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On This Day - July 08

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


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Antony Swithin

Antony Swithin was born on July 8, 1935 in Sheffiedl, England and died on July 15, 2002 in Saskatoon, Canada. Antony Swithin had many interests. Along with his professorship of geology in Saskatchewan, he wrote fantasy fiction books, mystery stories. He was also very interested in folk singing and heritage preservation. Princes of Sandastre is the first book in the Perilous Quest for Lyoness series of four books. The Winds of the Wastelands is the third book.

Authors to have made their mark on July 08


1957 Aleksandr Gurnov, Russian journalist and author
1952 Marianne Williamson, American author and activist
1947 Jenny Diski, English author and screenwriter (d. 2016)
1934 Marty Feldman, English actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)
1926 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist and author (d. 2004)
1926 David Malet Armstrong, Australian philosopher and author (d. 2014)
1917 J. F. Powers, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1999)
1916 Jean Rouverol, American author, actress and screenwriter (d. 2017)
1900 George Antheil, American pianist, composer, and author (d. 1959)
1898 Alec Waugh English novelist and travel writer (d. 1981)
1893 R. Carlyle Buley, American historian and author (d. 1968)
1892 Richard Aldington, English author and poet (d. 1962)
1885 Ernst Bloch, German philosopher, author, and academic (d. 1977)
1621 Jean de La Fontaine, French author and poet (d. 1695)


2018 Tab Hunter, American actor, pop singer, film producer and author (b. 1931)
2013 Sundri Uttamchandani, Indian author (b. 1924)
2013 Edmund Morgan, American historian and author (b. 1916)
2004 Paula Danziger, American author and educator (b. 1944)
1998 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player, author, and feminist (b. 1905)
1987 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet and author (b. 1896)
1965 Thomas Sigismund Stribling, American lawyer and author (b. 1881)
1956 Giovanni Papini, Italian journalist, author, and critic (b. 1881)
1952 August Alle, Estonian lawyer, author, and poet (b. 1890)
1939 Havelock Ellis, English psychologist and author (b. 1859)
1933 Anthony Hope, English author and playwright (b. 1863)
1913 Louis Hémon, French-Canadian author (b. 1880)

Other events through the years on July 08


Sonia O'Sullivan runs female 2K world record (5:25.36)


US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam

US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam


Ronald Biggs who was serving a 30-year prison sentence for his part in the Great Train Robbery escapes from Wandsworth prison.


Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in what became known as the Roswell UFO incident.


The first issue of The Wall Street Journal is published.


US State Department issues 1st US passport

US State Department issues 1st US passport

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

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