1842 - Ambrose Bierce
American journalist and writer best known for his short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
1912 - Mary Wesley
English novelist whose successes included 10 bestsellers in the last 20 years of her life.
1915 - Fred Hoyle
English astronomer and author of science fiction; coiner of the term "Big Bang."
1938 - Lawrence Block
American crime and mystery writer, both of whose main series are set in New York.
1944 - Kathryn Lasky
American author of children's and young adult fiction, including the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.
1947 - Mark Helprin
American novelist, journalist and conservative commentator.
1947 - Clarissa Dickson Wright
English television chef and author, half of the Two Fat Ladies team.
1950 - Mercedes Lackey
American fantasy author, most of whose novels and intertwining series take place on the world of Velgarth.
1909 - Sarah Orne Jewett