1469 - Niccolò Machiavelli
Italian political ethicist best known for his work The Prince.
1849 - Jacob Riis
Danish american journalist and photographer whose How the Other Half Lives explored the lives of New York tenement dwellers.
1859 - Andy Adams
American author of western fiction, whose most successful book was Log of a Cowboy.
1896 - Dodie Smith
English novelist and playwright, best known for her work The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
1947 - Mavis Jukes
American children's author who won the Newbery Award in 1985 for Like Jake and Me.
1959 - Ben Elton
English comedian and author of wide-ranging fiction.
1932 - Charles Fort
1974 - Margaret Clapp
1991 - Jerzy Kosiński
2006 - Peter Viereck
2010 - Peter O'Donnell