Full Name: Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie [also wrote as Mary Westmacott]
Why Famous: Prolific writer of novels, short stories and plays. She is best known for her series of crime books featuring detectives Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the world's most-translated author and her works have sold more than 2 billion copies worldwide.
Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play "The Mousetrap" which opened in London's West end in 1952 and is still running.
- 1930-09-11 Mystery writer Agatha Christie (39) weds archaeologist Max Mallowan (26)
- 1921-01-21 British crime writer Agatha Christie publishes her first novel "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" introducing the character Hercule Poirot
- 1926-12-03 Detective novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously disappears for 11 days
- 1952-10-06 Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" opens in London (still running)
- 1970-12-23 7,511th performance of Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" (record) in London's West End