Writers in History (Part 24)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2301 - 2,400 of 2,942

  • 1937-01-09 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1937-01-22 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1937-01-25 Kathleen Tynan Halton, Canadian-British journalist & author, born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1937-01-28 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1937-01-31 Steve Karmen, American jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937-02-13 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer, born in Omdurman, Sudan (d. 1992)
  • 1937-03-08 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1937-03-15 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember), born in Atalanka, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • 1937-03-20 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor
  • 1937-04-29 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer (Peter Wimsey series, Knowledge of Angels), born in London, England (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1937-05-02 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), born in Nuremberg, Middle Franconia (d. 1992)
  • 1937-05-02 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1937-05-03 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer (The Republic of Dreams), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1937-05-08 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • 1937-05-27 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1937-07-06 Bessie Head, Botswana writer (When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru, A Question of Power), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1986)
  • 1937-07-11 Pai Hsien-yung, Taiwanese writer (Taipei People), born in Guilin, China
  • 1937-07-17 Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, writer
  • 1937-09-30 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1937-10-20 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1937-11-30 Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Writer
  • 1937-12-11 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), born in Grayling, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-12-31 Nicolas Born, German writer, born in Duisburg (d. 1979)
  • 1938-01-05 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer, born in Kamirithu
  • 1938-01-06 Mario Rodríguez Cobos (aka Silo), Argentine writer and spiritual leader, born in Mendoza, Argentina (d. 2010)
  • 1938-01-31 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • 1938-02-18 Elke Erb, German writer, born in Scherbach
  • 1938-02-25 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer (Four Preps - "Tainted Love"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 1999)
  • 1938-03-18 Carl Gottlieb, American comedian and script writer (Ken Berry Wow Show, Jaws, The Jerk), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938-04-02 John Larsson, Swedish writer and 17th General of The Salvation Army, born in Sweden
  • 1938-04-03 Jeff Barry [Joel Adelberg], American pop songwriter ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy"; "Da Doo Ron Ron"; "Chapel Of Love"; "Leader Of The Pack'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938-04-22 Deane Beman, American golfer, administrator, writer, course designer (US Open 1969 runner-up; PGA Tour Commissioner 1974-94), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938-05-04 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer and political activist, born in Mexico City
  • 1938-05-12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident
  • 1938-05-17 Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
  • 1938-05-21 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, born in Basel (d. 2014)
  • 1938-05-25 Raymond Carver, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), born in Clatskanie, Oregon (d. 1988)
  • 1938-06-16 Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer
  • 1938-06-24 Lawrence Block, American writer
  • 1938-07-28 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1938-08-15 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1985)
  • 1938-08-22 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), born in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1938-08-24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer ("Classical Gas", Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1938-12-14 Leonardo Boff, Brazilian Catholic theologian (liberation theology) and writer, born in Concórdia, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • 1938-12-28 Dick Sudhalter, American jazz trumpeter, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1939-01-10 William Levy, American writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2019)
  • 1939-01-12 Helmut Eisendle, Austrian writer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 2003)
  • 1939-01-12 Jacques Hamelink, Dutch writer & poet (Cold Unrest), born in Terneuzen, Netherlands
  • 1939-02-05 Jane Bryant Quinn, newscaster/financial writer (Everyone's Money Book), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1939-03-05 Charles Fuller, American writer (Zooman, Soldier Story)
  • 1939-03-08 George William Reed, astronomy writer/cartoonist (Dark Sky Legacy)
  • 1939-03-15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1939-04-01 Nick Peters, American Baseball Hall of Fame writer (Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Berkeley Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1939-04-21 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • 1939-04-22 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1939-05-07 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1939-06-09 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2020)
  • 1939-06-17 Hanna Johansen, Swiss writer, born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1939-07-03 Jay Tarses, American actor and writer (Open All Night, Duck Factory), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1939-07-14 George E. Slusser, American scholar and writer
  • 1939-07-16 Marion Pitt, social worker/writer
  • 1939-09-21 Trevor James Hold, British composer, writer, and musicologist (John Clare Songbook), born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)
  • 1939-09-27 Carol Lynn Pearson, American poet and writer
  • 1939-10-07 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet writer, born in Kogarah, Australia (d. 2019)
  • 1939-10-08 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • 1939-10-09 Pierre Mertens, French-Belgian writer (Lettres Clandestines), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1939-11-10 Russell Means, Native American activist, actor, writer, and musician, born in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota (d. 2012)
  • 1939-12-02 Yael Dayan, Israeli writer and politician, born in Nahalal, Israel
  • 1939-12-05 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • 1939-12-11 Thomas McGuane, American writer (Colf Feet, Tom Horn, Missouri Breaks), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • 1939-12-31 Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), born in Lydenburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1940-01-05 Michael O'Donoghue, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged), born in Sauquoit, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1940-03-03 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • 1940-03-07 Harald Gerlach, German writer, born in Bolesławiec, Poland (d. 2001)
  • 1940-03-12 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • 1940-04-02 Peter Haining, British writer and editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft), born in Enfield, Middlesex (d. 2007)
  • 1940-04-20 Jan Cremer, Dutch writer (I, John Cremer), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • 1940-05-13 Bruce Chatwin, England, writer (On the Black Hill)
  • 1940-05-24 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1996)
  • 1940-06-25 A. J. Quinnell [Philip Nicholson], English writer (Man on Fire), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (d. 2005)
  • 1940-09-03 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, born in Montevideo
  • 1940-09-14 Leo Ferrier, Surinamese writer (Atman), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1940-09-24 Yves Navarre, French writer (Le Jardin d'acclimatation), born in Condom, France (d. 1994)
  • 1940-11-20 Helma Sanders-Brahms, German director and writer (Apple Trees; Germany, Pale Mother), born in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1940-12-02 Constance "Connie" Booth, American writer, actress, comedienne and psychotherapist (Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1940-12-05 Peter Pohl, Swedish writer, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1940-12-07 Kumar Shahani, Indian writer and director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan), born in Larkana, Sindh
  • 1940-12-29 Brigitte Kronauer, German author (The Scheik of Aachen), born in Essen, Germany
  • 1940-12-29 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch rock musician and songwriter ("Get Off That Roof"), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1941-02-05 Stephen J. Cannell, American TV producer (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street) and writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1941-03-13 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, born in al-Birwa, Galilee (d. 2008)
  • 1941-03-18 Wolfgang Bauer, writer
  • 1941-04-10 Paul Theroux, American travel book writer and novelist (Mosquito Coast), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • 1941-04-27 Jennings Michael Burch, American writer (They Cage the Animals at Night), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1941-05-19 Jane Brody, writer/nutritionist
  • 1941-05-28 Guntram Vesper, writer
  • 1941-06-14 John Edgar Wideman, American writer (Brothers and Keepers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-07-05 Barbara Frischmuth, Austrian writer, born in Altaussee, Salzkammergut, Austria
  • 1941-09-03 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, born in Ufa, Republic of Bashkiria (d. 1990)

Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

1941-09-10 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould

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Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2301 - 2,400 of 2,621

  • 2003-11-08 Bob Grant [Robert St Clair Grant], British actor, comedian and writer (on the Buses), dies at 71
  • 2003-11-26 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), dies at 81
  • 2003-12-11 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • 2003-12-30 John Gregory Dunne, American writer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 2004-01-04 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), dies at 91
  • 2004-01-04 Joan Aiken, English writer of children's books (The Whispering Mountain), dies at 79
  • 2004-01-04 Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • 2004-01-21 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), dies at 74
  • 2004-01-28 Trevor James Hold, British composer, writer, and musicologist (John Clare Songbook), dies at 64 [1]
  • 2004-01-29 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • 2004-01-29 Janet Frame, New Zealand novelist (Intensive Care, Owls Do Cry), dies at 79
  • 2004-02-28 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • 2004-04-17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), dies at 95
  • 2004-06-01 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2004-06-06 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), dies of cancer at 46
  • 2004-06-13 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 2004-06-26 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2004-06-30 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, dies at 80
  • 2004-07-01 Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
  • 2004-08-14 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), dies at 93
  • 2004-08-17 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • 2004-08-24 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), dies at 60
  • 2004-09-15 Walter Stewart, Canadian writer and journalist, dies at 73
  • 2004-09-24 Françoise Sagan [Quoirez], French novelist (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69
  • 2004-10-07 Hildy Park, American actress and writer (To Tell the Truth), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 2004-10-10 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (Season of the Jew), dies at 72
  • 2004-11-15 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), dies at 84

Person of interestSusan Sontag

2004-12-28 Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

Author Susan Sontag
Author
Susan Sontag
  • 2005-01-14 Charlotte MacLeod, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2005-01-20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Polish journalist, writer, and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2005-01-21 Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (The Girl with the Red Hair), dies at 97
  • 2005-01-24 Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
  • 2005-01-25 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • 2005-03-04 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • 2005-03-17 Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • 2005-03-21 Barney Martin, American actor, comedy writer and NYPD detective (Seinfeld), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2005-03-25 Paul Henning, American TV/film producer and writer (b. 1911)

Person of interestSaul Bellow

2005-04-05 Saul Bellow, Canadian-American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), dies at 89

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • 2005-05-07 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • 2005-05-24 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, dies at 83
  • 2005-05-30 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer (b. 1958)
  • 2005-06-03 Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer, and lawyer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 2005-06-13 Álvaro Cunhal, Portuguese politician and writer, dies at 91
  • 2005-06-16 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), dies at 99
  • 2005-06-17 Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • 2005-06-20 Larry Collins, American writer, dies at 75
  • 2005-07-06 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), dies at 78
  • 2005-07-06 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer, (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), dies at 91
  • 2005-07-10 A. J. Quinnell [Philip Nicholson], English writer (Man on Fire), dies at 65

Person of interestCicely Saunders

2005-07-14 Cicely Saunders, English Nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, dies of cancer at 87

Nurse and Social Worker Cicely Saunders
Nurse and Social Worker
Cicely Saunders
  • 2005-07-17 Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
  • 2005-07-19 Edward Bunker, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2005-07-27 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), dies at 93
  • 2005-08-02 Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)
  • 2005-08-16 William Corlett, English children's writer(b. 1938)
  • 2005-09-14 Vladimir Volkoff, French writer (b. 1932)
  • 2005-09-20 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer dies at 83
  • 2005-09-25 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (The Road Less Traveled), dies at 69
  • 2005-10-11 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Pakistani Urdu linguist and writer, dies at 88
  • 2005-10-17 Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  • 2005-10-24 Robert Sloman, English screenwriter, dies at 79
  • 2005-11-05 John Fowles, British novelist (Collector, French Lieutenant's Woman), dies at 79
  • 2005-11-15 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (b. 1959)
  • 2005-12-08 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), dies at 90
  • 2006-01-19 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)
  • 2006-01-21 Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovar nationalist writer and President of Kosovo (1992-2006), dies at 61

Person of interestBetty Friedan

2006-02-04 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist (The Feminine Mystique), dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • 2006-02-20 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • 2006-02-22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 2006-03-07 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), dies at 76
  • 2006-03-27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, dies at 80
  • 2006-03-27 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • 2006-03-29 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)
  • 2006-04-08 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys), dies at 82
  • 2006-04-09 Vilgot Sjöman, Swedish writer and film director (b. 1924)
  • 2006-04-19 Ellen Kuzwayo, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman"), dies at 91
  • 2006-04-27 Julia Thorne, American writer & ex-wife of John Kerry, dies at 61
  • 2006-06-05 Frederick Franck, American artist and writer (b. 1909)
  • 2006-07-17 Mickey Spillane [Frank Morrison Spillane], American mystery writer (I the Jury), dies at 88
  • 2006-07-23 Jean-Paul Desbiens, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1927)
  • 2006-07-28 David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
  • 2006-08-30 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • 2006-09-08 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, dies at 78
  • 2006-09-11 William Auld, Scottish poet, writer and supporter of Esperanto (b. 1924)
  • 2006-09-15 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 77
  • 2006-10-04 Oskar Pastior, Romanian-born German writer, dies at 78
  • 2006-10-06 Wilson Tucker, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 2006-11-04 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist and writer (Frihet och demokrati), dies at 95
  • 2006-11-24 George W. S. Trow, American writer (b. 1943)
  • 2006-11-26 Mário Cesariny, Portuguese painter and writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007-01-01 Tillie Olsen, American writer, dies at 94
  • 2007-01-04 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • 2007-01-15 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • 2007-01-23 Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007-02-13 Elizabeth Jolley, British-born Australian writer (Palomino), dies at 83
  • 2007-02-17 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • 2007-03-02 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95
  • 2007-03-21 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • 2007-04-05 Maria Gripe, Swedish writer (Josephine), dies at 83
  • 2007-04-05 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (b. 1908)