1903 - Marcia Davenport
American novelist, biographer and music critic.
1925 - Keith Laumer
American science fiction author.
1939 - Charles Webb
American author best known for The Graduate, which was made into the popular movie of the same name.
1943 - Joe Haldeman
American science fiction author, Hugo and Nebula award winner.
1946 - James Kelman
Scottish writer who won the 1994 Booker Prize for How Late it Was, How Late.
1954 - Gregory Maguire
American novelist whose best known work is Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
1956 - Patricia Cornwell
American crime writer whose main character is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner.
1961 - Michael J. Fox
American actor, author and memoirist.
1870 - Charles Dickens
1973 - John Creasey
1974 - Miguel Ángel Asturias
2005 - Richard Eberhart
2008 - Algis Budrys
2013 - Iain Banks