1775 - Charles Lamb
English essayist best known for Essays of Elia and Tales from Shakespeare.
1868 - William Allen White
American writer and leader of the Progressive movement.
1890 - Boris Pasternak
Russian writer and translator, author of Doctor Zhivago.
1898 - Bertolt Brecht
German poet and playwright, one of the more important names in 20th century theater.
1898 - Joseph Kessel
French journalist and novelist, whom the Prix Joseph Kessel is named after.
1906 - Adrienne Adams
American children's book illustrator, winner of two Caldecott Honors.
1920 - Alex Comfort
British scientist and physician best known for his sex manual The Joy of Sex.
1930 - E.L. Konigsburg
American author and illustrator of children's books, two-time winner of the Newbery Medal.
1943 - Stephen Gammell
American children's book illustrator, winner of the 1989 Caldecott Medal for his work on Song and Dance Man.
1944 - Francis Moore Lappé
American author and food ecologist, best known for the 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet.
1944 - Vernor Vinge
American computer scientist and science fiction author; multiple Hugo Award winner.
1964 - Glenn Beck
American conservative media personality and author.
1837 - Alexander Pushkin
1887 - Ellen Wood
1932 - Edgar Wallace
1956 - Leonora Speyer
1957 - Laura Ingalls Wilder
1992 - Alex Haley
2005 - Arthur Miller