1895 - Robert Hillyer
American poet; winner of the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1926 - Allen Ginsberg
American poet; one of the leading figures in the Beat Generation.
1930 - Marion Zimmer Bradley
American fantasy author best known for The Mists of Avalon series.
1931 - John Norman
American philosophy professor and fantasy author.
1936 - Larry McMurtry
American author of western fiction; primarily known for the Lonesome Dove saga.
1939 - Kathleen Woodiwiss
American novelist, pioneer in the historical romance genre.
1961 - Lawrence Lessig
American academic and political activist, notably in the areas of copyright.
1967 - Anderson Cooper
American journalist and television personality.
1971 - John Hodgman
American humorist and author, as well as the "PC guy" in Apple ads.
1900 - Mary Kingsley
1924 - Franz Kafka
1953 - Douglas Southall Freeman
1964 - Frans Eemil Sillanpää
1970 - Mary Sawyer
2000 - Leonard Baskin