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On This Day - November 16


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

Events through the years on November 16

Picture of Griff Rhys Jones

1953 Griff Rhys Jones is a comedian, writer, actor and television presenter who was born on November 16, 1953 n Cardiff in Wales.
He is known mainly for his partnership with Mel Smith, with whom he featured in a number of television series, Alas Smith and Jones during the 1980's and 1990's.
Semi-Detached is Griff's account of his career.

Picture of Gunter Grass

1927 Gunter Grass was many things. A distinguished author, a poet, a playwright, an illustrator, a sculpter and most notably a Nobel Prize Literary Award Winner. Born in Poland, in thr Free City of Danzig, Grass joined the German army as an Air Forch helper. When he volunteered for submarine service he was rejected, so he joined the Panzer Division. He was captured by the Allied Forces and was kept as a prisoner of war. On his release Grass took up work in a mine and learned the rudiments of stonemasonry. His studies took him to West Berlin where he continued with stone masonry and graphics, along with writing. Grass was a vociferous opponent to the construction of the Berlin Wall. Grass is most famous for his first book, The Tin Drum, published in 1959. Together with 'Cat and Mouse' and 'Dog Years' the three combine to form The Danzig Trilogy. This centres around the occupation of Danzig (now Gdansk) Peeling the Onion is a memoir of his life up to the publishing of The Tin Drum. Gunter Grass died on April 13, 2015 in L├╝beck, Germany from a lung infection at the age of 87.

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