Writers in History (Part 18)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,984

  • 1915-10-04 Koos Schuur, Dutch writer, poet (Novemberland), translator, and editor (Het Woord), born in Veendam, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1915-12-08 George Scheuer, Austrian writer and journalist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • 1915-12-09 Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1915-12-20 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer & humorist, born in Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1915-12-26 H. A. Gomperts, Dutch writer (Duck on Attic), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1915-12-29 Robert Ruark, American writer (Something of Value), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1916-01-06 Vincent Serventy, Australian writer and conservationist, born in Armadale, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1916-01-14 John Oliver Killens, American writer, born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1916-01-29 Barbara Skelton, writer
  • 1916-03-04 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer (Botteghe Oscure)
  • 1916-03-08 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1916-04-12 Brian Connell, British writer and broadcaster, born in Hertford (d. 1999)
  • 1916-04-12 Beverly Cleary, American Newberry Medal winning writer of children's and young adult fiction (Ramona series, 1955-99), born in McMinnville, Oregon (d. 2021)
  • 1916-05-11 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer (Nobel Prize 1989), born in Padrón, La Coruña (d. 2002)
  • 1916-05-28 Walker Percy, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1916-06-25 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), born in Oxford, England (d. 1981)
  • 1916-07-06 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1970)
  • 1916-07-31 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, born in Ambari Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1986)
  • 1916-08-15 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer (That way Myzeqe), born in Palasë, Himara, Albania (d. 1989)
  • 1916-08-28 C. Wright Mills, American sociologist and writer (The Power Elite), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1962)
  • 1916-09-14 Eric Bentley, British-American critic and writer (In Search of Theater), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England
  • 1916-10-03 María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, Spanish marine biologist and oceanographer, born in El Ferrol, Spain (d. 2005)
  • 1916-10-12 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1916-10-27 Kazimierz Brandys, Polish essayist and writer, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 2000)
  • 1916-10-28 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, born in Inverness (d. 1994)
  • 1916-11-11 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman
  • 1916-12-04 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1916-12-09 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biog), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)

Person of interestShirley Jackson

1916-12-14 Shirley Jackson, American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

  • 1916-12-17 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
  • 1916-12-19 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • 1917-01-08 Peter Taylor, American novelist, born in Trenton, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1917-01-23 Dusan Kostic, Serbian writer, born in Peja, Serbia (d. 1997)
  • 1917-02-22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1917-03-02 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1917-03-03 Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • 1917-03-16 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1917-04-09 Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and writer, born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 1965)
  • 1917-04-28 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life), born in Amsterdam (d. 1988)
  • 1917-04-28 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1917-07-24 John Hillaby, English writer and traveller, born in England (d. 1996)
  • 1917-08-17 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, born in Baghdad (d. 1995)
  • 1917-11-23 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer
  • 1917-12-15 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Pakistani Urdu linguist and writer, born in Delhi, British India (d. 2005)
  • 1917-12-21 Diana Athill, English writer and editor (Stet), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1917-12-27 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer
  • 1918-01-30 David Opatoshu [Opatovsky], American actor & writer (Star Trek, Bonino, Secret Empire, Masada), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1918-01-30 Jarl Andre Bjerke [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet & writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1985)

Person of interestMuriel Spark

1918-02-01 Muriel Spark, Scottish writer (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2006)

Author Muriel Spark
Author
Muriel Spark
  • 1918-03-09 Mickey Spillane [Frank Morrison Spillane], American mystery writer (I the Jury), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1918-03-15 Richard Ellmann, American literary scholar and biographer (Oscar Wilde), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1918-03-20 Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
  • 1918-04-13 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, born in St Pauls Cray, Kent (2002)
  • 1918-04-23 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • 1918-05-16 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)
  • 1918-06-18 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), born in Glanerbrug, Overijssel (d. 1996)
  • 1918-06-20 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, born in Magyarcsaholy, Hungary (d. 2011)

Person of interestCicely Saunders

1918-06-22 Cicely Saunders, English nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, born in Barnet, England (d. 2005)

Nurse and Social Worker Cicely Saunders
Nurse and Social Worker
Cicely Saunders
  • 1918-07-29 Vladimir Dudentzev, Russian writer
  • 1918-08-03 James MacGregor Burns, American political writer (The Lion & the Fox), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • 1918-08-07 C. Buddingh', Dutch poet, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1918-10-13 Robert Walker, American actor and writer (Strangers on a Train, Bataan, Madame Curie), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1951)
  • 1918-10-29 Bernard Gordon, American writer and producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2007)

Person of interestAleksandr Solzhenitsyn

1918-12-11 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (Cancer Ward, Nobel 1970), born in Kislovodsk, Russia (d. 2008)

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1918-12-12 Nilda Pinto, Curacao writer (Nanzi), born in Otrobanda (d. 1954)
  • 1919-01-04 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, underwriter (Lloyd's of London)
  • 1919-02-06 Louis Heren, English foreign correspondent & writer (China's Three Thousand Years), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1919-03-07 Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian writer (Twilight in Jakarta), born in Padang, Dutch East Indies (d. 2004)
  • 1919-04-12 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer (La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012) [1]
  • 1919-04-30 Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer (De Bungalow), born in Sleidinge, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1919-07-02 Jean Craighead George, American writer (Julie of the Wolves), born in Washington, D.C. (2012)
  • 1919-07-30 Berniece Baker Miracle, American writer (My Sister Marilyn) and half-sister of Marilyn Monroe, born in Venice, Los Angeles
  • 1919-07-31 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1919-07-31 Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (Survival in Auschwitz), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1987)
  • 1919-08-26 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1919-09-08 Gianni Brera, Italian sports journalist and writer, born in San Zenone al Po, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1919-09-10 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (d. 1988)
  • 1919-09-16 Laurence J. Peter, Canadian author (Peter Principle), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1990)
  • 1919-10-15 Edwin Charles Tubb, British sci-fi writer (Earth is Heaven, Earthfall), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1919-10-16 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1919-11-05 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer, born in Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 1978)
  • 1919-11-08 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2000)
  • 1919-12-29 Pieter Terpstra, Dutch journalist & writer (De dei is forroun/Havank-T), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1920-01-01 Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is Missing), born in Liverpool (d. 1996)

Person of interestIsaac Asimov

1920-01-02 Isaac Asimov, Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), born in Petrovichi, Russia (d. 1992)

Author and Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author and Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov

Person of interestFederico Fellini

1920-01-20 Federico Fellini, Italian film director & scriptwriter (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita), born in Rimini, Italy (d. 1993)

Film Director and Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film Director and Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1920-01-22 Piet Van Lishout, Flemish writer (Eva & I)
  • 1920-02-10 Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)
  • 1920-02-13 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter ("Love Hurts"; "Bye Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1920-02-15 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Klinkaart, Het begeren), born in Terhagen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1984
  • 1920-02-16 Hubert van Herreweghen, Flemish writer/journalist
  • 1920-02-19 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (d. 2007)
  • 1920-02-26 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)
  • 1920-03-06 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), born in Llandudno, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1920-03-10 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (d. 1959)
  • 1920-03-16 Sid Fleischman, American author, and screenplay writer (The Whipping Boy; Blood Alley: The Abracadabra Kid), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1920-03-23 Jimmy Edwards, British comedy writer and actor (Take It From Here, Whack-O!), born in Barnes, Surrey, England (d. 1988)
  • 1920-03-31 Marga Minco [Sara Menco], Dutch journalist and writer (Bitter Herb), born in Ginneken, Netherlands

Person of interestToshiro Mifune

1920-04-01 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 1997)

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 1920-04-11 Marlen Haushofer, Austrian writer (The Wall), born in Frauenstein, Austria (d. 1970)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1701 - 1,800 of 2,663

  • 1984-10-19 Henri Michaux, Belgian-born French poet and writer (Miserable Miracle), dies at 85
  • 1984-11-18 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), dies at 77
  • 1984-12-11 George Waggner, director/writer, dies at 90
  • 1984-12-14 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977), dies at 86
  • 1985-02-06 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1985-03-15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1985-03-23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist and writer, dies at 85
  • 1985-04-04 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • 1985-04-15 Ben Stroman, Dutch writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard), dies at 82
  • 1985-04-17 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • 1985-05-11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer & poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • 1985-05-18 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), dies at 75
  • 1985-05-25 Robert Nathan, American writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1985-07-16 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1985-07-19 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), dies at 47
  • 1985-08-22 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, dies at 71
  • 1985-09-21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • 1985-09-30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77
  • 1985-10-15 Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72
  • 1985-10-25 Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • 1985-11-16 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), dies at 97
  • 1985-11-24 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter/translator, dies at 67
  • 1985-11-25 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • 1985-11-29 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1985-12-02 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), dies at 63
  • 1985-12-07 Robert Graves, English writer and poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • 1985-12-17 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • 1986-01-04 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • 1986-01-07 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • 1986-01-07 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1986-01-24 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • 1986-01-25 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, dies at 72
  • 1986-02-21 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer ("...And Ladies of the Club"), dies at 90
  • 1986-03-04 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75
  • 1986-03-04 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River), dies at 81
  • 1986-03-08 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • 1986-03-17 John Bagot Glubb, British commandant and writer (A soldier with the Arabs), dies at 88
  • 1986-03-18 Bernard Malamud, American novelist (The Fixer, The Natural, Pulitzer 1967), dies at 71
  • 1986-04-12 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)
  • 1986-04-17 Bessie Head, Botswana writer (When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru, A Question of Power), dies at 49
  • 1986-04-20 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, dies at 73
  • 1986-04-22 Mircea Eliade, Romanian religious historian (Le Yoga) & author, dies at 79
  • 1986-05-25 Chester Bowles, American ambassador and writer (Conscience of a Liberal), dies at 85
  • 1986-05-27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • 1986-06-06 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • 1986-08-01 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, dies at 70
  • 1986-08-06 Manfred Hausmann, writer, dies at 87
  • 1986-08-16 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1986-08-31 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), dies at 56
  • 1986-11-20 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, dies at 76
  • 1987-01-16 Ilse Langen, writer, dies at 87
  • 1987-01-16 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • 1987-01-19 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • 1987-01-21 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • 1987-02-08 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], writer, dies
  • 1987-02-22 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • 1987-03-19 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), dies at 77
  • 1987-04-04 C. L. Moore, American science fiction and fantasy writer (Judgment Night), dies at 76
  • 1987-04-11 Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • 1987-05-04 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, dies at 59
  • 1987-06-07 John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • 1987-06-18 Bruce Marshall, Scottish writer, dies at 87
  • 1987-07-18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87

Person of interestJames Baldwin

1987-11-30 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), dies at 63

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • 1987-12-01 James Arthur Baldwin, writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • 1987-12-11 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (RamalKhuna), dies at 1987
  • 1987-12-27 Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China, dies at 90
  • 1988-02-07 Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • 1988-02-15 Neil R. Jones, American sci-fi writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • 1988-03-27 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • 1988-03-30 Edgar Faure, Prime Minister of France (1952, 52-56) and writer, dies at 79

Person of interestAlan Paton

1988-04-12 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, dies of cancer at 85

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • 1988-04-16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician and writer (Fascism is War!), dies at 90
  • 1988-05-08 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 1988-05-10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85
  • 1988-06-10 Louis L'Amour, American western writer (Bowdrie), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1988-06-23 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • 1988-06-28 Kurt Raab, writer/actor (Boarding School, Stationmaster's Wife), dies
  • 1988-07-01 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), dies at 68
  • 1988-07-07 Jimmy Edwards, British comedy writer and actor (Take It From Here, Whack-O!), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • 1988-08-02 Raymond Carver, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • 1988-08-14 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1988-08-21 H. G. Adler, German writer (The Journey), dies at 78
  • 1988-09-21 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • 1988-10-01 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (People's Palace), dies at 90
  • 1988-10-18 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • 1988-10-27 Hannah Tillich, German-American writer (Harbor Mouse) and wife of Paul Tillich, dies at 92
  • 1988-11-07 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, dies at 74
  • 1988-11-22 Erich Fried, Austrian-British writer, dies at 67
  • 1988-12-30 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)
  • 1989-01-18 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49
  • 1989-02-08 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • 1989-02-12 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", dies at 58
  • 1989-02-28 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 46
  • 1989-04-16 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • 1989-04-19 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • 1989-04-21 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1989-04-28 Olaf J. de Landell, Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • 1989-05-02 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1989-05-19 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)