Writers in History (Part 15)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 2,942

  • 1906-11-02 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer, poet and Christian mystic, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1906-12-11 Birago Diop, Senegalese writer and ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs), born in Dakar, French West Africa (d. 1989)
  • 1906-12-13 Laurens Jan van der Post, South African-born writer, soldier, explorer and conservationist, born in Philippolis (d. 1996)
  • 1907-02-17 Charles B Timmer, Dutch translator/writer (Russia Black on White)
  • 1907-03-03 Aar van de Werfhorst [Pieter G Jansen], Dutch writer
  • 1907-03-13 Maria Pia de Braganca, Portuguese journalist and writer who claimed to be the bastard daughter of King Carlos I of Portugal, born in Lisbon (d. 1995)
  • 1907-03-24 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer
  • 1907-04-18 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing), born in New York (d. 2002)
  • 1907-04-26 Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (The Girl with the Red Hair), born in Veenwouden, Friesland, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1907-05-04 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1907-05-09 Baldur von Schirach, German writer/nazi politician (Frame)
  • 1907-05-12 Leslie Charteris, English/US detective writer (Enter the Saint)
  • 1907-05-13 Daphne du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Parasites)

Person of interestRachel Carson

1907-05-27 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and writer (Silent Spring), born in Springdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • 1907-05-29 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, British critic and writer (co-author of The Record Guide), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
  • 1907-06-04 Jacques Roumain, Haitian writer (Gouverneurs de la Rosée), born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (d. 1944)
  • 1907-06-05 Rolf Bongs, German writer, born in Dusseldolf (d. 1981)
  • 1907-06-11 Anton Hildebrand, Dutch children's book writer (Man in the Moon), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1907-06-14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator, born in London (d. 1978)
  • 1907-08-02 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1907-08-09 Berta Waterstradt, German writer and actress, born in Kattowitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1907-08-12 Miguel Torga [Adolfo Correia da Rocha], Portuguese writer (O Quarto Dia da Criação do Mundo), born in São Martinho de Anta, Portugal (d. 1995)
  • 1907-08-17 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), born in Castres, Tarn (d. 2000)
  • 1907-08-29 Joseph Wechsberg, Jewish-Czech writer (Looking For a Bluebird), born in Ostrava, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 1983)
  • 1907-09-03 Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist and natural science writer (The Unexpected Universe), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1977)
  • 1907-09-06 Elizabeth Ferrars, British crime writer, born in Yangon, Myanmar (d. 1995)
  • 1907-09-12 Joe Lederer, Austrian actress and writer (Drei Tage Liebe), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1987)
  • 1907-09-21 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), born in Cedar City, Utah (d. 1997)
  • 1907-10-15 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1980)
  • 1907-11-13 Josef Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), born in Mörkö, Södermanland, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • 1907-12-10 Michael Blankfort, American writer, producer and director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1907-12-23 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1907-12-27 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and writer (d. 1999)
  • 1908-01-18 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • 1908-02-15 Ypk fan der Fear, Frisian writer (Reade Runen)
  • 1908-02-26 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
  • 1908-03-04 Boris N Poveloi [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [NS=Mar 17]
  • 1908-03-05 Irving Fiske, American writer, playwright, (d. 1990)
  • 1908-03-16 Robert Rossen director/writer (Hustler, All the King's Men, Mambo)
  • 1908-03-17 Boris N Poveloi [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [OS=Mar 4]
  • 1908-03-22 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, born in Langenbeutingen (d. 2000)
  • 1908-03-26 Betty MacDonald [nee Bard], American humor writer (The Egg and I), in Boulder, Colorado (d. 1958)
  • 1908-03-27 Jacques [Izaak] den Haan, Dutch writer (Dangerous Book), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1908-04-11 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), born in Łódź, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1908-05-01 Giovannino Guareschi, Italian writer (Don Camillo, Peppone), born in Roccabianca, Emilia, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1968)
  • 1908-06-17 Jacob "Jimmy" Herman Huizinga, journalist/Writer
  • 1908-06-23 Paulus Akkerman [Paul fen Nijenborn], Frisian writer (Each om Each), born in Oldeboorn (d. 1982)
  • 1908-06-27 João Guimarães Rosa, Brazilian writer (The Devil to Pay in the Backlands), born in Cordisburgo, Brazil (d. 1967)
  • 1908-06-29 Paul Lebeau, Flemish writer (Last Rose, Xanthippe), born in Borgerhout, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1908-06-30 Winston Graham, British writer (Poldark novels), born in Manchester (d. 2003)
  • 1908-07-01 Paul Hardy, Belgian writer (Best of Painted Furniture)
  • 1908-07-03 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), born in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France (d. 1998)
  • 1908-07-03 M. F. K. Fisher, American cook book author, born in Albion, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • 1908-07-14 Chaim Raphael, English Jewish scholar and novelist, born in Middlesbrough (d. 1994)
  • 1908-07-25 Joseph Mitchell, American writer (Joe Gould's Secret), born in Fairmont, North Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1908-08-06 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, born in Wickhamford, Worcestershire (d. 1997)
  • 1908-08-18 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Belenggu), born in North Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1970)
  • 1908-08-18 Edgar Faure, Prime Minister of France (1952, 52-56) and writer, born in Béziers, France (d. 1988)
  • 1908-08-20 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • 1908-08-21 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), born in Shimla, India (d. 2004)
  • 1908-08-28 Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and writer (How to Know Birds), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1908-09-09 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (La belle estate)
  • 1908-09-15 Gerd Gaiser, German writer (Ship in the Mountain)
  • 1908-10-03 David Herbert, British writer and raconteur (d. 1995)
  • 1908-10-12 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1991)
  • 1908-10-13 Werner Reinowski, German writer, born in Bernburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1908-10-25 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), born in Belgium (d. 2004)
  • 1908-11-08 Martha Gellhorn, American novelist and journalist who was one of the first female war correspondents, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1908-11-23 Nelson S. Bond, American sci-fi writer (d. 2006)
  • 1908-12-27 Louis JHCA de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Black Banners)
  • 1909-01-30 Saul David Alinsky, American radical writer (John L Lewis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1909-02-24 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, born in Sauk City, Wisconsin (d. 1971)
  • 1909-02-25 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, born in Gloucester (d. 1996)
  • 1909-03-03 Kenton Kilmer, American writer, born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1909-03-07 Greta Schoon, German poet, born in Spetzerfehn (d. 1991)
  • 1909-03-14 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (Margin)
  • 1909-03-29 Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish writer (Gnome Patjoepelke)
  • 1909-04-07 Robert Charroux, French writer (d. 1978)
  • 1909-04-16 Bep Bakhuys, Dutch soccer striker (23 caps, 28 goals; Metz), born in Pekalongan, Indonesia (d. 1982)
  • 1909-04-27 Muriel C. Bradbrook, English writer (That Infidel Place), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 1993)
  • 1909-05-01 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • 1909-05-05 Miklós Radnóti, Hungarian poet (Clouded Sky), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1909-05-24 Louis Fornberg, writer (d. 1957)
  • 1909-05-28 John Schepens [Jean Baudoux], Flemish journalist and writer (Polyfoto)
  • 1909-06-25 Daniel Fuchs, American screenwriter (Summer in Williamsburg), born in Lower East Side, Manhattan (d. 1993)
  • 1909-06-26 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer (d. 1995)
  • 1909-06-28 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1909-06-28 Eric Ambler, suspense writer (Epitaph for a Spy), born in London, England
  • 1909-06-30 Juan Bosch, 43rd President of the Dominican Republic (1962-63) and writer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 2001)
  • 1909-07-27 Marcia Anastasia Christoforides, British philanthropist, art collector, and racehorse owner, born in Sutton, Surrey, England (d. 1994)
  • 1909-08-19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), born in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1983)
  • 1909-08-22 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), born in Liljac, Vraca, Bulgaria (d. 1985)
  • 1909-10-10 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, born in Lokoren, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1909-11-25 Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer
  • 1909-12-01 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, born in Kudowa (d. 2001)
  • 1909-12-07 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1909-12-12 Armand Boni, Flemish poet and writer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991)
  • 1909-12-21 Seichō Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1910-01-01 Russell "Russ" Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster, It Conquered the World), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1910-01-02 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, born in Berlin (d. 1990)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1401 - 1,500 of 2,621

  • 1971-07-06 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), dies at 66
  • 1971-07-07 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
  • 1971-07-11 John W. Campbell, American sci-fi writer (Space Beyond), dies at 61
  • 1971-08-19 Walther Victor, writer, dies
  • 1971-10-03 Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • 1971-10-26 Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
  • 1971-11-01 Gertrud von Le Fort, German writer (The Eternal Woman), dies at 95
  • 1971-11-11 A. P. Herbert, English journalist and writer (Punch, Helen), dies at 81
  • 1971-12-22 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans, Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58

Person of interestKenneth Patchen

1972-01-08 Kenneth Patchen, American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

Poet and Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet and Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • 1972-01-12 Padraic Colum, Irish novelist and poet (Collected Poems), dies at 90
  • 1972-01-15 Margaret "Daisy" Ashford, British child author who wrote "The Young Visiters" (Mister Salteena's Plan) aged 9, dies at 90
  • 1972-01-17 Betty Smith, American novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 1972-01-28 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • 1972-01-31 Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag), dies at 76
  • 1972-02-02 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • 1972-02-20 Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • 1972-03-01 Violet Trefusis, English writer & socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • 1972-04-12 C W Ceram [Kurt Marek], German/American writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • 1972-05-02 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69
  • 1972-05-22 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1972-06-12 Edmund Wilson, American writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • 1972-06-12 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
  • 1972-06-20 Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • 1972-06-25 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), dies at 84
  • 1972-07-19 Sally Benson, American writer (Meet me in St. Louis), dies at 74
  • 1972-08-02 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • 1972-08-09 Ernst von Salomon, German writer (Kette Der Tausend Kraniche), dies at 69
  • 1972-08-17 Alexander Vampilov, Russian playwright (Elder Son), drowns at 34
  • 1972-10-01 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87
  • 1972-12-24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
  • 1973-02-20 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1973-03-12 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • 1973-04-20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), dies at 75
  • 1973-05-04 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • 1973-05-17 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, dies at 91
  • 1973-05-21 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • 1973-06-07 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), dies at 57
  • 1973-09-07 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72
  • 1973-09-21 William Plomer, South African-British libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
  • 1973-09-26 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, dies at 81
  • 1973-09-28 Wystan H Auden, British/American writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • 1973-10-08 Gabriel Marcel, writer, dies
  • 1973-10-10 Albe [Renaut A. Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
  • 1973-10-18 Crane Wilbur, American director and writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
  • 1973-10-28 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • 1973-11-16 Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif
  • 1973-11-24 John Neihardt, American writer (b. 1881)
  • 1973-11-28 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (b. 1886)
  • 1973-12-23 Irna Phillips, American scriptwriter who created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • 1974-01-13 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, dies at 69
  • 1974-01-26 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1974-01-27 Paula Ludwig, Austrian German poet, dies at 74
  • 1974-02-08 Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), dies at 61
  • 1974-02-23 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, dies at 79
  • 1974-03-29 Seton I. Miller, Hollywood screenwriter (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul), dies at 71
  • 1974-04-18 Marcel Pagnol, French novelist & filmmaker (Topaz), dies at 79
  • 1974-04-20 Richard Huelsenbeck, German Dada writer, dies at 81
  • 1974-04-22 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer & journalist (Tong Tong), dies at 63
  • 1974-05-13 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), dies at 72
  • 1974-05-23 Kathleen Cannell, American fashion and dance writer, dies at 82
  • 1974-06-18 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (The Man Who Counted), dies at 79
  • 1974-07-04 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), dies at 86
  • 1974-07-09 Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, French Dadaist artist and writer, dies at 90
  • 1974-07-11 Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • 1974-08-13 Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Pray for the Wanderer), dies at 76
  • 1974-08-17 Aldo Palazzeschi [Giurlani], Italian writer, dies at 89
  • 1974-08-22 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1974-09-23 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70
  • 1974-09-25 William Sloane, publisher/writer ("Edge of Running Water"), dies
  • 1974-10-02 Ina Seidel, German poet and novelist, dies at 89
  • 1974-10-10 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer, dies at 73
  • 1974-11-29 Ouida Bergere, scriptwriter, dies at 88
  • 1974-12-05 Pietro Germi, Italian actor, writer and director (Divorce Italian Style, The Facts of Murder), dies from hepatitis at 60
  • 1974-12-13 Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Turkish writer and translator, dies at 85
  • 1974-12-15 Anatole Litvak, Russian-born American film director, writer and producer (Mayerling, Anastasia, The Snake Pit), dies at 72
  • 1974-12-16 Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet, dies at 90
  • 1975-01-04 Carlo Levi, Italian writer (Parole Sono Pietre), dies at 72
  • 1975-01-08 Louis J H C A de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66
  • 1975-01-27 Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  • 1975-02-09 Constant Burniaux, Belgian writer (The Abandoned) and art historian (Temps Inquiets), dies at 82
  • 1975-02-10 Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (b. 1910)
  • 1975-02-14 P. G. Wodehouse, English-American writer (Bertie Wooster novels), dies at 93
  • 1975-02-27 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, dies at 86
  • 1975-03-30 Peter Bamm, writer, dies
  • 1975-04-23 R D Brinkmann, writer, dies
  • 1975-06-28 Rod Serling, American screenwriter and TV host (The Twilight Zone; Night Gallery), dies after multiple heart attacks at 50
  • 1975-07-11 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, dies at 89
  • 1975-07-17 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor, dies at 82
  • 1975-09-23 Ian Hunter, South African character actor (Dr Blood's Coffin, White Unicorn), dies at 75
  • 1975-10-03 Bauke Tuinstra, Fries notary/writer (Ealse & I), dies at 75
  • 1975-10-27 Rex Stout, US detective writer (Nero Wolfe), dies at 88
  • 1975-11-05 Lionel Trilling, American literary critic and author (1969 Poses Award, The Liberal Imagination), dies at 70
  • 1975-11-09 Luwig Turek, German writer, dies at 77
  • 1975-11-21 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), dies at 86

Person of interestThornton Wilder

1975-12-07 Thornton Wilder, American playwright and writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • 1975-12-09 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, dies at 79

Person of interestAgatha Christie

1976-01-12 Agatha Christie, British crime writer (Murder on the Orient Express, Mousetrap), dies at 85

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • 1976-02-11 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, dies at 81
  • 1976-02-18 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81