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On This Day - July 12

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


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Brigid Brophy

Brigid Brophy was born on June 12, 1959 in Ealing, London, UK. She died in Louth, UK, on August 7, 1995. Brigid Brophy was a novelist and a campaigner for social reform. She had many concerns, the Vietnam War, sex education in schools, animal welfare and authors rights among others. Flesh is a novel about a young man who gains freedom from his parents protection.

Authors to have made their mark on July 12


1955 Timothy Garton Ash, English historian and author
1951 Joan Bauer, American author
1944 Delia Ephron, American author, playwright, and screenwriter
1933 Donald E. Westlake, American author and screenwriter (d. 2008)
1923 James E. Gunn, American science fiction author
1920 Pierre Berton, Canadian journalist and author (d. 2004)
1915 Emanuel Papper, American anesthesiologist, professor, and author (d. 2002)
1909 Herbert Zim, American naturalist, author, and educator (d. 1994)
1892 Bruno Schulz, Ukrainian-Polish author and painter (d. 1942)
1849 William Osler, Canadian physician and author (d. 1919)


2015 Chenjerai Hove, Zimbabwean journalist, author, and poet (b. 1956)
2014 Alfred de Grazia, American political scientist and author (b. 1919)
2014 Jamil Ahmad, Pakistani author (b. 1931)
2013 Takako Takahashi, Japanese author (b. 1932)
2012 Else Holmelund Minarik, Danish-American author and illustrator (b. 1920)
2010 Harvey Pekar, American author and critic (b. 1939)
2010 James P. Hogan, English-American author (b. 1941)
2001 Fred Marcellino, American author and illustrator (b. 1939)
1997 Fran├žois Furet, French historian and author (b. 1927)
1992 Caroline Pafford Miller, American journalist and author (b. 1903)
1969 Henry George Lamond, Australian farmer and author (b. 1885)
1966 D. T. Suzuki, Japanese philosopher and author (b. 1870)
1961 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author and playwright (b. 1879)
1950 Elsie de Wolfe, American actress, author, and interior decorator (b. 1865)
1946 Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist and author (b. 1870)

Other events through the years on July 12


Republic of Ireland will be the first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies after passing legislation in parliament.


Thor Heyerdahl crosses the Atlantic ocean on the raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco after 57 days.


Pauline Reade, 16, disappears in Gorton, England, the first victim in the Moors murders.


The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at London's Marquee Club.


US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer.

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

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