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Happy Birthday to British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter, Roald Dahl, born this day in 1916!

Dahl has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”. In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, often very dark humor.

Dahl wrote his first book, “The Gremlins”, in 1943-the story was later made into a Disney film. He wrote several popular adult books, including “Someone Like You” and “Kiss Kiss”, both published in the late 1950s. He began writing stories for his own four children in 1960….”James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” became bestsellers. Dahl also wrote the screenplay for Charlie (with a title change-the movie was called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and a James Bond film, “You Only Live Twice”.

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