1884 - Ivy Compton-Burnett
English novelist of domestic fiction centering on the Edwardian era.
1898 - Federico Garcia Lorca
Spanish poet and dramatist, member of the Generation of '27.
1919 - Richard Scarry
American author and illustrator, known for his children's books about Busytown.
1920 - Cornelius Ryan
Irish journalist and author who mainly wrote military history.
1932 - Christy Brown
Irish writer and painter whose cerebral palsy left him able to write only with his left foot.
1934 - Bill Moyers
American journalist and former White House press secretary.
1939 - Margaret Drabble
English novelist and biographer, DBE and Lady Holroyd.
1939 - L.R. Wright
Canadian author of mystery novels; winner of the 1986 Edgar Award for The Suspect.
1940 - Orlando Patterson
Jamaican-born American historical and cultural sociologist who won the National Book Award in 1991 for Freedom in the Making of Western Culture.
1949 - Ken Follett
Welsh author of thrillers and historical fiction.
1951 - Suze Orman
American author, financial adviser and motivational speaker.
1964 - Rick Riordan
American author primarily of children's and young adult fiction, notably the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.
1900 - Stephen Crane
1910 - O. Henry
1997 - J. Anthony Lukas
2012 - Ray Bradbury