1869 - Verner von Heidenstam
Swedish poet and novelist; awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1916 "in recognition of his significance as the leading representative of a new era in our literature."
1890 - Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Indian man of letters, winner of the 1928 Newbery Medal for Gay Neck, The Story of a Pigeon.
1892 - Will James
American artist and writer whose Smoky the Cowhorse won the 1927 Newbery Medal.
1930 - Gloria Skurzynski
American author of YA and children's books.
1935 - 14th Dalai Lama
A man with many names. Born Lhamo Dondrub, religious name Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, Tenzin Gyatso for short. The flowing robes, the grace... Author of quite a number of books.
1952 - Hilary Mantel
English author and two-time winner of the Booker Prize.
1955 - William Wall
Irish novelist and poet.
1962 - Peter Hedges
American novelist, screenwriter and film director. Wrote both the novel and screenplay for What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
1972 - Laurent Gaudé
French writer, winner of the 2004 Prix Goncourt for his novel The Scortas' Sun.
1535 - Sir Thomas More
1893 - Guy de Maupassant
1932 - Kenneth Grahame
2005 - Evan Hunter
2005 - Claude Simon
2007 - Kathleen Woodwiss