1799 - Alexander Pushkin
Russian author and poet; considered by some to be the founder of modern Russian literature.
1875 - Thomas Mann
German writer, winner of the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature "primarily for his great novel Buddenbrooks, which has won steadily increased recognition as one of the classic works of contemporary literature."
1901 - Jan Struther
English writer best remembered for her character Mrs. Miniver.
1923 - V.C. Andrews
American author whose works like Flowers in the Attic often combined Gothic horror and consensual incest.
1925 - Maxine Kumin
American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1973.
1927 - Peter Spier
Dutch-born American illustrator and author of more than 30 children's books.
1954 - Cynthia Rylant
American author and librarian whose book Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal.
1970 - Sarah Dessen
American author of young adult and chick lit fiction.
1973 - Patrick Rothfuss
American fantasy author, known for his trilogy in progress The Kingkiller Chronicle.
1946 - Gerhart Hauptmann
1961 - Carl Jung
1982 - Kenneth Rexroth
2000 - Frédéric Dard
2003 - Ken Grimwood
2014 - Eric Hill
2015 - Vincent Bugliosi