Writers in History (Part 16)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,942

  • 1910-01-06 Wright Morris, American novelist & photographer, born in Central City, Nebraska (d. 1998)
  • 1910-02-01 Michael Kanin, American director, writer and actor (Woman of the Year, Teacher's Pet), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1910-03-09 Ed Hoornik, Dutch writer and poet (Survivor), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • 1910-03-15 An Rutgers van der Loeff-Basenau, children book writer (Skating Race)
  • 1910-04-02 Joeri German, Russian writer
  • 1910-04-28 Sam Merwin, Jr., American mystery fiction writer, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • 1910-05-24 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
  • 1910-06-03 Wilfred Thesiger, English explorer and travel writer (Arabian Sands), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (d. 2003)
  • 1910-06-08 John W. Campbell, American sci-fi writer (Moon is Hell), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1910-06-13 Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Spanish writer associated with the Generation of '36 movement, born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain (d. 1999)
  • 1910-07-02 H. G. Adler, German writer (The Journey), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1910-07-27 Julien Gracq [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton), born in Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2007)
  • 1910-08-02 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1910-08-02 Roger MacDougall, Scottish playwright and screenwriter (The Man in the White Suit), born in Glasgow (d. 1993)
  • 1910-08-09 Robert van Gulik, Dutch diplomat and writer (Judge Dee), born in Zutphen, Netherlands (d. 1967)
  • 1910-08-25 J. B. Charles [Willem H. Nagel], Dutch criminologist and writer, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1910-08-30 Donald Bisset, British children book writer, illustrator (Upside Down Stories) and actor (Battle of the Sexes), born in Brentford, Middlesex, England (d. 1995)
  • 1910-09-15 Richard Baerlein, racing writer
  • 1910-09-23 Elliot Roosevelt, son of FDR/writer (Murder in the Oval Office)
  • 1910-09-24 Cao Yu, Huaju writer (Peking Man), born in Tianjin, China (d. 1996)
  • 1910-09-27 Giles Playfair, English writer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1996)
  • 1910-11-06 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1910-11-13 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, born in Hartselle, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • 1910-11-14 Eric Lawson Malpass, writer
  • 1910-12-05 Abraham Polonsky, American writer and director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1910-12-30 Paul Bowles, writer (The Shelting Sky), born in Queens, NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1911-01-10 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer and journalist (Tong Tong), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1911-01-14 Anatoly Rybakov, Russian writer, born in Chernihiv, Ukraine (d. 1998)
  • 1911-01-24 C. L. Moore, American science fiction & fantasy writer (Judgment Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • 1911-02-08 Henri Knap, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist/writer
  • 1911-02-12 Frank Hercules, American writer, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • 1911-02-16 Hal Porter, Australia, writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase)
  • 1911-02-23 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic
  • 1911-03-13 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1986)
  • 1911-04-08 Emil Mihai Cioran, Romanian born writer and aphorist, born in Resinár, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1911-04-10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • 1911-04-17 Hervé Bazin, French writer (Head Against the Wall), born in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 1996)
  • 1911-04-28 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1999)
  • 1911-04-30 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), born in Pitzling, Bavaria (d. 2002)
  • 1911-05-15 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
  • 1911-05-16 Olaff J de Landell [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • 1911-05-20 Annie M G Schmidt, writer (Fam Doorsnee, Jip & Janneke)
  • 1911-05-27 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist and writer (Frihet och demokrati), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1911-05-28 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), born in Morecambe, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1911-06-02 Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death), born in Hulan County, Heilongjiang Province (d. 1942)

Person of interestMilovan Djilas

1911-06-12 Milovan Djilas, Yugoslavian politician and writer (The New Class), born in Podbišće, Montenegro (d. 1995)

Politician and Writer Milovan Djilas
Politician and Writer
Milovan Djilas
  • 1911-06-15 Wilbert Awdry, British Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), born in Ampfield, England (d. 1997)
  • 1911-06-24 Ernesto Sábato, Argentinian writer
  • 1911-06-30 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), born in Szetejnie, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 2004)
  • 1911-07-09 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), born in Lushan District, Jiangxi, China (d. 1968)
  • 1911-07-12 Johanna Moosdorf, German writer (Next Door), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1911-07-17 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder,’), born in Beijing (d. 2016)

Person of interestMarshall McLuhan

1911-07-21 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian writer (Medium is the Message), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1980)

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • 1911-08-22 Somerset de Chair, British writer, MP and poet, born in Somerset (d. 1995)
  • 1911-08-23 Albert Alberts, Dutch writer and journalist (French battle), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1911-08-24 Michel Pablo [Michalis N. Raptis], Chilean-Greek writer and Trotskyist revolutionary (Fourth International), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1996)
  • 1911-09-09 Paul Goodman, American poet and writer (d. 1972)
  • 1911-09-16 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), born in Clifton Hill, Melbourne (d. 1983)
  • 1911-10-19 Hilde Spiel, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 1990)
  • 1911-10-20 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1911-11-12 Luc Estang [Lucien Bastard], French writer (Stigmates)
  • 1911-11-18 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, born in San Lazzaro Parmense, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1911-12-11 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2006)
  • 1911-12-15 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (Rex Morgan, M.D.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1911-12-24 Malcolm MacEwen, Scottish conservationist & communist activist, born in Inverness, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1912-01-06 Jacques Cesar Ellul, French philosopher & sociologist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1994)
  • 1912-01-18 William Sansom, English writer (Loving Eye), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1976)
  • 1912-01-27 E. R. Braithwaite, diplomat and writer (To Sir with Love), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 2016)
  • 1912-02-15 George Mikes, Hungarian British writer (How to Be an Alien)
  • 1912-02-19 Adolf Rudnicki, Polish writer (Niekochana)
  • 1912-02-27 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India (d. 1990)
  • 1912-02-27 Kusumagraj, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1912-03-15 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Kapellekensbaan)
  • 1912-04-20 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), born in Bogor, Indonesia (d. 1977)
  • 1912-04-27 Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), born in Seraing, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1912-05-02 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1912-05-03 Eleanore "May" Sarton, Belgian-American writer (Land of Silence), born in Wondelgem, Belgium (d. 1995)
  • 1912-05-06 B. Roest Crollius, Dutch painter and writer (Chronicle Sins of Youth), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • 1912-05-08 George Woodcock, Canadian writer of political biography and history (Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • 1912-05-08 Gertrud Fussenegger [Dorn], Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende)
  • 1912-05-15 Alexis Kagame, Rwanda, priest/writer
  • 1912-05-27 John Cheever, American writer (Wapshot Chronicle, Pulitzer), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1912-05-30 Julian Gustave Symons, writer
  • 1912-05-31 Dave O'Brien [Fronabarger], American actor and writer (Reefer Madness, Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid), born in Big Spring, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1912-06-29 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1912-07-27 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, born in Cologne (d. 2006)
  • 1912-08-10 Jorge Amado, Brazilian writer (O Pais do Carnaval)
  • 1912-08-12 Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1912-08-14 Eva Strittmatter, German writer (Tinko), born in Spremberg, Niederlausitz, Germany (d. 1930)
  • 1912-08-18 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, born in Rome (d. 1985)
  • 1912-08-23 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, born in Königgrätz, Bohemia (d. 2007)
  • 1912-09-02 Johan Daisne [Herman Thiery], Belgian writer (magic realism)
  • 1912-10-06 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, English music scholar (d. 1997)
  • 1912-10-10 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1912-12-08 Jura Soyfer, Austrian political journalist and cabaret writer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1939)
  • 1913-01-01 Eliot Janeway, financial writer (Economics of Chaos)
  • 1913-01-14 Tillie Olsen, American writer (Tell Me a Riddle), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 2007)
  • 1913-01-29 Peter von Zahn, German journalist and writer (d. 2001)
  • 1913-02-14 Ab [Albert] Visser, Dutch poet/writer (Man Without a Head)
  • 1913-02-26 Hermann Lenz, German writer (Swabian Chronicle), born in Stuttgart (d. 1998)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1501 - 1,600 of 2,621

  • 1976-03-14 Martha Saalfeldt, writer, dies
  • 1976-03-26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer, dies at 80
  • 1976-04-06 Ruth P Thomson, writer, dies
  • 1976-04-14 José Revueltas, Mexican writer (b. 1914)
  • 1976-04-28 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1976-04-28 Richard Hughes, English writer (Fiction as Truth), dies at 76
  • 1976-05-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet & writer (Dikt, Jonas), dies at 55
  • 1976-06-09 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • 1976-07-15 Paul William Gallico, writer, dies at 78
  • 1976-07-18 Sally Salminen, Finnish writer (Katrina), dies at 70
  • 1976-09-02 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish writer (b. 1934)
  • 1976-09-10 Dalton Trumbo, American writer, director (Johnny Got His Gun), dies at 70
  • 1976-09-24 Romney Brent, Mexican-American actor and writer (Dinner at the Ritz), dies at 74
  • 1976-10-18 Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu writer (Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu, Veyipadagalu), dies at 81
  • 1976-10-25 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73
  • 1976-12-13 Eduard Claudius, writer, dies
  • 1976-12-23 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
  • 1977-01-16 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions), dies at 53
  • 1977-02-04 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), dies at 72
  • 1977-03-04 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • 1977-04-19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • 1977-04-20 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • 1977-05-09 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • 1977-05-12 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, dies at 67
  • 1977-05-25 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer, dies at 72
  • 1977-05-30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • 1977-06-29 Anton Hildebrand, Dutch children's book writer (Monus), dies at 70
  • 1977-07-08 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, dies at 89
  • 1977-07-09 Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69
  • 1977-07-09 Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist and natural science writer (The Unexpected Universe), dies at 69
  • 1977-07-15 Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies
  • 1977-08-11 John Howard Lawson, American scriptwriter and playwright (Blockade, Algiers, Sahara), dies at 82
  • 1977-08-24 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), dies at 65
  • 1977-09-05 Marcel Thiry, Belgian writer and wallon militant, dies at 80
  • 1977-10-27 James M. Cain, American writer (Postman Always Rings Twice), dies at 85
  • 1977-11-02 Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, dies at 76
  • 1977-11-03 William Kurelek, Canadian artist and writer (The Maze, Passion of Christ series), dies of cancer at 50

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1977-11-05 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), dies of cardiac arrest during a routine stress test at 51

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1977-11-20 Maxie Wander, Austrian writer (Good Morning My Lovely), dies at 44
  • 1977-11-30 Terence Rattigan, British playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version), dies at 66
  • 1977-12-09 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), dies at 56
  • 1977-12-18 Walter Breedveld, Dutch writer (Een ship vergaat), dies at 76
  • 1977-12-24 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (b. 1917)
  • 1978-01-18 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer, dies at 58
  • 1978-02-11 Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist and poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974), dies at 73
  • 1978-06-12 Guo Moruo, Chinese scholar and writer, dies at 85
  • 1978-06-24 Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • 1978-08-09 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), dies at 74
  • 1978-08-09 Johan Daisne [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • 1978-08-14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator, dies at 71
  • 1978-08-28 Bruce Catton, American historian and writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • 1978-11-07 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), dies at 86
  • 1978-12-14 Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo, Spanish writer (Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards) & diplomat, dies at 92
  • 1979-02-06 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • 1979-02-08 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet and writer (against Pasternak), dies at 82
  • 1979-02-28 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube), dies at 81
  • 1979-03-24 Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
  • 1979-03-26 Jean Stafford, American writer (Pulitzer Prize 1970-The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford), dies at 63
  • 1979-04-07 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • 1979-05-10 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • 1979-05-14 Paul van 't Veeer, Dutch journalist/writer (Vrije Volk), dies at 57
  • 1979-06-03 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65
  • 1979-06-07 Forrest [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, dies at 53
  • 1979-06-15 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • 1979-06-16 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
  • 1979-07-21 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • 1979-07-22 Soschtschenko, writer, dies at 83
  • 1979-08-22 James T. Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • 1979-08-28 Simonow, writer, dies
  • 1979-11-10 Friedrich Thorberg, writer, dies at 71
  • 1979-11-17 Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian writer (Worlds in Collision), dies at 84
  • 1979-12-07 Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • 1980-02-09 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and writer (The White Lanes of Summer), dies at 79
  • 1980-02-22 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • 1980-03-25 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)

Person of interestJean-Paul Sartre

1980-04-15 Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist philosopher & writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • 1980-04-24 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • 1980-04-25 Katia Mann, German actress and wife of German writer Thomas Mann, dies at 96
  • 1980-05-05 Edmond Vandercammen, French-Belgian painter and poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79

Person of interestHenry Miller

1980-06-07 Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller
  • 1980-06-07 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)
  • 1980-06-09 Leonhard Huizinga, Dutch journalist and writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • 1980-07-01 Charles P. Snow, English novelist (Death Under Sail, Strangers and Brothers) and physical chemist, dies at 74
  • 1980-07-26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet, dies at 52
  • 1980-09-09 John Howard Griffin, American photographer, journalist and author (Black Like Me), dies from complications of diabetes at 60
  • 1980-09-18 Katherine Anne Porter, American writer (Ship of Fools), dies at 90
  • 1980-11-03 Ludwig Hohl, writer, dies
  • 1980-11-07 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, dies at 73
  • 1980-11-12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident, dies at 42
  • 1980-12-02 Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  • 1980-12-29 Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), dies from meningitis at 67
  • 1980-12-29 Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)

Person of interestMarshall McLuhan

1980-12-31 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian writer (Medium is the Message), dies at 69

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • 1981-01-06 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), dies at 84
  • 1981-01-13 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Mary, My Child), dies at 83
  • 1981-01-14 John O'Grady, Australian writer (Nino Culotta) (b. 1907)
  • 1981-02-26 FC Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes], Dutch lawyer and writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
  • 1981-02-26 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (co-founding the Inland Waterways Association), dies at 66
  • 1981-03-27 Mao Dun [Shen Dehong], Chinese writer (Midnight), dies at 84
  • 1981-04-23 Josep Pla, Spanish journalist & author, dies at 84