Roald Dahl

Novelist + Short Story Writer

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter. Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, he served in the British Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of Wing Commander. Dahl rose to prominence in the 1940s, with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's best-selling authors.… Read More

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1916 Birth Roald Dahl was born in 1916 at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Dahl (née Hesselberg). … Read More


1929 12 Years Old From 1929, he attended Repton School in Derbyshire. … Read More
1934 17 Years Old 1 More Event
After finishing his schooling, in August 1934 Dahl crossed the Atlantic on the and hiked through Newfoundland with the Public Schools Exploring Society.


1939 22 Years Old In November 1939, Dahl joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) as an aircraftman with service number 774022. … Read More
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He was commissioned pilot officer on 24 August 1940. … Read More
In February 1941, Dahl was discharged from hospital and passed fully fit for flying duties. … Read More


1953 36 Years Old Dahl married American actress Patricia Neal on 2 July 1953 at Trinity Church in New York City. … Read More


1960 43 Years Old On 5 December 1960, four-month-old Theo Dahl was severely injured when his baby carriage was struck by a taxicab in New York City. … Read More
1965 48 Years Old In 1965, Patricia Neal suffered three burst cerebral aneurysms while pregnant with their fifth child, Lucy; Dahl took control of her rehabilitation and she re-learned to talk and walk, and even returned to her acting career, an episode in their lives which was dramatised in the film The Patricia Neal Story, in which the couple were played by Glenda Jackson and Dirk Bogarde.


1975 58 Years Old …  He later used the vardo as a writing room, where he wrote Danny, the Champion of the World in 1975. … Read More


Following a divorce from Neal in 1983, Dahl married Felicity "Liccy" Crosland at Brixton Town Hall, South London. … Read More
1986 69 Years Old In the 1986 New Years Honours List, Dahl was offered an appointment to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), but turned it down, purportedly because he wanted a knighthood so that his wife would be Lady Dahl. … Read More
1990 74 Years Old Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, at the age of 74 of a blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome, in Oxford, and was buried in the cemetery at St Peter and St Paul's Church in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. … Read More
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