Writers in History (Part 17)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,984

  • 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)
  • 1913-03-02 Godfried [Jan Arnold] Bomans, Dutch humorist/writer (Pieter Bas)
  • 1913-03-03 Roger Caillois, French writer (Les Jeux et les Hommes)
  • 1913-03-04 Taos Amrouche, Algerian writer and singer (d. 1976)
  • 1913-03-13 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, born in Moscow (d. 2009) [NS]
  • 1913-03-18 Rene Clement, director/writer (Is Paris Burning), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1913-04-04 Jerome Weidman, American writer (Tenderloin), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1913-06-17 Felix Hartlaub, German historian and writer, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1913-06-18 Sylvia Porter, financial writer (Sylvia Porter's Money Book)
  • 1913-07-01 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)

Person of interestWalter Kerr

1913-07-08 Walter Kerr, American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1996)

Actor and Theatre Critic Walter Kerr
Actor and Theatre Critic
Walter Kerr
  • 1913-07-11 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (d. 1966)
  • 1913-07-23 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2010)
  • 1913-08-03 Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian television comedy writer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2007)
  • 1913-08-11 Angus Wilson, England, writer (Mulberry Bush-1955)
  • 1913-08-21 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, born in Yaroslavl (d. 2004)
  • 1913-09-12 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer and restaurateur, born in Foochow, China (d. 1995)
  • 1913-09-13 Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1913-09-26 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, born in Zittau, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1913-10-06 Meret Oppenheim, writer
  • 1913-10-10 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), born in Tananarive, Madagascar (d. 2005)
  • 1913-10-19 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Le ragazze di San Frediano)
  • 1913-11-10 Alvaro Cunhal, Portuguese politician and writer, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 2005)
  • 1913-11-28 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2000)
  • 1913-12-08 Delmore Schwartz, American poet, short story writer and critic (Shenandoah), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1914-01-18 Arno Schmidt, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1979)
  • 1914-01-26 Kaye Webb, English writer/publisher (Puffin Club)
  • 1914-02-04 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

1914-02-05 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
  • 1914-02-07 Ralph Whitlock, British farmer, conservationist, writer, and broadcaster, born in Pitton, Wiltshire,England (d. 1995)
  • 1914-02-17 Albert Westerlinck [Jose J M Aerts pseudoym], Flemish poet, writer and priest, born in Geel, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1914-02-17 Per-Jakez Helias, French Breton writer and actor, born in Pouldreuzig, Brittany (d. 1995)
  • 1914-02-25 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), born in Basingstoke, England (d.1991)
  • 1914-03-01 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Cast), born in Oklahoma City (d. 1994)
  • 1914-03-13 W.O. Mitchell, Canadian writer (Who Has Seen the Wind?), born in Weyburn, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1914-03-28 Bohumil Hrabal, Czech writer (Closely Observed Trains), born in Brno, Austria-Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 1914-03-31 Octavio Paz, Mexican writer/diplomat (Salamandra, Topoemas)
  • 1914-04-15 John Gregory, British ballet dancer (Harlequin Ballet Company, 1959-69), and writer born in Norwich, England (d. 1996) [1]
  • 1914-04-22 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, born in Amberg, Bavaria (d. 1988)
  • 1914-04-22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-English writer (Holland's Glory), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1914-04-25 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1914-04-25 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1914-04-26 H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1996)
  • 1914-05-08 Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • 1914-05-09 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • 1914-05-12 Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet and writer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1914-05-23 Barbara Ward, economist/writer (Only One Earth)
  • 1914-05-23 Leo Lerman, American writer and editor (Condé Nast Publications), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1914-05-24 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, born in Budapest (d. 2007)
  • 1914-06-04 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, born in Harrislee, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1914-06-08 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, born in Garnsdorf (d. 1967)
  • 1914-06-14 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer (The Outer Lands), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1914-06-22 Lilo Hardel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1999)
  • 1914-06-27 Alexander Pola [Abraham Polak], Dutch actor and writer (Cassata), born in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1914-06-27 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (co-founding the Inland Waterways Association), born in London (d. 1981)
  • 1914-06-29 Ellen Kuzwayo, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman"), born in Thaba-Nchu, Orange Free State (d. 2006)
  • 1914-07-17 James Purdy, American writer (The House of the Solitary Maggot), born near Fremont, Ohio, (d. 2009)
  • 1914-07-18 John G Bearer, writer (Metro, Drunken Canary, Fast Heartbeat)
  • 1914-07-31 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1983)
  • 1914-08-15 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1914-08-26 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1914-08-27 Catherine Marshall, American editor and writer, born in Johnson City, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1914-09-14 Pietro Germi, Italian actor, writer and director (Divorce Italian Style, The Facts of Murder), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1974)
  • 1914-09-14 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1914-09-15 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (d. 1999)
  • 1914-10-17 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman)
  • 1914-11-22 Peter Woolridge Townsend, war hero courtier writer
  • 1914-12-27 Giuseppe Berto, Italian writer (Heaven Sees Red)
  • 1915-01-01 Francois Bondy, writer
  • 1915-01-06 Alan Watts, British-American philosopher (Book on the Taboo), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom (d. 1973)
  • 1915-01-06 John C. Lilly, U.S. psychoanalyst & writer, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 1915-01-12 Paul Jarrico, American writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1915-01-20 C. W. Ceram, German/ journalist & author (March of Archaeology), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1972)

Person of interestThomas Merton

1915-01-31 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1915-03-11 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • 1915-03-22 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), born in Petrograd, Russian Empire (d. 2005)
  • 1915-04-04 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), born in Příbram, Czech Republic (d. 1970)
  • 1915-04-04 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), born in Sundsvall, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1915-04-12 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), born in Berlin (d. 1995)
  • 1915-04-13 Bert Peleman, Flemish writer, born in Puurs, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1995)
  • 1915-04-13 Stephan Hermlin, German writer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1915-04-16 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), born in Clitheroe, Lancashire (d. 1997)
  • 1915-04-18 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1915-04-25 William Goyen, American writer, born in Trinity, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1915-05-06 Theodore H. White, American journalist (Making of President, Pulitzer Prize 1962), born in Dorchester, Boston (d. 1986)
  • 1915-06-05 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), born in Brownsville, NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915-07-01 Jean Stafford, American writer (Pulitzer Prize 1970-The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford), born in Covina, California (d. 1979)
  • 1915-07-04 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), born in Lavant Valley, Carinthia, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1915-08-03 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), born in Amsterdam (d. 1998)
  • 1915-08-26 Humphrey Searle, British composer and musicologist (Twentieth Century Counterpoint; The Music of Franz Liszt), born in Oxford, England (d. 1982)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1601 - 1,700 of 2,663

  • 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 and dissident (Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984), dies in a car accident 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
  • 1981-05-09 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
  • 1981-05-18 William Saroyan, American novelist & stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72
  • 1981-06-15 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), dies at 64
  • 1981-06-17 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • 1981-07-01 Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese writer (b. 1921)
  • 1981-09-03 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun), died after suffering a stroke at 83
  • 1981-10-02 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • 1981-10-03 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), dies at 85
  • 1981-11-20 Rolf Bongs, German writer, dies at 74
  • 1981-12-11 I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), dies at 81
  • 1981-12-17 Edwin Erich Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov), dies at 83
  • 1981-12-26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • 1981-12-29 Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • 1982-02-05 Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens, Flemish writer/nazi, dies at 84
  • 1982-02-12 Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
  • 1982-02-18 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand detective writer and producer, dies at 82
  • 1982-03-03 Georges Perec, French writer, dies at 45
  • 1982-03-06 Jan Lemaire, Dutch writer and actor (Village by the River, Beautiful Juliet), dies at 97
  • 1982-03-11 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55
  • 1982-03-12 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Course of Events), dies at 90
  • 1982-03-24 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), dies at 83
  • 1982-03-25 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, dies at 79
  • 1982-03-26 Agathe Henriette de Beaufort, Dutch writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91
  • 1982-04-06 Paul Wiens, German writer and Stasi informant, dies at 59
  • 1982-04-20 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
  • 1982-04-25 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Round Table), dies at 72
  • 1982-04-25 W. R. Burnett, American writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • 1982-05-12 Humphrey Searle, British composer and musicologist (Twentieth Century Counterpoint; The Music of Franz Liszt), dies at 66
  • 1982-06-18 Djuna Barnes, American author (Nightwood), dies at 80
  • 1982-06-18 John Cheever, American writer (Wapshot Chronicle, Pulitzer), dies at 70
  • 1982-07-07 Bep Bakhuys, Dutch soccer striker (23 caps, 28 goals; Metz), dies at 73
  • 1982-07-13 Michael Blankfort, American writer, producer and director, dies at 74
  • 1982-07-16 Leendert Braat, sculptor/writer (White World), dies
  • 1982-07-25 Beene Dubbelboer, Dutch writer (Turfgasgenerator), dies at 76
  • 1982-08-08 Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer (De Weerlozen), dies at 63
  • 1982-08-12 Varlam Shalamov, Russian writer (b. 1907)
  • 1982-09-09 Frederic Dannay [Ellery Queen], American detective writer, dies at 76
  • 1982-09-14 John Gardner, American writer (Life & Times of Chaucer High), dies in a motorcycle accident at 49
  • 1982-10-18 Paul Lebeau, Flemish writer (Last Rose, Xanthippe), dies at 74
  • 1982-10-22 Savitri Devi [Maximiani Portas], Greek French Nazi writer, dies at 77
  • 1982-11-18 Heinar Kipphardt, German writer and playwright (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer), dies at 60
  • 1982-11-29 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, dies at 55
  • 1982-12-09 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song against Death), dies at 87
  • 1982-12-10 Freeman Gosden, American writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Calvin and the Colonel), dies at 83
  • 1982-12-24 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), dies at 85
  • 1983-01-13 D Mack Reynolds, American writer (Amazon Planet, Once Departed), dies
  • 1983-01-27 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • 1983-02-04 Reginald Denham, English writer & director (Obsession, The Bad Seed), dies at 89

Person of interestTennessee Williams

1983-02-25 Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1983-03-01 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Darkness at Noon), commits suicide at 77
  • 1983-03-14 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1983-03-15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1983-03-31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1983-04-15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author & poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • 1983-04-19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 73
  • 1983-05-07 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • 1983-05-10 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • 1983-06-01 Anna Seghers [Netty Reiling], German author (The 7th Cross), dies at 82
  • 1983-06-21 Anton van de Velde, Flemish writer and director (Tijl), dies at 87
  • 1983-07-11 Ross Macdonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), dies at 67
  • 1983-07-29 J. B. Charles [Willem H. Nagel], Dutch criminologist and writer, dies at 83
  • 1983-08-29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68
  • 1983-09-27 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • 1983-10-03 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • 1983-11-27 Manuel Scorza, Peruvian writer, dies at about 55
  • 1984-01-21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • 1984-02-05 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78
  • 1984-02-12 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), dies at 69
  • 1984-02-21 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), dies at 78
  • 1984-02-22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1984-02-24 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • 1984-04-15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, dies at 58
  • 1984-04-18 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), dies at 79
  • 1984-04-28 Silvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand writer, dies at 76
  • 1984-05-02 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Klinkaart, Het begeren), dies at 64
  • 1984-05-16 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • 1984-07-14 Ernest Tidyman, American writer (b. 1928)
  • 1984-07-20 Jim Fixx, American jogger and writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52
  • 1984-08-03 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), dies at 60
  • 1984-08-05 R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • 1984-08-14 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • 1984-08-14 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), dies at 89
  • 1984-09-29 Marnix Gijsen [Jan-Al Goris], writer (Lament for Agnes), dies at 85