1633 - Johann Heinrich Heidegger
A Swiss theologian, who wrote in Latin, mainly against the Catholic church.
1646 - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
German mathematician and philosopher. Known for his Discourse on Metaphysics as well as his contributions to Formal logic and the invention of calculus. Also thought of as one of the founders of library science.
1804 -George Sand
The pen name of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, a a French novelist. A prolific writer, she is now known more for her progressive views and scandalous behavior.
1869 - William Strunk, Jr.
An English grammarian, known for The Elements of Style, which was revised by his student, E.B. White.
1887 - Amber Reeves
British feminist writer and scholar, also known for her extramarital relationship with H.G. Wells.
1892 - James M. Cain
American author and journalist, associated with the hardboiled crime fiction genre.
1915 - Jean Stafford
American author whose Collected Stories won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
1955 - Lisa Scottoline
American author of legal thrillers. The second book in her Rosato & Associates series, Final Appeal, won an Edgar award in 1995.
1981 - Genevieve Valentine
American science fiction and fantasy author whose first novel is Mechanique.
1896 - Harriet Beecher Stowe
1961 - Louis-Ferdinand Céline
1965 - Robert Ruark
2014 - Walter Dean Myers