Writers in History (Part 25)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2401 - 2,500 of 2,893

  • 1943-08-21 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1943-09-12 Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lankan-Canadian poet and writer, born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1943-09-16 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2016)

Person of interestR. L. Stine

1943-10-08 R. L. Stine, American children's book writer (Goosebumps), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1997)

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine
  • 1943-11-26 Marilynne Robinson, American writer (Gilead), born in Sandpoint, Idaho
  • 1944-01-11 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (d. 1989)
  • 1944-01-29 Hans Plomp, Dutch writer/poet (Venus in Holland)
  • 1944-02-21 Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet (Impossible Work)
  • 1944-02-28 Colin Nutley, director/writer (Such is Life, Black Jack)
  • 1944-03-07 Jürgen Theobaldy, German writer, born in Strasberg, France
  • 1944-03-14 Peter Paul Zahl, writer
  • 1944-03-15 Jacques Doillon director/writer (La Fille de Quinze Ans)
  • 1944-04-08 Christoph Hein, writer
  • 1944-04-11 John Milius, American screenwriter (Red Dawn, 1941, Big Wednesday), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944-04-12 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, born in Oxford, England (d. 2015)
  • 1944-05-02 Franz Innerhofer, Austrian writer (Beautiful Days), born in Krimml, Salzberg
  • 1944-05-10 Marie-France Pisier, Daclat, Vietnam, French actress and writer (Love on the Run, Cousin cousine)
  • 1944-05-12 Eva Demski, German writer, born in Regensburg
  • 1944-05-18 W. G. Sebald, German-born writer (d. 2001)
  • 1944-06-27 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1944-07-21 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), born in Lagos (d. 2017)
  • 1944-08-19 Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer (The Price of Water in Finistère), born in Bjärme, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • 1944-08-21 Peter Weir, Australian director/writer (Witness, Dead Poets Society), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1944-09-06 Gordon DeMarco, American writer and activist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1944-11-16 Hugo Dittberner, German writer, born in Gieboldehausen, Germany

Person of interestLorne Michaels

1944-11-17 Lorne Michaels [Lipowitz], Canadian producer, actor and comedy writer (Saturday Night Live), born in Toronto, Ontario

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1944-12-01 Tahar Ben Jelloun, French writer of Moroccan origin
  • 1944-12-01 Daniel Pennac, French writer born in Morocco
  • 1944-12-20 Gernot Wolfgruber, Austrian writer, born in Gmünd, Lower Austria
  • 1944-12-24 Barry Chuckle [Barry Patton Elliott], British entertainer, writer and actor (ChuckleVision, The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1945-01-17 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter, born in Gwalior, India
  • 1945-01-22 Michael Cristofer, actor/writer (Little Drummer Girl)
  • 1945-01-30 Michael Dorris, American novelist & scholar, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1945-02-15 Douglas Hofstadter, American academic and writer
  • 1945-02-19 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, born in Westow, England (d. 2001)
  • 1945-03-04 Dieter Meier, Swiss singer/children book writer (Yello)
  • 1945-03-09 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), born in Pretoria (d. 1988)
  • 1945-03-14 Herman[us J] van Veen, Neth, cabaretier/singer/composer/writer
  • 1945-03-31 Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
  • 1945-04-30 Annie Dillard, American writer (An American Childhood), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-04-30 Claude van de Berge, Flemish writer (Graph Theory), born in Assenede, Belgium
  • 1945-05-04 Monika van Paemel, Belgian writer (Accursed Fathers), born in Poesele, Belgium
  • 1945-06-04 Daniel Topolski, British writer and rowing coach, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1945-06-19 Tobias Wolff, American writer (This Boy's Life)
  • 1945-06-19 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1945-06-23 Kjell Albin Abrahamson, Swedish journalist and writer
  • 1945-07-13 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Duvelsmoer)
  • 1945-09-01 Mustafa Balel, Turkish writer
  • 1945-09-13 Noël Godin, Belgian writer and humorist, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1945-10-16 Paul Monette, American writer and LBT activist, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1945-10-26 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1945-10-27 John Kane, British actor and writer, born in Dundee, Angus, Scotland
  • 1945-12-24 Nicholas Meyer, American writer & director (Star Trek II Wrath of Khan), born in New York City
  • 1946-01-19 Julian Barnes, England, writer (Before She Met Me)
  • 1946-01-21 Vincent Placoly, Martinique, writer (L'eau-de-mort guildive)
  • 1946-01-25 Silvio Blatter, Swiss writer, born in Bremgarten, Switzerland
  • 1946-02-25 F Xaver Kroetz, writer
  • 1946-03-19 Bigas Luna, director/writer (Anguish)
  • 1946-03-23 Alan Bleasdale, English author, playwright and scriptwriter (Are You Lonesome Tonight), born in Liverpool
  • 1946-04-14 Tom Monteleone, American writer (Dark Star & Illumination)
  • 1946-06-06 Lasse Hallström, Swedish writer and director (Once Around, My Life as a Dog, ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1946-06-10 Mensje F van Keulen-van der Steen, Dutch writer (Bleeker's Summer)
  • 1946-06-12 Harry Glasper, English writer, born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1946-06-17 Peter Rosei, Austrian writer (Wer war Edgar Allan?), born in Vienna
  • 1946-06-28 Robert L Asprin, American sci-fi writer (Thieves World, Cold Cash War)
  • 1946-07-04 Ron Kovic, American anti-war activist and writer (Born on the Fourth of July), born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin
  • 1946-07-22 Paul Schrader, director (Blue Collar) and writer (Taxi Driver), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1946-07-28 Fahmida Riaz, Pakistani writer and feminist, born in Meerut, India
  • 1946-08-11 Marilyn Vos Savant, writer/world's highest IQ (228), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1946-08-31 Jerome Corsi, American writer and conspiracy theorist, born in East Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1946-09-24 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1946-10-07 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1946-10-10 Mildred Grieveson, English writer (Leopard in the Snow), born in England
  • 1946-10-17 Drusilla Modjeska, Australian writer and editor
  • 1946-10-19 Philip Pullman, English writer
  • 1946-10-20 Elfriede Jelinek, writer
  • 1946-12-16 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch author (Promised Country), born in Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands
  • 1946-12-17 Eugene Levy, Hamilton Canada, comedian/writer (SCTV)
  • 1946-12-23 John Sullivan, English television scriptwriter, born in Balham, London (d. 2011)
  • 1947-01-07 Shobha De, Indian columnist & novelist, born in Satara, India
  • 1947-02-17 Dallas Adams, British actor/painter/writer (Terror From Within)
  • 1947-03-03 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • 1947-03-09 Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist, poet and short-story writer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1947-03-30 Ryszard Kotla, Polish travel writer and activist, tour guide, journalist, academic teacher, engineer
  • 1947-05-01 Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • 1947-05-12 Catherine "Cat" Yronwode, American writer and editor-in-chief (Eclipse Comics), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947-05-14 Karin Struck, German feminist writer, born in Groß Kiesow
  • 1947-05-21 Jiggs Kalra, Indian food writer "Czar of Indian cuisine", born in Punjab region, India (d. 2019)
  • 1947-05-26 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • 1947-06-16 -minu [Hans-Peter Hammel], Swiss columnist and writer
  • 1947-06-22 Howard Kaylan, American rock and roll musician and writer (The Turtles), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947-06-28 Mark Helprin, American writer (A Soldier of the Great War), born in Manhattan, New York

Person of interestLarry David

1947-07-02 Larry David, American actor, comedian and screen-writer (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian and Writer Larry David
Comedian and Writer
Larry David
  • 1947-07-08 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1947-09-08 Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer (Chilly Scenes of Winter), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-09-16 Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian and writer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1947-09-22 Robert Morace, American writer
  • 1947-09-28 Gillian Rose, philosopher/writer

Person of interestP. J. O'Rourke

1947-11-14 P. J. O'Rourke, American journalist and satirist (Parliament of Whores, Easy Money), born in Toledo, Ohio

Journalist and Satirist P. J. O'Rourke
Journalist and Satirist
P. J. O'Rourke
  • 1947-11-16 Ebby Thust, German boxing promoter and writer, born in Frankfurt-Sossenheim, Germany

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2401 - 2,500 of 2,566

  • 2008-10-26 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 2008-12-08 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, dies at 83
  • 2009-01-08 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 2009-01-13 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), dies at 80
  • 2009-01-17 Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • 2009-01-20 Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • 2009-02-09 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), dies at 91
  • 2009-02-25 Philip José Farmer, American sci-fi writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91
  • 2009-03-04 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • 2009-04-14 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), dies at 90
  • 2009-04-15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP, dies at 84
  • 2009-04-24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • 2009-05-03 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • 2009-05-08 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2009-06-02 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • 2009-07-01 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • 2009-07-04 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer and actor, dies at 74
  • 2009-07-06 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), dies at 76
  • 2009-07-12 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, dies at 80
  • 2009-07-22 Peter Krieg, German documentary filmmaker, producer and writer (b. 1947)
  • 2009-07-25 Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
  • 2009-08-26 Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), dies at 83
  • 2009-08-27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 2009-12-24 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • 2010-01-05 Gisela Kraft, German writer, dies at 73
  • 2010-01-13 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • 2010-02-14 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), dies at 89
  • 2010-02-27 Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer, dies at 87
  • 2010-03-03 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), dies at 96
  • 2010-03-20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • 2010-04-25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • 2010-05-23 Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)

Person of interestJosé Saramago

2010-06-18 José Saramago, Portuguese writer and Nobel laureate, dies of leukemia at 87

Novelist José Saramago
Novelist
José Saramago
  • 2010-07-12 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), dies at 70
  • 2010-08-21 Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, Argentinean writer (b. 1941)
  • 2010-09-07 Barbara Holland, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2010-09-10 Edwin Charles Tubb, British sci-fi writer (Earth is Heaven, Earthfall), dies at 90
  • 2010-09-30 Stephen J. Cannell, American TV producer (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street) and writer, dies of melanoma at 69
  • 2010-10-30 Harry Mulisch, Dutch writer (b. 1927)
  • 2010-11-21 Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American visual artist and co-founder of DuSable Museum of African American History, dies at 95
  • 2010-12-03 Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • 2010-12-15 Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's), dies at 88
  • 2011-02-23 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, dies at 80
  • 2011-02-26 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 2011-03-26 Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy writer (b. 1934)
  • 2011-04-20 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, dies at 92
  • 2011-04-23 John Sullivan, British comedy writer, dies at 64
  • 2011-05-11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • 2011-05-27 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer (Whitey on the Moon), dies at 62
  • 2011-06-07 Jorge Semprún, Spanish-French writer (2nd mort de R Mercader, Z), dies at 87
  • 2011-09-21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2011-12-01 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • 2012-01-03 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator & writer (The Outer Lands), dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • 2012-01-03 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer & publisher, dies at 87
  • 2012-02-02 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2012-02-03 Christopher Samuel Youd, British sci-fi writer (Tripods Trilogy), dies at 89
  • 2012-02-04 Istvan Csurka, Hungarian writer and politician, dies at 77
  • 2012-02-07 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2012-03-02 Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), dies at 86
  • 2012-03-11 Hans G. Helms, German writer and composer, dies at 79
  • 2012-03-27 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian writer and playwright, dies at 88
  • 2012-03-28 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), dies from neuropathy at 76
  • 2012-05-15 Jean Craighead George, American writer (Julie of the Wolves), dies at 92

Person of interestRobin Gibb

2012-05-20 Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • 2012-07-03 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • 2012-07-04 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89
  • 2012-08-06 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • 2012-11-17 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • 2012-12-26 Gerry Anderson, English writer/producer/director, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2013-01-15 Jennings Michael Burch, American writer (They Cage the Animals at Night), dies at 71
  • 2013-03-20 James Herbert, British horror writer, dies at 69
  • 2013-04-02 Jesús Franco, Spanish film director and writer, dies from complications from a stroke at 82
  • 2013-04-19 Patrick Garland, British director (Doll House), dies at 78
  • 2013-05-08 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), dies at 88
  • 2013-07-26 Rolf Haufs, German writer , dies at 77
  • 2013-09-23 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), dies at 84
  • 2013-11-13 Hans-Jürgen Heise, German writer, dies at 83
  • 2013-11-17 Omprakash Valmiki, Indian Dalit writer and poet (Joothan), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • 2013-12-05 Colin Wilson, English writer (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), dies at 82
  • 2013-12-11 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • 2014-02-12 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer ("Your Show of Shows"), dies at 91
  • 2014-03-30 Kate O'Mara, English actress (Dynasty) and writer, dies at 74
  • 2014-04-02 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • 2014-05-06 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • 2014-05-18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer & President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • 2014-07-15 James MacGregor Burns, American political writer (The Lion & the Fox), dies at 95
  • 2014-09-20 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2014-10-09 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • 2014-11-14 Glen Larson, American television producer & writer, dies from esophageal cancer at 77
  • 2014-11-27 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime and mystery writer (Cover Her Face, Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94
  • 2014-12-17 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, dies at 79
  • 2015-01-07 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88
  • 2015-01-10 Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron, American actor and writer (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2015-01-12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • 2015-02-06 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • 2015-02-21 Daniel Topolski, British writer and rowing coach, dies at 69
  • 2015-02-28 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • 2015-03-14 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember), dies at 77
  • 2015-04-13 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist & writer, dies at 74

Person of interestGünter Grass

2015-04-13 Günter Grass, German writer (The Tin Drum) and playwright and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass