Writers in History (Part 19)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1801 - 1,900 of 2,984

  • 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)
  • 1920-06-09 June Braybrooke [Isobel English], English writer (Every Eye), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 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), born in Rijkevorsel, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1920-08-02 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 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)
  • 1921-07-16 Trevor Illtyd Williams, scientific writer, born in Bristol, England (d. 1996)
  • 1921-07-26 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)

Person of interestAlex Haley

1921-08-11 Alex Haley, American writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)

Writer Alex Haley
Writer
Alex Haley
  • 1921-09-01 Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch writer (Mandarins on Sulfuric Acid)
  • 1921-09-19 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (d. 1997)
  • 1921-09-30 Eileen Zhang Ailing Chang, writer
  • 1921-10-20 Hans Warren, Dutch writer/poet/critic (Secret Diary)
  • 1921-10-27 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, born in Minburn, Iowa (d. 2017)
  • 1921-11-01 Ilse Aichinger, Austrian writer (Die größere Hoffnung), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1921-11-27 Ole Sarvig, Danish writer and critic (Limbo, Glem Ikke), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1981)

Person of interestSteve Allen

1921-12-26 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, writer and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1921-12-29 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President 1992-93), born in Velika Drenova, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2014)
  • 1922-01-11 Ernle Bradford, English historian and writer (d. 1986)
  • 1922-01-25 Jules de Palm, Antilles writer, born in Curaçao (d. 2013)
  • 1922-01-25 Raymond Baxter, English television presenter & writer (Fast Lady), born in Ilford, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1922-02-15 Herman Kahn, NJ, writer (Thinking About the Unthinkable)
  • 1922-02-16 Paul van 't Veer, Dutch journalist/writer (Het Vrije Volk)
  • 1922-02-27 Mervyn Jones, author (Nobody's Fault, 5 Hungarian Writers)
  • 1922-03-08 Heinar Kipphardt, German writer and playwright (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer), born in Heidersdorf, Lower Silesia (d. 1982)

Person of interestJack Kerouac

1922-03-12 Jack Kerouac, American Beat writer (On the Road, Mexico Blues), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • 1922-03-16 Geoffrey Freeman Allen, railway writer
  • 1922-03-16 Harding Lemay, American writer (Another World), born in North Bangor, New York

Person of interestCarl Reiner

1922-03-20 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor and writer (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • 1922-03-25 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1922-04-09 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, born in Munich (d. 2005)
  • 1922-04-11 Antoine Blondin, French writer (L'Europe buissonnière), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1922-04-27 Martin Gray, Polish-born American writer, holocaust survivor, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2016)
  • 1922-05-12 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (d. 1998)
  • 1922-05-15 Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun
  • 1922-06-27 Herbert Ziergiebel, German writer, born in Nordhorn, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1922-07-24 Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer, born in Louiseville, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1922-07-26 Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1922-08-09 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), born in Radford, Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1985)
  • 1922-08-17 Paul Wiens, German writer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1982)
  • 1922-08-29 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), born in Haifa (d. 1996)
  • 1922-09-04 Per Olof Sundman, Swedish writer and politician, born in Vaxholm, Sweden (d. 1992)
  • 1922-09-09 Manolis Glezos, Greek politician and writer
  • 1922-10-10 Boeli van Leeuwen, Antillian writer (Vreemdeling Op Aarde), born in Curaçao (d. 2007)
  • 1922-10-15 Agustina Bessa-Luís, Portuguese writer (A Sibila), born in Vila Mea, Portugal
  • 1922-11-15 Giorgio Manganelli, writer

Person of interestJosé Saramago

1922-11-16 José Saramago, Portuguese writer and Nobel laureate, born in Azinhaga, Santarém, Portugal (d. 2010)

Novelist José Saramago
Novelist
José Saramago
  • 1922-12-11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1922-12-16 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist
  • 1922-12-16 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1922-12-22 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)

Person of interestStan Lee

1922-12-28 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 1922-12-29 William Gaddis, American novelist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1923-01-06 Jacobo Timerman, Soviet-born Argentine writer, born in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 1999)
  • 1923-01-10 Ingeborg Drewitz, German writer & academic, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1923-01-21 Judith Merril [Josephine Juliet Grossman], sci-fi writer
  • 1923-01-25 Eva Zeller, German poet & novelist, born in Eberswalde, Brandenburg
  • 1923-03-01 Kuczka Péter, Hungarian writer and editor (d. 1999)
  • 1923-03-03 Barney Martin, American actor, comedy writer and NYPD detective (Seinfeld), born in Queens, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1923-03-04 Patrick Moore, England, astronomer/writer (A-Z of Astronomy), (d. 2012)
  • 1923-03-11 Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Swiss writer, born in Thalwil, Zurich (d. 1952)
  • 1923-03-27 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1923-03-29 Julia Montgomery Walsh, American businesswoman and stockbroker, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1923-03-30 Herbert Asmodi, writer
  • 1923-04-17 Norman Potter, English cabinetmaker, designer and writer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1923-04-18 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1977)
  • 1923-04-21 John Mortimer, English barrister and writer
  • 1923-04-22 Paula Fox, American writer for children (The Slave Dancer) and adults, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1801 - 1,900 of 2,663

  • 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
  • 1990-06-21 Cedric Belfrage, English writer and journalist (co-founder of National Guardian), dies at 85
  • 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
  • 1991-01-12 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Ragazze di San Frediano), dies at 77
  • 1991-01-19 John Russell, American actor (Apache Uprising, Yellow Sky), dies at 70
  • 1991-01-23 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • 1991-01-26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • 1991-02-21 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point), dies at 47
  • 1991-03-22 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), dies at 82
  • 1991-03-30 Jan Willem Hofstra, Dutch actor/writer (Friends of My Friends), dies

Person of interestGraham Greene

1991-04-03 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • 1991-04-04 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • 1991-04-20 Sean O'Faolain [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • 1991-04-27 Marcus Heeresma, Dutch author (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies at 55
  • 1991-05-06 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • 1991-05-10 Armand HF Boni [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • 1991-05-28 Brigitte B Fischer, writer, dies
  • 1991-05-31 Angus Wilson [Johnstone-W], British writer (Wrong Set), dies
  • 1991-06-07 Antoine Blondin, French writer (L'Europe buissonnière), dies at 69
  • 1991-06-10 Vercors [Jean Bruller], French writer (Silence of Mer), dies
  • 1991-07-06 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (Rex Morgan, M.D.), dies at 79
  • 1991-07-13 Cor Ria Leeman, Flemish (youth)writer, dies
  • 1991-07-24 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American yiddish writer (Yentl, Nobel Prize for Literature 1978), dies at 87
  • 1991-08-17 Leo Geerts [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • 1991-08-21 Richard Wilson, producer/writer/actor (Pay or Die), dies at 75
  • 1991-08-21 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biographer), dies at 74
  • 1991-08-24 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • 1991-08-25 Niven Busch, American screenwriter (Duel in the Sun), dies at 88
  • 1991-08-29 Dallas Adams, British painter, writer and actor (Terror from Within), dies
  • 1991-09-07 John Crosby, American columnist/detective writer dies at 79
  • 1991-09-08 Jan J Lipski, chairman (Polish Socialist Party)/writer, dies
  • 1991-09-29 Sam Ntuli, South African ANC-writer, murdered
  • 1991-10-08 Natalia Ginzburg, Italian writer (Sounds of the Night), dies at 75
  • 1991-10-15 Hotze de Roos, carpenter/kid book writer (Chameleon series), dies
  • 1991-11-29 Frank Yerby, American novelist (The Foxes of Harrow), dies at 75
  • 1991-12-11 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Prof (Swedish Academy), dies
  • 1991-12-13 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (La marge), dies at 82
  • 1991-12-14 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1991-12-20 Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54
  • 1992-01-12 Walt Morey, US children's book writer (Gentle Ben), dies at 84
  • 1992-01-26 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, dies at 63
  • 1992-02-02 Maurice J Hill, writer (Track of Thunder), dies of pneumonia at 89

Person of interestAlex Haley

1992-02-10 Alex Haley, American writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), dies at 70

Writer Alex Haley
Writer
Alex Haley
  • 1992-02-10 Thomas Graftdijk, Dutch writer (Dr Faustus), dies
  • 1992-02-10 Wim Ramaker, Dutch director/writer (On Death Track), dies
  • 1992-02-13 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist and writer (Restless Travel), dies at 61
  • 1992-02-27 S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-American academic, politician (U.S. Senator from California, 1977–83) and writer (Language in Action), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1992-03-06 Emmy Huf, Dutch cabaret performer/writer (I Want Warm Meat), dies
  • 1992-03-12 Philippe Soupault, writer, dies
  • 1992-03-14 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), dies at 65
  • 1992-03-18 Cornelis Bastiaan Vaandrager, Dutch writer & poet (Giant of Rotterdam), dies at 56
  • 1992-03-28 Wendell Mayes, writer, dies of cancer at 72
  • 1992-04-04 Karl Tunberg, US scriptwriter (Ben Hur), dies
  • 1992-04-04 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59

Person of interestIsaac Asimov

1992-04-06 Isaac Asimov, Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), dies from kidney failure at 72

Author and Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author and Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • 1992-04-11 Eve Merriam [Moskovitz], American writer and poet (Inner City Mother Goose), dies of liver cancer at 75
  • 1992-04-28 Iceberg Slim [Robert Beck], African-American writer, dies at 73
  • 1992-05-05 Stefano d'Arrigo, Siciilian writer, dies at 72
  • 1992-05-08 Brian Moore, writer (Catholics), dies of heart failure at 59
  • 1992-05-13 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), commits suicide at 55
  • 1992-05-21 Elizabeth David, British cookbook writer (English Bread and Yeast Cookery), dies after a series of strokes at 72
  • 1992-05-27 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Aankomen in Avignon), dies at 55
  • 1992-06-05 Max Lerner, American writer/columnist (NY Post), dies at 88