Writers in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1603-11-17 English explorer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
  • 1618-10-29 English adventurer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England
  • 1714-01-07 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

MurderMurder of Interest

1765-03-09 After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1808-04-30 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

Historic Invention1st U.S. Typographer

1829-07-23 William Austin Burt patents America's first "typographer" (typewriter)
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U.S. patent letter signed by President Andrew Jackson
U.S. patent letter signed by President Andrew Jackson
  • 1843-02-01 Oldest continuous writer of insurance in America - The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (MONY) opens
  • 1843-08-26 Charles Thurber patents a typewriter

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1846-01-15 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky's first novel "Poor Folk" is published in the St Petersburg Collection almanac

  • 1849-04-23 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky and members of the Petrashevsky Circle are arrested in St. Petersburg
  • 1849-12-22 The execution of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky by firing squad is called off at the last second
  • 1868-06-23 Christopher Latham Sholes patents the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful of its kind
  • 1873-03-01 E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter
  • 1880-06-08 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky delivers an emotional speech at the unveiling of a monument to Pushkin in Moscow
  • 1886-09-14 George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon
  • 1892-04-12 George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter

  • 1897-07-25 Writer Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1907-12-10 Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel prize for literature, the first English-language writer to do so

  • 1908-10-14 Upset over seating arrangements at the Baseball World Series, sports reporters form a professional group that will become Baseball Writers Association of America
  • 1909-02-02 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1909-12-10 Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914-01-16 Writer Maxim Gorky returns to Russia

Playwright & Author Maxim Gorky
Playwright & Author
Maxim Gorky

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1921-01-21 British crime writer Agatha Christie publishes her first novel "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" introducing the character Hercule Poirot

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • 1922-10-04 Writer Grantland Rice does the announcing as the New York Giants-New York Yankees Baseball World Series is broadcast for the first time over radio (WJZ & WGY)
  • 1924-10-11 Bureau of Surrealist Research opens in Paris, directed by Antonin Artaud, resource centre for surrealist writers
  • 1933-02-28 Pacifist and anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky arrested, sent to Esterwegen-Papenburg concentration camp
  • 1935-04-12 Germany prohibits publishing "not-Arian" writers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936-11-05 French writer Andre Gide criticizes Soviet regime

Writer André Gide
Writer
André Gide
  • 1938-05-06 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Adolf Hitler)
  • 1941-12-05 Football Writers Association of America organized
  • 1946-08-18 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
  • 1950-02-16 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-02-25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956-02-26 Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
  • 1956-09-19 1st international conference of black writers & artists meets (Sorbonne)
  • 1957-02-04 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1958-06-17 "Things Fall Apart" by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published by Heinemann - considered most widely read book in African literature

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • 1966-02-14 Russian writers Andrei Sinyavsky & Joey Daniel found guilty under the offense of anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda for publishing their satirical writings abroad
  • 1966-05-23 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • 1966-06-10 Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in UK
  • 1966-06-25 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1966-10-20 Nobel Prize for Literature awarded jointly to Jewish writers Shmuel Yosef Agnon and Nelly Sachs

  • 1967-03-01 MLB Commissioner William Eckert approves the Baseball Writers Association of America's plan to name a Cy Young Award recipient from both the National and American Leagues

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969-11-12 Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn expelled from the Soviet Writers Union

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1971-01-19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • 1977-08-26 Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77
  • 1977-12-31 Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is imprisoned for co-writing a play critical of the Kenyan government
  • 1981-01-15 Pitcher Bob Gibson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility; after a stellar 17 year career, polls 337 votes from Baseball Writers Association of America

InventionScientific Discovery

1981-03-02 Discovery of minor planet 5020 Asimov, named after sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov

Author and Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author and Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1982-12-08 Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 1986-01-13 ABC's TV premiere of "The Right of The People", whose writer and director is said to have been inspired by the 14 December 1980 massacre at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles
  • 1986-10-21 American writer Edward Tracy kidnapped in Beirut
  • 1987-02-23 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988-01-16 Czech dissident Václav Havel is arrested in Prague for taking part in demonstrations against the communist government

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • 1988-01-19 Disabled writer Christopher Nolan wins the Whitbread Book of the Year prize
  • 1988-08-07 Writers guild ends its 6 months strike
  • 1988-10-14 Naguib Mahfouz is the 1st Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • 1990-10-11 Mexican writer Octavio Paz is awarded the Nobel Prize for literature

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1991-02-01 American writer John Grisham publishes his second novel "The Firm" (bestselling novel of the year)

Writer John Grisham
Writer
John Grisham
  • 1993-01-24 Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1993-10-07 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American writer Toni Morrison

  • 1994-07-29 200,000 Muslims demand the death of feminist writer Taslima Nasrin in Bangladesh
  • 1994-10-13 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001-10-11 Caribbean writer V.S. Naipaul is awarded the Noble Prize for Literature

Novelist V. S. Naipaul
Novelist
V. S. Naipaul

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2002-10-10 Hungarian writer and Holocaust survivor Imre Kertész is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Author and Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész
Author and Nobel Laureate
Imre Kertész

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2006-08-15 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass' membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011-02-15 US President Barack Obama awards writer and activist Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2012-10-11 Mo Yan, a Chinese hallucinatory realist writer, wins the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist Mo Yan
Novelist
Mo Yan
  • 2015-10-13 Marlon James is the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings"
  • 2017-08-11 Chinese crime writer Liu Yongbiao after announcing novel called "Beautiful Writer who Killed", arrested for murders of four people nearly 22 years ago
  • 2017-10-06 British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 2017-10-17 American short-story writer George Saunders wins the Man Booker Prize for his first novel "Lincoln in the Bardo"
  • 2017-10-22 "LA Times" publishes investigation with 38 woman accusing Hollywood writer-director James Toback of sexual harassment
  • 2018-05-01 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers' Footballer of the Year.
  • 2019-05-21 Omani author Jokha Alharthi is the first Arabic writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" with her translator Marilyn Booth
  • 2019-06-19 Oklahoma writer Joy Harjo is named the first Native American US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress
  • 2019-10-10 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, after a year's delay due to Swedish Academy scandal

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,893

  • 0866-09-19 Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912) and writer (Problematica), born in Constantinople (d. 912)
  • 1304-02-24 Muhammad ibn Battutah, Arab travel writer (Travels in Asia & Africa)
  • 1392-12-09 Peter, Duke of Coimbra and writer (Virtuosa Benfeitoria), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1449)
  • 1406-01-13 Matteo Palmieri, Florentine humanist and historian (Della vita civile / On Civic Life), born in Florence (d. 1475)
  • 1436-11-26 Princess Catherine of Portugal, Portuguese princess of King Edward of Portugal and his wife Eleanor of Aragon and writer, born in Lisbon (d. 1463)
  • 1458-09-11 Bernardo Accolti [Unico Aretino], Italian writer (Virginia), born in Arezzo, Italy (d. 1535)

Person of interestNiccolo Machiavelli

1469-05-03 Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian politician and writer (Prince), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1527)

Humanist philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli
Humanist philosopher
Niccolo Machiavelli
  • 1475-12-24 Thomas Murner, German writer, born in Obernai, France (d. 1537)
  • 1492-05-08 Andrea Alciato, Italian lawyer and writer, born in Alzate Brianza, Milan, Italy (d. 1550)
  • 1501-02-24 Sixt(us) Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Suzanna)
  • 1503-03-22 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (d. 1583)
  • 1507-06-19 Annibale Caro, Italian writer and poet (Lettere familiare), born in Civitanova Marche, Italy (d. 1566)
  • 1515-03-28 Teresa of Avila/Teresa de Jesus, Spanish mystic writer/saint, born in Gotarrendura, Ávila (d. 1582)
  • 1530-11-01 Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer, born in Sarlat-la-Canéda, Périgord, France (d. 1563)
  • 1533-02-14 Christianus Adrichomius, Dutch Catholic priest & writer (Vita Jesu Christi), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1585)
  • 1534-02-05 Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer (d. 1612)
  • 1537-07-20 Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer , born in Larroque-Magnoac, France (d. 1604)
  • 1538-04-26 Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Italian painter and poet (Trattato), born in Milan (d. 1592)
  • 1538-12-10 Giovanni Battista Guarini, Italian writer (Faithfull Shepherd), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1612)
  • 1539-12-20 Paulus Melissus, humanist Neo-Latin writer, translator, and composer, born in Mellrichstadt, Germany (d. 1602)
  • 1541-01-26 Florent Chrestien, French writer (d. 1596)
  • 1549-03-11 Henric/Hendrik Spieghel, Dutch Renaissance writer and poet (Hertspiegel)
  • 1549-11-05 Philippe de Mornay (or Philippe Du-Plessis-Mornay), French writer, born in Buhy, France (d. 1623)
  • 1553-06-05 Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician and writer, born in Urbino, Marche, Italy (d. 1617)
  • 1556-03-07 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, born in Paris (d. 1621)
  • 1558-07-11 Robert Greene, English writer (Friar Bacon), born in Norwich, England (d. 1592)
  • 1561-07-11 Luis de Góngora, Spanish poet and writer, born in Córdoba, Spain (d. 1627)
  • 1565-09-28 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), born in Modena, Italy (d. 1635)
  • 1567-08-21 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva, writer and saint, born in Sainte-Mondane, France (d. 1622)
  • 1568-02-11 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (d. 1625)
  • 1572-04-04 William Strachey, English writer ( early history of the English colonisation of North America), born in Saffron Walden, Essex (d. 1621)
  • 1574-07-01 Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (Virgidemiarum: Six Books), born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England (d. 1656)
  • 1574-08-07 Robert Dudley, English explorer and writer (Arcano del Mare), born in Richmond Palace, Surrey (d. 1649)
  • 1575-08-15 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist, born in Pag, Croatia (d. 1650)
  • 1576-10-30 Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian writer (Storia delguerre civili Francia), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1631)
  • 1577-02-08 Robert Burton, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), born in Lindley, Leicestershire, England (d. 1640)
  • 1579-08-01 Luís Vélez de Guevara, Spanish writer (El diablo cojuelo), born in Écija, Seville, Spain (d. 1644)
  • 1580-09-14 Francisco Gómez de Quevedo, Spanish poet and writer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1645)
  • 1581-03-16 Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch historian and writer (d. 1647)
  • 1585-02-12 Caspar Bartholin the Elder, Danish physician, theologian, writer on anatomy, born in Malmö, Denmark (modern Sweden) (d. 1629)
  • 1586-08-17 Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg)
  • 1586-12-29 Francisco de Moncada, 3rd Marquis of Aitona, Spanish diplomat, soldier, and writer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1635)
  • 1588-06-11 George Wither, English writer (Abuses Stript and Whipt), born in Hampshire, England (d. 1667)
  • 1589-01-08 Ivan Gundulić, Dalmatisch writer (Dubravka), born in Dubrovnik, Republic of Ragusa (d. 1638)
  • 1591-02-25 Friedrich von Spee, German writer (d. 1635)
  • 1592-03-28 John Amos Comenius, Czech-speaking Moravian teacher, educator and writer, born in Margraviate of Moravia, Crown of Bohemia (Nivnice, Czech Republic) (d. 1670)
  • 1593-08-09 Izaak Walton, English biographer and author (The Compleat Angler), born in Stafford, England (d. 1683)
  • 1594-03-25 Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher, Dutch writer
  • 1594-11-17 Johan van Beverwijck, Dutch physician/writer (Treasure of Health)
  • 1595-12-04 Jean Chapelain, French writer and poet (La Pucelle), born in Paris (d. 1674)
  • 1596-08-18 Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer and historian (Acta Sanctorum), born in Tirlemont, Netherlands (d. 1665)
  • 1599-10-31 Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer, born in Houghton, England (d. 1680)
  • 1600-01-17 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, born in Madrid (d. 1681)
  • 1601-01-08 Baltasar Gracián, Spanish writer, born in Belmonte de Calatayud (d. 1658)
  • 1601-08-22 Georges de Scudéry, French writer and dramatist (L'Amour tyrannique), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1667)
  • 1604-08-04 François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac, French writer, born in Paris (d. 1676)
  • 1605-02-01 Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, Portuguese rabbi, scholar and writer, born in Castro Daire, Portugal (d. 1693)
  • 1605-10-16 Charles C Dassoucy, French writer/singer
  • 1605-10-19 Thomas Browne, English writer (Garden of Cyrus), born in London
  • 1606-05-23 Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1682)
  • 1607-11-15 Madeleine de Scudéry, French novelist (Artamène ou le grand Cyrus), born in Le Havre, Normandy, France (d. 1701)
  • 1609-10-05 Paul Fleming, German poet, born in Hartenstein, Saxony (d. 1640)
  • 1609-12-24 Philip Warwick, English writer and politician, born in Westminster, United Kingdom (d. 1683)
  • 1610-07-04 Paul Scarron, French writer (Virgile Travesti), born in Paris (d. 1660)
  • 1613-09-15 François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, French writer of maxims and memoirs, born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1680)
  • 1616-10-02 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, born in Glogau, Silesia (d. 1664)
  • 1618-04-13 Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French writer, born in Epiry, France (d. 1693)
  • 1619-11-07 Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux, French writer (Historiettes), born in La Rochelle, France (d. 1692)
  • 1619-12-28 Antoine Furetière, French writer (d. 1688)
  • 1620-10-31 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin), born in Wotten, England (d. 1706)
  • 1620-11-10 Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos, French patron of the arts, courtesan and writer, born in Paris, France (d. 1705)
  • 1621-02-14 Sybilla Schwarz, German baroque poet, born in Greifswald, Germany (d. 1638)
  • 1621-11-20 Avvakum, Russian Orthodox archpriest and writer, born in Grigorovo, Nizhny Novgorod (d. 1682)

Person of interestBlaise Pascal

1623-06-19 Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France (d. 1662)

Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • 1624-08-22 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer and poet, born in Caen, France (d. 1701)
  • 1624-10-30 Paul Pellisson, French writer, born in Béziers, France (d. 1693)
  • 1626-03-12 John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)

Person of interestJacques-Bénigne Bossuet

1627-09-27 Jacques-Benigne bossuet, French bishop and writer (Louis XIV court preacher), born in Dijon, France (d. 1704)

Bishop and Writer Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
Bishop and Writer
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  • 1630-04-28 Charles Cotton, English poet and writer, born in Alstonefield, Staffordshire, England (d. 1687)
  • 1630-12-12 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, born in Västerås (d. 1702)
  • 1632-06-10 Esprit Fléchier, French writer and Bishop of Nîmes, born in Pernes-les-Fontaines, France (d. 1710)
  • 1634-01-25 Gaspar Fagel, Dutch statesman & writer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1688)
  • 1639-02-06 Daniel Georg Morhof, German writer & scholar, born in Wismar, Germany (d. 1691)
  • 1639-12-22 Jean Racine, French dramatist (Phèdre), born in La Ferté-Milon, Picardy (d. 1699)
  • 1640-06-05 Pu Songling, Qing Dynasty Chinese writer (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio), born in Zibo, Shandong (d. 1715)
  • 1644-10-02 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (Quatre dialogues sur l'immortalité de l'âme), born in Paris (d. 1724)
  • 1645-08-16 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), born in Paris (d. 1696)
  • 1647-08-12 Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (d. 1719)
  • 1647-11-08 Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and writer (Historical and Critical Dictionary), born in Carla-le-Comte, Kingdom of France (d. 1706)
  • 1648-01-01 Elkanah Settle, English writer (d. 1724)
  • 1651-08-06 François Fénelon, French Roman Catholic theologian and writer (Playing for Time), born in Sainte-Mondane, France (d. 1715)
  • 1652-01-07 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian
  • 1654-01-22 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (d. 1729)
  • 1655-02-07 Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedy writer (Slave in Algeria)
  • 1657-02-11 Bernard Fontenelle, French scientist/writer (Plurality of Worlds)
  • 1657-03-24 Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (d. 1725)
  • 1657-11-26 William Derham, English clergyman, natural theologian and scientist, born in Stoulton, Worcestershire (d. 1735)
  • 1658-02-18 Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (d. 1743)
  • 1660-03-28 Arnold Houbraken, Dutch painter and writer, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1719)
  • 1660-04-06 Johann Kuhnau, German composer and writer, born in Geising (d. 1722)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1735-07-09 Author, poet, critic and lexicographer and writer of the first English dictionary Dr. Samuel Johnson (25) marries the widow Elizabeth "Tetty" Porter, 21 years his senior

Scholar and Lexicographer Samuel Johnson
Scholar and Lexicographer
Samuel Johnson

LoveWedding of Interest

1797-03-29 Writer Mary Wollstonecraft marries philopher and journalist William Godwin

Author and Women's Rights Advocate Mary Wollstonecraft
Author and Women's Rights Advocate
Mary Wollstonecraft

LoveWedding of Interest

1806-10-14 German writer, artist and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe marries mistress Christiane Vulpius in Weimar

Social Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Social Philosopher
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

LoveWedding of Interest

1811-01-01 Writer James Fenimore Cooper (21) weds Susan Augusta de Lancey in Mamaroneck, New York

  • 1816-12-30 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft

LoveWedding of Interest

1836-05-16 American writer Edgar Allan Poe (26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm

LoveWedding of Interest

1842-07-09 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston

  • 1850-03-14 French writer and playwright Honoré de Balzac marries Ewelina Hańska in Berdyczów, Ukraine

LoveWedding of Interest

1870-02-02 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain

LoveWedding of Interest

1871-12-25 Writer Ambrose Bierce (29) weds Mary Ellen Day

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce

LoveWedding of Interest

1884-05-29 Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington, London

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde

LoveWedding of Interest

1892-09-12 61st UK Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin (25) weds writer and activist Lucy Ridsdale (23) in Rottingdean, England

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin

LoveWedding of Interest

1893-01-18 British Poet and writer Rudyard Kipling (26) marries Carrie Balestier (29) in London

LoveWedding of Interest

1896-03-24 Writer "Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad (39) marries Englishwoman Jessie George (23)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad

LoveWedding of Interest

1912-04-09 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (22) weds Natalie Talbert

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner

LoveWedding of Interest

1913-04-12 Author Upton Sinclair (34) weds writer Mary Craig (31)

  • 1913-10-01 Writer and poet Vita Sackville-West (21) marries diplomat Harold Nicolson (26)

LoveWedding of Interest

1916-03-22 British author "The Lord of the Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

LoveWedding of Interest

1917-05-24 Writer Walter Lippmann (27) weds Faye Albertson

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann

LoveWedding of Interest

1920-04-03 Novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Sayre (19) at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York

  • 1923-03-23 Writer Anaïs Nin (Delta of Venus) marries banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler in Havana, Cuba

LoveWedding of Interest

1924-06-24 American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller

LoveWedding of Interest

1924-08-28 British children's writer Enid Blyton (27) marries editor Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO (36)

Children's writer Enid Blyton
Children's writer
Enid Blyton

LoveWedding of Interest

1925-04-15 Russian writer ("Lolita") Vladimir Nabokov (26) marries fellow Russian writer Vera Evseevna Slonim (23) in Berlin

LoveWedding of Interest

1925-07-04 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell (24) marries 2nd husband John Marsh (29)

LoveWedding of Interest

1927-10-15 Writer Graham Greene (23) weds Vivien Dayrell-Browning at St. Mary's Church in Hampstead, North London

LoveWedding of Interest

1928-07-19 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi

LoveWedding of Interest

1928-08-25 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (61) weds dancer and writer Olga Ivanovna

LoveWedding of Interest

1929-11-13 Writer E. B. White (30) weds literary editor Katharine Angell (37)

Writer E. B. White
Writer
E. B. White

LoveWedding of Interest

1930-09-11 Mystery writer Agatha Christie (39) weds archaeologist Max Mallowan (26)

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie

LoveWedding of Interest

1931-07-04 Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1937-07-11 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall
  • 1938-03-26 Writer Walter Lippmann (48) weds second wife Helen Byrne Armstrong
  • 1940-01-02 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.

LoveWedding of Interest

1940-04-07 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1941-06-03 Author Irving Wallace marries writer Sylvia Kahn

LoveWedding of Interest

1941-11-05 Writer and veterinary surgeon James Herriot (25) weds Joan Catherine Danbury

Novelist James Herriot
Novelist
James Herriot
  • 1943-10-20 British Children's writer Enid Blyton marries 2nd husband surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters at City of Westminster registry office, London

LoveWedding of Interest

1944-08-22 Writer Jack Kerouac (22) weds author Edie Kerouac Parker

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • 1947-09-27 Fantasy and sci-fiction writer Ray Bradbury (27) weds Marguerite McClure (25)
  • 1950-06-14 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 2nd wife Kleo Apostolides
  • 1950-11-17 Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty
  • 1955-03-17 Erotic writer Anaïs Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-06-16 British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.

Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1956-08-14 Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)

LoveWedding of Interest

1958-03-27 Writer Gabriel García Márquez (31) weds Mercedes Barcha

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 1959-04-01 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
  • 1966-06-15 English writer of blockbuster novels, Jackie Collins weds 2nd husband Oscar Lerman
  • 1966-07-06 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 4th wife Nancy Hackett
  • 1966-11-18 Writer Jack Kerouac (44) weds Stella Sampas

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-08-04 Writer Jorge Luis Borges (67) weds old friend Elsa Astete Millán

LoveWedding of Interest

1969-06-22 Writer and producer R. L. Stine (25) weds editor Jane Waldhorn

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine

LoveWedding of Interest

1971-10-05 Television producer Lorne Michaels (26) weds comedy writer Rosie Shuster (21)

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

LoveWedding of Interest

1971-11-11 Swedish director and writer Ingmar Bergman (53) weds actress Ingrid von Rosen (41)

Director and Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director and Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • 1973-04-18 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby

LoveWedding of Interest

1975-07-20 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

LoveWedding of Interest

1976-02-02 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)

LoveWedding of Interest

1976-04-14 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein

LoveWedding of Interest

1977-11-10 Actor Bryan Cranston (21) weds writer Mickey Middleton

  • 1978-11-04 "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (20) weds writer and director Peter Marc Jacobson (20)
  • 1980-11-27 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (50) marries 2nd wife British writer and historian Antonia Frazer (48)

LoveWedding of Interest

1982-10-17 Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

LoveWedding of Interest

1983-08-16 Musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

LoveWedding of Interest

1986-06-21 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof

LoveWedding of Interest

1986-11-15 Golfer Byron Nelson (74) weds advertising copy writer Peggy Simmons (42)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

LoveWedding of Interest

1990-10-20 US Senator Rand Paul (27) weds freelance writer Kelley Ashby

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul

LoveWedding of Interest

1992-08-16 Comedian Janeane Garofalo (27) weds writer Robert Cohen in Las Vegas

Stand-Up Comedian Janeane Garofalo
Stand-Up Comedian
Janeane Garofalo

LoveWedding of Interest

1993-03-31 Actor and writer Larry David (45) weds environmental activist Laurie Lennard (35)

Comedian and Writer Larry David
Comedian and Writer
Larry David

LoveWedding of Interest

1994-07-29 Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour marries 2nd wife writer Polly Samson

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1995-05-07 Eldest son of Shirley Jones and screenplay writer Shaun Cassidy (36) weds actress Susan Diol (30) in Westwood, California
  • 1998-06-27 The "Murphy Brown" actress Faith Ford (33) weds personal trainer and writer Campion Murphy (35) on Clint Eastwood's 22-acre Mission Ranch in Carmel, California
  • 1999-07-28 "Sixteen Candles" actress Molly Ringwald (31) weds French writer Valery Lamerignere in Bordeaux, France

LoveWedding of Interest

2001-04-04 Actress and model Brooke Shields (35) weds sitcom writer Chris Henchy (37) in Catalina Island, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields

LoveWedding of Interest

2001-06-03 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 2004-07-03 Actress Tori Spelling (31) weds actor-writer Charlie Shanian (35) at her parents 56,000-square foot mansion in Bel Air, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2004-08-28 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Mariska Hargitay (40) weds actor-writer Peter Hermann (37) at the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara, California

  • 2004-10-02 "Married ... With Children" actress Katey Sagal (50) weds "The Shield" writer Kurt Sutter (42) in Los Feliz, California
  • 2005-09-02 "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (43) weds director and writer Noah Baumbach (36) in Los Angeles
  • 2005-09-24 "King of Queens" actor-comedian Patton Oswalt (36) weds writer Michelle McNamara in Los Angeles
  • 2005-10-09 "The O.C." writer and talk show host Regis Philbin's daughter Jennifer Joy Philbin (31) weds NBC comedy series "The Office" writer Michael Schur (32) at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City
  • 2006-04-29 "The O.C." actress Amanda Righetti (23) weds film director and writer Jordan Alan in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 2007-01-09 "Ugly Betty" actress Ashley Jensen (37) weds actor and writer Terence Beesley in a ceremony in the woods of Big Sur, California
  • 2007-05-05 Actress and singer Brittany Murphy (29) weds writer and director Simon Monjack (37) at their home in Los Angeles City
  • 2008-05-31 "Law & Order" actress Alana De La Garza (31) weds writer Michael Roberts in Orlando, Orange County, Florida
  • 2009-05-09 "The O.C." actress Autumn Reeser (28) weds writer-director Jesse Warren (31) under a 200-year old oak tree at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California
  • 2010-01-09 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-03-15 Stand-up comedian and writer Sacha Baron Cohen (40) weds actress Isla Fisher (36) in Paris, France

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedian/Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen
Actress Isla Fisher
Actress
Isla Fisher
  • 2010-09-25 Actress Emily Deschanel (33) weds writer-actor David Hornsby (34) in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles

LoveWedding of Interest

2012-06-02 Actress Drew Barrymore (37) weds writer Will Kopelman in Montecito, California

  • 2012-07-07 "The Office" Ellie Kemper (32) weds former "Conan O'Brien" writer Michael Koman at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in New York City
  • 2013-06-28 Writer Josh Kilmer-Purcell (43) weds physician Brent Ridge in Sharon Springs, New York

LoveWedding of Interest

2013-07-13 TV host Jimmy Kimmel (45) weds co-head writer Molly McNearney in Ojai, California

TV Host Jimmy Kimmel
TV Host
Jimmy Kimmel
  • 2014-05-25 Happy Endings actress Casey Wilson (33) weds comedy writer David Caspe (35) in Ojai, California
  • 2014-07-05 Writer and comedian John Mulaney (32) weds make-up artist Annamarie Tendler at the Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, New York
  • 2016-09-03 Odd Mom Out star Abby Elliott (29) weds writer Billy Kennedy in an elegant church ceremony in New England
  • 2017-03-25 Orange Is the New Black actress Samira Wiley (30) weds writer Lauren Morelli (34) in Palm Springs, California

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1924-10-16 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell divorces 1st husband Berrien (Red) Upshaw

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1937-12-09 Writer Walter Lippmann (48) divorces first wife Faye Albertson after 20 years of marriage

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1982-04-08 Actor Bryan Cranston (26) divorces writer Mickey Middleton after 4 years of marriage

  • 2006-04-20 Actor-writer Charlie Shanian (39) divorces former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling (32) only 15 months after their lavish $1-million wedding

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007-07-13 Environmental activist Laurie Lennard (49) divorces writer Larry David (60) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Comedian and Writer Larry David
Comedian and Writer
Larry David
  • 2010-11-15 "Single White Female" actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (48) divorces writer Noah Baumbach (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 2,566

  • 0079-08-25 Gaius Plinius Secundus, [Pliny the Elder], Roman admiral/writer, dies during eruption of Mount Vesuvius
  • 0828-04-05 Nicephorus I, Christian Byzantine writer and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (806-15), dies at about 77
  • 0912-05-12 Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912) and writer (Problematica), dies at 45
  • 1078-02-22 Johannes van Fecamp, Italian mystic writer, dies
  • 1092-10-14 Aboe Ali Hasan ibn Nizam al-Moelk, writer (Sijasetname), assassinated
  • 1113-06-19 Odo/Odardus van Kamerijk, French writer/bishop of Kamerijk, dies
  • 1125-10-21 Cosmas of Prague, Bohemian writer
  • 1133-12-18 Hildebert, French writer and bishop
  • 1142-04-21 Pierre Abélard, French writer (b. 1079)
  • 1213-02-22 Wibert of Gembloers, benediction/writer/abbot of Gembloers, dies
  • 1296-11-01 Guillaume Durand, French writer (b. 1230)
  • 1298-07-14 Jacob de Voragine, Italian bishop/writer (Golden Legend), dies
  • 1331-10-27 Aboe al-Fida, [Aboelfeda], Arabic writer/sultan of Hama, dies
  • 1345-04-14 Richard Aungerville, English bishop and writer (b. 1287)
  • 1412-04-02 Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo, Spanish traveler and writer (b. ????)
  • 1425-07-21 Manuel Paleologus, Byzantine Emperor (1391-1425)/writer, dies
  • 1438-09-09 Edward [Dom Duarte], King of Portugal (1433-38), dies at 46
  • 1449-05-20 Peter, Duke of Coimbra and writer (Virtuosa Benfeitoria), dies at 56
  • 1463-06-04 Flavio Biondi, Italian writer (Rome instaurata), dies at about 65
  • 1463-06-17 Princess Catherine of Portugal, Portuguese princess of King Edward of Portugal and his wife Eleanor of Aragon and writer, dies at 26
  • 1471-05-01 Thomas a Kempis, German Dutch spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • 1478-02-22 Hendrik Herp (Herpius/Harphius), writer (Spieghel volcomenheit), dies
  • 1483-06-25 Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, English writer
  • 1498-07-27 Vespasiano da' Bisticci, Italian book seller/writer, dies at about 77
  • 1501-05-22 Robert Gaguin, French writer/diplomat (Arte Metrificandi), dies at 66
  • 1502-02-01 Olivier de la Marche, Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies
  • 1517-10-02 John Murmelius, humanist/theory/school book writer, dies at about 37
  • 1529-02-02 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author, dies at 50
  • 1535-03-01 Bernardo Accolti [Unico Aretino], Italian writer (Virginia), dies at 70
  • 1536-02-03 Garcia de Resende, Port writer/publisher (Cancioneiro Geral), dies
  • 1549-01-28 Elia Levita, German-Yiddish writer (Habachur), dies at about 80
  • 1550-01-12 Andrea Alciato, Italian lawyer and writer, dies at 57
  • 1553-12-14 Hanibal Lucić, Croatian writer, dies at 68
  • 1554-06-19 Sixt[us] Birck [Xystus Betulius], German writer (Judith), dies at 53
  • 1557-08-01 Olaus Magnus, Swedish writer (b. 1490)
  • 1561-02-26 Jorge de Montemayor, Spanish writer
  • 1563-08-18 Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer, dies at 32
  • 1566-11-21 Annibale Caro, Italian writer and poet (Lettere familiare), dies at 59
  • 1569-05-10 Juan the Avila, Spanish minister/writer
  • 1571-02-14 Benvenuto Cellini, Italian sculptor, goldsmith and author (Perseus), dies at 70
  • 1573-12-30 Giovanni Battista Giraldi, Italian writer (b. 1504)
  • 1580-07-25 Baltazar Alvarez, Spanish jesuit/writer, dies at 47
  • 1580-08-19 Andrea Palladio [Andrea di Pietro della Gondola], Italian architect (Il Redentore, Venice), dies at 71
  • 1582-10-04 Theresia van Avila, Spanish mystic writer, dies
  • 1583-02-18 Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (b. 1503)
  • 1584-03-10 Thomas Norton, English politician and writer (b. 1532)
  • 1584-08-22 Jan Kochanowski, Polish writer (b. 1530)
  • 1585-06-20 Christianus Adrichomius, Dutch Catholic priest and writer (Vita Jesu Christi), dies at 52
  • 1587-04-08 John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
  • 1592-09-03 Robert Greene, English writer (Friar Bacon), dies at 34
  • 1592-09-13 Michel de Montaigne, French writer (b. 1533)
  • 1594-04-29 Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and writer
  • 1596-10-03 Florent Chrestien, French writer (b. 1541)
  • 1604-03-13 Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer, dies at 66
  • 1611-02-08 Jan H Van Linschoten, traveller/writer (Reys-Gheschrift), dies
  • 1612-01-04 Henry L Spieghel, Dutch merchant/writer, dies at 62
  • 1612-10-07 Giovanni Battista Guarini, Italian writer (Faithfull Shepherd), dies at 73
  • 1612-11-20 John Harington, English writer (b. 1561)
  • 1613-09-15 Thomas Overbury, English poet (A Wife) and essayist, dies at 32
  • 1615-08-15 Cornelis C Vrancx, Flemish poet/writer (Comfort of Soles), dies
  • 1616-04-23 El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Peruvian writer (b. 1539)
  • 1616-10-17 John Pitts, Catholic scholar and writer. (b. 1560)
  • 1616-11-23 Richard Hakluyt, English writer (b. 1552)
  • 1617-10-10 Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician and writer, dies at 64
  • 1617-10-11 Franchois Vranck, economist/writer (Deduction), dies at about 62
  • 1617-11-10 Barnabe Rich, English soldier and writer
  • 1620-01-17 Diego Alvarez de Paz, Span missionary/writer (Peru), dies at about 59
  • 1620-03-09 Aegidius Albertinus, German writer (Lucifer's Kingdom), dies at 59
  • 1621-06-21 Kryštof Harant, Polish soldier, writer, and composer (b. 1564)
  • 1621-08-03 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, dies at 65
  • 1621-08-15 John Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1582)
  • 1622-12-28 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva, writer and saint, dies at 55
  • 1623-11-11 Philippe de Mornay (or Philippe Du-Plessis-Mornay), French writer, dies at 74
  • 1625-06-01 Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (b. 1568)
  • 1627-05-23 Luis de Gongora, Spanish poet and writer, dies at 65
  • 1629-06-24 Charles Scribani, Flemish jesuit and author, dies at 67
  • 1629-07-13 Caspar Bartholin the Elder, Danish physician, theologian, writer on anatomy, dies at 44
  • 1630-02-12 Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)
  • 1631-05-26 Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian writer (Storia delguerre civili Francia), dies at 54
  • 1635-04-25 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), dies at 69
  • 1635-08-07 Friedrich von Spee, German writer (b. 1591)
  • 1636-12-09 Giovanni B Aleotti, Italian writer/theater architect, dies at about 90
  • 1636-12-09 Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)
  • 1638-12-10 Ivan [Dzivo F] Gundulic, Dalmatian writer (Osman), dies at 49
  • 1640-01-25 Robert Burton, British writer and Anglican clergyman (The Anatomy of Melancholy), dies at 62
  • 1643-09-20 Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English politician and writer
  • 1644-11-10 Luís Vélez de Guevara, Spanish writer (El diablo cojuelo), dies at 65
  • 1645-08-28 Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist, father of international law, dies at 62
  • 1647-01-29 Francis Meres, English writer (b. 1565)
  • 1648-02-02 George Abbot, English writer
  • 1649-09-06 Robert Dudley, English navigator and writer (Arcano del Mare), dies at 75
  • 1650-10-21 Pedro de Espinosa, Spanish poet/writer, dies
  • 1652-10-20 Antonio Coello, Spanish writer (b. 1611)
  • 1653-05-26 Robert Filmer, English writer (b. 1588)
  • 1654-02-18 Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French writer (b. 1594)
  • 1654-06-27 Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg), dies at 67
  • 1654-12-05 Jean François Sarrazin, French writer
  • 1656-02-27 Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies
  • 1656-09-08 Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (Virgidemiarum: Six Books), dies at 82
  • 1658-11-15 Jacobus Revius, [Reefsen], theologist/writer/poet, dies at about 72