1937 - Robert Fulghum
American essayist, best known for the All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten books.
1943 - Joyce Meyer
American Christian author and speaker.
1947 - Jack N. Rakove
American historian and author of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for History-winning Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution.
1951 - Leigh Kennedy
American expatriate science fiction author.
1951 - Melanie Phillips
British author whose 2006 book Londinistan became a best-seller.
1954 - Simon Cheshire
British writer of children's literature, including the Saxby Smart series.
1955 - Val McDermid
Scottish crime writer whose main series features Dr. Tony Hill.
1956 - Joyce Sidman
American children's writer whose Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night won a 2011 Newbery Honor award.
1967 - Marie NDiaye
French novelist who won the Prix Goncourt in 2009 for her work Trois femmes puissantes, or Three Strong Women.
1972 - Joe Hill
American comic book writer, author of the popular Locke & Key series and son of the author Stephen King.
1798 - Giacomo Casanova
2012 - Barry Unsworth