1723 - Adam Smith
Scottish philosopher and economist best known for his work The Wealth of Nations.
1896 - Murray Leinster
Pen name of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, American science fiction and alternate history author.
1917 - Katharine Graham
American publisher who oversaw The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, and whose memoir Personal History won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1988.
1920 - Isabelle Holland
Swiss-born American author of fiction for children and adults.
1937 - Erich Segal
American author and screenwriter best known for the book Love Story and it's ensuing movie.
1938 - Joyce Carol Oates
American author primarily of fiction, but also of short stories, essays and nonfiction. Her novel them won the National Book Award in 1970, and she is considered a perennial Nobel contender.
1963 - Deb Caletti
American author of young adult fiction. She was a National Book Award finalist in 2004 for her book Honey, Baby, Sweetheart.
1929 - Vernon Louis Parrington
1940 - DuBose Heyward
1987 - Marguerite de Angeli