24 May, 1940, Joseph Brodsky is born in St Petersburg, Russia.
He was expelled in 1972 and moved to the US where he was lecturing at several universities. Early works include; Verses and Poems and A Halt in the Waste Land. In 1986 he published History of the Twentieth Century. In 1987 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died on 28 January, 1996.