26 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1918-04-08 Glendon Swarthout, American author (d. 1992)
  • 1918-05-10 Dr. T Berry Brazelton, American child development paediatrician, author, TV host (What Every Baby Knows), who developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1918-08-04 Iceberg Slim (a.k.a. Robert Beck), African-American author, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)

Person of interestJacqueline Susann

1918-08-20 Jacqueline Susann, American author (Valley of the Dolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)

  • 1918-09-02 Allen Drury, author (Advise & Consent-1960 Pulitzer Prize)
  • 1918-09-24 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), born in Leeds, England (d. 2014)
  • 1918-10-10 Jean Gimpel, French author and medievalist, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1918-11-05 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1993)
  • 1918-11-24 Captain Stubby [Tom Fouts], American author and comedian (Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers), born in Carroll County, Indiana (d. 2004)
  • 1918-11-29 Madeleine L'Engle [Franklin], American sci-fi author (Ilsa, Love Letters)
  • 1918-12-09 Jerome Beatty Jr., American author of children's literature (Matthew and Maria Looney books), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1919-01-24 Nora Beloff, English journalist & author, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1997)
  • 1919-01-25 Edwin Newman, American journalist & author (NBC-TV, Comment), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1919-04-20 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1943)
  • 1919-05-16 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), born near Manchester (d. 1997)
  • 1919-06-05 Richard Scarry, children's author and illustrator (What Do People Do All Day?), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1919-07-31 Curt Gowdry, American sportscaster, author (Ford C. Frick Award, Pete Rozelle Award, lifetime achievement Emmy 1992), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1919-08-15 Benedict Kiely, Irish author and broadcaster, born in Dromore, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1919-08-31 Amrita Preetam, Indian poet and author, born in Gujranwala, Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1919-09-16 Laurence J. Peter, Canadian author (Peter Principle), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1990)
  • 1919-09-21 Aya Zikken, Dutch author (Atlasvlinder, Rameh), born in Epe, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1919-10-03 John Boyd [Boyd Bradfield Upchurch], American sci-fi author (The Last Starship from Earth), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1919-10-23 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1919-10-31 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, born in Park Falls, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1919-11-01 John H. Secondari, American author and newscaster (Open Hearing), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1919-11-03 Jesús Blasco, Spanish comic book author (Cuto), born in Barcelona (d. 1995)
  • 1919-11-06 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), born in Oporto, Portugal (d. 2004)
  • 1919-11-08 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2000)
  • 1919-11-20 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1919-11-26 Frederik Pohl, American sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Gateway, Bipohl), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1920-01-20 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author & ski jumper, born in Aker, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1920-02-11 Daniel F[rancis] Galouye, American sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap)
  • 1920-02-25 Gérard Bessette, Canadian author (d. 2005)
  • 1920-03-16 Sid Fleischman, American author, and screenplay writer (The Whipping Boy; Blood Alley: The Abracadabra Kid), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1920-03-19 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (d. 2002)
  • 1920-04-29 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1920-05-09 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), born in Newbury (d. 2016)
  • 1920-05-09 William Tenn, American author
  • 1920-06-16 John Howard Griffin, American photographer, journalist and author (Black Like Me), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1920-07-12 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)

Person of interestPierre Berton

1920-07-12 Pierre Berton, Canadian author (War of 1812), born in Whitehorse, Yukon (d. 2004)

  • 1920-08-22 Ray Bradbury, American sci-fi author (Fahrenheit 451), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1920-09-05 Margaretha D. Ferguson-Wigerink, Dutch author (Anna & her Father), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1920-10-08 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1920-11-16 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2011)
  • 1920-11-26 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and author (Stolen Lover), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1921-01-25 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1921-03-11 F. M. Busby, American sci-fi author (Star Rebel)
  • 1921-03-24 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock:; Jonestown; The Ghost of Memory), born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana (d. 2018)
  • 1921-04-09 Frankie Thomas, American actor and author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1921-04-10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1921-04-16 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • 1921-05-23 James [Benjamin] Blish, US/UK, sci-fi author (Hugo, Star Trek Reader)
  • 1921-05-28 Heinz G. Konsalik, German author (d. 1999)
  • 1921-05-31 Robert Arthur Ley, UK, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X)
  • 1921-06-12 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1921-07-14 Leon Garfield, English children's author (d. 1996)
  • 1921-09-06 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2004)
  • 1921-09-12 Stanislaw Lem, Polish sci-fi author (Solaris, Invincible), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (d. 2006)
  • 1921-11-01 Ilse Aichinger, Austrian writer (Die größere Hoffnung), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1921-11-26 Françoise Gilot, French painter, designer, and author (Life with Picasso), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1922-01-25 Raymond Baxter, English television presenter & writer (Fast Lady), born in Ilford, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1922-01-26 Michael Bentine, England, author/comedian (Reluctant Jester)
  • 1922-02-05 Bernard Kalb, American journalist, moderator, lecturer and author, one of the most respected broadcast journalists of his time (CBS News, NYT, Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922-02-18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • 1922-02-18 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, born in Muhu, Estonia (d. 1971)
  • 1922-02-27 Mervyn Jones, author (Nobody's Fault, 5 Hungarian Writers)
  • 1922-03-14 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering backpacker (Walking Through Time), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1922-03-27 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), born in Paris (d. 2003)
  • 1922-04-16 Christopher Samuel Youd, British sci-fi author (Tripods Trilogy), born in Huyton, Lancashire, England (d. 2012)
  • 1922-05-30 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], US sci-fi author (Needle, Iceworld), born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • 1922-06-28 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset), born in Magerøya, Finnmark, Norway (d. 2010)
  • 1922-07-15 Leon M. Lederman, American experimental physicist (1982 Nobel Prize for research on quarks and leptons) and author (The God Particle), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1922-08-03 Robert Sumner, American evangelist and author, born in Norwich, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1922-08-16 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • 1922-09-19 Damon Francis Knight, American sci-fi author (CV, Beyond the Barrier), born in Baker City, Oregon (d. 2002)

Person of interestKurt Vonnegut

1922-11-11 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author (Slaughterhouse Five, Sirens of Titan), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)

  • 1923-01-06 Leah Chase, New Orleans chef & author, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1923-01-08 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American computer scientist & professor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1923-01-23 Walter M. Miller Jr., American sci-fi author (Hugo, View from Stars), born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Person of interestBrendan Behan

1923-02-09 Brendan Behan, Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1964)

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1923-03-08 Sembene Ousmane, Senegalese author/novelist/director (Doctor Noir)
  • 1923-03-20 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani Author, Journalist and Political Activist (d. 2006)
  • 1923-04-11 Theodore Isaac Rubin, American psychiatrist and author credited with popularising psychotherapy, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2019)
  • 1923-04-17 Lloyd Biggle Jr., American sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly), born in Waterloo, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1923-04-23 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1923-05-04 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author, born in Antelias, Lebanon (d. 1986)
  • 1923-05-22 Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, born in New York, United States (d. 2017)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 801 - 900 of 1,216

  • 1995-06-08 Jürgen Rausch, German philosopher and author (End of the Playboys), dies at 85
  • 1995-06-21 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, dies at 71
  • 1995-07-21 Elleston Trevor, author, dies
  • 1995-08-25 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), dies at 60
  • 1995-09-08 Halldis Moren Vesaas, Norwegian author and poet (Harp and Dagger), dies at 87
  • 1995-10-14 Edith Pargeter, author (Brother Cadfael), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 1995-10-21 Jesús Blasco, Spanish comic book author (Cuto), dies at 75
  • 1995-10-22 Kingsley Amis, English author (Lucky Jim), dies of injuries from a fall at 73
  • 1995-11-01 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, British critic and writer (co-author of The Record Guide), dies at 88
  • 1995-11-01 Lex Hixon, religious teacher/author, dies at 53
  • 1995-11-14 Jack Finney, American sci-fi and thriller author (The Body Snatchers, Time and Again), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • 1995-12-18 Ross Thomas, author, dies at 69
  • 1996-01-16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • 1996-02-09 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), dies at 44
  • 1996-02-25 Haing S Ngor, Cambodian-American obstetrician, author, refugee and actor (The Killing Fields), murdered at 55
  • 1996-02-27 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 1996-03-09 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author, dies at 67
  • 1996-03-19 William Hutchinson Murray, Scottish mountaineer and author, dies at 83
  • 1996-04-09 Richard Condon, American author (The Manchurian Candidate), dies at 81
  • 1996-06-15 Jean Gimpel, French author and medievalist, dies at 77
  • 1996-06-29 Pamela Mason [Ostrer], British actress, author and talk-show host (Lady Possessed), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1996-07-23 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author, activist and one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 78
  • 1996-09-20 Max Manus, Norwegian resistance fighter and author who specialized in sabotage during World War II, dies at 81
  • 1996-10-02 Frida Knight, English Communist activist and author, dies at 85
  • 1996-11-26 Michael Bentine, British author/comedian (Reluctant Jester), dies at 74
  • 1996-12-11 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), dies at 59
  • 1996-12-13 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), dies at 76
  • 1996-12-16 Quentin Bell, artist author/teacher, dies at 86
  • 1996-12-20 Carl Sagan, American scientist, astronomer, author, (Contact), dies at 62
  • 1996-12-21 Margaret E Rey, author of children's books, dies at 90
  • 1996-12-29 William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian, dies at 85
  • 1997-01-10 Elspeth Huxley, English author (The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard), dies at 89
  • 1997-01-21 Michael Duane, British progressive educationalist and author, dies at 81
  • 1997-01-23 Roger John Tayler, British astrophysicist (author of The Origin of the Chemical Elements), dies at 67
  • 1997-03-05 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • 1997-03-15 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), dies at 90
  • 1997-04-09 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • 1997-04-13 Dorothy Frooks, American author & military figure, dies at 101
  • 1997-04-28 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist & author (Street), dies at 88
  • 1997-04-29 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), dies of stroke at 64
  • 1997-05-13 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82
  • 1997-06-08 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • 1997-06-16 Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

1997-08-02 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, dies of a heart attack at 83

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
  • 1997-09-06 P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)
  • 1997-10-03 A. L. Rowse, British author and historian, dies at 93
  • 1997-10-13 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), dies at 78
  • 1997-10-16 James A. Michener, American author (South Pacific; Sayonara), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • 1998-02-07 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1998-02-08 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • 1998-02-13 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • 1998-02-17 Ernst Jünger, German author and entomologist (Storm of Steel), dies at 102
  • 1998-02-18 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • 1998-06-10 Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
  • 1998-07-14 Robert A. W. Lowndes, American sci-fi author (Puzzle Planet), dies at 81
  • 1998-09-02 Allen Drury, American author (b. 1918)
  • 1998-11-08 Rumer Godden, English author (Thursday's Children), dies at 90
  • 1998-12-14 Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist & author, dies at 70
  • 1998-12-20 Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915)
  • 1999-01-02 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist & author, dies at 91
  • 1999-01-25 Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany, American author and teacher, dies at 109
  • 1999-02-07 José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • 1999-05-27 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), dies at 72
  • 1999-06-15 Ernst van Altena, Dutch author and interpreter (Chansons van Earnest), dies at 65
  • 1999-06-20 Clifton Fadiman, American author (b. 1902)

Person of interestMario Puzo

1999-07-02 Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78

Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • 1999-09-09 Chan Parker, American author; wife of Charlie Parker and Phil Woods (b. 1925)
  • 1999-11-27 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and author (b. 1925)
  • 1999-12-12 Joseph Heller, American author (Catch-22), dies at 76
  • 2000-01-09 Nigel Tranter, Scottish historian and author (b. 1909)
  • 2000-01-22 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska), dies at 83
  • 2000-01-26 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer and illustrator (Orlando), dies at 101
  • 2000-01-26 A. E. van Vogt, Canadian sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn), dies at 87
  • 2000-02-13 James Cooke Brown, American author and inventor (b. 1921)
  • 2000-03-10 John Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs), dies at 62
  • 2000-03-26 Alex Comfort, English author (The Joy of Sex), dies at 80
  • 2000-05-21 Barbara Cartland, English romance author (Camfield #69), dies at 98
  • 2000-07-08 FM-2030 [Fereidoun M. Esfandiary], Iranian-American author and transhumanist (Are You a Transhuman?), dies at 69
  • 2000-07-22 Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author, dies at 74
  • 2000-08-01 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), dies at 72
  • 2000-09-02 Curt Siodmak, German-born author (b. 1907)
  • 2000-09-14 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 80
  • 2000-11-06 L. Sprague de Camp, American sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei), dies at 92
  • 2000-12-11 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • 2001-01-16 Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • 2001-01-31 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American sci-fi author (Genetic General), dies at 77
  • 2001-03-12 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73

Person of interestDouglas Adams

2001-05-11 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), dies of myocardial infarction and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia at 49

Person of interestTove Jansson

2001-06-27 Tove Jansson, Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), dies at 86

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson
Author and Illustrator
Tove Jansson
  • 2001-07-03 Mordecai Richler, Canadian author (b. 1931)
  • 2001-07-18 James Hatfield, American author (b. 1958)
  • 2001-07-23 Eudora Welty, American novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973), dies at 92
  • 2001-07-24 Georges Dor, Canadian author, composer, singer and playwright (b. 1931)
  • 2001-07-31 Poul Anderson, American author (b. 1926)
  • 2001-08-19 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), dies at 67
  • 2001-09-11 Alice Stewart Trillin, American author (b. 1938)
  • 2001-10-05 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), dies at 91
  • 2001-11-10 Ken Kesey, American author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), dies at 66
  • 2001-11-13 Marius Hendrikus Flothuis, Dutch composer and author (Mozart biography), dies at 87

Famous Authors