1844 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy
British poet of Irish descent, best known for the opening lines of his work Ode from Music and Moonlight: "We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.."
1869 - Algernon Blackwood
English novelist and short story writer; primarily known for his ghost stories and weird fiction.
1889 - Marguerite de Angeli
American children's author and illustrator of the 1950 Newbery Award winner The Door in the Wall.
1919 - Max Shulman
American humorist best known for his character Dobie Gillis, who became a movie and television character.
1920 - Hank Ketcham
American cartoonist; creator of the Dennis the Menace comic strip.
1957 - W. Andrew Robinson
British author and devotee of India, about which many of his books have been written.
1957 - Tad Williams
American author of genre-bending science fiction and fantasy.
1964 - Po Bronson
American author whose early fiction novels gave way to more journalistic non-fiction.
1471 - Thomas Malory
1883 - Karl Marx
1932 - Frederick Jackson Turner
1989 - Edward Abbey
1991 - Margery Sharp