1821 - Richard Francis Burton
British explorer known in the literary world for his translations of eastern texts, most notably The Thousand and One Nights.
1916 - Irving Wallace
American best-selling author of novels and non-fiction.
1933 - Philip Roth
American novelist; multiple winner of the National book award, as well as the 1997 Pulitzer in Fiction for American Pastoral.
1950 - James Redfield
American author whose new-agey fiction book The Celestine Prophecy was a huge hit in the 1990s.
1948 - Maude Howe Elliott
1950 - Edgar Rice Burroughs
2008 - Arthur C. Clarke