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On This Day - July 02

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


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Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928, Sighetu Marmației, Romania and died on July 2, 2016, Manhattan, New York, United States. Elie Wiesel was taken from his home to Auschwitz concentration camp and then moved to Buchenwald. He lost his family and any innocence he may have had in this time. In 1986 he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his heartbreaking story of the events he encountered.


Picture of Vladimir Nabokov book

Vladimir Nabokov was born on April 22, 1899 and died on July 2, 1977. Nabakov was a from noble stock in Russia so his family had to flee the country afer the Russian Revolution. Nabokov's first nine novels were written in Russian. It was later, in 1955, that Nabokov was to achieve fame with Lolita, a story of obsession. Many people might remember the song by the band, The Police, "Don't Stand So Close To Me". This would make him even more popular in later years.



Picture of Ernest Hemingway book

Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 and died on July 2, 1961. His was a major influence on authors coming after him. He was adventurous and this showed in his writing. His lifestyle was boisterous and this made him even more popular. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.


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Peter Kay

Peter Kay has become one of the most popular comedians of his time. He has done this by drawing from his local roots and by not compromising to the latest trends in comedy. This has given him the authenticity and authority to be creative in his own sphere because of his deep rootedness in his own upbringing. And his upbringing has afforded him popularity because Peter can bring humour out of the most mundane things. For example his recent series where he gives a co-worker a lift in the morning to work and home again in the evening. Brilliant and yet as down to earth as you can get. In The Sound of Laughter, Peter tells his own story of how he came to the career of a comic.


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Darren Shan

Darren Shan was born on July 2, 1972. Darren Shan is an Irish author of horror and young adult fiction. Although Darren (Darren O'Saughnessy) was born in London, he moved to Limerick, Ireland, with his family when he was six years old. Darren published three books in a series called The City Trilogy, before his success with Cirque Du Freak. His Saga of Darren Shan, Demonata and The Saga of Larten Crepsley are his most popular works. Darren Shan has sold in excess of 15 million books worldwide, in 39 countries.


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Stephen Lawhead

Stephen Lawhead was born in Nebraska, USA on July 2, 1950. Stephen Lawhead is an American author known for his fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction novels. Particularly popular are his Pendragon and Dragon King series. The Sword and the Flame is the third book in the Dragon King series.


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Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse was born on July 2, 1877 in Cawl, now part of Germany and died on August 9, 1962 in Montagnolia, Switzerlad. Hesse was a novelist, poet and a painter. In 1946 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. His most well known works are Demian, Steppenwolf and Siddharta.

Authors to have made their mark on July 02


1933 – Peter Desbarats, Canadian journalist, author, and playwright
1923 – Cyril M. Kornbluth, American soldier and author (d. 1958)
1919 – Jean Craighead George, American author (d. 2012)
1917 – Leonard J. Arrington, American author and academic, founded the Mormon History Association (d. 1999)
1916 – Zélia Gattai, Brazilian author and photographer (d. 2008)
1902 – K. Kanapathypillai, Sri Lankan author and academic (d. 1968)
1893 – Ralph Hancock, Welsh gardener and author (d. 1950)
1884 – Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist and author (d. 1931)
1869 – Liane de Pougy, French-Swiss dancer and author (d. 1950)
1865 – Lily Braun, German author and publicist (d. 1916)
1724 – Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet and author (d. 1803)


2010 – Beryl Bainbridge, English screenwriter and author (b. 1932)
2004 – Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian journalist and author (b. 1922)
1999 – Mario Puzo, American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
1978 – Aris Alexandrou, Greek author and poet (b. 1922)
1966 – Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet and author (b. 1900)
1746 – Thomas Baker, English antiquarian and author (b. 1656)
1566 – Nostradamus, French astrologer and author (b. 1503)

Other events through the years on July 02


Civil rights movement: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.


Picture of Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight. Her story is told by John Burke in his book Flying Solo.

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

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