Writers in History (Part 18)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,893

  • 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)
  • 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, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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, Dutch composer/writer
  • 1919-09-16 Laurence J. Peter, Canadian author (Peter Princible), 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)
  • 1919-12-29 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, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, 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 (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), 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)
  • 1920-03-10 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (d. 1959)
  • 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 [Sara Voeten-] Minco, Dutch writer (Bitter Herb)

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)
  • 1920-04-17 Bengt Anderberg, Swedish poet and writer (Kain), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1920-04-29 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1920-05-02 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1920-05-15 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet
  • 1920-06-05 Cornelius Ryan, Irish war reporter and historian (Bridge too Far), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1974)
  • 1920-06-11 Irving Howe, American writer and critic (World of Our Fathers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1920-06-18 Aster Berkhof, [Louis Van de Bergh], Flemish writer (Furious Christ)
  • 1920-06-30 Sam Moskowitz, American writer and historian of science fiction, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1920-08-02 Louis Pauwels, French writer and editor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • 1920-08-03 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Cover Her Face), born in Oxford, England (d. 2014)
  • 1920-08-09 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer, born in Lizzano in Belvedere, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1920-08-16 Charles Bukowski, German-born American columnist (Notes of a Dirty Old Man) and writer (Hollywood: A Novel) who was described as a "laureate of American lowlife", born in Andernach, Weimar Republic Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1920-08-22 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1989)
  • 1920-08-30 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), born in Durham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1920-09-01 Hubert Lampo, Flemish writer/essayist (Coming of Joachim Stiller)
  • 1920-10-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet and writer (Dikt, Jonas), born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1976)
  • 1920-10-17 Miguel Delibes, Spanish writer
  • 1920-10-31 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), born in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2010)
  • 1920-11-03 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), born in Minjerribah, Queensland, Australia (d. 1993)
  • 1920-12-07 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet and writer, born in As Sallum, Egypt (d. 2002)
  • 1920-12-10 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), born in Chechelnyk, Ukrainian People's Republic (d. 1977)
  • 1921-01-13 Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • 1921-01-19 Patricia Highsmith, [Plangman], US/Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)
  • 1921-01-20 Bernt Engelmann, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1994)

Person of interestBetty Friedan

1921-02-04 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (The Feminine Mystique), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • 1921-02-15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
  • 1921-02-24 Ludvik Aschkenazy, Czech writer (Brutus), (d. 1986)
  • 1921-03-23 Wolfgang Altendorfer, writer
  • 1921-03-28 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1921-05-06 Erich Fried, Austrian-British writer, born in Vienna (d. 1988)
  • 1921-05-12 Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist, born in Belleville, Ontario, (d. 2014)
  • 1921-05-20 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1947)
  • 1921-06-11 Beatrice "Fiet" van Ommeren-Samson, Suriname writer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2012)
  • 1921-06-12 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • 1921-06-12 Christopher Derrick, British writer, born in Hungerford, Berkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1921-06-29 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), born in Bourgoin-Jallieu, Isère, France (d. 2000)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1701 - 1,800 of 2,566

  • 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)
  • 1986-11-20 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
  • 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, Amercian 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, Dutch composer/writer, 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, writer, dies at 67
  • 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)
  • 1989-05-20 Erzsébet Galgoczi, Hungarian writer, dies at 58
  • 1989-05-31 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • 1989-06-09 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • 1989-07-17 Heinz Risse, German writer, dies at 91
  • 1989-08-23 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • 1989-08-26 Irving Stone, American writer (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), dies
  • 1989-09-04 Georges Simenon, Belgian born writer and director (Maigret detective novels), dies at 86
  • 1989-09-15 Robert Penn Warren, American poet and novelist (All the King's Men, Pulitzer 1946), dies at 84
  • 1989-09-26 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • 1989-10-25 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies at 91
  • 1989-11-25 Birago Diop, Senegalese writer and ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs), dies at 82

Person of interestSamuel Beckett

1989-12-22 Samuel Beckett, Irish French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1990-02-17 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • 1990-03-20 Jannetje Visser-Roosendaal, Dutch writer, dies at 90
  • 1990-04-14 Martin Kessel, writer, dies on 89th birthday
  • 1990-04-15 Ulrich Becher, German writer & playwright, dies at 80
  • 1990-05-04 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • 1990-05-07 Berta Waterstradt, German writer and actress, dies at 82
  • 1990-05-13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies
  • 1990-05-22 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), dies of heart failure at 71
  • 1990-05-28 Giorgio Manganelli, writer, dies at 67
  • 1990-06-01 Eric Barker, actor/writer (Carry on Sergeant, Roommates), dies
  • 1990-07-21 Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (Buenos Aires Affair), dies at 57
  • 1990-08-02 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1990-08-19 Ben Rutgers Van de Loeff-Basenau, children's book writer, dies at 80
  • 1990-08-20 Marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist and writer, dies at 90
  • 1990-08-24 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, dies at 48
  • 1990-08-24 Gailli AbedElrhman, Sudanese writer (b. 1931)
  • 1990-08-25 Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (b. 1903)
  • 1990-09-08 Denys Watkins-Pitchford, British writer and illustrator (The Little Grey Men), dies at 85
  • 1990-09-26 Alberto Moravia [Pincherle], Italian writer (Woman in Red), dies at 82
  • 1990-09-30 Michel Levis, French cultural anthropologist/writer, dies
  • 1990-09-30 Patrick White, Australian writer and playwright (Nobel Prize for Literature 1973), dies at 78
  • 1990-09-30 Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and journalist, dies at 60
  • 1990-11-07 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1990-11-30 Hilde Spiel, Austrian writer, dies at 78
  • 1990-12-07 Horst Bienek, German writer and director (The First Polka), dies at 60
  • 1990-12-14 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright & novelist (The Physicists, The Visit). dies of heart failure at 69
  • 1991-01-01 Charles B. Timmer, Dutch writer (Russia Black on White), dies at 83