Writers in History (Part 21)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,893

  • 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)

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 screen writer (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 politial 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, 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)
  • 1929-07-31 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)
  • 1929-10-25 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, born in Dortmund, Germany (d. 2008)

Person of interestImre Kertész

1929-11-09 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, born in Budapest (d. 2016)

Author and Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész
Author and Nobel Laureate
Imre Kertész
  • 1929-11-11 H M Enzensberger, writer
  • 1929-11-12 Michael Ende, German fantasy and children's writer (The Neverending Story), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria (d. 1995)
  • 1929-11-23 Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and Christian writer
  • 1929-12-08 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1986)

Person of interestWilliam Safire

1929-12-17 William Safire, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • 1929-12-30 Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • 1930-01-23 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2017)
  • 1930-01-29 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), born in Ealing, Middlesex (d. 2006)
  • 1930-02-17 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), born in South Woodford, Essex
  • 1930-02-23 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), (d. 1991)
  • 1930-02-23 Jef Geeraerts, Flemish writer (Black Venus)
  • 1930-02-25 Erica Pedretti, writer
  • 1930-02-27 Peter Stone, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1930-03-27 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist and writer (Bird Watching), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1930-04-08 Julien Van Remoortere, [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist)
  • 1930-04-11 Clive Exton, British scriptwriter and playwright, born in Islington, London
  • 1930-04-12 Bryan Magee, British philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • 1930-04-25 Paul Mazursky, American writer/director (Moscow on the Hudson), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1930-05-07 Horst Bienek, German writer and director (The First Polka), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1930-05-11 Stanley L Elkin, American writer/professor (Living End), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930-06-05 Alifa Rifaat, Egyptian writer (d. 1996)
  • 1930-07-06 Françoise Mallet-Joris, Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2016)
  • 1930-07-06 Hans-Jürgen Heise, German writer, born in Bublitz (d. 2013)
  • 1930-07-12 Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor, director, writer, and voice of "Babar the elephant", born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland
  • 1930-07-14 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,566

  • 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, English writer, 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 Jean Writer-Pierre Herve Bazin, dies at 84
  • 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
  • 1996-04-23 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
  • 1996-09-15 George Scheuer, Austrian writer and journalist, dies at 80
  • 1996-09-29 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), dies at 73
  • 1996-09-30 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor, dies at 59
  • 1996-09-30 Frances Lear, writer, dies at 73
  • 1996-10-09 Joachim Wohlgemuth, German writer, dies at 64
  • 1996-10-10 John Hillaby, English writer and traveller, dies at 79
  • 1996-10-12 Trevor Illtyd williams, scientific writer, dies at 75
  • 1996-10-15 Bernard Frank, oriental scholar/writer, dies at 69
  • 1996-10-16 Eric Malpass, English writer, dies at 85
  • 1996-10-23 Diana Trilling, writer, dies at 91
  • 1996-11-14 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, lloyd's underwriter, dies at 77
  • 1996-11-25 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer, dies at 79
  • 1996-12-07 Eugene Izzi, mystery writer, hangs himself at 43
  • 1996-12-07 Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), dies at 72
  • 1996-12-12 Vance Packard, American journalist and writer (The Hidden Persuaders), dies at 82
  • 1996-12-13 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), dies at 76
  • 1996-12-16 Laurens Jan van der Post, South African writer, explorer and conservationist, dies at 90
  • 1996-12-20 Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is missing, dies at 76
  • 1996-12-24 Peter Dormer, arts writer, dies at 47
  • 1997-01-08 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • 1997-01-10 Elspeth Huxley, English author (The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard), dies at 89
  • 1997-01-11 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), dies at 89
  • 1997-01-12 Jean Writer-Edern Hallier, dies at 60
  • 1997-01-22 Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), dies at 90
  • 1997-01-23 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • 1997-01-27 Cecil Arthur Lewis, British fighter pilot and writer, dies at 98