Writers in History (Part 23)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2201 - 2,300 of 2,942

  • 1932-08-11 Fernando Arrabal, Spanish song/romance writer (Baal Babilonia)
  • 1932-08-15 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and sci-fi writer (Dragon's Egg, Starquake), born in Geneva, NY (d. 2002)
  • 1932-08-31 Benito Wogatzki, writer
  • 1932-09-26 Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident (Moscow 2042), born in Stalinabad, Tajik SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • 1932-09-29 Robert Benton, American writer/director (Kramer vs Kramer), born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • 1932-12-19 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer
  • 1932-12-28 Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1932-12-28 Manuel Puig, Argentina, writer (Blood of Requited Love)
  • 1933-01-09 Sonia Garmers, Curaçao writer (Dear Queen), born in Curaçao
  • 1933-02-01 Reynolds Price, American writer (Strengthened by a Pale Green Light)
  • 1933-03-17 Penelope Lively, British writer (Moon Tiger, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1933-04-24 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2020)
  • 1933-05-08 Alistair Service, writer/publisher
  • 1933-06-16 Joachim Nowotny, writer
  • 1933-06-17 Harry Browne, American free-market libertarian writer, politician, and investment analyst (d. 2006)
  • 1933-07-18 Aad Nuis, Dutch writer and political scientist, born in Sliedrecht, Netherlands (d. 2007)
  • 1933-07-21 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), born in Burg bei Magdeburg (d. 1973)
  • 1933-07-21 John Gardner, American writer (Grendel, Sunlight Dialogues), born in Batavia, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1933-07-31 Cees Nooteboom, Dutch writer and journalist (Rituelen), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1933-08-13 Madhur Jaffrey, Indian cookbook writer and actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Delhi, British India
  • 1933-08-16 Reiner Kunze, German writer (The Lovely Years), born in Oelsnitz, Saxony
  • 1933-08-22 Irmtraud Morgner, German writer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1933-10-24 Norman Rush, American writer (Mating), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1933-12-20 Jean Carnahan, US politician and writer (Missouri, Senator 2001–2002), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1934-01-08 Alexandra Ripley, American writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1934-02-18 Audre Lorde, American writer, feminist and activist (Black Unicorn), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1934-03-27 Istvan Csurka, Hungarian politician and writer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012)
  • 1934-05-13 Adolf Muschg, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Zollikon
  • 1934-05-25 David Burke, English actor (The Woman in Black), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1934-05-27 Harlan Ellison, American sci-fi author and screenwriter (Star Trek-"The City on the Edge of Forever"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1934-05-29 Nanette Newman, English writer and actress (Endless Game, Of Human Bondage), born in Northampton, England
  • 1934-06-01 Willy Roggeman, Flemish writer (Goldfish, Nardis)
  • 1934-06-21 Wulf Kirsten, German writer, born in Klipphausen, Meissen
  • 1934-07-03 Manfred Bieler, German writer (The Rabbit is Me), born in Zerbst, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1934-07-17 Rainer Kisch, German writer, born in Döbeln
  • 1934-07-20 Uwe Johnson, German writer
  • 1934-08-05 Wendell Berry, American poet, writer and farmer, born in Henry County, Kentucky
  • 1934-09-23 Per Olov Enquist, Swedish writer (Hour of the Lynx, The Royal Physician’s Visit), born in Hjoggbole, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1934-10-07 Amiri Baraka, American writer (Black Music), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1934-10-26 Ulrich Plenzdorf, German writer (Die neuen Leiden des jungen W.), born in Berlin (d. 2007)
  • 1934-11-18 Vassilis Vassilikos, Greek writer (Z) and diplomat, born in Kavala, Greece
  • 1935-01-28 David John Lodge, British writer and literary critic (Soul & Bodies), born in London, England
  • 1935-01-31 Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter) who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994, born in Ōse, Japan
  • 1935-02-10 Conrad Klapheck, German painter (typewriters)
  • 1935-03-13 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in Petts Wood, Kent (d. 2015)
  • 1935-03-21 Hubert Fichte, German writer, born in Perleberg (d. 1986)
  • 1935-03-23 Barry Cryer, comedian/writer (Goodies Rule-OK, All You Need is Cash)
  • 1935-03-24 Peter Bichsel, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Bellach
  • 1935-03-24 Mary Berry, English food writer and TV presenter (The Great British Bake Off), born in Bath, England
  • 1935-03-27 Abelardo Castillo, Argentine writer and novelist, born in San Pedro, Buenos Aires
  • 1935-03-31 Judith Rossner, American writer (August)
  • 1935-04-06 John Pepper Clark, Nigeria, writer (Horn, Song of a Goat)
  • 1935-04-14 Erich von Däniken, Swiss writer (Chariots of the Gods), born in Zofingen, Aargau
  • 1935-05-05 Douglas Marland, American soap opera writer (Gen Hospital), born in West Sand Lake, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1935-05-19 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1935-05-23 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer and actor, born in Gävle, Sweden (d. 2009)
  • 1935-05-29 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • 1935-06-02 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1935-06-07 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), born in Alma, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1935-06-12 Christoph Meckel, German writer, born in Berlin
  • 1935-08-12 Karl Mickel, German writer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1935-08-23 Roy Strong, English writer, art historian and director (Victoria & Albert Museum), born in Winchmore Hill, Middlesex, England
  • 1935-08-27 Frank Yablans, American writer (North Dallas Forty), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935-08-29 William Friedkin, American director, producer, writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-09-20 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), born in Kettering, Northamptonshire (d. 2000)
  • 1935-09-25 Maj Sjowall, Swedish writer (Martin Beck crime novels), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1935-10-07 Thomas Keneally, Australian writer (Schindler's List), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1935-10-30 Ágota Kristóf, Hungarian writer (The Notebook), born in Csikvánd, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • 1935-11-15 Jerry Douglas, American director and writer (Grabby Awards Hall of Fame), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1935-12-05 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter and writer, born in Makeyevka, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1935-12-13 Tom Wakefield, British writer, born in Staffordshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1935-12-31 Rolf Haufs, German writer, born in Düsseldorf (d. 2013)
  • 1936-01-09 Anne Rivers Siddons, American writer, born in Fairburn, Georgia
  • 1936-02-18 Jean M. Auel, Finnish-American writer (Earth's Children series), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936-03-01 Jean-Edern Hallier, writer
  • 1936-03-07 Georges Perec, French writer (Seire Noire, Retour a la bien-aimee)
  • 1936-03-18 Hans Peter Bleuel, German writer (Sex and Society In Nazi Germany), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1936-03-28 Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, poet, journalist, presidential candidate and Nobel Prize Laureate (Aunt Julia), born in Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
  • 1936-05-11 Ulrich Berkes, German writer, born in Salle
  • 1936-05-17 Lars Gustafsson, writer
  • 1936-05-22 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (The Road Less Traveled), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1936-05-25 Tom T. Hall, American country singer and writer (Harper Valley PTA), born in Olive Hill, Kentucky
  • 1936-06-03 Larry McMurtry, American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist (Lonesome Dove), and Academy Award-winning scriptwriter (Brokeback Mountain), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1936-06-14 Irmelin Sandman Lilius, Swedish-Finnish writer, born in Helsinki
  • 1936-06-25 Paul Nowee, Dutch writer of children's and youth books. (Eagle's Eye), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1936-06-28 Gisela Kraft, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2010)
  • 1936-06-30 Assia Djebar [Fatma-Zohra Imalhayène], Algerian writer and filmmaker, born in Iol, Algeria (d. 2015)
  • 1936-08-30 Fabrizia Ramondino, Italian author, born in Naples, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1936-09-05 Jonathan Kozol, American writer and sociologist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936-09-28 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, born in Damascus, Syria (d. 2016)
  • 1936-10-04 Sally Mary Caroline Belfrage, writer

Person of interestVáclav Havel

1936-10-05 Vaclav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), born in Prague (d. 2011)

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • 1936-11-15 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • 1936-11-23 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
  • 1936-11-29 Gerti Tetzner, German writer, born in Thuringia
  • 1936-12-05 James Lee Burke, American writer (Dave Robicheaux series), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936-12-06 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1936-12-17 Frank Martinus Arion [F Efraim M], Antilles, writer (Double Play)
  • 1936-12-22 James Burke, British science historian and broadcaster (Connections), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1937-01-03 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum PI, & Knight Rider), born in Long Beach, CA, (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2201 - 2,300 of 2,621

  • 1999-05-08 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), dies at 78
  • 1999-05-10 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), dies at 68
  • 1999-07-04 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 1999-08-01 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • 1999-08-07 Brian Connell, British writer and broadcaster, dies at 83
  • 1999-08-23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • 1999-08-26 Lilo Hardel, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1999-09-19 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • 1999-09-25 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer, dies at 69
  • 1999-10-16 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), dies at 78
  • 1999-10-18 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • 1999-10-19 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood, Portrait of a Man Unknown, The Golden Fruits), dies at 99
  • 1999-10-29 Greg [Michel Régnier], Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon), dies at 68
  • 1999-11-11 Jacobo Timmerman, Argentine writer and journalist (b. 1923)
  • 1999-11-18 Patrick Bowles, American writer and translator, dies at 88
  • 1999-11-21 Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)
  • 1999-12-08 Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2000-01-22 Craig Claiborne, American food columnist (NY Times Cookbook), dies at 79
  • 2000-01-26 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer and illustrator (Orlando), dies at 101
  • 2000-01-31 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  • 2000-02-23 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, dies at 91
  • 2000-04-03 Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • 2000-04-13 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer, dies at 84
  • 2000-04-28 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer, dies at 83
  • 2000-06-06 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), dies at 78
  • 2000-06-09 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • 2000-06-12 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, dies at 80
  • 2000-06-14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, dies at 88
  • 2000-06-15 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • 2000-06-20 Karl Mickel, German writer, dies at 64
  • 2000-06-21 Johanna Moosdorf, German writer (Next Door), dies at 88
  • 2000-07-04 Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2000-07-20 Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (Principia Discordia), dies at 59
  • 2000-08-05 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist, dies at 80
  • 2000-09-10 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist and writer. (b. 1921)
  • 2000-09-14 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and political activist, dies at 94
  • 2000-10-05 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), dies at 65
  • 2000-11-05 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), dies at 93
  • 2000-11-06 L. Sprague de Camp, American sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei), dies at 92
  • 2000-11-11 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, dies at 86
  • 2000-11-20 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish novelist (Iijoki), dies at 81
  • 2000-12-04 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, dies at 79
  • 2001-01-31 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American sci-fi author (Genetic General), dies at 77
  • 2001-02-26 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • 2001-05-11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • 2001-05-13 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), dies at 62
  • 2001-06-05 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist
  • 2001-08-04 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Rhoda - Carlton, the doorman; Garfield), dies at 64
  • 2001-08-06 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • 2001-08-20 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and sci-fi writer (b. 1915)
  • 2001-09-19 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, dies at 91
  • 2001-10-05 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), dies at 91
  • 2001-10-16 Gotthold Gloger, German writer and painter, dies at 77
  • 2001-11-03 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, dies at 56
  • 2001-11-26 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish Sami writer (The Sun, My Father) and musician, dies at 58
  • 2001-11-29 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes), dies at 75
  • 2001-12-14 W. G. Sebald, German writer, dies at 57
  • 2001-12-31 John Grigg, 2nd Baron Altrincham, British writer and historian, dies at 77
  • 2002-01-17 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • 2002-01-24 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • 2002-02-01 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • 2002-02-02 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • 2002-02-20 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing), dies at 94
  • 2002-02-21 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, dies at 83
  • 2002-03-17 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), dies at 90
  • 2002-03-18 R. A. Lafferty, American sci-fi writer (Devil is Dead), dies at 87
  • 2002-04-02 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), dies at 74
  • 2002-04-23 Manfred Bieler, German writer (The Rabbit is Me), dies at 67
  • 2002-05-19 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), dies at 84

Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

2002-05-20 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, dies of cancer at 60

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • 2002-05-24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 2002-05-29 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 2002-06-14 June Jordan, Caribbean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • 2002-07-09 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2002-07-26 Jutta Hecker, German writer, dies at 97
  • 2002-08-05 Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2002-08-25 Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2002-09-21 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2002-09-22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-English writer (Holland's Glory), dies at 88
  • 2002-11-13 Rishikesh Shaha, Nepalese politician and writer (b. 1925)
  • 2002-12-23 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet & writer, dies at 82
  • 2003-01-04 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003-01-19 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (French Minister of Culture), dies at 86
  • 2003-03-15 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), dies at 91
  • 2003-03-27 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 2003-04-26 Peter Stone, American writer, dies at 73
  • 2003-05-26 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003-06-06 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • 2003-06-21 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), dies at 78
  • 2003-06-22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • 2003-06-30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), dies at 88
  • 2003-07-02 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • 2003-07-10 Winston Graham, English writer (b. 1908)
  • 2003-07-15 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (b. 1953)
  • 2003-07-16 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, dies at 68
  • 2003-07-20 Nicolas Freeling, English writer (b. 1927)
  • 2003-09-25 George Plimpton, American writer and actor (b. 1927)
  • 2003-10-18 Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • 2003-10-29 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
  • 2003-11-04 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)