Writers in History (Part 13)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 2,893

  • 1900-01-25 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian-American genetist, evolutionary biologist and author (Mankind Evolving), born in Nemyriv, Russian Empire (d. 1975)
  • 1900-01-25 Yojiro Ishizaka, Japanese writer, born in Hirosaki, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1900-01-28 Hermann Kesten, German writer (Allert de Lange)
  • 1900-02-01 Stephen Potter, humorist/writer (School for Scoundrels, Shipbuilders)
  • 1900-02-19 Giorgos Seferis, writer
  • 1900-02-22 Seán Ó Faoláin [John Whelan], Irish short story writer (Murder at Cobbler's Hulk), born in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland (d. 1991)
  • 1900-02-28 Laura Z. Hobson, American writer (Gentleman's Agreement), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1900-03-15 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer
  • 1900-04-02 Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (The Seven Madmen), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1942)
  • 1900-04-06 Leo Robin, American writer (Thanks For the Memory)
  • 1900-04-11 Sándor Márai, Hungarian writer (A gyertyák csonkig égnek), born in Kassa, Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1900-04-19 Richard Hughes, English writer (Fiction as Truth), born in Weybridge, Surrey (d. 1976)
  • 1900-04-28 Bruno Apitz, German writer (Nackt unter Wölfen, born in Leipzig (d. 1979)
  • 1900-06-08 H. J. Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), born in Stadskanaal, Netherlands (d. 1962)
  • 1900-06-25 I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1981)
  • 1900-06-29 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), born in Lyon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1900-07-02 Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, born in Tunbridge Wells, England (d. 1971)
  • 1900-07-18 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood, Portrait of a Man Unknown, The Golden Fruits), born in Ivanovo, Russia (d. 1999)
  • 1900-07-19 Marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist and writer (d. 1990)
  • 1900-07-20 Maurice Gilliams, Flemish writer/poet/essayist (Maria's Life)
  • 1900-07-24 Zelda Fitzgerald, American writer (This Side of Paradise) and wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1948)
  • 1900-09-06 Julien Green, American-French writer (Frere Francois), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • 1900-09-24 Ham Fisher, American comic strip writer and cartoonist (Joe Palooka), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • 1900-10-26 Karin Boye, writer (Kallocain), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1941)
  • 1900-12-21 Oda Schaefer, German writer & journalist (Die Windharfe, Ladies Only), born in Wilmersdorf, Berlin
  • 1900-12-21 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1951)
  • 1901-01-04 C. L. R. James, writer and journalist (d. 1989)
  • 1901-01-08 Edmond Vandercammen, French/Belgian writer (L'amour responsable)
  • 1901-01-30 Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1977)
  • 1901-01-31 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer
  • 1901-02-07 Bob den Doolaard, [Cornelis Spoelstra], Dutch writer (Grape Pickers)
  • 1901-02-15 Christmas Humphreys, England, lawyer/writer/Buddhist (Awakening of Zen)
  • 1901-02-22 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist, filmmaker, born in Budapest (d. 1997)
  • 1901-04-01 Whittaker Chambers, American writer, editor, and defector (d. 1961)
  • 1901-04-05 Chester Bowles, American ambassador and writer (Conscience of a Liberal), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1901-04-11 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer and manufacturer (typewriter), born in Ivrea, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1901-04-11 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), born in Kewaskum, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1901-04-14 Martin Kessel, German writer, born in Plauen (d. 1990)
  • 1901-05-02 Lev Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1901-05-02 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)
  • 1901-05-21 Suzanne Lilar, [Verbist], France/Belgian writer (Le burlador)
  • 1901-05-30 Cornelia Otis Skinner, Chic, writer (When Our Hearts Were Young & Gay)
  • 1901-06-15 Peter Shankland, English filmmaker and historian
  • 1901-07-01 Irna Phillips, American scriptwriter who created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1901-07-25 Walter Breedveld, Dutch writer (Een ship vergaat), born in Den Bosch, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1901-08-15 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, born in Lutherstadt, Wittenberg, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1901-08-28 Cees Kelk, Dutch writer (Dance of Young Feet), born in Amsterdam (d. 1981)
  • 1901-10-14 Willem A. Wagenaar, Dutch journalist and writer (Shanghai) (d. 1968)
  • 1901-10-15 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats), born in Offenbach, Germany (d. 1964)
  • 1901-12-09 Ödön von Horváth, Hungarian writer (A Child of Our Time), born in Sušak, Rijeka, Austria-Hungary (d. 1938)
  • 1901-12-21 Juan A de Zunzunegui y Loredo, Spanish writer, born in Portugalete, Spain (d. 1982)
  • 1902-01-14 F. C. Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes], Dutch writer (De Turkenoorlog), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1902-01-26 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer/essayist (Carnaval of the Citizens)
  • 1902-01-26 Romney Brent, Mexican-American actor and writer (Dinner at the Ritz), born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico (d. 1976)
  • 1902-02-26 Vercors, [Jean Bruller], French writer (Le Silence de la Mer)
  • 1902-03-11 Josef Martin Bauer, writer
  • 1902-03-20 Kathryn Forbes, short story writer (mama's bank account)
  • 1902-03-22 Ellin Berlin, [MacKay], Mrs Irving Berlin, writer (Lace Curtain)
  • 1902-03-29 Marcel Aymé, French novelist and playwright, born in Joigny, France (d. 1967)
  • 1902-04-06 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (d. 1989)
  • 1902-04-21 Ben Stroman, Dutch writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1902-04-23 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1998)
  • 1902-05-03 Seton I. Miller, Hollywood screenwriter (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul), born in Chehalis, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1902-05-06 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), born in Mikulintsy, Ukraine (d. 1981)
  • 1902-05-10 Anatole Litvak, Russian-born American film director, writer and producer (Mayerling, Anastasia, The Snake Pit), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • 1902-05-20 Hans Sahl, German American anti-Nazi Jewish writer, born in Dresden (d. 1993)
  • 1902-06-05 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, born in Bielitz, Silesia (d. 1982)
  • 1902-06-08 Albe [Renaut A. Joostens], Flemish writer (Andalusian Diary), born in Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1973)
  • 1902-07-05 Frank Waters, American writer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1902-07-09 Gerhard Pohl, German writer (Crazy Ferdinand), born in Trachenberg, Silesia (d. 1966)
  • 1902-07-10 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistance fighter, born in Velbert (d. 1969)
  • 1902-07-12 Günther Anders, German Jewish philosopher, born in Breslau, German Empire (d. 1992)
  • 1902-07-20 Dilys Powell, English writer (Descent from Parnassus)
  • 1902-08-15 Jan Campert, Dutch resistance fighter and poet (Song the 18 dead), born in Spijkenisse, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • 1902-09-08 Nico Donkersloot, Dutch literary and writer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1902-09-10 Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Wegwerkers)
  • 1902-09-22 F R Boschvogel, [French LJ Ramon], Flemish writer (War of Worlds)
  • 1902-09-25 Ernst von Salomon, German writer (Kette Der Tausend Kraniche), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1902-12-17 Albert Drach, Austrian-Jewish writer, born in Vienna (d. 1995)
  • 1902-12-28 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), born in Zhen'gan, Hunan Province (d. 1988)
  • 1903-01-07 Albrecht Haushofer, German geographer and writer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1903)

Person of interestAlan Paton

1903-01-11 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1988)

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • 1903-02-01 Georg Rendl, Austria miner/beekeeper/writer (The Bees Novel)
  • 1903-02-06 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty), born in Kortessem, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1903-02-13 Georges Simenon, Belgian born mystery writer (Maigret detective novels, Snow Was Black), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • 1903-02-19 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • 1903-02-21 Anaïs Nin, French writer (d. 1977)
  • 1903-03-22 Jochen Klepper, writer
  • 1903-03-24 Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • 1903-04-03 Peter Huchel, German poet, born near Berlin (d. 1981)
  • 1903-04-15 Erich Arendt, German poet and writer, born in Neuruppin, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1903-04-27 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), born in Harlem, Manhattan (d. 1994)
  • 1903-05-09 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1903-05-28 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1903-06-17 Mikhail Svetlov, Russian poet and writer, born in Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1903-06-18 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Le diable ouch corps)
  • 1903-06-23 Anthony Veiller, American writer (Night of Iguana, Moulin Rouge), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903-06-23 Hans C Branner, Danish writer (Two Minutes of Silence), born in Ordrup, Denmark (d. 1966)

Person of interestGeorge Orwell

1903-06-25 George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair], British author (Animal Farm, 1984), born in Motihari, British India (d. 1950)

  • 1903-08-22 René Wellek, Czech-American writer (Concepts of Criticism), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1201 - 1,300 of 2,566

  • 1961-06-23 Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70
  • 1961-07-01 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), dies at 67
  • 1961-07-06 Enrique Larreta, [E Rodriguez Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer, dies at 86
  • 1961-08-02 Giovanni Battista Angioletti, Italian author (Il giorno del giudizio), dies at 64
  • 1961-08-11 Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
  • 1961-08-18 Leonhard Frank, writer, dies at 78
  • 1961-10-04 Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Bishop of the Russian Church and Orthodox missionary, dies at 81
  • 1961-12-06 Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and philosopher (The Wretched of the Earth), dies of leukemia at 36
  • 1962-01-12 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist, dies at 92
  • 1962-01-16 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • 1962-02-03 Werner Bock, writer, dies
  • 1962-02-07 Clara Nordström, German writer and translator (b. 1886)
  • 1962-03-20 C. Wright Mills, American sociologist and writer (The Power Elite), dies at 45
  • 1962-03-28 Hugo Wast, Argentine writer (b. 1883)
  • 1962-06-02 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), dies at 91
  • 1962-06-02 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • 1962-07-08 Georges Bataille, French writer and philosopher (b. 1897)
  • 1962-07-27 Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • 1962-09-07 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • 1962-09-19 Nikolai Pogodin, Soviet playwright, dies at 61
  • 1962-10-07 Maurits Dekker, Dutch writer (Boots in Jail), dies at 66
  • 1962-11-14 Manuel Gálvez, Argentine novelist (La maestra normal), dies at 80
  • 1962-12-23 George Saiko, Austrian writer, dies at 70
  • 1963-01-08 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • 1963-01-14 Gustav Regler, German writer, dies at 64
  • 1963-01-21 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • 1963-02-26 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), dies at 74
  • 1963-03-20 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, dies at 73
  • 1963-05-01 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • 1963-06-17 John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), dies at 90

Person of interestW.E.B. Du Bois

1963-08-27 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the NAACP, dies at 95 in Accra, Ghana

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1963-10-11 Jean Cocteau, French poet and writer (Les Enfants Terribles), dies at 73
  • 1963-10-15 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies at 88
  • 1963-11-10 Otto Flake, writer, dies
  • 1963-12-25 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), dies at 67
  • 1963-12-28 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies
  • 1964-02-25 Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)

Person of interestBrendan Behan

1964-03-20 Brendan Behan, Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), dies at 41

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1964-04-27 Georg Britting, German poet, dies at 73
  • 1964-06-03 Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1964-06-22 Havank, [HF van der Kallen], detective writer (Shade), dies at 60
  • 1964-08-03 Flannery O'Connor, writer (Good Man is Hard to Find), dies at 39
  • 1964-08-05 Moa Martinson, Swedish writer (My Mother Gets Married), dies at 73
  • 1964-09-04 W Bergengruen, writer, dies at 71
  • 1964-09-16 Leo Weismantel, German writer (Das Totenliebespar), dies at 76
  • 1964-09-28 Mikhail Svetlov, Russian poet and writer, dies at 61
  • 1964-10-10 Konrad Bayer, Ausrian writer, commits suicide at 31
  • 1964-10-26 Agnes Miegel, writer, dies
  • 1964-10-27 Willi Bredel, German writer, dies at 63
  • 1964-12-03 Ernst Ginsberg, writer, dies
  • 1964-12-21 Carl Van Vechten, American writer famous for the controversial novel "Nigger Heaven", dies at 84
  • 1964-12-29 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats), dies at 63
  • 1965-01-17 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, dies at 75
  • 1965-03-09 Kazys Boruta, Lithuanian writer, dies at 60
  • 1965-03-17 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, dies at 69
  • 1965-04-28 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer & writer (Character), dies at 80
  • 1965-05-19 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Znaki Zycia), dies
  • 1965-06-07 Richard Billinger, Austria poet/writer (Bauernpassion), dies
  • 1965-06-26 Reginald Beckwith, actor/writer (39 Steps, Dr in Love), dies at 56
  • 1965-06-27 Anthony Veiller, writer, dies at 62
  • 1965-07-27 Henri Daniel-Rops, French writer and historian (b. 1901)
  • 1965-07-30 Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese writer (Key), dies at 79
  • 1965-08-06 Aksel Sandemose, writer, dies
  • 1965-08-08 Olga Fastrová, Czech writer and editor (National Policy), dies at 89
  • 1965-08-14 Jan van Nijlen, Flemish poet and author (Walk at Dawn), dies at 80
  • 1965-09-02 Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and writer, dies at 48
  • 1965-10-01 Edward E "Doc" Smith, American sci-fi writer (Subspace encounter), dies at 75
  • 1965-12-26 Nico Donkersloot, Dutch literary and writer, dies at 63
  • 1966-01-10 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom), dies at 69
  • 1966-01-16 Margarete Susman, German-Jewish writer, dies at 91
  • 1966-01-29 Josef Winckler, German dentist and writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84
  • 1966-02-13 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • 1966-02-26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), dies at 82
  • 1966-03-23 Johannes W Elsensohn, Dutch actor/writer (Arie), dies at 82
  • 1966-04-03 Russel Crouse, US stagewriter (Life with Father), dies at 73
  • 1966-04-05 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, dies at 91
  • 1966-04-10 Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62
  • 1966-04-13 Georges Duhamel, French author (Vie et aventures de Salavin, 5 vol.), dies at 81
  • 1966-04-30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • 1966-06-29 Isabel Dawn, American screenwriter, dies at 68
  • 1966-07-04 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, dies at 70
  • 1966-07-25 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, dies after being hit by a car at 40
  • 1966-08-06 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (b. 1913)
  • 1966-08-15 Gerhard/Gerhart Pohl, German writer (Battle of Kolbenau), dies at 64
  • 1966-08-15 Seena Owen, actress/writer (Queen Kelly), dies at 71
  • 1966-08-15 Gerhard Pohl, German writer (Crazy Ferdinand), dies at 64
  • 1966-08-31 Kasimir Edschmid, German writer, dies at 75

Person of interestAndré Breton

1966-09-28 André Breton, French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, dies at 70

Writer and Surrealist André Breton
Writer and Surrealist
André Breton
  • 1966-09-29 Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Motion), dies at 75
  • 1966-11-26 Siegfried Kracauer, writer, dies at 77
  • 1966-12-19 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82
  • 1966-12-23 Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
  • 1967-01-07 David Goodis, American writer (b. 1917)
  • 1967-01-22 Robert Henriques, English writer (100 Hours to Suez), dies at 61
  • 1967-02-05 Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Jokaste against God), dies at 87
  • 1967-02-21 Charles Beaumont, American writer (Twilight Zone), dies at 38
  • 1967-03-02 José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
  • 1967-03-04 Vladan Desnica, Croatian and Serbian writer (b. 1905)
  • 1967-03-30 Jean Toomer, American writer (b. 1894)
  • 1967-05-06 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)