1846 - Randolph Caldecott
British artist and illustrator; influential in children's book art. The Caldecott Medal is named in his honor.
1908 - Louis L'Amour
American author primarily known for his pioneering work in the western genre.
1910 - Nicholas Montserrat
British author whose work in the Royal Naval Reserve came out in his sea stories.
1931 - William Shatner
American sometime actor and author of the TekWar series of science fiction books.
1941 - Billy Collins
American Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.
1946 - Rudy Rucker
American mathematician, computer scientist and one of the founders of cyberpunk fiction.
1947 - James Patterson
American author of thrillers, most famously his Alex Cross series.
1832 - Johann Wilhelm von Goethe
1991 - Paul Engle