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On This Day - July 27

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


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Robert Rankin

Robert Rankin was born in Parsons Green, London, on July 27, 1949. He is a humorous writer who draws on many genres for his novels, including science fiction. Knees Up Mother Earth is the seventh novel in the Brentford series. This is the very funny series about the area that Rankin grew up in. It is filled with wierd and wonderful characters and interposed with wacky events and plots.


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Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins is a British author of Thrillers and Spy Novels. He is one on the top sellers in that genre. Higgins was born on July 27, 1949 in Newcastle Upon-Tyne. Confessional is one of his popular books.


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Phyllis Ryan

Phyllis Ryan was born on July 27th, 1920 and died on June 6th, 2011. Phyllis Ryan was a champion of independent theatre in Ireland. She nurtured playwrights like John B Keane and Brien Friel in their early careers. Her theatre company, Gemini Productions produced the best plays outside of the Abbey Theatre in the 1960's and 1970's. The Company I Kept is Phyllis Ryan's own memoirs on her career.

Authors to have made their mark on July 27


1973 Cassandra Clare, American journalist and author
1955 Cat Bauer, American journalist, author, and playwright
1954 Ricardo Uceda, Peruvian journalist and author
1949 Robert Rankin, English author and illustrator
1946 Peter Reading, English poet and author (d. 2011)
1929 Jack Higgins, English author and academic
1911 Rayner Heppenstall, English author and poet (d. 1981)
1910 Julien Gracq, French author and critic (d. 2007)
1908 Joseph Mitchell, American journalist and author (d. 1996)
1906 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish author and activist (d. 2000)
1853 Vladimir Korolenko, Ukrainian journalist, author, and activist (d. 1921)


2017 Sam Shepard, American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director (b.1943)
2015 Samuel Pisar, Polish-born American lawyer and author (b. 1929)
2005 Marten Toonder, Dutch author and illustrator (b. 1912)
1965 Daniel-Rops, French historian and author (b. 1901)
1962 Richard Aldington, English poet and author (b. 1892)
1876 Albertus van Raalte, Dutch-born American minister and author (b. 1811)

Events through the years on July 27


Researchers at the University of Toronto, led by biochemist Frederick Banting, prove that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.


Vincent van Gogh shoots himself and dies two days later.


The first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable is successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, to Heart's Content, Newfoundland.

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

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