Albert Camus, whose works often featured the senseless loss of life in an indifferent universe, died in a car crash at age 46.
At 43, Camus was the second youngest guy ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Rudyard Kipling, at 41, was the youngest.)
MGM was planning on making a movie out of The Plague until Camus pulled out of the deal in February of 1949.
Thanks to inflation, The Plague cost three dollars when it first came out.