09/01/1890 Writer and playwright Karel Čapek is born
War with the Newts by Karel Čapek
Karel Čapek was a Czech writer, playwright and critic. He has become best known for his science fiction, including his 1936 novel War with the Newts and 1920 play R.U.R., which introduced the word robot. He also wrote many politically charged works dealing with the social turmoil of his time.