1779 - Clement C. Moore
American professor, who is generally considered to be the author of the yuletide poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", which later became famous as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".
1796 - Thomas Bulfinch
American writer best known as the author of Bulfinch's Mythology.
1903 - Walter D. Edmonds
American author of historical novels, notably the popular title Drums Along the Mohawk.
1913 - Hammond Innes
British author of novels, as well of children's and travel books.
1919 - Iris Murdoch
Irish-born British author, whose debut novel Under the Net is one of her most popular.
1931 - Clive Cussler
American adventure novelist who writes in a few different series, the largest featuring the character Dirk Pitt.
1947 - Lydia Davis
American short story writer who won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her work, which has "the brevity and precision of poetry."
1949 - Richard Russo
American novelist whose 2001 book Empire Falls won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
1954 - Jeff Jarvis
American journalist who writes in the technology field, known for his books like What Would Google Do?
1958 - Marcia Jones
American children's author, known for her Bailey School Kids books.
1904 - Anton Chekov
1948 - John J. Pershing
1976 - Paul Gallico
1988 - Eleanor Estes
2003 - Roberto Bolaño