1916 - Camilo José Cela
Spanish novelist; winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Literature "for a rich and intensive prose, which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man's vulnerability."
1918 - Sheila Burnford
British novelist most well known for her book The Incredible Journey.
1918 - Richard Feynman
American theoretical physicist known for his published lectures and semi-autobiographical works.
1927 - Gene Savoy
American explorer and author; associated with discoveries in Peru particularly.
1927 - Zilpha Keatley Snyder
American children's author, and three time Newbery Honor winner.
1942 - Rachel Billington
British author of works for both adults and children.
1949 - Peter Sís
Czech-born American children's author and illustrator.
1952 - Mike Lupica
American sports columnist and mystery writer whose stories tend to revolve around sports.
1953 - David Garrow
American historian and author of Bearing the Cross, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner for Biography.
1920 - William Dean Howells
1938 - Marcus Lee Hansen
1980 - Howard Mumford Jones
1994 - Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr.
2001 - Douglas Adams
2002 - Bill Peet
2016 - Katherine Dunn