Timelines

This timeline contains all information about Roald Dahl’s life, the books he wrote, and movies, television shows, and theater productions he was involved in. It continues past his death to the present day (since new Dahl works are still being released).

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1960

Theo is born

July 30, 1960 – Son, Theo Matthew Roald, is born. Later the baby’s carriage is hit by taxicab in New York City, causing massive head injuries.

1960

“Murder in Africa”

August 1960 – “Murder in Africa” is published in Keyhole Mystery Magazine.

1961

James and the Giant Peach

“James and the Giant Peach”
1961

‘Way Out

March 31, 1961 – Premiere episode of ‘Way Out, which Roald hosted.

1962

Olivia dies

November 17, 1962 – Daughter Olivia dies of measles encephalitis.

1964

36 Hours

 

Note: Dahl didn’t actually have much to do with this film. He found out about it after it was produced and was surprised there was no acknowledgement of his story “Beware of the Dog”. He instructed his agent to ask MGM for a settlement. After a short fight with the studio, Dahl was granted his credit as well as a payment.

1964

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Alfred A. Knopf, 1964
1964

Ophelia is born

May 12, 1964 – Daughter Ophelia Magdalena is born.

1964

“In the Ruins”

June 1964 –  “In the Ruins” is published in the program of the World Book Fair.

1965

Patricia Neal suffers stroke

February 17, 1965 – Patricia Neal suffers three burst cerebral aneurysms and is in a coma for three weeks.

1965

“Life of baby in balance”

MISS NEAL Life of baby in balance (1965, March 20). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), p. 5. Retrieved September 30, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131762350

1965

“The Visitor”

May 1965 – “The Visitor” is published in Playboy magazine.

1965

Lucy is born

August 4, 1965 – Daughter Lucy Neal is born.

1965

Thirty-Minute Theatre

October 17, 1965 – “Parson’s Pleasure” appears on Thirty-Minute Theatre.

1966

“The Last Act”

January 1966 – “The Last Act” is published in Playboy magazine.

1966

The Magic Finger

HarperCollins, 1966
1966

Des Pfarrers Freude

This German TV movie based on “Parson’s Pleasure” aired on June 26, 1966.

1967

You Only Live Twice

 

Dahl wrote the screenplay for this film based on Ian Fleming’s Bond novel You Only Live Twice.

1967

Sofie dies

November 17, 1967 – Dahl’s mother Sofie dies.

1968

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

 

Dahl wrote the screenplay for this film based on Ian Fleming’s children’s novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.