1632 - John Locke
English philosopher best known for his works on government, education, and An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.
1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
American physician, poet and writer; one of the Fireside Poets group.
1862 - Maurice Maeterlinck
Belgian writer; winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Literature "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations"
1891 - Marquis James
American journalist and author; two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
1922 - John Edward Williams
American author whose epistolary novel Augustus won the National Book Award in 1973.
1952 - Karen Hesse
American children's and YA author, who won the 1998 Newbery for Out of the Dust.
1954 - Michael P. Kube-McDowell
American science fiction novelist who has written in the Star Wars universe, as well as his own works.
1769 - Edmond Hoyle
1958 - Marjorie Flack
1979 - Gertrude Chandler Warner
1981 - Lowell Thomas