1859 - Jerome K. Jerome
English writer and humorist, best known for the travelogue Three Men in a Boat.
1890 - E.E. Smith
American food engineer and early science fiction author; known as the father of space opera.
1903 - Benjamin Spock
American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care went through eight editions and was a huge bestseller.
1931 - Martha Grimes
American author of detective fiction, particularly the Richard Jury series.