Writers in History (Part 27)

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2601 - 2,700 of 2,942

  • 1951-09-27 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • 1951-09-29 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1951-10-03 Bernard Cooper, American novelist and short story 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
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 and conspiracy theorist, born in Leicester, England
  • 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

Person of interestDan Aykroyd

1952-07-01 Dan Aykroyd, Canadian-American comedian, writer and actor (SNL, The Blues Brothers; Ghostbusters), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
  • 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), born in New York City
  • 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, Canadian filmmaker (Leola; Night Zoo), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1997)
  • 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, Philippines
  • 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
Matt Groening
  • 1954-05-14 Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • 1954-05-18 Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster
  • 1954-06-09 Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer
  • 1954-06-10 Richard "Rich" Hall, American comedian, writer, and musician (Saturday Night Live, Fridays, Not Necessarily the News), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1954-06-21 Robert Menasse, Austrian writer (Die Vertreibung aus der Hölle), born in Vienna

Person of interestJames Cameron

1954-08-16 James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer (Titanic, Avatar), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 1954-08-18 Umberto Guidoni, Italian astrophysicist and writer (STS 75), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1954-10-13 Claude Ribbe, French historian and writer, born in Paris
  • 1954-10-19 Deborah Blum, American writer
  • 1954-12-20 Sandra Cisneros, American writer, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestJohn Grisham

1955-02-08 John Grisham, American writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief), born in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Writer John Grisham
John Grisham
  • 1955-02-16 Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1955-03-10 Juliusz Machulski, Polish director/writer/actor (Do It Yourself)
  • 1955-04-09 Kate Heyhoe, American editor and food writer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955-04-29 Leslie Jordan, American actor and writer (Will and Grace), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1955-05-31 Laura Baugh, American golfer, writer, broadcaster (LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year 1973), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955-06-01 Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
  • 1955-06-04 Paul Stewart, British writer (The Edge Chronicles, Far Flung Adventures), born in London, England
  • 1955-06-23 Maggie Greenwald, American film director and writer
  • 1955-07-06 William Wall, Irish writer (This is the Country), born in Cork City, Ireland
  • 1955-07-09 Fred Norris, American comedy writer and singer (Howard Stern Show), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • 1955-08-07 Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer, born in Bykovo, Russia
  • 1955-08-22 Will Shetterly, American writer (Dogland), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1955-09-29 Gwen Ifill, journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

Person of interestLiu Xiaobo

1955-12-28 Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist, born in Changchun, China (d. 2017)

Writer and Human Rights Activist Liu Xiaobo
Writer and Human Rights Activist
Liu Xiaobo
  • 1956-01-10 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer (Royal Spanish Academy), born in Úbeda, Jaén, Spain
  • 1956-03-05 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • 1956-03-06 Peter Roebuck, English cricketer and journalist, born in Oddington, Oxfordshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1956-03-17 Rory McGrath, British comedian, television personality, and writer (Who Dares Wins, They Think It's All Over), born in Redruth, Cornwall
  • 1956-04-03 Boris Miljković, Serbian TV and theatre director, writer and lecturer, born in Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1956-04-04 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer (Picket Fences, Chicago Hope), born in Waterville, Maine
  • 1956-04-08 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer (Best in Show), born in Rochester, England
  • 1956-04-28 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, born in York, England (d. 1995)
  • 1956-07-21 Michael Connelly, American crime writer (Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch novels), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-09-17 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • 1956-09-23 Peter David, American writer
  • 1956-09-29 Suzzy Roche, American singer (The Roches), writer and actress, born in Park Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1956-10-06 Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist

Person of interestCarrie Fisher

1956-10-21 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)

Actress Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
  • 1957-01-13 Lorrie Moore, American writer
  • 1957-01-14 Anchee Min, Chinese writer, born in Shanghai, China
  • 1957-01-17 Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
  • 1957-01-22 Francis Wheen, English writer & journalist, born in England
  • 1957-01-27 Frank Miller, American comicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)
  • 1957-02-07 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings), born in Kew, Surrey (d. 2007)
  • 1957-04-17 Nick Hornby, English writer (High Fidelity), born in Redhill, Surrey
  • 1957-05-25 Edward Lee, American writer (Mr. Torso), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-06-22 Danny Baker, English writer and radio DJ, born in Deptford, London, England
  • 1957-07-09 Tim Kring, American writer and producer, born in El Dorado County, California
  • 1957-07-09 Paul Merton, British writer, actor and comedian (Room 101), born in Parsons Green, London
  • 1957-07-16 Alexandra Marinina, Russian writer (Igra Na Chuzhom Pole), born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1957-08-01 Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron, American actor and writer (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money), born in Glendale, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestStephen Fry

1957-08-24 Stephen Fry, English comedian, writer and actor (Blackadder, QI), born in London

Actor, Comedian and Writer Stephen Fry
Actor, Comedian and Writer
Stephen Fry
  • 1957-11-14 Frank Affolter, Dutch pianist, songwriter and singer (If Nobody Does), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1957-11-14 Michael J Fitzgerald, American writer
  • 1957-12-25 Jan Rot, Dutch composer (Wrong Nights; St. Matthew's Passion),born in Makassar, Indonesia
  • 1958-02-03 Lizzie Borden, director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
  • 1958-02-04 Werner Schwab, Austrian playwright and artist, born in Graz (d. 1994)
  • 1958-02-04 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer
  • 1958-02-07 Matt Ridley, British science writer

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 2601 - 2,621 of 2,621

  • 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 screenwriter (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
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

  • 2020-03-02 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, dies at 93

Person of interestAlbert Uderzo

2020-03-24 Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist and script writer (Asterix comic books), dies at 92

Cartoonist Albert Uderzo
Albert Uderzo
  • 2020-04-02 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 86
  • 2020-04-16 Luis Sepúlveda, Chilean writer and political activist (The Old Man Who Read Love Stories), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • 2020-04-25 Per Olov Enquist, Swedish writer (Hour of the Lynx, The Royal Physician’s Visit), dies at 85
  • 2020-04-29 Maj Sjowall, Swedish writer (Martin Beck crime novels), dies at 84
  • 2020-06-16 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), dies at 81
  • 2020-06-19 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish writer (Shadow of the Wind), dies of cancer at 55

Person of interestCarl Reiner

2020-06-29 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor, writer and director (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 98

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner