1770 - William Wordsworth
English Romantic poet, considered one of the first of the Romantic Era.
1889 - Gabriela Mistral
Pseudonym of Chilean poet and feminist Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1928 - James White
Northern Irish science fiction author.
1931 - Donald Barthelme
American author of postmodernist short fiction.
1938 - Iris Johansen
American author of crime fiction and romance novels.
1836 - William Godwin
1958 - Henry F. Pringle
1987 - Terry Carr
2003 - Cecile de Brunhoff
2017 - Patricia McKissack