1908 - Ian Fleming
English naval intelligence officer and author of the James Bond spy novels.
1912 - Patrick White
English-born Australian writer, winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature."
1916 - Walker Percy
American author whose works were set in the American south, particularly Louisiana.
1940 - Maeve Binchy
Irish novelist whose books often revolve around life in small-town Ireland.
1947 - Zahi Hawass
Egyptian archaeologist, author of many books on Egyptology.
1947 - Richard White
American historian and author specializing in the history of the American West.
1955 - Geoffrey A. Landis
American NASA scientist and hard science fiction author.
1955 - Laura Amy Schlitz
American children's author whose book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! won the 2008 Newbery Medal
1843 - Noah Webster
1849 - Anne Brontë
2002 - Mildred Benson
2014 - Maya Angelou