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On This Day - July 31

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

Events through the years on July 31

Picture of Gore Vidal

Died on Juy 31 2012 – Gore Vidal, author of Empire, part of his American Saga.

Gore V idal was an American author of novels and political essays. Vidal felt that successive governments in the United States reduced the country to the status of a decadent empire. His sense of humour allowed him to be equally pragmatic with the Democratic Party as well as the Republicans. Armageddon? contains criticism of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Died on Juy 31 2007 – Norman Cohn, author of The Pursuit of the Millennium

Picture of Poul Anderson

Died on Juy 31 2001 – Poul Anderson, author of many science Fiction novels.

Picture of William Maxwell

William Maxwell.(1908 - 2000) Maxwell was born in Lincoln, Illinois, United States. They Came Like Swallows is semi-autobiographical. Like Bunny, William took ill with the flu and survived, yet his mother died from flu due to the plague of 1918. William Maxwell was fiction editor for the New Yorker magazine from 1936 until 1975.

Died on Juy 31 2000 – William Maxwell, author of They Came Like Swallows about the 1918 flu pandemic.



The British Government announces a total ban on landmines

Born on Juy 31 1967 – Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Prozac Nation

Died on Juy 31 1967 – Margaret Kennedy, author of The Constant Nymph


Picture of John Lennon

Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark

Picture of J K Rowling

Born on Juy 31 1965 – J K Rowling, author of thre arry Potter novels



American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the moon's surface.

Picture of Faye Kellerman

Born on Juy 31 1952 – Faye Kellerman, author of crime fiction novels

Born on Juy 31 1929 – Lynne Reid Banks, author of the L-Shaped Room series of books.

Picture of Primo Levi

Born on Juy 31 1919 – Primo Levi, author of The Wrench and many other books detailing his exeriences in Auschwitz

Primo Levi was an author of novels. essays, short stories and poems. Primo Michael Levi was an Italian Jew and he spent a year in Auschwitz. The Wrench is his best known woek of fiction.



Gaelic League is founded by Douglas Hyde and Eoin MacNeill in order to encourage Irish people to speak the language and take a greater interest in their culture



Picture of Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.

Born on Juy 30 1825 – Chaim Aronson, Lithuanian engineer and author (d. 1893)

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