Writers in History (Part 22)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2101 - 2,200 of 2,942

  • 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)
  • 1929-11-01 Rudy Kousbroek, Dutch writer and literary (Leopold the Buch), born in Pematang Siantar, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies (d. 2010)

Person of interestShakuntala Devi

1929-11-04 Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer and mental calculator known as the "Human Computer", born in Bangalore, Mysore, British India (d. 2013)

Writer and Mathematician Shakuntala Devi
Writer and Mathematician
Shakuntala Devi

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 Hans Magnus Enzensberger, German writer, born in Kaufbeuren, Germany
  • 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), born in Beveren, Belgium (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1930-07-25 Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and essayist, born in Łuniniec, Poland (d. 1990)
  • 1930-08-01 Lionel Bart [Begleiter], British pop music composer and writer (Oliver!), born in London, England
  • 1930-08-03 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1930-08-08 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7)
  • 1930-09-16 Ken Coates, British Labour politician and writer, born in Leek, Staffordshire (d. 2010)
  • 1930-09-25 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1999)
  • 1930-09-25 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter (A Boy Named Sue; The Cover Of The Rolling Stone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1930-09-29 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), born in Stamford, Lincolnshire (d. 2017)
  • 1930-10-12 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1930-11-27 Vladimir Maksimov, Russian writer and dissident, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 1995)
  • 1930-12-15 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace), born in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland
  • 1930-12-27 Wilfrid Sheed, England, writer (Boys of Winter, Hack)
  • 1930-12-30 Patrick Bowles, American writer and translator, born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1931-01-10 Peter Barnes, English writer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 2004)
  • 1931-01-16 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1931-01-20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife), born in Wakayama, Japan (d. 1984)
  • 1931-01-25 Paavo Haavikko, Finnish poet & writer, born in Helsiniki, Finland (d. 2008)
  • 1931-01-27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1931-02-10 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1931-02-16 Alfred Kolleritsch, Austrian writer, born in Eichfeld

Person of interestToni Morrison

1931-02-18 Toni Morrison [Chloe Anthony Wofford], American writer (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon), first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize (2010), born in Lorain, Ohio (d. 2019)

  • 1931-02-28 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, born in Beaucaire (d. 1996)
  • 1931-03-13 Wolfgang Kohlhaase, German actor, director and writer (Solo Sunday), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1931-03-16 Don Richard Carpenter, American writer (Hard Rain Falling), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • 1931-03-22 Igor Hajek, Czech translator and writer, born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1931-03-22 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), born in Newport (d. 2014)
  • 1931-04-07 Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
  • 1931-04-19 Walter Stewart, Canadian writer and journalist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1931-05-02 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "George Shumway"), born in Pipestone, Minnesota (d. 2012)
  • 1931-05-04 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and medical columnist (The Times), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1931-05-05 Greg [Michel Régnier], Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1999)
  • 1931-05-16 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • 1931-05-19 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter
  • 1931-06-23 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 1931-07-06 Emily Nasrallah, Lebanese writer and women's rights activist (Birds of September, A Cat’s Diary), born in Kfeir, Lebanon (d. 2018)
  • 1931-07-15 Clive Cussler, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara), born in Aurora, Illinois,
  • 1931-07-16 Lady Caroline Blackwood, British journalist and writer (The Last of the Duchess), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1931-08-14 Frederic Raphael, American-British writer (After the War, California Time), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-08-29 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist, born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada
  • 1931-09-22 Fay Weldon, British feminist and writer (The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1931-09-24 Brian Glanville, English journalist and football writer, born in Hendon, London
  • 1931-10-17 Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian writer
  • 1931-10-27 Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian feminist writer and activist, born in Kafr Tahla, Egypt (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1931-12-12 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian writer and journalist, born in Sirjan, Kerman (d. 1994)
  • 1931-12-17 Yvonne Keuls [Bamberg], Dutch writer (Jan Rap & Co)
  • 1931-12-30 Richard Christ, writer
  • 1932-01-12 Alain Teister, Dutch writer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1932-02-04 Ivan Davis, Jr., American concert pianist, and teacher, born in Electra,Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1932-02-14 Alexander Kluge, German author and film director (Yesterday Girl), born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony
  • 1932-02-16 Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli writer, born in Jadova Commune, Kingdom of Romania
  • 1932-02-20 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • 1932-03-09 Simon Heere Heeresma, Dutch writer and poet (Han de Wit goes in development aid), born in Amsterdam (d. 2011)
  • 1932-03-28 Sven Oskar Lindqvist, Swedish writer (Myten om Wu Tao-tzu), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1932-03-30 Ted Morgan, Swiss-born writer
  • 1932-03-31 John Jakes, writer (Sir Scoundrel, Great Women Reporters), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932-04-13 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1932-04-14 Bob Grant [Robert St Clair Grant], British actor, comedian and writer (on the Buses), born in Hammersmith, London (d. 2003)
  • 1932-04-21 Elaine May, American comedienne, writer and actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-04-23 Jim Fixx, American jogger and writer (Jim Fixx on Running), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1932-05-08 Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • 1932-05-21 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, born in Darmstadt (d. 2015)
  • 1932-05-25 John Gregory Dunne, American writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • 1932-05-27 Jeffrey Bernard, British writer (Spectator Magazine - Low Life), born in Hampstead, london (d. 1997)
  • 1932-06-01 Philo [Rolf] Bregstein, Dutch writer (Dingen die niet Voorbijgaan)
  • 1932-06-04 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (Season of the Jew), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1932-06-08 Hans G. Helms, German writer and composer, born in Teterow, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1932-06-11 Athol Fugard, South African anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot), born in Middelburg, South Africa
  • 1932-06-27 Joachim Wohlgemuth, German writer, born in Prenzlau, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1932-07-10 Jürgen Becker, German writer, born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1932-07-28 Natalie Babbitt, American children's writer (Tuck Everlasting), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2016)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2101 - 2,200 of 2,621

  • 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

Person of interestWalter Kerr

1996-10-09 Walter Kerr, American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, dies of congestive heart failure at 83

Actor and Theatre Critic Walter Kerr
Actor and Theatre Critic
Walter Kerr
  • 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 of London 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
  • 1997-01-29 Louis Pauwels, French writer and editor, dies at 76
  • 1997-01-29 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • 1997-02-01 Mitchell Goodman, American writer, dies at 71
  • 1997-02-03 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, English music scholar, dies at 84
  • 1997-02-03 Bohumil Hrabal, Czech writer (Closely Observed Trains), dies at 82
  • 1997-02-18 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • 1997-02-19 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • 1997-02-22 Frank Launder, director/scriptwriter, dies at 91
  • 1997-02-25 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, dies at 71
  • 1997-03-09 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7) at 66
  • 1997-03-11 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), dies at 81
  • 1997-03-14 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), dies at 59
  • 1997-03-21 Wilbert Awdry, English Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), dies at 85
  • 1997-03-24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer, dies at 69
  • 1997-04-04 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72
  • 1997-04-06 Stephan Hermlin, German writer, dies at 81
  • 1997-04-11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52
  • 1997-04-15 Sam Moskowitz, American writer & historian of science fiction, dies at 76
  • 1997-05-13 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82
  • 1997-05-31 Anton Zischka, Austrian writer (Lebendiges Europa), dies at 92
  • 1997-06-04 Kurt Alfred Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • 1997-06-05 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • 1997-06-12 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • 1997-06-18 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

1997-08-02 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, dies of a heart attack at 83

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
  • 1997-08-10 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • 1997-08-16 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), dies at 82
  • 1997-09-04 Jeffrey Bernard, British writer (Spectator Magazine - Low Life), dies at 65
  • 1997-09-12 Judith Merril [Grossman], sci-fi writer, dies at 74
  • 1997-09-23 Murray Burnett, writer (Everybody Goes to Rick-Casablanca), dies at 86
  • 1997-10-17 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1997-10-18 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • 1997-10-28 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • 1997-10-30 Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), dies from natural causes at 85
  • 1997-11-02 G. Harry Stine, American science fiction writer, dies at 69
  • 1997-11-14 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • 1997-11-22 Tom Blackburn, writer, dies at 71
  • 1997-11-30 Kathy Acker, American experimental novelist (Blood and Guts in High School), dies at 54
  • 1997-12-05 Daphne Fielding, British socialite and writer, dies at 93
  • 1997-12-24 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67

Person of interestToshiro Mifune

1997-12-24 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 1997-12-28 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, dies at 89
  • 1998-01-02 Frank Muir, English writer & raconteur, dies at 77
  • 1998-01-26 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • 1998-02-08 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), dies at 95
  • 1998-02-15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • 1998-02-25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

1998-03-15 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1998-04-19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 1998-04-25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • 1998-04-27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer & mystic, dies at 72
  • 1998-05-12 Hermann Lenz, German writer Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75
  • 1998-05-15 John Hawkes, American writer (2nd Skin), dies at 72
  • 1998-06-05 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), dies at 83
  • 1998-06-07 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), dies at 89
  • 1998-07-23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • 1998-07-25 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), dies at 82
  • 1998-07-28 Zbigniew Herbert, Polish poet and writer, dies at 73
  • 1998-08-13 Julien Green, American-French writer (Frere Francois), dies at 97
  • 1998-09-04 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • 1998-10-14 Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)
  • 1998-12-12 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (b. 1922)
  • 1998-12-16 William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 1998-12-29 Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)
  • 1999-01-11 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), dies at 77
  • 1999-01-27 Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Spanish writer associated with the Generation of '36 movement, dies at 88
  • 1999-02-08 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • 1999-02-24 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 1999-03-04 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • 1999-03-08 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • 1999-03-13 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), dies at 87
  • 1999-03-13 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • 1999-04-03 Lionel Bart, English pop and theatrical music composer (Oliver), and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68