On This Day in 1950 Eric Arthur Blair died in a hospital in London from tuberculosis.
Born on the 25th of June, 1903 in Motihari, India where his father was in the British civil service, he would be educated at Eton, and then fight in the Spanish Civil War. He probably contracted the disease that eventually killed while fighting in Spain.
He was a member of the BBC World Service, on the India desk. During the war he developed a deep dislike for the censorship caused by the war, and used that experience as the background for his last novel.
If you have listened to much of the output from the Bush administration you may have invoked Mr. Blair's novel. Of course, you probably know him by his pen name: George Orwell