1885 - DuBose Heyward
American author best known for his 1935 novel Porgy, which was eventually adapted into plays, opera and films as Porgy and Bess.
1886 - Conrad Buff
American children's author, who, with his wife Mary, was a Caldecott runner-up four times.
1908 - William Saroyan
American dramatist and author, many of whose works are based around the Armenian American Center in Fresno, CA.
1935 - Eldridge Cleaver
American writer and political activist; early leader of the Black Panther Party.
1946 - Jerome Corsi
American author and conspiracy theorist.
1982 - G. Willow Wilson
American author and comics writer; convert to Islam and current resident of Cairo.
1688 - John Bunyan
1867 - Charles Baudelaire
1896 - Elizabeth Coatsworth
1965 - E.E. Smith