1886 - Bernadotte Everly Schmitt
American historian, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History for The Coming of the War, 1914.
1903 - Ernest Samuels
American biographer and lawyer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his work on Bernard Berenson.
1909 - T. Harry Williams
American historian, Pulitzer Prize in Biography winner for his bio of Huey Long.
1932 - Paul Erdman
American author of novels based on the business and financial world.
1933 - Tom Feelings
American children's author and illustrator whose most famous book is The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo.
1934 - Ruskin Bond
Indian writer of British descent who wrote for both a children's and adult audience.
1941 - Nora Ephron
American writer of romantic comedy screenplays and collections of personal essays.
1966 - Jodi Picoult
American author, some of whose works have been made into films or TV movies.
1795 - James Boswell
1864 - Nathaniel Hawthorne
1935 - T.E. Lawrence
1946 - Booth Tarkington
1971 - Ogden Nash
1987 - James, Jr. Tiptree