1st Nobel Prize winning Polish poet Wisława Szymborska died 5 years ago.
2nd - Soviet writer Daniil Kharms died 75 years ago from starvation during the siege of Leningrad.
2nd - Scottish author of thrillers and adventure stories Alistair MacLean died 30 years ago.
3rd - Scottish poet George Crabbe died 185 years ago.
3rd - 170 years since the death of Marie Duplessis, inspiration for Marguerite Gautier, the main character of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils.
3rd - Twentieth anniversary of the death of Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.
10th -  Alex Haley, author of Roots, died 25 years ago.
10th - Russian author Alexander Pushkin died 180 years ago after being fatally wounded in a duel.
10th - British author of crime fiction Edgar Wallace died 85 years ago.
10th - American author of Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder died 60 years ago.
10th - English Victorian sensation novelist Mrs Henry Wood died 130 years ago.
11th - Polish writer Marian Hemar died 45 years ago.
    12th - German-Jewish political writer and journalist Ludwig Börne died 180 years ago.
    13th - 50 years since Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad died in a car accident.
    13th - Spanish writer Mariano José de Larra committed suicide 180 years ago.
    16th - The first Italian to receive the Nobel Prize in LiteratureGiosuè Carducci, died 110 years ago.
    17th - American diarist and nature writer Opal Whiteley died 25 years ago in a psychiatric hospital.
    19th - German poet and dramatist Georg Büchner died from Typhus 180 years ago, he was 23 years old.
    19th - Norwegian Nobel Prize winning novelist Knut Hamsun died 65 years ago.
    22nd - German author of the international bestseller Das Boot Lothar-Günther Buchheim died 10 years ago. 
    25th - Irish poet and songwriter Thomas Moore died 165 years ago.
    27th - Comedian and writer Spike Milligan died 15 years ago.
10th - Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral died 60 years ago.
11th - Ten years since the death of American author Robert Anton Wilson, best remembered as the co-author of The Illuminatus! Trilogy.
14th - The 145th anniversary of the death of Greyfriars Bobby.
17th - Spanish Nobel Prize winning novelist Camilo José Cela died fifteen years ago.
21st - The Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer died 145 years ago.
28th - Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren died fifteen years ago, she is best known for her books about Pippi Longstocking.
29th - The 20th anniversary of the death of Argentine journalist and author Osvaldo Soriano.