LitBirthdays March 18 – 24, 2012

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March is

Women’s History


March 18

Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) (born March 18, 1970) – U.S. rapper, actor, singer – Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom (2010)

Read about Queen Latifah here

Watch the music video U.N.I.T.Y. here



Born March 18

Luc Besson (b. 1959) – French film director, screenwriter – The Transporter (2002)

Christa Wolf, German novelist (born March 18, 1929)

John Updike, U.S. novelist (b. 1932) 


March 19

Dunya Mikhail 2

Dunya Mikhail (born March 19, 1965) Iraqi poet and journalist

Read about Dunya Mikhail here and here

An excerpt from a 2017 interview with Dunya Mikhail

My new book contains real stories of women who escaped ISIS, with photos. I learned about these stories from the person who saved them, Abdalla. So far he has saved 260 women, although his own sister is not among them. After one year of phone conversations, I met him, his family, and other survivors in the camps in Dohuk. He was originally a beekeeper in Sinjar, the area that was invaded by ISIS on August 3, 2014. ISIS, coming on the caliphate vehicles with their black flags, took around 6,500 people as prisoners of war. They killed the men and the elderly women and took the young women as sex slaves. The women were sold and exchanged, as if they were items from a store. While trying to save his niece, Abdalla developed a network of drivers and smugglers to save more and more families. His original work with the honey trade between Iraq and Syria helped him in his new job.

Born March 19

John Burnside (b. 1955) – Scottish novelist, poet

Valerio Zurlini, Italian filmmaker, screenwriter (b. 1926)

Philip Roth, U.S. novelist (b. 1933)



March 20

Born March 20

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (born March 20, 43 BCE) – Roman poet

Vera Panova (born March 20, 1905) – Russian novelist, journalist

Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell (born March 20, 1845) – U.S. classical historian



March 21

Born March 21

Ved Mehta (born March 21, 1934) – Indian-U.S. essayist, autobiographer

Phyllis McGinley (born March 21, 1905) – U.S. poet, children’s book writer



March 22

Born March 22

Beverley Knight (born March 22, 1973) – U.K. singer/songwriter

Louis L’Amour Lawrence Dearborn LaMoore (born March 22, 1908)- U.S. novelist, “Western” stories



March 23



Born March 23

Plantu (Jean Plantureux) (born March 23, 1951) – French cartoonist / political satirist

Emmy Noether (born March 23, 1882) – German mathematician – Noether’s Theorem

Akira Kurosawa (born March 23, 1910) – Japanese film director, screenwriter



March 24

Born March 24

Kate (Catherine Merrial) Webb (born March 24, 1943) – New Zealand journalist / war correspondent

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919) – U.S. poet



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