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On This Day - July 09

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


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Dean Koontz

Dean Koonts was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, United States on July 9, 1945. Dean Koontz is an American author of novels and short stories. He mostly writes novels in the genre of horror but has ventured into the suspense / thriller genre. Seize the Night is a novel about the children of a town disappearing without a trace.


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Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks was born on July 9, 1933 and died on August 30, 2015. Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has died, leaving behind many, many people who will miss him greatly. He also leaves behind a legacy of incredible work for the betterment of mankind. His greatest attribute was his humanity which saw him work incessantly and innovatively to help people who were afflicted with disability. See also this obituary.


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Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake was born in Lianxi District, Jiujiang, China on July 9, 1911 and died on November 1, 1968 in Burcot in the United Kingdom. Mervyn Peake was an author, poet, artist and an illustrator. He is best known for his Gormenghast trilogy.

Authors to have made their mark on July 09


1970 Masami Tsuda, Japanese author and illustrator
1968 Lars Gyllenhaal, Swedish historian and author
1960 Eduardo Montes-Bradley, Argentinian journalist, photographer, and author
1959 Clive Stafford Smith, English lawyer and author
1956 Michael Lederer, American author, poet, and playwright
1953 Thomas Ligotti, American author
1931 Haynes Johnson, American journalist and author (d. 2013)
1925 Charles E. Wicks, American engineer, author, and academic (d. 2010)
1911 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist and author (d. 2008)
1909 Basil Wolverton, American author and illustrator (d. 1978)
1901 Barbara Cartland, prolific English author (d. 2000)
1867 Georges Lecomte, French author and playwright (d. 1958)
1775 Matthew Lewis, English author and playwright (d. 1818)
1764 Ann Ward, English author and poet (d. 1823)
1721 Johann Nikolaus Götz, German poet and author (d. 1781)


2013 Barbara Robinson, American author and poet (b. 1927)
2010 Jessica Anderson, Australian author and playwright (b. 1916)
1979 Cornelia Otis Skinner, American actress and author (b. 1899)
1971 Karl Ast, Estonian author and politician (b. 1886)
1797 Edmund Burke, Irish-English philosopher, academic, and politician (b. 1729)

Other events through the years on July 09


A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA had provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration relied on to justify going to war.


Boxer Mike Tyson was banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting opponent Evander Holyfield's ear.


A Californian University throws more light on why the Big Bang theory works after nearly 40 years of world-wide research.


The rock band the Grateful Dead played their last concert, at Soldier Field in Chicago, after a 30-year run, much of it spent on the road. (Lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died the following month.)


The Russell–Einstein Manifesto calls for a reduction of the risk of nuclear warfare.

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

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