1864 - Eric Axel Karlfeldt
Swedish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Poetry posthumously in 1931.
1924 - Thomas Berger
An american novelist who wrote in many different genres and styles throughout his career. Now remembered for Little Big Man, which was made into the movie starring Dustin Hoffman.
1930 - William H. Goetzmann
American historian whose Exploration and Empire won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for History.
1933 - Cormac McCarthy
American novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his post-apocalyptic 2006 work The Road. Also known for his books All the Pretty Horses and No Country for Old Men.
1936 - Alastair MacLeod
Canadian novelist whose 1999 novel No Great Mischief was voted Atlantic Canada's greatest book of all time.
1953 - Thomas Friedman
American journalist and author. He has won the Pulitzer three times for his journalism, but is popularly known for his books on globalization and climate change such as The World is Flat and Hot, Flat and Crowded.
1965 - Jess Walter
American author whose 2006 novel The Zero was a finalist for the National Book Award.
1953 - Jan Struther
1968 - Bray Hammond
2003 - Nicolas Freeling