1622 - Molière
Stage name of French playwright Jean-Baptiste Polian, considered one of the masters of comedy in Western literature.
1933 - Ernest J. Gaines
African-American author best known for his 1993 novel A Lesson Before Dying.
1935 - Robert Silverberg
American science fiction author, multiple winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards.
1944 - Jenny Nimmo
British author of children's fiction; author of the Children of the Red King (Charlie Bone) series.
2004 - Olivia Goldsmith
2008 - Robert V. Bruce