1752 - Frances Burney
English novelist and diarist, more commonly known as Fanny Burney.
1865 - William Butler Yeats
Irish poet, winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.
1883 - Tyler Dennett
American historian whose book John Hay won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
1893 - Dorothy Sayers
English crime writer best known for her mystery series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.
1894 - Mark Van Doren
American poet; winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1945 - Whitley Streiber
American writer of horror novels and paranormal non-fiction.
1963 - Audrey Niffenegger
American author and artist, best known for her debut novel The Time Traveler's Wife.
1968 - Marcel Theroux
British novelist and broadcaster whose Far North was a National Book Award finalist.
1645 - Miyamoto Musashi
2002 - R.W.B. Lewis
2002 - Maia Wojciechowska
2012 - Erica Kennedy