Writers in History (Part 14)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1301 - 1,400 of 2,942

  • 1903-03-22 Jochen Klepper, German writer, born in Beuthen, Silesia (d. 1942)
  • 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)
  • 1903-08-25 Arpad Elo, American chess writer and creator of the Elo rating system for two-player games such as chess, born in Egyházaskesző, Hungary (d. 1992)
  • 1903-08-29 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), born in Zeitz, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1903-09-09 Phyllis Whitney, American writer (d. 2008)
  • 1903-09-26 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, born in Dessau (d. 1974)
  • 1903-12-04 Cornell Woolrich, American writer (El Angel Negro), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1903-12-13 Yevgeny Petrov [Yevgeny Petrovich Kataev], Soviet writer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1942)
  • 1903-12-13 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WWI) and official war painter, born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1992)
  • 1903-12-19 Theo Harych, German writer, born in Doruchow, Posen (d. 1958)
  • 1904-01-14 Emily Hahn, American journalist & author, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1904-01-22 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (d. 1941)
  • 1904-02-07 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1904-02-17 Albert Kuyle [Louis Kuitenbrouwer], Dutch writer (Jesus' Robe)
  • 1904-02-19 Havank [HF vqan der Kallen], Dutch thriller writer (St Eustache)
  • 1904-03-04 George Gamow, nuclear physicist/cosmologist/writer (1, 2, 3...
  • 1904-03-06 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), born in East Sussex, England (d. 1969)
  • 1904-03-11 Maurits Wertheim, Dutch writer (Isaac De Fuentes)
  • 1904-04-01 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, born in Alcoy (d. 1994)
  • 1904-04-27 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), born in Ballintubbert, Queen's County (d. 1972)
  • 1904-05-22 Anne de Vries, Dutch teacher and writer (Bartje), born in Assen, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1904-06-11 Daphne Fielding, British socialite and writer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1997)
  • 1904-06-24 Kurt Kusenberg, German writer (Wein Auf Lebenszeit)
  • 1904-07-04 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American yiddish writer (Yentl, Nobel Prize for Literature 1978), born in Leoncin, Russian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1904-07-30 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1904-07-31 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1904-08-26 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Goodbye to Berlin), born in High Lane, Cheshire (d. 1986)
  • 1904-09-06 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), born in Hartola, Finland (d. 1984)
  • 1904-09-14 Anton Zischka, Austrian writer (Lebendiges Europa), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1904-10-06 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), born in Liegnitz, Silesia (d. 1971)
  • 1904-10-12 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River), born in Linli, Hunan, China (d. 1986)
  • 1904-10-12 Lester Dent, American writer (Doc Savage), born in La Plata, Missouri (d. 1959)
  • 1904-10-13 Jutta Hecker, German writer, born in Weimar (d. 2002)
  • 1904-11-04 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, born in Merseburg (d. 1976)
  • 1904-11-08 Cedric Belfrage, English writer and journalist (co-founder of National Guardian), born in Marylebone, London (d. 1990)
  • 1904-12-26 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo)
  • 1905-01-08 Carl Gustav Hempel, German writer & philosopher, born in Oranienburg, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1905-01-31 Anna Blaman [Johanna P Vrugt], Dutch writer (Wife & Friend)
  • 1905-02-02 Ayn Rand [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum], Russian-American author, screenwriter and philosopher who developed the philosophical system of "Objectivism" (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1905-02-07 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (L'Humanité, La Conspiration)
  • 1905-02-11 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Dutch/Indonesian writer (Camp diary)
  • 1905-02-20 Jascha Golowanjuk, Swedish writer (Acrobat)
  • 1905-03-01 Pol le Roy, Flemish author/novelist/writer (Stroom)
  • 1905-03-09 Rex Warner, English poet and writer (Wild Goose Chase), born in Birmingham (d. 1986)
  • 1905-03-24 Andre Christiaens, Flemish writer (Unfindable Country)
  • 1905-03-24 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (d. 2007)
  • 1905-04-02 Kurt Alfred Adler, therapist/writer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1905-04-08 Hans Scherfig, Danish marxist/writer (Idealister, Frydenholm)
  • 1905-04-08 Helen Joseph, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Side by Side), born in Easebourne, England (d. 1992)
  • 1905-04-27 Julian Stryjkowski, Polish journalist and writer known for his radical leftist leanings, born in Stryi, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1996)
  • 1905-05-24 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), born in Veshenskaya, Don Host Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1984)

Person of interestJean-Paul Sartre

1905-06-21 Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist philosopher and writer (Le Mur, Nobel 1964; declined), born in Paris (d. 1980)

  • 1905-07-20 Molly Mary Nesta Keane, writer
  • 1905-07-21 Diana Trilling, American critic and writer (d. 1996)
  • 1905-07-25 Denys Watkins-Pitchford, British writer and illustrator (The Little Grey Men), born in Lamport, Northamptonshire (d. 1990)
  • 1905-08-08 Wachtang Ananjan, writer
  • 1905-08-31 Dore Schary, American producer, writer and director (Act 1, Boys Town, Big City), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1905-09-04 Mary Renault [Challans], British writer (King Must Die, Funeral Games), born in Forest Gate, Essex, England (d. 1983)
  • 1905-09-05 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Arrow in Blue), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1983)
  • 1905-09-27 Vjekoslav Kaleb, Croatian writer (Splendor of the Fabric), born in Tisno, Croatia (d. 1996)
  • 1905-09-30 Savitri Devi [Maximiani Portas], Greek French Nazi writer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1982)
  • 1905-12-09 Dalton Trumbo, American writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)
  • 1905-12-11 Robert Henriques, English writer (100 Hours to Suez) (d. 1967)
  • 1905-12-12 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), born in Zabolotiv, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • 1905-12-17 Érico Lopes Veríssimo, Brazilian writer (d. 1975)
  • 1905-12-30 Daniil Kharms [Yuvatchov], Russian surrealist and absurdist writer, poet, and playwright, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1905-12-31 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), born in Sekežintsõ, Ostrog (d. 1970)
  • 1906-01-03 Roman Brandstaetter, writer
  • 1906-02-08 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), born in Tysmenitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1906-03-03 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Swedish Academy (Agadir)
  • 1906-03-16 Francisco Ayala, Spanish writer, born in Granada, Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1906-04-08 Charles J. B. Jonckheere, Flemish poet and writer (Mirror of the Sea)
  • 1906-04-25 Sally Salminen, Finnish writer (Katrina), born in Vårdö, Finland (d. 1976)
  • 1906-05-06 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), born in Moca, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)
  • 1906-05-16 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • 1906-06-23 Wolfgang Koeppen, German author (Death in Rome), born in Greifswald, Pomerania (d. 1996)
  • 1906-06-26 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), born in Dhrönchen (d. 1970)
  • 1906-07-09 Beene Dubbelboer, Dutch writer (Secret Resistance), born in Tweede Exloërmond, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1906-07-27 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and political activist, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 2000)
  • 1906-08-03 Leonhard Huizinga, Dutch journalist and writer (Adriaan & Olivier), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • 1906-08-05 John Huston, American director and writer (African Queen, Chinatown), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • 1906-08-08 Andre Demedts, Flemish writer (Rainfall of the Days)
  • 1906-08-25 Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1906-09-22 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor
  • 1906-09-25 Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Belgian writer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1996)
  • 1906-09-25 Phyllis Pearsall, British painter and writer (A to Z Map Company), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1906-09-30 John I M Stewart [pseudonym Michael Innes], Scottish detective writer (Comedy of Terrors), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1906-10-05 Leopold Kohr, Austrian social philosopher, born in Oberndorf, Austria (d. 1994)
  • 1906-10-16 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), born in San Pellegrino, Belluno, (d. 1972)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1301 - 1,400 of 2,621

  • 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 Heimito von Doderer, Austrian 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)
  • 1967-05-12 John Masefield, British writer and poet (Salt-Water Ballads), Poet Laureate (1930-67), dies at 88

Person of interestDorothy Parker

1967-06-07 Dorothy Parker, American writer (Enough Rope), dies at 73

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker
  • 1967-06-29 Oskar Maria Graf, German writer, dies at 72
  • 1967-07-14 Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (b. 1880)
  • 1967-07-25 W Gombrowicz, writer, dies at 62
  • 1967-08-19 Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born American inventor and sci-fi writer (1960 Hugo), dies at 83
  • 1967-08-31 Ilja G Ehrenburg, Russian poet/writer (9th wave), dies at 76
  • 1967-09-01 Ilja Ehrenburg, Soviet writer, dies at 76
  • 1967-09-01 Siegfried Sassoon, English poet and writer (Counterattack), dies at 80
  • 1967-09-24 Robert van Gulik, Dutch diplomat and writer (Judge Dee), dies at 57
  • 1967-10-09 Andre Maurois [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac), dies at 82
  • 1967-10-25 Margaret Ayer Barnes, American playwright and writer (Years of Grace), dies at 81
  • 1967-10-31 Jan Mens, Dutch writer (Honor to God Alone), dies at 70
  • 1967-11-12 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, dies at 53
  • 1967-11-19 João Guimarães Rosa, Brazilian writer (The Devil to Pay in the Backlands), dies at 59
  • 1967-11-21 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (b. 1896)
  • 1967-12-03 Annette Kolb, German writer and pacifist, dies at 97
  • 1968-01-02 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies at 62
  • 1968-02-04 Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 1968-02-27 Johannes Tralow, German writer (Ottoman tetralogy), dies at 85
  • 1968-03-01 Georg von der Vring, German painter & writer (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • 1968-03-23 Edwin O'Connor, American writer, dies at 49

Person of interestTony Hancock

1968-06-25 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), commits suicide at 44

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • 1968-07-09 Vardis Fisher, American writer (Passion Spin the Plot), dies at 73
  • 1968-07-14 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (b. 1892)
  • 1968-09-25 Cornell Woolrich, American writer (El Angel Negro), dies at 64
  • 1968-10-25 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (Passions), dies at 91
  • 1968-10-30 Conrad Richter, American writer (Light in the Forest), dies at 78
  • 1968-11-17 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, dies at 86
  • 1968-11-17 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), dies at 57

Person of interestThomas Merton

1968-12-10 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), accidentally electrocuted by an electric fan at 53

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1968-12-20 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafka, dies at 84
  • 1969-03-15 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 1969-03-21 Gerhard Fritsch, Austrian writer, dies at 44
  • 1969-03-23 Rudolf Pannwitz, German writer and philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • 1969-03-26 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistance fighter, dies at 66
  • 1969-03-27 B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87
  • 1969-05-04 Osbert Sitwell, English writer (Out of the Flame), dies at 76
  • 1969-06-24 Willey Ley, US science writer, dies at 62
  • 1969-07-08 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, dies at 45
  • 1969-07-23 Dell Floyd, American editor, author and playwright (Little Accident), dies at 82
  • 1969-08-09 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • 1969-08-14 Leonard Woolf, English author and husband of Virginia Woolf, dies at 88
  • 1969-08-15 Stijn Streuvels [Frank Lateur], Flemish writer (De Vlaschaard), dies at 97
  • 1969-08-16 Russell "Russ" Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster, It Conquered the World), dies at 59
  • 1969-09-08 Alexandra David-Néel, Belgian-French explorer and writer, dies at 100
  • 1969-11-08 Dave O'Brien [Fronabarger], American actor and writer (Reefer Madness, Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 1969-11-15 Ignacio Aldecoa, Spanish writer (Gran Sol, Caballo the Pica), dies at 44
  • 1969-12-07 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), dies after surgery at 65
  • 1969-12-13 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies at 76
  • 1970-01-16 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61
  • 1970-02-17 Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Jewish writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1966), dies at 81
  • 1970-02-27 Robert Bruce Lockhart, diplomat/writer, dies
  • 1970-03-01 Ed Hoornik, Dutch writer & poet (Na jaren), dies at 59

Person of interestErle Stanley Gardner

1970-03-11 Erle Stanley Gardner, American writer (Perry Mason), dies at 80

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • 1970-03-15 Josef Martin Bauer, writer, dies at 68
  • 1970-03-15 Tarjei Vesaas, Nowegian poet and author (Isslottet), dies at 72
  • 1970-03-21 Marlen Haushofer, Austrian writer (The Wall), dies at 49
  • 1970-04-04 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, dies at 72
  • 1970-04-26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • 1970-04-26 Paul Celan, Romanian-born writer, dies at 49
  • 1970-04-30 Jacob Presser, historian/writer (Doom, Ondergang), dies at 71
  • 1970-05-19 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
  • 1970-05-22 Joseph W Krutch, American writer (Measure of Man), dies at 76
  • 1970-06-01 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, dies at 82
  • 1970-06-03 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer, dies at 70

Person of interestE. M. Forster

1970-06-07 E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist (Maurice, Passage to India), dies at 91

Writer and Novelist E. M. Forster
Writer and Novelist
E. M. Forster
  • 1970-06-16 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, dies at 73
  • 1970-06-29 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), dies at 64
  • 1970-09-01 Francois Mauriac, French novelist, poet and playwright (Nobel 1952), dies at 84
  • 1970-09-28 John Roderigo Dos Passos, American writer (Manhattan Transfer), dies at 74
  • 1970-10-08 Jean Giono, French writer (Hussard Sur le Toit), dies at 75
  • 1970-10-09 Jean Giono, French writer (Le Hussard sur le toit), dies at 75
  • 1970-10-19 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54
  • 1970-11-08 Napoleon Hill, American writer and philosopher (Think and Grow Rich), dies at 87
  • 1970-11-28 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1970-11-28 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), dies at 55
  • 1971-03-06 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), dies at 74
  • 1971-03-17 Ernst Bachmeister, writer, dies
  • 1971-03-22 Martin Bodmer, Swiss Bibliophile and scholar (Bodmer Papyri), dies at 71
  • 1971-04-03 Manfred Bonnington Lee [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65
  • 1971-05-15 Sir Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, dies at 70
  • 1971-07-04 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, dies of a heart attack at 62