1874 - G.K. Chesterton
English writer of wide-ranging views and interests.
1892 - Max Brand
American author of literary westerns.
1906 - T.H. White
English author best known for his series of Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King.
1917 - John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage.
1923 - Bernard Clavel
French writer; winner of the Prix Goncourt for his novel Les Fruits de l'hiver.
1932 - Paul R. Ehrlich
American biologist and author of the controversial 1968 book The Population Bomb.
1938 - Brock Cole
American children's author and illustrator, National Book Award finalist in 1997 for The Facts Speak for Themselves.
1949 - Andrew Clements
American author of children's fiction.
1967 - Steven Levitt
American economist, co-author of the 2005 bestseller Freakonomics.
1958 - Juan Ramón Jiménez
1970 - John Gunther