Writers in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 2,942

  • 1751-01-12 Jacob M R Lenz, writer (Das Leidende Weib)
  • 1752-09-18 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, born in Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1828)
  • 1753-02-07 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle/Thirsa)
  • 1753-04-01 Joseph de Maistre, French diplomat and writer (d. 1821)
  • 1754-07-11 Thomas Bowdler, British physician and writer (Family Shakespeare), born in Ashley, Somerset, England (d. 1825)
  • 1754-11-26 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, born in Nassenhuben (Mokry Dwór), Royal Prussia, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1794)
  • 1756-03-03 William Godwin, philosopher/political writer (Caleb Williams)
  • 1758-08-09 Bruno Dalberg [Petrus the Wacker van Zon], Dutch writer and lawyer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1818)
  • 1758-09-01 Wilhelmus Kist, writer/director of Dutch Staatscourant

Person of interestMary Wollstonecraft

1759-04-27 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, English writer and feminist (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), mother of Mary Shelley, born in London (d. 1797)

Author and Women's Rights Advocate Mary Wollstonecraft
Author and Women's Rights Advocate
Mary Wollstonecraft
  • 1759-05-06 François Andrieux, French playwright, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1833)
  • 1760-05-10 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), born in Basel (d. 1826)
  • 1760-10-01 William Beckford, British writer (Epsiodes of Vathek), born in Soho Square, London (d. 1844)
  • 1761-05-13 Adrian Loosjes Pzn, publisher/writer (Mauritius Lijnslager)
  • 1761-07-25 Charlotte von Kalb, German writer, born in Saal an der Saale, Electorate of Bavaria (d. 1843)
  • 1762-01-23 Christian A Vulpius, German novelist & dramatist (Rinaldo Rinaldini), born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1827)
  • 1762-10-30 André Chénier, French poet killed during French Revolution, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1794)
  • 1763-01-29 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), born in Poserna, Saxony-Anhalt, (d. 1810)
  • 1763-03-21 Jean Paul, German romantic writer (Titan), born in Wunsiedel, Franconia (d. 1825)
  • 1764-02-15 Jens I Baggesen, Danish writer/linguist (Danske V'rker)
  • 1766-01-25 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German statesman & political writer, born in Kleinniedesheim, Germany (d. 1852)
  • 1766-12-01 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (d. 1826)
  • 1767-08-25 Antoine Louis Léon de Saint-Just, French revolutionary and writer, born in Decize, France (d. 1794)
  • 1767-10-23 H Benjamin Constant [de Rebeque], French politician/writer
  • 1768-11-30 Jędrzej Śniadecki, Polish writer, physician, chemist (creation of modern Polish terminology in the field of chemistry), born in Żnin, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1838)
  • 1769-02-04 Samuel I Wiselius, Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer
  • 1769-08-30 Bonifacio Asioli, Italian composer and music writer, born in Correggio, Italy (d. 1832)
  • 1770-03-20 Friedrich Hölderlin, German writer (d. 1843)
  • 1770-03-28 Sophie Mereau, German writer, born in Altenburg, Germany (d. 1806)
  • 1771-09-17 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1816)
  • 1772-01-04 Paul-Louis Courier, (de Mere), French writer/interpreter
  • 1772-03-10 Friedrich von Schlegel, German romantic writer/critic (Lucinde)
  • 1772-05-02 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), born in Oberwiederstedt, Saxony (d. 1801)
  • 1773-04-09 Étienne Aignan, French writer, born in Beaugency, France (d. 1824
  • 1773-05-31 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1853)
  • 1773-07-13 Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies about Art), born in Berlin (d. 1798)
  • 1774-08-12 Robert Southey, English writer (The Story of the Three Bears), Poet Laureate (1813-43) and biographer (Nelson), born in Bristol, England (d. 1843)
  • 1774-10-18 Adolf Muller, German dramatist and critic, born near Weissenfels (d. 1829)
  • 1774-11-24 Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (d. 1857)
  • 1775-01-30 Walter Savage Landor, English poet & writer (Imaginary Conversations), born in Warwick, England (d. 1864)
  • 1775-08-26 William Joseph Behr, German writer (d. 1851)
  • 1776-01-24 Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer (Undine)
  • 1776-09-27 Maria Versfelt [Ida Saint-Elme], Dutch writer, stage actress, and mistress (General Moreau & Marshal Ney), born in Lith, Netherlands (d. 1845)
  • 1778-11-25 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer, born in Birmingham (d. 1856)
  • 1780-04-29 Charles Nodier, French writer (History du chien the Brisquet), born in Besançon, France (d. 1844)
  • 1780-08-19 Pierre-Jean de Béranger, French poet and songwriter, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • 1781-01-30 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), born in Champagne (d. 1838)
  • 1781-03-13 Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German architect, city planner and painter (Altes Museum, Neue Wache), born in Neuruppin, Margraviate of Brandenburg (d. 1841)
  • 1782-03-04 Johann Rudolf Wyss, Swiss folklorist and writer (Swiss Family Robinson), born in Bern (d. 1830)
  • 1782-06-19 Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, French Catholic priest and writer (L'avenir), born in Saint-Malo, Brittany, France (d. 1854)
  • 1782-10-11 Steen Steensen Blicher, Danish poet and short-story writer (E Binddstouw), born in Vium, Denmark (d. 1848)
  • 1782-11-13 Esaias Tegnér, Swedish writer (Frithjof's Saga), born in Kyrkerud, Sweden (d. 1846)
  • 1783-01-23 Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle], French writer (Le Rouge et de Noir, a Chartreuse de Parme), born in Grenoble, France (d. 1842)

Person of interestWashington Irving

1783-04-03 Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), born in NYC, New York (d. 1859)

  • 1783-09-08 N. F. S. Grundtvig, Danish writer and philosopher, born in Udby, Zealand, Denmark (d. 1872)
  • 1784-10-19 Leigh Hunt, British writer
  • 1785-04-04 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1859)
  • 1785-05-18 John Wilson, Scottish writer (d. 1854)
  • 1785-07-14 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (d. 1851)
  • 1785-08-15 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), born in Manchester (d. 1859)
  • 1786-05-06 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1837)
  • 1786-09-18 Justinus Kerner, German physician and medical writer (first detailed description of botulism), born in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1862)
  • 1786-10-30 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1871)
  • 1787-04-26 Ludwig Uhland, German writer, born in Tübingen, Württemberg (d. 1862)
  • 1787-12-16 Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
  • 1787-12-28 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao
  • 1788-03-01 Gheorghe Asachi, Romania, writer/humanist/politician
  • 1790-05-12 [Johannes] Carsten Hauch, Danish writer
  • 1790-10-21 Alphonse-Marie Louis de Lamartine, Macon France, writer (René)
  • 1790-10-30 Rinse Posthumus, Frisian writer and poet, born in Ternaard, Friesland (d. 1859)
  • 1791-04-24 Nikolaj Bestuzhev, Russian Navy officer, writer and painter (Decembrist revolt), born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1855)
  • 1791-09-20 Sergey Aksakov, Russian writer (Semejnaja chronika), born in Ufa, Russian Empire (d. 1859) [NS 10/01]
  • 1792-01-01 Henrik Anker Bjerregaard, Norwegian writer and poet (Fjeldeventyret), born in Ringsaker, Norway (d. 1842)
  • 1792-06-19 Gustav Schwab, German writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1850)
  • 1793-03-03 Charles Sealsfield [Carl Anton Postl], Austrian-American writer, born in Popice u Znojma, Moravia (d. 1864)
  • 1793-03-11 Jan F Willems, Flemish writer/philologist
  • 1793-07-20 Aleksander Fredro, Polish poet and comedy writer (Pan Jowiolski), born in Surochów, Poland (d. 1876)
  • 1794-05-17 Anna Brownell Jameson, Anglo-Irish historian and writer (Loves of the Poets), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1860)
  • 1795-02-08 Moritz Gottlieb Saphir, Austrian satirical writer and journalist, born in Lovasbereny, near Budapest (d. 1858)
  • 1795-09-06 Frances Wright, Scottish writer and lecturer, born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1852)
  • 1796-04-24 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1840)
  • 1796-05-09 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), born in Benningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1845)
  • 1796-06-22 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher (Sotsjinenija) [OS]
  • 1796-07-03 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher (Sotsjinenija) [NS]
  • 1796-10-04 John Richardson, Canadian writer (Wacousta, or the prophecy), born in Queenston, Ontario, Canada (d. 1852)
  • 1796-10-24 August von Platen, German poet, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1835)
  • 1797-01-10 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer & composer, born in Havixbeck, Germany (d. 1848)
  • 1797-03-27 Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny, French musketeer and writer (Moise, Chatterton), born in Loches, France (d. 1863)
  • 1797-10-04 Jeremias Gotthelf [Albert Bitzius], Swiss writer (The Black Spider), born in Murten, Switzerland (d. 1854)
  • 1798-01-06 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, Austrian composer and music writer, born in Vienna; (d. 1851)
  • 1798-01-14 Isaac da Costa, Jewish poet, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1860)
  • 1798-01-19 Auguste Comte, French philosopher & writer (A General View of Positivism), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1857)
  • 1798-04-02 August Heinrich Hoffmann, German writer, born in Fallersleben, Electorate of Brunswick -Lüneburg (d. 1874)
  • 1798-06-21 Wolfgang Menzel, German writer, born in Waldenburg, Silesia (d. 1873)
  • 1799-06-06 Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1837)
  • 1801-04-11 Claude Tillier, French journalist and writer (My Uncle Benjamin), born in Clamecy, Nièvre, France (d. 1844)
  • 1801-12-11 Christian Dietrich Grabbe, German dramatist, born in Detmold, Lippe (d. 1836)
  • 1802-01-06 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian writer (Gramatica), born in Târgoviște, Romania (d. 1872)
  • 1802-09-13 Arnold Ruge, German political philosopher and writer, born in Bergen auf Rügen, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1802-11-29 Wilhelm Hauff, German writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1827)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 2,621

  • 1754-05-14 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (L’École des Mères), dies at 62
  • 1754-12-12 Wu Jingzi, Chinese writer (Rulinwaishi), dies at about 53
  • 1755-02-10 Montesquieu, French writer (b. 1689)
  • 1755-03-02 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
  • 1756-02-25 Eliza Haywood, English actress and novelist (Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Enquiry), dies at 63
  • 1757-03-01 Edward Moore, English writer & dramatist (The Gamester), dies at 44
  • 1761-07-04 Samuel Richardson, English novelist (Pamela), dies at 71
  • 1762-06-17 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French tragic poet and playwright (Rhadamiste et Zénobie), dies at 88
  • 1762-08-21 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (b. 1689)
  • 1763-02-12 Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (b. 1688)
  • 1764-05-10 Picander [Christian Henrici], German writer (Die Weiberprobe), dies
  • 1764-09-23 Robert Dodsley, English writer (b. 1703)
  • 1766-12-12 Johann Christoph Gottsched, German writer (b. 1700)
  • 1768-03-01 Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher & writer, dies at 74
  • 1768-03-18 Lawrence Sterne, writer (Sentimental Journey France & Italy), dies
  • 1768-04-09 Sarah Fielding, English writer (The Adventures of David Simple), dies at 58
  • 1768-05-16 Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81
  • 1769-12-13 Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet and novelist (Fables & Tales), dies at 54
  • 1772-03-26 Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (b. 1704)
  • 1773-01-21 Alexis Piron, French dramatist (La Métromanie), dies at 83
  • 1773-05-15 Alban Butler, English Catholic priest and writer, dies at 62
  • 1773-08-03 Stanisław Konarski, Polish writer (b. 1700)
  • 1773-08-22 George Lyttelton, English writer and politician (b. 1709)
  • 1773-11-16 John Hawkesworth, English writer
  • 1774-08-11 Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (b. 1722)
  • 1775-06-23 Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (b. 1692)
  • 1775-11-21 John Hill, British writer
  • 1776-04-29 Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)

Person of interestVoltaire

1778-05-30 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), dies at 83

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1778-07-02 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher, eminent political theorist, and writer whose influential works inspired French Revolution leaders and Romantic academics (Confession), dies of cerebral bleeding from a stroke at 66
  • 1778-08-11 Augustus Montague Toplady, English hymn writer (Rock of Ages), dies at 37
  • 1778-08-28 Jacob Wallenberg, Swedish writer/shipminister, dies
  • 1779-01-20 David Garrick, English actor, producer and writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), dies at 61
  • 1783-09-06 Carlo Bertinazzi, Italian actor and writer (commedia dell'arte), dies at 72
Enlightenment Philosopher Denis Diderot
Enlightenment Philosopher
Denis Diderot

Person of interestSamuel Johnson

1784-12-13 Samuel Johnson, English scholar and lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language), dies at 75

Scholar and Lexicographer Samuel Johnson
Scholar and Lexicographer
Samuel Johnson
  • 1785-04-14 William Whitehead, English writer and poet, British Poet Laureate (1757-85), dies at about 70
  • 1785-11-18 Louis Philip I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1787-04-02 Francisco Javier Clavijero, Mexican Jesuit teacher and writer, dies at 55
  • 1787-12-18 Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)
  • 1788-03-29 Charles Wesley, hymn writer, dies
  • 1788-04-16 George-Louis Leclerc, count de Buffon, French naturalist and writer on natural history (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière), dies at 80
  • 1789-01-23 Frances Brooke, English writer (b. 1724)

Person of interestBenjamin Franklin

1790-04-17 Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1790-06-29 Feike H Van de Crew, Fries writer (Mayke Jakkelis), dies
  • 1790-12-12 Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer, dies at 57
  • 1791-04-19 Richard Price, nonconformist minister/writer (Alabi's World), dies

Person of interestFrancis Hopkinson

1791-05-09 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer (designed the first American flag), dies from an apoplectic seizure at 53

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • 1791-09-17 Tomás de Iriarte, Spanish writer (Fabulas Literarias), dies at 40
  • 1791-10-10 C F D Schubart, writer, dies
  • 1791-10-12 A L Karschin, writer, dies at 68
  • 1792-05-24 Jakob M R Lenz, writer (That Soldier), dies
  • 1792-08-25 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (b. 1719)
  • 1793-05-20 Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer, dies at 73
  • 1794-01-08 Justus Möser, German statesman and writer, dies at 73
  • 1794-01-10 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, dies at 39
  • 1794-04-13 Nicolas Chamfort, French writer, dies at 53
  • 1794-06-08 G A Borger, writer, dies
  • 1795-04-30 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (b. 1716)
  • 1796-02-17 James Macpherson, Scottish writer and poet, dies at 59
  • 1796-03-06 Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer, dies at 82
  • 1797-03-02 Horace Walpole, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto), dies at 79
  • 1797-07-11 Ienăchiţă Văcărescu, Wallachian writer (b. 1740)
  • 1798-01-22 Matija A Reljkovic, Croatian writer (Satire of Wild Man), dies at 66
  • 1798-02-13 Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies of Art), dies at 24
  • 1798-02-25 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (b. 1716)

Person of interestGiacomo Casanova

1798-06-04 Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer, writer, librarian and womanizer, dies at 73

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 1799-02-24 Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German physicist and writer (types of Lichtenberg), dies at 56
  • 1799-08-15 Giuseppe Parini, Italian prose writer and poet (Il Giorno), dies at 70
  • 1799-12-31 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, dies at 76
  • 1800-03-29 Marc René, Marquis de Montalembert, French military engineer and writer, dies at 85
  • 1801-01-02 Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss writer, philosopher, founder of physiognomics, dies at 59
  • 1801-03-25 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), dies at 28
  • 1801-09-01 Robert Bage, English writer (Hermsprong), dies
  • 1802-04-18 Erasmus Darwin, English physician writer & botanist (grandfather of Charles Darwin), dies at 70
  • 1802-09-24 Alexander Radishchev, Russian writer, commits suicide by drinking poison at 53
  • 1803-02-18 J W L Gleim, writer, dies
  • 1803-06-22 Wilhelm Heinse, German writer and critic, dies at 57
  • 1803-08-28 Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer and painter, dies
  • 1803-10-08 Vittorio A Alfieri, Italian earl/writer (Filippo), dies at 54
  • 1803-11-05 Ch de Laclos, writer, dies
  • 1804-05-24 Simon Style, Fries medical/writer, dies at 73
  • 1804-11-23 Richard Graves, English writer, dies at 89
  • 1805-08-03 Christopher Anstey, English poet (The New Bath Guide), dies at 80
  • 1805-11-06 François-Thomas-Marie de Baculard d'Arnaud, French sentimental writer (Les Épreuves du sentiment), dies at 87
  • 1805-11-08 Francois-Thomas de Baculard d'Arnaud, French writer, dies at 87
  • 1805-12-27 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Trois Femmes), dies at 65
  • 1806-02-19 Elizabeth Carter, English poet, bluestocking and translator (All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant), dies at 88
  • 1806-10-31 Sophie Mereau, German writer, dies at 36
  • 1807-02-18 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), dies at 75
  • 1807-12-19 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (b. 1723)
  • 1808-05-28 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (b. 1720)
  • 1808-09-05 John Home, Scottish writer (b. 1722)
  • 1808-09-13 Saverio Bettinelli, Italian Jesuit writer, dies at 90

Person of interestThomas Paine

1809-06-08 Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1810-06-13 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), dies at 47
  • 1811-01-08 Friedrich Nicolai, writer, dies
  • 1812-11-15 Eagle Fokke Simonsz, writer (Year 3000), dies at about 57
  • 1813-01-20 Christoph Martin Wieland, German poet and writer (Oberon), dies at 79
  • 1814-01-21 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer and botanist (b. 1737)