1890 - Mary Buff
American children's book author who, with her husband Conrad, was a four time runner-up for the Caldecott or Newbery medals.
1903 - Clare Turlay Newberry
American children's book author of four Caldecott Honor books.
1910 - Margaret Clapp
American scholar and author, winner of the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1948 for Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow.
1934 - David Halberstam
American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, whose nonfiction featured politics and sports.
1934 - Richard Peck
American young adult novelist whose A Year Down Yonder won the 2001 Newbery Medal.
1939 - Claudio Magris
Italian scholar, translator and writer, very popular in much of Europe.
1941 - Paul Theroux
American travel writer and novelist.
1947 - David Adler
American author of children's books, most notably the Cam Jansen series.
1954 - Anne Lamott
American novelist and non-fiction writer.
1957 - John M. Ford
American science fiction and fantasy writer.
1909 - Algernon Charles Swinburne
1931 - Kahlil Gibran
1947 - Charles Nordhoff
1955 - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
1966 - Evelyn Waugh
1997 - Michael Dorris