1883 – Born on the 26th of July in Chicago.
– He wrote the catastrophe novels When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide.
– The former of the two books was eventually made into an award-winning movie by George Pal.
1927 – Editor of Redbook.
1933 – With Philip Wylie, co-wrote novel "When Worlds Collide".
1938-1941 – Balmer also helped create the syndicated comic strip Speed Spaulding, partially based on the Worlds Collide series, which ran in the comic book Famous Funnies.
1949-1953 – Publisher of Redbook.
1959 – Deid on the 21st of March.