1874 - Gertrude Stein
American expatriate author, whose memoir The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas made her into a cult literary figure.
1907 - James Michener
American author of meticulously researched sagas; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948.
1927 - Joan Lowery Nixon
American author of historical fiction and mystery for children and young adults.
1947 - Paul Auster
American author of genre-bending fiction.
1948 - Henning Mankell
Swedish mystery writer best known for his Kurt Wallander series.
1468 - Johannes Gutenberg