Writers in History (Part 20)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,942

  • 1923-09-11 Betsy Drake, French-born American actress and writer (Every Girl Should be Married), born in Paris, France (d. 2015)
  • 1923-09-22 Dannie Abse, Welsh poet and writer
  • 1923-09-24 Ladislav Fuks, Czech writer, born in Prague (d. 1994)
  • 1923-10-05 Stig Dagerman, Swedish writer (Burned Child), born in Älvkarleby, Uppsala County, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • 1923-10-06 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), born in Hemite, Osmaniye, Ottoman Empire (d. 2015)
  • 1923-10-20 Robert Craft, American conductor, writer and friend of Stravinsky, born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1923-12-03 Trevor Bailey, English cricket all-rounder, writer and broadcaster (61 Tests, top score 134, 132 wickets; BBC), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England (d. 2011)
  • 1923-12-05 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), born in Makarovskaya, Vologda Oblast (d. 1984)
  • 1923-12-10 Jorge Semprún, Spanish-French writer (2nd mort de R Mercader, Z), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2011)
  • 1923-12-14 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys), born in Amsterdam (d. 2006)
  • 1923-12-16 Tip [Silvio A] Marugg, Antillian writer (Weekend pilgrimage)
  • 1923-12-21 Intizar Hussain, Urdu writer and columnist, born in Dibai, Bulandshahr (d. 2016) (approx. date)
  • 1924-01-30 Lloyd Alexander, American writer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1924-02-01 H. Richard Hornberger, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1924-02-17 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, writer (Murder at FBI) and pianist, born in Independence, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1924-03-08 Victor "Toby" Neuberg, teacher/writer
  • 1924-03-15 Yuri Bondarev, Russian writer (Silence), born in Orsk
  • 1924-03-28 Gerhard Fritsch, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 1969)
  • 1924-04-07 Johannes Mario Simmel, Austrian writer
  • 1924-04-15 John Grigg, 2nd Baron Altrincham, British writer and historian, born in Westminster, London (d. 2001)
  • 1924-04-24 Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1924-05-01 Terry Southern, writer
  • 1924-05-02 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, born in Dadu, Pakistan (d. 2004)
  • 1924-06-14 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, born in Alepino (d. 1997)
  • 1924-06-17 Gotthold Gloger, German writer and painter, born in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1924-06-19 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, born in Bytschki, Vitebsk Region (d. 2003)
  • 1924-06-19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), born in Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924-06-27 Efua Sutherland, Ghanaian writer (Nyamekye), born in Cape Coast, Ghana (d. 1996)
  • 1924-07-11 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, born in Hamburg (d. 1996)
  • 1924-08-22 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1989)
  • 1924-08-23 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1924-09-04 Joan Aiken, English writer of children's books (The Whispering Mountain), born in Rye, Sussex, England (d. 2004)
  • 1924-09-27 Josef Skvorecky, Czechoslovakia, writer and publisher (End of the Nylon Age, The Cowards) (d. 2012)
  • 1924-10-05 Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), born in Santiago (d. 1996)
  • 1924-10-15 Marguerite Andersen, German francophone writer and educator, born in Germany
  • 1924-10-18 Frank Liedel [Leo van Assche], Flemish writer (Kaperbrief)
  • 1924-10-29 Zbigniew Herbert, Polish poet and writer, born in Lwów, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1924-11-07 Wolf Mankowitz, English playwright and writer (A Kid for Two Farthings), born in Spitalfields, London (d. 1998)
  • 1924-12-19 Michel Tournier, French writer (Friday, or, The Other Island), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1924-12-25 Rod Serling, American screenwriter and TV host (The Twilight Zone; Night Gallery), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1924-12-31 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1925-01-07 Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Britain, zoologist/writer (Mockery Bird)
  • 1925-01-09 Abdelhamid ben Hadouga, Algerian writer, born in Mansoura, Algeria (d. 1996)
  • 1925-01-20 Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan Catholic priest, politician and writer, born in Granada, Nicaragua
  • 1925-01-20 Eugen Gomringer, Bolivian-born German poet, born in Cachuela Esperanza, Bolivia
  • 1925-01-21 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway writer
  • 1925-02-07 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, born in Linz (d. 1986)
  • 1925-02-27 Richard AFM Auwerda, Dutch journalist/writer
  • 1925-03-27 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2015)
  • 1925-04-12 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, born in Hendon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1925-05-27 Tony Hillerman, American writer (Navajo Tribal Police), born in Sacred Heart Oklahoma,
  • 1925-06-03 Gerhard Zwerenz, writer
  • 1925-06-14 Barbara Avedon, American scriptwriter (Bewitched), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1925-06-18 Rex Collings, English publisher (Rex Collings), (d. 1996)
  • 1925-07-07 Yvonne Mitchell, writer (Johnny Nobody, Genghis Khan), born in London, England
  • 1925-07-24 Ignacio Aldecoa, Spanish writer (Gran Sol, Caballo the Pica), born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (d. 1969)
  • 1925-08-01 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer (Otto's Pug), born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • 1925-08-07 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1925-08-17 John Hawkes, American writer (2nd Skin), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 1998)
  • 1925-08-25 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, born in Queensland, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1925-08-26 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and writer (d. 1999)
  • 1925-08-30 Laurent de Brunhoff, French writer and illustrator (Babar the Elephant), born in Paris
  • 1925-09-04 Forrest [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1979)
  • 1925-10-08 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1925-10-11 Elmore Leonard, American writer (Glitz, Mr Majestyk, Touch, 52 Pick-Up), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1925-10-13 Frank D. Gilroy, American writer (Subject Was Roses), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-28 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2006)
  • 1925-10-29 Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • 1925-11-15 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (d. 1988)
  • 1925-11-24 Alun Owen, North Wales, writer (Hard Days Night)/actor (Servant)
  • 1925-11-27 John Maddox, British science writer and editor (Nature), born in Penllergaer, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1925-12-10 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer (Yin, Pulitzer 1985), born in Spokane, Washington, (d. 2014)
  • 1925-12-19 Tankred Dorst, German playwright, born in Oberlind
  • 1925-12-28 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), born in Ulm, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1926-01-13 Michael Bond, British writer
  • 1926-01-14 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer & activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)
  • 1926-01-17 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • 1926-01-20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet & writer, born in New Delhi, India (d. 2015)
  • 1926-01-20 Qurratulain Hyder, Indian Urdu novelist & writer, born in Aligarh, India (d. 2007)
  • 1926-01-22 Tom Blackburn, writer
  • 1926-02-02 Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), born in Rancho, Aruba (d. 2012)
  • 1926-02-04 John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer
  • 1926-02-08 Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)
  • 1926-03-12 Hildy Park, American actress and writer (To Tell the Truth), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2004)
  • 1926-03-12 John C[lellon] Holmes, American writer (Horn)
  • 1926-03-17 Siegfried Lenz, German writer (Ein Kriegsende)
  • 1926-03-21 Andre Delvaux, Heverie Belgium, director/writer (Benvenuta)
  • 1926-03-27 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1926-04-14 Frank Daniel, Czech-born writer, director and teacher (d. 1996)
  • 1926-05-04 Gerlind Reinshagen, German writer, born in Konigsberg, Germany
  • 1926-05-20 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter
  • 1926-06-01 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1926-06-14 Hermann Kant, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 2016)
  • 1926-06-26 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, born in Nowa Wilejka, Wilenskie (d. 2015)
  • 1926-07-01 François-Régis Bastide, French writer and broadcaster, born in Biarritz, France (d. 1996)
  • 1926-07-02 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer, journalist, (d. 2007)
  • 1926-07-17 Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
  • 1926-07-18 Robert Sloman, English screenwriter, born in Oldham, Lancashire, England (d. 2005)
  • 1926-07-18 Margaret Laurence, Canadian writer (The Stone Angel), born in Neepawa, Manitoba (d. 1987)
  • 1926-07-19 Max Sordam, Suriname warden and writer (Dictionary Sranantongo)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,621

  • 1993-02-08 Douglas Heyes, director/writer (Kitten with a Whip), dies at 73
  • 1993-02-27 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, dies at 82
  • 1993-02-28 Franco Brusati, Italian dir/writer (Bread & Chocolate), dies at 70
  • 1993-03-04 Richard Sale, writer/director (Oscar, Torpedo Run), dies at 80
  • 1993-03-06 Douglas Marland, American soap opera writer (As the World Turns), dies at 58
  • 1993-03-11 Manuel da Fonseca, Portuguese writer (Cerro Maior), dies at 81
  • 1993-03-12 Michael Kanin, American director, writer and actor (Woman of the Year, Teacher's Pet), dies at 83
  • 1993-03-15 Anthony Bowles, music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
  • 1993-03-16 Giovanni Testori, Italian writer (Arialda), dies at 69
  • 1993-03-23 Hans Werner Richter, German writer/founder (Gruppe 47), dies at 84
  • 1993-04-03 Eduardo Cabellero Calderon, Colombian writer/diplomat, dies at 83
  • 1993-04-14 Jo Boer, Dutch painter and author (Catharina & the Magnolias), dies at 85
  • 1993-04-15 Leslie Charteris, British mystery writer (Saint), dies at 85
  • 1993-04-23 Bertus Aafjes, poet/writer (World is a Muze), dies at 78
  • 1993-04-27 Hans Sahl, German-American anti-Nazi Jewish writer (Tie Exil im Exil), dies at 90
  • 1993-05-05 Irving Howe, American writer and critic (Dissent), dies at 72
  • 1993-05-08 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), dies at 70
  • 1993-05-15 Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese writer, poet, and diplomat (b. 1933)
  • 1993-05-18 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect & writer, dies at 67
  • 1993-06-06 James Bridges, writer/director (Paper Chase), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1993-06-11 Muriel C. Bradbrook, English writer (Rise of Common Player), dies at 84
  • 1993-07-09 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), commits suicide at 81
  • 1993-09-16 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), dies at 72
  • 1993-09-30 Paul Nowee, Dutch writer of children's and youth books. (Arendsoog.. premiejager), dies at 57
  • 1993-10-20 Maurice Dolbier, American actor and author (Nowhere Near Everest; The Bus That Nobody Loved), dies at 81
  • 1993-10-26 H Hardenberg, writer, dies
  • 1993-11-20 Christopher Frank, French writer, dies at 51
  • 1993-12-10 Maroun Bagdadi, director/writer (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies at 42
  • 1993-12-13 Charles JB Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer: Ogentroost, dies at 87
  • 1993-12-16 Richard AFM Auwerda, Dutch journalist/writer (Volkskrant), dies at 68
  • 1993-12-19 Anthonius AM "Ton" Kors, writer (Time of Anton de Lange), dies at 47
  • 1993-12-28 William L Shirer, writer (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich), dies at 89
  • 1994-01-03 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), dies at 92
  • 1994-01-05 William Raynor, writer, dies at 73
  • 1994-01-24 Yves Navarre, French writer (Le Jardin d'acclimatation), dies at 53
  • 1994-01-31 Pierre Boulle, French writer (Executioner), dies at 81
  • 1994-02-06 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74
  • 1994-03-09 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", dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1994-03-14 Sally Mary Caroline Belfrage, writer, dies at 57
  • 1994-03-17 Walter Janka, German writer (Troubles with Truth), dies at 79
  • 1994-03-23 Jim Moloney, American actor and writer, dies of Parkinson's disease at 64
  • 1994-04-05 Marlon Riggs, American writer/director/producer (Ethnic notions), dies at 37
  • 1994-04-07 Evert Hartman, Dutch writer (War Without Friends), dies at 56
  • 1994-04-16 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80
  • 1994-04-16 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), dies at 70
  • 1994-04-27 John Preston, American writer (Gay House, Big Gay Book), dies at 48
  • 1994-04-30 Richard Scarry, American children's book writer and illustrator (What Do People Do All Day?), dies at 74
  • 1994-05-02 Louis Calaferte, writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65
  • 1994-05-11 Lewis B Puller, American writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
  • 1994-05-15 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, dies at 71
  • 1994-05-19 Jacques Ellul, French writer and philosopher, dies at 82
  • 1994-05-24 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Bird House), dies at 48
  • 1994-05-28 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, dies at 77
  • 1994-05-30 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan novelist (La vida breve), dies at 85
  • 1994-06-26 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, dies at 65
  • 1994-06-27 Jeremy Brooks, English writer (Jampot Smith), dies at 67
  • 1994-07-04 Juan Gil-Albert, Spanish poet and writer, dies at 90
  • 1994-08-08 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer and playwright (Russky Lesson), dies at 95
  • 1994-08-14 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, dies at 77
  • 1994-08-17 Elias Canetti, Bulgarian writer (1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, buried next to James Joyce at 89
  • 1994-08-19 Ladislav Fuks, Czech writer, dies at 70
  • 1994-08-22 Leo Lerman, American writer and editor (Condé Nast Publications), dies at 80
  • 1994-08-31 Barbara Avedon, American scriptwriter (Bewitched), dies at 69
  • 1994-09-21 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway Writer, dies at 69
  • 1994-09-24 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), dies of pulmonary cancer at 66
  • 1994-09-26 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, dies at 77
  • 1994-10-10 Chaim Raphael, English Jewish scholar and writer, dies at 86
  • 1994-10-15 Karl Edward Wagner, American sci-fi author (Bloodstone, Night Winds), dies at 48
  • 1994-10-30 Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster, dies at 40
  • 1994-11-08 Michael O'Donoghue, American comedy writer (SNL), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54
  • 1994-11-12 Michael John Innes Mackintosh Stewart Innes, writer, dies at 88
  • 1994-11-14 John I M Stewart, detective writer (A Comedy of Terrors), dies at 88
  • 1994-11-19 Julian Gustave Symons, British crime writer and poet, dies at 82
  • 1994-11-20 John Lucarotti, British Canadian scriptwriter (Doctor Who), dies at 68
  • 1994-12-05 Richard Brian Waring Barton-Chapple, writer, dies at 69
  • 1994-12-12 John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer, dies at 68
  • 1995-01-05 Somerset de Chair, British writer, politician and poet, dies at 83
  • 1995-01-10 Halton Kathleen Tynan, writer, dies at 57
  • 1995-01-28 George Woodcock, Canadian writer of political biography and history (Anarchism: A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements), dies at 82
  • 1995-01-28 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic, dies at 83
  • 1995-02-10 Kenton Kilmer, American writer, dies of cancer at 85
  • 1995-02-10 Paul Monette, American writer, dies of AIDS at 49
  • 1995-02-14 Patricia Highsmith, writer, dies at 74
  • 1995-02-19 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter (End as a Man), dies at 72
  • 1995-02-23 Norman Hunter, English children's writer (Professor Branestawm), dies at 95
  • 1995-03-10 Richard Baerlein, racing writer, dies at 84
  • 1995-03-26 Vladimir Maksimov, Russian writer and dissident, dies at 64
  • 1995-03-27 Albert Drach, Austrian-Jewish writer, dies at 92
  • 1995-04-03 David Herbert, British writer and raconteur, dies at 86
  • 1995-04-04 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), dies at 81
  • 1995-04-07 Peter Brinson, British ballet and dance writer, lecturer, and promoter (Ballet For All), dies at 75
  • 1995-04-10 Glyn Jones, Welsh writer, dies at 90
  • 1995-04-10 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer, dies at 85
  • 1995-04-19 Igor Hajek, Czech translator and writer, dies at 64

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1995-04-20 Milovan Djilas, Yugoslavian politician and writer (The New Class), dies at 83

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  • 1995-04-26 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor & author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), dies of bone cancer at 88
  • 1995-04-27 Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch writer, dies at 73
  • 1995-05-06 Maria Pia de Braganca, Portuguese journalist and writer who claimed to be the bastard daughter of King Carlos I of Portugal, dies at 88
  • 1995-05-11 David Avidan, Israeli poet, dies at 62
  • 1995-06-03 Frank Waters, American writer, dies at 92