1621 - Jean de la Fontaine
French fabulist poet, one of the most widely read of the 17th century.
1893 - R. Carlyle Buley
American historian and author who won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period 1815-1840.
1917 - J.F. Powers
American novelist and writer who took much of his inspiration from developments in the Catholic Church.
1926 - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Swiss-American psychiatrist, known for her book On Death and Dying, where she first discussed the Kubler-Ross model - commonly known as the Five Stages of Grief.
1929 - Shirley Ann Grau
American author of the Deep South, whose The Keepers of the House won the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
1948 - Raffi
Stage name of Raffi Cavoukian, Egyptian-born Canadian singer-songwriter who has a line of children's books tied to his song lyrics.
1822 - Percy Bysshe Shelley
1933 - Anthony Hope
1965 - T.S. Stribling
2004 - Paula Danziger