1894 - Isaak Babel
Russian journalist, translator, dramatist and short story writer. He made his name in the 1920's with works like Red Cavalry, but was arrested and executed during Stalin's purges.
1918 - Marcia Brown
American children's author and illustrator, who has won the Caldecott Medal three times.
1922 - Louis R. Harlan
American historian who won a Bancroft Prize and Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Booker T. Washington.
1933 - David Storey
English novelist and former professional rugby player who won the 1976 Booker Prize for his novel Saville.
1934 - Wole Soyinka
Nigerian playwright and poet, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature because he "in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence."
1957 - Jane Hamilton
American novelist whose first two books, The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, gained fame as Oprah's Book Club picks.
1960 - Joy Davidman
2013 - Marc Simont
2014 - Nadine Gordimer