1821 - Charles Baudelaire
French poet most well known for his work Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil.)
1875 - Jacques Futrelle
American journalist, mystery writer, and Titanic victim.
1908 - Joseph Krumgold
American author; first person to win two Newbery Medals.
1912 - Lev Kopelev
Soviet author and dissident.
1923 - Leonard Levy
American history professor; winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for History for Origins of the Fifth Amendment.
1929 - Paule Marshall
American author of Barbadian ancestry.
1933 - Fern Michaels
American author of romance and thriller novels.
1952 - Robert Clark
American novelist and non-fiction author, winner of an Edgar Award for his 1999 novel Mr. White's Confession.
1954 - Ken Kalfus
American author and journalist.
1955 - Kate Heyhoe
American food writer.
1964 - Margaret P. Haddix
American author of children's fiction.
1553 - François Rabelais
1768 - Sarah Fielding
1996 - Richard Condon
1997 - Helene Hanff
2015 - Ivan Doig