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His Life

This timeline features important events from Roald Dahl’s life.

  • 1911 – Harald Dahl (Roald’s father) marries Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg and they move to Llandaff, South Wales.
  • 1916 – Roald Dahl born September 13, 1916 in Llandaff.
  • 1920 – Sister Astri dies of appendicitis at the age of seven. A few months later Dahl’s father, Harald Dahl, dies.
  • 1923 – Enters Llandaff Cathedral School.
  • 1925 – Enters St. Peter’s School in Weston–Super–Mare.
  • 1929 – Enters Repton Public School in Derby.
  • 1934 – Graduates from Repton. Accepts position with Shell Oil Company in London.
  • 1938 – Begins working in Shell’s branch office in East Africa.
  • 1939Joins Royal Air Force. Learns to fly fighter plane in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 1940 – Suffers serious injuries as result of plane crash in Libya. Spends several months in military hospital in Alexandria, Egypt.
  • 1941 – Rejoins his squadron, then stationed in Greece.
  • 1942 – Begins working at British Embassy in Washington.
  • 1944 – Dahl secures literary agent, Ann Watkins, and short stories begin to be published in American magazines.
  • 1945 – Moves back to Amersham, England to be near mother Sofie.
  • 1948 – Begins dividing his time between England and New York City.
  • 1951 – Meets future wife, actress Patricia Neal.
  • 1953 – Marries Patricia Neal on July 2.
  • 1954 – Purchases “Little Whitefield” farmhouse (later renamed “Gipsy House”) in Great Missenden, England.
  • 1955 – Daughter Olivia Twenty born April 20.
  • 1957 – Daughter Chantal Sophia (renamed Tessa to avoid the rhyme) born April 11.
  • 1960 – Son, Theo Matthew Roald, born July 30. Later baby’s carriage is hit by taxicab in New York City, causing massive head injuries.
  • 1962 – Daughter Olivia dies of measles encephalitis on November 17.
  • 1964 – Daughter Ophelia Magdalena born May 12.
  • 1965 – Patricia Neal suffers three massive strokes on February 17 and returns home three months later. Daughter Lucy Neal born August 4.
  • 1967 – Dahl’s mother Sofie dies on November 17.
  • 1979 – Separates from Patricia Neal.
  • 1983 – Divorces Patricia Neal on November 17 and marries Felicity Crosland.
  • 1990Roald Dahl dies November 23 in Oxford, England.
  • 2006 – “Roald Dahl Day” first celebrated.
  • 2016 – 100th anniversary since his birth