1902 - Charles Lindbergh
American aviator who wrote The Spirit of St. Louis about his 1927 solo transatlantic flight.
1904 - MacKinlay Kantor
American novelist, many of whose works were set during the Civil War. Winner of the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Andersonville.
1921 - Betty Friedan
American feminist writer, known for her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique.
1925 - Russell Hoban
American expatriate author of books for both children and adults.
1925 - Stanley Karnow
American journalist and historian, best known for his writings on the Vietnam war. Won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for History.
1960 - Siobhan Dowd
British writer of children's fiction.
1961 - Stewart O'Nan
American novelist and Red Sox fan.
1963 - Fred Albert Shannon
1968 - Neal Cassady
1977 - Bret Halliday
1994 - Jane Arbor
1995 - Patricia Highsmith
2006 - Betty Friedan