Writers in History (Part 21)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,940

  • 1926-08-06 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1926-08-12 Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1926-08-14 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France (d. 1977)

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1926-08-17 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 1926-09-16 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes), born in Fairmont, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1926-09-19 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1926-10-02 Jan Morris, Welsh journalist, historian and travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys), born in Clevedon, Somerset, England (d. 2020)
  • 1926-10-15 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1926-11-23 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926-12-09 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-British psychologist and writer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1926-12-17 Jeremy Brooks, English writer (Jampot Smith), born in Southampton (d. 1994)
  • 1927-02-03 Joan Lowery Nixon, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1927-02-28 Bernard Frank, French writer and oriental scholar, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2006)
  • 1927-03-03 William Kurelek, Canadian artist and writer (The Maze, Passion of Christ series), born near Whitford, Alberta (d. 1977)
  • 1927-03-07 Jean-Paul Desbiens, Quebec writer and teacher (d. 2006)
  • 1927-03-17 Nancy Sheehan, writer
  • 1927-03-24 Martin Walser, German writer, born in Wasserburg am Bodensee
  • 1927-04-13 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), born in Nice, France (d. 1983)

Person of interestAlbert Uderzo

1927-04-25 Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist and script writer (Asterix comic books), born in Fismes, Marne, France (d. 2020)

Cartoonist Albert Uderzo
Cartoonist
Albert Uderzo
  • 1927-05-14 Herbert W. Franke, Austrian writer
  • 1927-05-27 Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People's Newspaper)
  • 1927-05-28 Francois Nourissier, French writer (Un petit bourgeois)
  • 1927-05-29 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1987)
  • 1927-06-12 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1927-07-05 W. M. Diggelmann, Swiss writer (appeared in The self-destruction of W. M. Diggelmann), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1979)
  • 1927-07-18 Ludwig Harig, German writer, born in Sulzbach (d. 2018)
  • 1927-07-19 Jan Myrdal, Swedish writer and journalist (Albania Defiant), born in Bromma, Stockholm
  • 1927-07-29 Harry K V Mulisch, writer (Message to King Rat)
  • 1927-07-31 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, born in Zurich (d. 1988)
  • 1927-08-08 Elis Juliana, Antillian writer/poet (Lady of the Night: A flower)
  • 1927-08-08 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • 1927-09-14 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1927-09-27 Boris Porena, Italian composer, poet, and writer, born in Rome

Person of interestGünter Grass

1927-10-16 Günter Grass, German writer and playwright (The Tin Drum) and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), born in Danzig

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 1927-10-20 Oskar Pastior, Romanian-born German writer (Oulipo), born in Sibiu (d. 2006)
  • 1927-11-24 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (d. 2003)
  • 1927-12-10 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director and writer (One Life to Live, All My Children), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1927-12-16 G Randall P D Garrett, American sci-fi writer (Takeoff (too)!)
  • 1927-12-18 Sterling Lanier, American writer (Hiero's Journey)
  • 1927-12-31 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), born in Riesa, Saxony (d. 2008)
  • 1928-01-02 Gerhard Amanshauser, writer
  • 1928-01-02 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

1928-01-07 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 1928-01-16 William Kennedy, American writer
  • 1928-02-22 Paul Dooley, American actor, writer and comedian(16 Candles, Strange Brew, Wedding), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1928-02-25 Larry Gelbart, American television writer, playwright, director and author, best known as creator and producer of M*A*S*H, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1928-02-25 Richard Stern, American writer
  • 1928-03-03 Gudrun Pausewang, Eastern Bohemia, German writer
  • 1928-03-04 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), born in Nottingham (d. 2010)
  • 1928-03-19 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), born in Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1928-03-26 G. Harry Stine, American science fiction writer (d. 1997)
  • 1928-04-01 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Dutch writer/director (Hadimassa)
  • 1928-04-04 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1928-04-23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1928-05-05 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter (The Anderson Platoon), born in Chamalieres, France (d. 2012)
  • 1928-05-24 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), born in Mitchelstown, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1928-06-02 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher
  • 1928-06-05 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), born in Rickenbach (d. 1994)
  • 1928-06-13 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, born in Zurich (d. 2006)
  • 1928-06-19 Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002)
  • 1928-06-23 Michael Shaara, American writer (Killer Angels), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1928-06-28 Harold Evans, English-American journalist and writer (editor of The Sunday Times), born in Patricroft, England
  • 1928-07-03 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance), born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1928-07-03 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1977)
  • 1928-07-04 Paul de Wispelaere, Flemish writer and critic, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2016)
  • 1928-07-18 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1928-07-19 John Bratby, English painter and writer (Breakdown), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 1992)
  • 1928-07-20 Pavel Kohout, Czech and Austrian writer (Poor Murderer) and dissident, born in Prague
  • 1928-07-26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet, born in Allahabad, India (d. 1980)
  • 1928-08-21 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), born in Golungo Alto, Portuguese Angola (d. 1990)
  • 1928-08-31 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer
  • 1928-09-02 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author (d. 1996)
  • 1928-09-20 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1928-10-04 Torben Ulrich, Danish tennis player, musician, writer, filmmaker and father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1928-10-24 Gabriel Laub, Polish writer, born in Bochnia, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1928-12-22 Piero Angela, Italian television host & writer (Control), born in Turin, Italy
  • 1928-12-31 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, born in Viipuri (d. 2015)
  • 1929-02-06 Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer, born in Boconó, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • 1929-03-09 Marie Cardinal, French writer (La Clé Sur La Porte), born in French Algeria (d. 2001)
  • 1929-03-13 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, born in Heswall, Cheshire (d. 2015)
  • 1929-03-29 Yayoi Kusama, Japanese artist and writer, born in Matsumoto, Japan
  • 1929-04-01 Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1929-04-05 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1929-04-06 Willis Hall, British writer
  • 1929-04-29 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), born in Rostock (d. 2007)
  • 1929-05-03 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India (d. 1994)
  • 1929-05-14 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • 1929-05-16 Adrienne Rich, American feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1929-05-26 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2013)
  • 1929-06-06 Viktor Konetsky, Russian screenwriter, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2002)
  • 1929-06-12 Jameel Jalibi, Pakistani scholar, writer, and Urdu linguist, born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, British India
  • 1929-07-07 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and critic, born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 2003)
  • 1929-07-24 Hedda J. Garza, American writer and political activist, born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1929-07-28 Remco [Wouter] Campert, Dutch writer, poet, son of Jan Campert
  • 1929-07-31 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1929-08-14 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1929-08-31 Julio Ramon Ribeyro, writer
  • 1929-09-14 Larry Collins, American writer, born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1929-10-24 Jim Brosnan, American baseball player and writer (Long Season), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1929-10-24 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), born in Kalimanitza, Montana region, Bulgaria (d. 2004)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,621

  • 1995-06-03 Jean-Patrick Manchette, French thriller writer (3 to Kill, The Prone Gunman), dies at 52
  • 1995-06-04 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), dies at 80
  • 1995-06-06 James Anderson, writer, dies at 41
  • 1995-06-14 Roger Joseph Zelazny, sci-fi writer, dies of cancer at 60
  • 1995-06-19 Richard Bernard Pape, POW escaper/writer, dies at 79
  • 1995-06-20 Emil Mihai Cioran, Romanina born writer and aphorist, dies at 84
  • 1995-06-30 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, dies at 63
  • 1995-07-06 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer, dies at 79
  • 1995-07-07 Geoffrey Freeman Allen, railway writer, dies at 73
  • 1995-07-16 Eleanore "May" Sarton, Belgian-American writer (Land of Silence), dies at 83
  • 1995-07-16 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), dies at 86
  • 1995-08-03 Edward Whittemore, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 1995-08-10 Donald Bisset, British children book writer, illustrator (Upside Down Stories) and actor (Battle of the Sexes), dies of natural causes at 84
  • 1995-08-11 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer and restaurateur, dies at 81
  • 1995-08-13 Per-Jakez Helias, Writer/teacher, dies at 81
  • 1995-08-13 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-British psychologist and writer, dies at 68
  • 1995-08-20 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1995-08-23 Hedda J. Garza, American writer and political activist, dies at 66
  • 1995-08-25 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), dies at 60
  • 1995-08-28 Michael Ende, German writer (The Neverending Story), dies at 65
  • 1995-08-29 Thomas Strittmatter, German writer, dies at 33
  • 1995-09-01 Elizabeth Brown, minister healer and writer, dies at 32
  • 1995-09-07 Gordon DeMarco, writer/activist, dies at 51
  • 1995-09-08 Eileen Zhang Ailing Chang, writer, dies at 73
  • 1995-09-08 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, dies at 78
  • 1995-09-12 Geoffrey Stokes, rock & roll writer, dies at 55
  • 1995-09-21 Peter Shankland, filmmaker/writer, dies at 94
  • 1995-09-25 Bessie [Annie Elizabeth] Delany, American dentist and civil rights pioneer, dies at 104
  • 1995-10-04 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), dies at 81
  • 1995-10-13 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), dies at 89
  • 1995-10-18 John Gardener, boatbuilder/writer, dies at 90
  • 1995-10-21 Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, writer, dies at 58
  • 1995-10-22 Ralph Whitlock, British farmer, conservationist, writer, and broadcaster, dies at 81
  • 1995-10-30 Terry Southern, writer, dies at 71
  • 1995-11-01 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, British critic and writer (co-author of The Record Guide), dies at 88
  • 1995-11-10 Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer and environmentalist, dies at 54
  • 1995-11-11 René Wellek, Czech-American writer (Concepts of Criticism), dies at 92
  • 1995-11-12 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer, dies at 56
  • 1995-11-17 Marguerite Young, writer, dies at 87
  • 1995-11-22 Norman Potter, English cabinetmaker, designer and writer, dies at 72
  • 1995-11-26 Charles Warrell, English schoolteacher and creator of the I-Spy books, dies at 106
  • 1995-11-26 Terri Jewell, writer, dies at 40
  • 1995-12-10 Gillian Rose, philosopher/writer, dies at 48
  • 1995-12-27 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1996-01-05 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, dies at 88
  • 1996-01-17 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, dies at 83
  • 1996-01-17 Giles Playfair, English writer, dies at 85
  • 1996-01-22 Efua Sutherland, Ghanaian writer (Nyamekye), dies at 71
  • 1996-01-26 Harold Brodkey, American writer (My Venice), dies at 65
  • 1996-01-27 Barbara Skelton, writer, dies at 79
  • 1996-01-28 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman), dies at 81
  • 1996-01-28 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), dies at 55
  • 1996-01-28 Victor "Toby" Neuberg, teacher/writer, dies at 71
  • 1996-02-07 Lydia Korneevna Chukovskaya, writer, dies at 88
  • 1996-02-11 Bob Shaw, Irish sci-fi writer, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1996-02-14 Lady Caroline Blackwood, British journalist and writer (The Last of the Duchess), dies at 64
  • 1996-02-17 Michel Pablo [Michalis N. Raptis], Chilean-Greek writer and Trotskyist revolutionary (Fourth International), dies at 84
  • 1996-02-17 Hervé Bazin, French writer (Head Against the Wall), dies at 84
  • 1996-02-18 Brian Daley, writer, dies at 48
  • 1996-02-18 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, dies at 64
  • 1996-02-21 H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, dies at 81
  • 1996-03-03 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), dies at 81
  • 1996-03-09 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author, dies at 67
  • 1996-03-12 John Anthony Bowden Cuddon, writer/teacher, dies at 67
  • 1996-03-22 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), dies at 81
  • 1996-03-26 Tom Wakefield, British writer, dies at 60
  • 1996-04-07 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, dies at 87
  • 1996-04-12 Nancy Sheehan, writer, dies at 69
  • 1996-04-13 Vjekoslav Kaleb, Croatian writer (Splendor of the Fabric), dies at 90
  • 1996-04-16 Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Belgian writer, dies at 89
  • 1996-04-18 Kalim Siddiqui, Pakistani-British writer & Islamic activist, dies at 62
  • 1996-04-23 P. L. Travers, Australian-English writer (Mary Poppins), dies at 96
  • 1996-04-30 David Opatoshu [Opatovsky], American actor and writer (Star Trek, Bonino, Secret Empire, Masada), dies at 78
  • 1996-05-02 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), dies at 73
  • 1996-05-06 Frank Hercules, writer, dies at 85
  • 1996-05-11 Malcolm MacEwen, Scottish conservationist & communist activist, dies at 84
  • 1996-05-14 Qazaleh Alizadeh, writer, dies at 48
  • 1996-05-14 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, dies at 98
  • 1996-05-20 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • 1996-05-22 Rex Collings, writer/publisher, dies at 70
  • 1996-05-24 Joseph Mitchell, American writer (Joe Gould's Secret), dies at 87
  • 1996-06-02 Leon Garield, writer, dies at 74
  • 1996-06-06 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer, dies at 70
  • 1996-06-09 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), dies at 77
  • 1996-06-10 Uno Chiyo, Japanese writer (Confessions of Love), dies at 98
  • 1996-06-15 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Scottish adventurer, soldier, writer and politician and an inspiration for Ian Flemings James Bond, dies at 85
  • 1996-06-18 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist, dies at 73
  • 1996-06-20 Michel Lebrun, crime writer, dies at 65
  • 1996-06-28 Piers Gray, critic/writer, dies at 49
  • 1996-06-30 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet, dies at 76
  • 1996-07-02 Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer, dies at 86
  • 1996-07-10 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman, dies at 79
  • 1996-07-28 Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and writer (How to Know Birds), dies at 87
  • 1996-08-08 George Richard Samways, children's writer, dies at 101
  • 1996-08-08 Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, dies at 80
  • 1996-08-08 Julian Stryjkowski, Polish journalist and writer known for his radical leftist leanings, dies at 91
  • 1996-08-24 Robert Louis Tewdwr Moss, journalist/travel writer, dies at 42
  • 1996-08-25 Dai Houying, writer, dies at 58
  • 1996-08-28 Phyllis Pearsall, painter/writer, dies at 89
  • 1996-09-08 Elizabeth Eyre de Lanaux, designer artist/writer, dies at 102