1899 - Cornelia Otis Skinner
American actress, writer and biographer.
1903 - Countee Cullen
American poet and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
1912 - Millicent Selsam
American author of children's non-fiction.
1919 - Margaret Coit
American historian; author of books on history for both children and adult audiences. Winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
1922 - Hal Clement
Pen name of American science fiction writer Harry Clement Stubbs.
1955 - Colm Tóibín
Irish writer, voted one of Britain's Top 300 Intellectuals.
1744 - Alexander Pope
1778 - Voltaire
1960 - Boris Pasternak
2007 - William Morris Meredith, Jr.