1881 - Edgar Guest
English-born American poet, known in the early 20th century as The People's Poet.
1890 - H.P. Lovecraft
American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, best known for his Cthulhu Mythos cycle and the fictional grimoire The Necronomicon.
1901 - Salvatore Quasimodo
Italian author and poet who won the 1959 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times."
1918 - Jacqueline Susann
American author know for her best-selling novels like Valley of the Dolls.
1951 - Greg Bear
American science fiction author known for his many different series.
1961 - Greg Egan
Australian science fiction author who writes most in the sub-genre of hard science fiction.
1975 - Marcus Mastin
American author whose thriller titles pay homage to 1980s rock hits.
2001 - Sir Fred Hoyle
2009 - Karla Kuskin
2012 - Phyllis Diller
2013 - Elmore Leonard