Writers in History (Part 26)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2501 - 2,600 of 2,984

  • 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, English writer (Before She Met Me, The Sense of an Ending), born in Leicester, England
  • 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)
  • 1946-06-02 Lasse Hallström, Swedish screenwriter and film director (Cider House Rules; My Life As A Dog; ABBA music videos), 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 and writer (Terror From Within)
  • 1947-02-25 Anne Beatts, American comedy writer (National Lampoon magazine; Saturday Night Live, 1975-79; Square Pegs), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 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
  • 1947-05-14 Jon Landau, American music writer, artist manager, and record producer (Bruce Springsteen; Train; Shania Twain), born in New York City
  • 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, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 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 screenwriter (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
  • 1947-11-17 Steven E. de Souza, American scriptwriter and producer (Die Hard, Commando), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-12-04 Ursula Krechel, German writer (Shanghai far from where), born in Trier, Germany
  • 1947-12-08 Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Skolt Sámi writer
  • 1948-01-08 Gillies Mackinnon, Scottish film director & writer (Playboys), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1948-01-12 William Nicholson, English writer, born in Lewes, United Kingdom
  • 1948-01-20 Nancy Kress, American science fiction writer, born in Buffalo, New york
  • 1948-02-23 Doug Moench, American comic book writer
  • 1948-02-25 Aldo Busi, Italian writer
  • 1948-03-04 James Ellroy, American writer
  • 1948-03-14 Billy Crystal, American actor, writer and producer (Soap, City Slickers), born in Long Beach, New York
  • 1948-04-03 Arlette Cousture, French-Canadian writer (Les filles de Caleb), born in Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada
  • 1948-04-04 Dan Simmons, American sci-fi and horror writer (Song of Kali), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1948-04-13 Amy Robinson, American writer and actress (Mean Streets), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1948-06-21 Ian McEwan, English writer (Atonement), born in Aldershot, England
  • 1948-06-21 Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish writer (The Witcher), born in Łódź, Poland
  • 1948-08-23 Andrei Pleşu, Romanian writer and essayist, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1948-09-10 Zhang Chengzhi, Chinese writer (History of the Soul), born in Beijing, China
  • 1948-09-16 Julia Donaldson, English children's writer (The Gruffalo), born in London, England
  • 1948-10-05 Zoran Živković, Serbian writer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1948-11-23 Bruce Vilanch, American comedy writer
  • 1948-12-02 T. C. Boyle, American novelist (World's End), born in Peekskill, New York
  • 1948-12-09 Marleen Gorris, Dutch writer and director (Antonia's Line), born in Roermond, Netherlands
  • 1948-12-14 Boudewijn Büch, Dutch writer and TV host, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1949-01-01 Peter Dormer, arts writer

Person of interestHaruki Murakami

1949-01-12 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 1949-01-14 Lawrence Kasdan, American screenwriter & director (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949-01-14 Mary Robison, American writer (Why Did I Ever), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-01-31 Ken Wilber, American philosopher & writer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1949-02-09 Janet Issaca Ashford, writer
  • 1949-02-19 William Messner-Loebs, American comics writer

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2501 - 2,600 of 2,663

  • 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
  • 2011-02-10 Trevor Bailey, English cricket all-rounder, writer and broadcaster (61 Tests, top score 134, 132 wickets; BBC), dies in a fire in his retirement flat at 87
  • 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
  • 2011-05-27 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
  • 2011-07-27 Ágota Kristóf, Hungarian writer (The Notebook), dies at 75
  • 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 - "George Shumway"), dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2012-02-24 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer(La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), dies at 92
  • 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-songwriter (The Bee Gees - "Night Fever"), 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, British radio, stage and television comedy 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
  • 2012-10-13 Marc Awodey, American artist and writer, dies at 51
  • 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

Person of interestShakuntala Devi

2013-04-21 Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer and mental calculator known as the "Human Computer", stops calculating at 83 due to complications from severe respiratory problems

Writer and Mathematician Shakuntala Devi
Writer and Mathematician
Shakuntala Devi
  • 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
  • 2014-05-27 Helma Sanders-Brahms, German director and writer (Apple Trees; Germany, Pale Mother), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2014-06-28 Jim Brosnan, American baseball player and writer (Long Season), dies at 84
  • 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
  • 2015-03-23 Nick Peters, American Baseball Hall of Fame writer (Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Berkeley Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle), dies at 75
  • 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
  • 2015-05-01 Dan Farley, American racing journalist (President National Turf Writer's Association), dies at 72
  • 2015-05-02 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • 2015-06-06 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • 2015-06-21 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86
  • 2015-06-22 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, dies at 83
  • 2015-07-19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), dies at 91
  • 2015-08-09 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • 2015-09-12 Frank D. Gilroy, American writer (Subject Was Roses), dies at 89
  • 2015-10-25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • 2015-10-27 Betsy Drake, French-born American actress and writer (Every Girl Should be Married), dies at 92
  • 2015-11-18 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86
  • 2015-12-22 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), dies at 70
  • 2016-01-18 Michel Tournier, French writer (Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • 2016-01-22 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93
  • 2016-02-02 Intizar Hussain, Pakistani and Urdu writer and columnist, dies in his early 90s
  • 2016-02-05 Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer (The Price of Water in Finistère), dies at 71
  • 2016-02-19 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), dies at 84
  • 2016-02-24 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, dies at 79
  • 2016-03-04 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70

Person of interestImre Kertész

2016-03-31 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, dies at 86

Author and Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész
Author and Nobel Laureate
Imre Kertész
  • 2016-04-28 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2016-05-25 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104
  • 2016-07-02 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), dies of cancer at 52
  • 2016-07-27 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 72