Writers in History (Part 26)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2501 - 2,600 of 2,893

  • 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, Long Beach, New York, American actor, writer, producer (Soap, City Slickers)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1948-12-14 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, 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
  • 1949-03-26 Patrick Süskind, German writer and screenwriter, known for novel "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," born in Ambach, Bavaria, Germany
  • 1949-03-30 Leslie Joan Corn, theatre producer/director/writer
  • 1949-04-01 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer and singer (Whitey on the Moon), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1949-04-12 Scott Turow, American lawyer and author (Presumed Innocent), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949-05-18 Stuart Gannes, writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949-08-02 James Fallows, American writer and journalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949-08-09 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer
  • 1949-08-22 Þórarinn Eldjárn, Icelandic writer (The Blue Tower), born in Reykjavik, Iceland

Person of interestBill James

1949-10-05 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician ( sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • 1949-10-14 Katha Pollitt, American poet and writer, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York
  • 1949-10-23 Nick Tosches, American writer
  • 1949-12-31 Susan Shwartz, American author, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1950-01-17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1950-01-24 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1950-04-22 Jancis Robinson, wine writer/broadcaster
  • 1950-05-28 Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • 1950-06-30 Omprakash Valmiki, Indian Dalit writer and poet (Joothan), born in Muzaffarnagar, India (d. 2013)
  • 1950-08-12 Jim Beaver, American actor and writer
  • 1950-09-05 Paul William Roberts, Canadian writer, born in Wales
  • 1950-10-05 Edward P. Jones, American writer (The Known World), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950-11-03 Joe Queenan, American writer
  • 1950-11-03 Massimo Mongai, Italian writer
  • 1951-01-01 Nana Patekar, Indian Bollywood actor, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker (Parinda, Angaar), born in Murud-Janjira, Bombay State
  • 1951-04-15 Heloise [Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse Evans], American writer and columnist (Heloise's Helpful Hints), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1951-04-16 Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer and photographer, born in Timişoara, Romania
  • 1951-04-19 Barry Brown, American actor (Frederick Winterbourne-Daisy Miller), born in San Jose, California (d. 1978)
  • 1951-05-03 Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1951-05-21 Al Franken, US politician (Senate-D-Minnesota 2009-) comedian, writer, actor (SNL), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-06-04 Wendy Pini, American comic book writer (Elfquest), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1951-06-05 Suze Orman, American financial advisor, writer, and television personality.
  • 1951-06-29 Don Rosa, American comic book writer and illustrator (Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1951-09-27 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • 1951-09-29 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1951-10-03 Bernard Cooper, American writer, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1951-10-15 Peter Richardson, British actor, writer and director (The Comic Strip Presents, The Pope Must Die), born in Devon, England
  • 1951-11-09 Bill Mantlo, American comic book writer (Micronauts), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestKathryn Bigelow

1951-11-27 Kathryn Bigelow, American director, producer and writer (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), born in San Carlos, California

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
  • 1951-12-20 Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1951-12-28 Ian Buruma, Anglo-Dutch scholar and writer on Japan and the Far East.
  • 1952-01-14 Maureen Dowd, American writer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952-01-21 Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • 1952-03-01 Steven Barnes, American writer
  • 1952-03-02 Mark Evanier, American writer
  • 1952-04-12 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1952-04-29 David Icke, English writer
  • 1952-05-25 Al Sarrantonio, American writer (999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-06-14 Leon Wieseltier, American writer (Kaddish), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1952-07-12 Voja Antonić, Serbian inventor and writer, born in Šabac, Serbia
  • 1952-07-31 João Barreiros, Portuguese writer (Um Dia com Júlia na Necrosfera), born in Portugal
  • 1952-08-29 Karen Hesse, American children's book writer (Out of the Dust), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1952-09-10 Gerry Conway, Marvel comics writer (Punisher)
  • 1952-10-06 Ayten Mutlu, Turkish poet and writer
  • 1952-10-21 Patti Davis [Patricia Ann Reagan], singer/actress/writer, Ronald and Nancy's daughter
  • 1952-11-06 Michael Cunningham, American novelist and screenwriter (The Hours), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1952-11-16 Robin McKinley, American writer (The Hero and the Crown), born in Warren, Ohio
  • 1952-11-30 Keith Giffen, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1953-04-16 J. Neil Schulman, American writer (Alongside Night), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1953-08-07 Anne Fadiman, American writer, born in New York City, New York
  • 1953-08-10 Mark Doty, American poet and prose writer
  • 1953-08-21 Ivan Stang, American writer and filmmaker (Church of the SubGenius), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953-09-29 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola, Night Zoo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1953-10-14 Shelley Ackerman, American astrologer, writer and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1953-11-05 Joyce Maynard, American journalist and novelist (Labor Day), born in Durham, New Hampshire
  • 1953-11-18 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • 1953-12-14 Joe Toplyn, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-12-15 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • 1954-01-15 Jose Dalisay Jr., Filipino writer, born in Romblon, Phillipines
  • 1954-02-07 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • 1954-02-09 Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor

Person of interestMatt Groening

1954-02-15 Matt Groening, American cartoonist and writer (Life in Hell, The Simpsons, Futurama), born in Portland, Oregon

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Cartoonist
Matt Groening

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2501 - 2,566 of 2,566

  • 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
  • 2016-07-28 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, dies at 90
  • 2016-08-13 Françoise Mallet-Joris, Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders), dies at 86
  • 2016-08-14 Hermann Kant, German writer, dies at 90
  • 2016-09-28 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director and writer (One Life to Live, All My Children), dies at 93
  • 2016-10-31 Natalie Babbitt, American children's writer (Tuck Everlasting), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 2016-11-14 Gwen Ifill, journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2016-11-20 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), dies at 88
  • 2016-12-02 Paul de Wispelaere, Flemish writer and critic, dies at 88
  • 2016-12-05 E. R. Braithwaite, Guyanese diplomat and writer (To Sir with Love), dies at 104

Person of interestCarrie Fisher

2016-12-27 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), dies at 60 four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • 2017-01-09 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, dies at 95

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

2017-01-12 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, dies at 89

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 2017-01-21 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • 2017-01-25 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • 2017-03-01 Paula Fox, American writer for children (The Slave Dancer) and adults, dies at 92
  • 2017-03-21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • 2017-07-13 Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist, dies from liver cancer at 61
  • 2017-08-21 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), dies at 88
  • 2017-10-16 Sean Hughes, Irish stand-up comedian, writer and actor, dies at 51
  • 2017-12-13 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), dies from multiple sclerosis and dementia at 80
  • 2018-01-14 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), dies at 74
  • 2018-03-14 Emily Nasrallah, Lebanese writer and women's rights activist (Birds of September, A Cat’s Diary), dies at 86
  • 2018-03-29 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2018-04-01 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, dies at 74
  • 2018-05-04 Renate Dorrelstein, Dutch writer and journalist, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2018-05-05 Rosemarie Schruder, German writer, dies at 89
  • 2018-05-05 Ludwig Harig, German writer, dies at 90
  • 2018-05-06 Cirilo Bautista, Filipino writer and poet, dies at 76
  • 2018-05-07 Mikhail German, Russian writer, dies at 85
  • 2018-05-09 Poldine Carlo, American writer & Koyukon elder, dies at 97
  • 2018-06-23 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, dies at 89
  • 2018-06-28 Harlan Ellison, American sci-fi author and screen-writer (Star Trek-"The City on the Edge of Forever"), dies at 84
  • 2018-07-27 Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident (Moscow 2042), dies of a heart attack at 85

Person of interestV. S. Naipaul

2018-08-11 V. S. Naipaul, Trinidadian-British writer (Middle Passage), dies at 85

Novelist V. S. Naipaul
Novelist
V. S. Naipaul
  • 2018-09-06 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance), dies at 92

Person of interestStan Lee

2018-11-12 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), dies at 95

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 2018-12-03 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), dies at 81
  • 2019-01-16 Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), dies at 79
  • 2019-01-23 Diana Athill, English writer and editor (Stet), dies at 101
  • 2019-05-22 Judith Kerr, British children's writer and illustrator (The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Mog books), dies at 95
  • 2019-06-04 Jiggs Kalra, Indian food writer "Czar of Indian cuisine", dies at 72

Person of interestToni Morrison

2019-08-05 Toni Morrison [Chloe Anthony Wofford], American writer (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon), first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize (2010) , dies at 88