1719 - Jean-Jacques Barthélemy
French writer best known for his work The Travels of Anarchis the Younger in Greece.
1804 - Eugène Sue
French novelist whose work Mathilde contains the first recording of the phrase "Revenge is a dish best served cold."
1873 - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
Danish author, winner of the 1944 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the rare strength and fertility of his poetic imagination with which is combined an intellectual curiosity of wide scope and a bold, freshly creative style."
1883 - Forrest Wilson
American journalist and author, winner of the 1942 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Crusader in Crinoline: The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
1908 - Jean S. Macleid
British writer of over 130 romance novels spanning a long career.
1930 - Blair Lent
American children's author and illustrator, winner of the 1973 Caldecott Medal.
1945 - Robert Olen Butler
American author who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1993.
1948 - Nancy Kress
American science fiction author, Hugo and Nebula winner.
1956 - Bill Maher
American comedian, political commentator and author.
1959 - Tami Hoag
American novelist of romance and thriller books.
1959 - R.A. Salvatore
American author of fantasy and science fiction, known for his Forgotten Realms and Star Wars books.
1964 - Fareed Zakaria
Indian-American journalist and author.
1900 - John Ruskin
1955 - Robert P.T. Coffin
1962 - Robinson Jeffers
2009 - Sheila Walsh