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On This Day - July 22

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


Picture of Manuel Puig

Manuel Puig

Mauel Puig was born in General Villegas, Argentina on December 28, 1932 and died on July 22, 1990 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Puig was an author and his Kiss of the Spider Woman was adapted for film in 1985.


Picture of Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins was born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States on July 22, 1932. Robbins is known for his novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues which was filmed by Gus Van Sant in 1993. Skinny Legs and All is one of Robbin's later works from 1990.

Authors to have made their mark on July 22


1973 Ece Temelkuran, Turkish journalist and author
1950 S. E. Hinton, American author
1943 Masaru Emoto, Japanese author and activist (d. 2014)
1941 David M. Kennedy, American historian and author
1925 Jack Matthews, American author, playwright, and academic (d. 2013)
1908 Amy Vanderbilt, American author (d. 1974)
1893 Karl Menninger, American psychiatrist and author (d. 1990)
1886 Hella Wuolijoki, Estonian-Finnish author (d. 1954)
1878 Janusz Korczak, Polish pediatrician and author (d. 1942)


2000 Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author, poet, and playwright (b. 1925)
1986 Floyd Gottfredson, American author and illustrator (b. 1905)
1969 Judy Garland, American actress, singer, dancer, and vaudevillian (b. 1922)
1970 George Johnston, Australian journalist and author (b. 1912)
1958 Mikhail Zoshchenko, Ukrainian-Russian soldier and author (b. 1895)
1932 Errico Malatesta, Italian activist and author (b. 1853)
1932 J. Meade Falkner, English author and poet (b. 1858)
1916 James Whitcomb Riley, American poet and author (b. 1849)

Events through the years on July 22


Police in Milwaukee arrested serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who later confessed to murdering 17 men and boys.


The first ever motor race is held in France between the cities of Paris and Rouen. The fastest finisher was the Comte Jules-Albert de Dion, but the 'official' victory was awarded to Albert Lemaître driving his 3 hp petrol engined Peugeot..


William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, is entered on the Stationers’ Register. By decree of Queen Elizabeth, the Stationers’ Register licensed printed works, giving the Crown tight control over all published material.

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

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