Writers in History (Part 25)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2401 - 2,500 of 2,984

  • 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
  • 1941-10-04 Roy Blount, Jr., American writer
  • 1941-10-10 Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer and environmentalist, born in Bori, Nigeria (d. 1995)
  • 1941-10-21 Marina Ripa, countess/writer (My First 40 Years), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1941-10-25 Anne Tyler, American writer (Accidental Tourist), born in Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • 1941-11-20 Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright, born in Kanpur, India
  • 1941-12-04 Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2008)
  • 1942-01-05 Terenci Moix, Spanish writer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2003)
  • 1942-03-02 John Irving, American short-story writer (The World According to Garp; The Cider House Rules), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1942-03-25 Richard O'Brien, English actor and writer (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
  • 1942-03-27 Michael Jackson, British writer and journalist, born in Wetherby, Yorkshire (d. 2007)
  • 1942-04-08 Eduard Visser, Dutch writer (Fyffes are now called Chiquita)
  • 1942-04-13 Ataol Behramoğlu, Turkish poet and writer, born in Çatalca, Istanbul Province, Turkey
  • 1942-04-17 Mario Brenta, Italian writer and director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains), born in Venice, Italy
  • 1942-05-11 Rachel Billington, British writer
  • 1942-06-21 Henry S. Taylor, American writer at poet (Pulitzer 1986 for Poetry), born in Lincoln, Virginia
  • 1942-06-24 Gerhart Roth, Austrian writer, born in Graz
  • 1942-07-09 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, born in Menziken, Switzerland (d. 1989)
  • 1942-07-25 Felix Philipp Ingold, Swiss translator and writer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1942-08-07 Garrison Keillor, American writer, humorist and radio personality (A Prairie Home Companion), born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • 1942-08-22 Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (Cumhuriyet Murder), born in Kırşehir, Turkey (d. 1993)
  • 1942-09-14 Bernard MacLaverty, Northern Irish writer (Grace Notes), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1942-10-26 Dietmar Polaczek, Austrian composer and writer, born in Bendsburg, Upper Silesia (now Będzin, Poland)
  • 1942-12-06 Peter Handke, Austrian writer (A Sorrow Beyond Dreams), 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, born in Griffen, Austria
  • 1942-12-19 Jean-Patrick Manchette, French thriller writer (3 to Kill, The Prone Gunman), born in Marseille, France (d. 1995)

Person of interestDoris Kearns Goodwin

1943-01-04 Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and writer (Team of Rivals, No Ordinary Time), born in Brooklyn, New York

Writer and Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin
Writer and Historian
Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • 1943-01-06 Osvaldo Soriano, Argentine journalist & writer, born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 1997)
  • 1943-02-01 Josceline Dimbleby, cookery writer
  • 1943-02-13 Friedrich Christian Delius, German writer, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1943-02-18 Graeme Garden, Scottish writer (The Goodies), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1943-03-01 Franz Hohler, Swiss writer, born in Biel
  • 1943-03-03 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point)
  • 1943-03-13 André Téchiné, French director and screenwriter (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous), born in Valence-d'Agen, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
  • 1943-03-23 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish Sami writer (The Sun, My Father) and musician, born in Enontekiö, Finland (d. 2001)
  • 1943-04-03 Jonathan Lynn, English writer and actor (Greedy, Bar Mitzvah Boy), born in Bath, England
  • 1943-04-03 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer and writer, born in Mexico City
  • 1943-04-08 James Herbert, English horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1943-05-15 Harve Brosten, American comedy writer (All In The Family, 1975-77), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-06-05 Ann Craft, British researcher and writer and disabilities advocate (NAPSAC)
  • 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

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
  • 1943-12-14 Britt Allcroft, British film and television producer and writer who created the children's TV series "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends", born in Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • 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
  • 1944-03-07 Stanley Schmidt, American science fiction writer and editor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1944-03-14 Peter Paul Zahl, writer
  • 1944-03-15 Jacques Doillon director/writer (La Fille de Quinze Ans)
  • 1944-04-08 Christoph Hein, German writer and translator, born in Heinzendorf, Germany
  • 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 (Austerlitz), born in Wertach, Germany (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
  • 1944-12-02 Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovar nationalist writer and President of Kosovo (1992-2006), born in Crnce, Democratic Federal Yugoslavia (now Kosovo) (d. 2006)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2401 - 2,500 of 2,663

  • 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 (Tell Me a Riddle), 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)
  • 2007-04-05 Poornachandra Tejaswi, Kannada writer (b. 1938)
  • 2007-04-09 Egon Bondy, Czech philosopher and writer (b. 1930)
  • 2007-04-30 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, dies at 94
  • 2007-05-07 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2007-05-11 Bernard Gordon, American writer & producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), dies at 88
  • 2007-07-23 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, dies at 93
  • 2007-07-26 Lars Forssell, Swedish writer, member of the Swedish Academy (b. 1928)
  • 2007-08-21 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 2007-10-02 Christopher Derrick, British writer, dies at 86
  • 2007-10-03 M.N. Vijayan, Indian writer, orator, and academic
  • 2007-10-05 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), dies at 78
  • 2007-10-10 Mehmed Uzun, Contemporary Kurdish writer and novelist. (b. 1953)
  • 2007-10-18 Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)
  • 2007-10-19 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), dies at 81
  • 2007-10-22 Ève Curie, French author and daughter of Madame Curie, dies at 102
  • 2007-11-06 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 87
  • 2007-11-08 Aad Nuis, Dutch writer and political scientist, dies at 74
  • 2007-11-26 Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian television comedy writer, dies at 94
  • 2007-11-28 Boeli van Leeuwen, Antillian writer (Vreemdeling Op Aarde), dies at 85
  • 2007-11-29 James Barber, Canadian chef and writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007-12-11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), dies of breast cancer at 84
  • 2007-12-18 Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
  • 2007-12-22 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007-12-22 Julien Gracq [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton), dies at 97
  • 2007-12-27 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2008-01-29 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, singer and writer (Murder at FBI), dies at 83
  • 2008-02-06 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • 2008-02-10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • 2008-02-23 Roger Foulon, Belgian writer (Un été dans la Fagne), dies at 84
  • 2008-03-19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), dies at 78
  • 2008-06-08 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, dies at 78
  • 2008-06-09 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2008-06-16 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • 2008-07-12 Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 2008-08-09 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, dies at 66
  • 2008-09-18 Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), dies at 66
  • 2008-09-24 Bengt Anderberg, Swedish poet and writer (Kain), dies at 88
  • 2008-09-30 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), dies at 82
  • 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)
  • 2009-04-12 John Maddox, British science writer and editor (Nature), dies at 83
  • 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
  • 2010-03-17 Sid Fleischman, American author, and screenplay writer (The Whipping Boy; Blood Alley: The Abracadabra Kid), dies at 90
  • 2010-03-20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • 2010-04-04 Rudy Kousbroek, Dutch writer and literary (Leopold the Buch), dies at 81
  • 2010-04-25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82