1811 - Harriet Beecher Stowe
American abolitionist and author, known for the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.
1899 - Yasunari Kawabata
Japanese writer who won the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind."
1928 - Che Guevara
Argentine Marxist revolutionary whose radical views were shaped during his South American travels, chronicled in his memoir The Motorcycle Diaries.
1933 - Jerzy Kosiński
Polish-born American novelist.
1939 - Peter Mayle
British author best known for his semi-autobiographical novels detailing expatriate life in Provence.
1945 - Joan Silber
American novelist of award-winning fiction.
1947 - Kat Martin
American romance novelist who also uses the pen names Kathy Lawrence and Kasey Marx.
1948 - Laurence Yep
Chinese-American author of primarily children's fiction.
1949 - Harry Turtledove
American novelist of historical fiction, alternate history, science fiction and fantasy.
1927 - Jerome K. Jerome
1936 - G.K. Chesterton
1968 - Salvatore Quasimodo
1986 - Jorge Luis Borges
1995 - Roger Zelazny