1964 - birth of Roald Dahl's daugher Ophelia, publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Publication of Charlie


1964 sees the publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and birth of Ophelia Dahl



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is published in September, initially in the USA with the UK following a few years later. The book is dedicated to Roald Dahl's son Theo. It would go on to become one of the most famous and best-known of Roald's stories.

Roald had begun work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory shortly after finishing James and the Giant Peach. The idea for the story grew from his own well-documented love of chocolate and his school-day memories of acting as a taster for a well-known chocolate factory.

Also in 1964 36 Hours, a film thriller based on Roald's short story Beware of the Dog, is released. And in May, the Dahl's fourth child, Ophelia, is born.

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