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On This Day - July 01

Literary and Innovative People
A celebration of writers and writing on this day through history.


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Roderick MacLeish

Roderick MacLeish was a journalist and an author of fiction and non fiction books. Roderick MacLeish was news director for a number of radio stations including WBZ in Boston. MacLeish was born on January 15, 1926 in Pennsylvania and he died on July 1, 2006 in Washington DC. Prince Ombra is a Fantasy novel published in 1982.


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Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando was born on April 24, 1924 and died on July 1, 2004. Marlon Brando was the one actor whose unique style has dominated post-war cinema, defined masculine rebelliousness for generations of teenagers, and spawned dozens of imitators of the intense, laconic acting method he pioneered. Charles Higham published a definitive biography in 1989.


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George Sand

George Sand is the pseudonym for Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin. She was born on July 1, 1804 in Paris, France.and died on July 8 in Nohant-vic in France. She was a French novelist and author. She wrote many novels and had many affairs with celebrities and artists. Her novels reflect these. A Winter in Majorca is loosely related to a year she spent with Chopin from 1838-39.

Authors to have made their mark on July 01


1955 Lisa Scottoline, American lawyer and author
1940 Cahit Zarifoğlu, Turkish poet and author (d. 1987)
1932 Ze'ev Schiff, French-Israeli journalist and author (d. 2007)
1927 Alan J. Charig, English paleontologist and author (d. 1997)
1923 Scotty Bowers, American Marine, author and pimp (d. 2019)
1892 James M. Cain, American author and journalist (d. 1977)
1887 Amber Reeves, New Zealand-English author and scholar (d. 1981)
1885 Dorothea Mackellar, Australian author and poet (d. 1968)
1869 William Strunk Jr., American author and educator (d. 1946)
1834 Jadwiga Luszczewska, Polish poet and author (d. 1908)
1633 Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian and author (d. 1698)


2016 Robin Hardy, English author and film director (b. 1929)
2014 Walter Dean Myers, American author and poet (b. 1937)
2012 Jack Richardson, American author and playwright (b. 1934)
2012 Peter E. Gillquist, American priest and author (b. 1938)
2009 Onni Palaste, Finnish soldier and author (b. 1917)
1996 Steve Tesich, Serbian-American author and screenwriter (b. 1942)
1994 Merriam Modell, American author (b. 1908)
1981 Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese author and poet (b. 1921)
1965 Robert Ruark, American journalist and author (b. 1915)
1961 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French physician and author (b. 1894)
1944 Tanya Savicheva, Russian author (b. 1930)
1943 Willem Arondeus, Dutch artist, author, and anti-Nazi resistance fighter (b. 1894)
1896 Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author and activist (b. 1811)

Other events through the years on July 01


Cold War: The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague.


German reunification: East Germany accepts the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany.


Sony introduces the Walkman.


Merger Treaty: The European Community is formally created out of a merger with the Common Market, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Atomic Energy Commission.


Specific values for the international yard, avoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) are adopted after agreement between the US, the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.


The world's first international telephone call is made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States.


Joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society of London.

Literary and other important events that occurred on this day in July

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