1850 - Guy de Maupassant
French writer, known for his short stories like Boule de suif and horror such as Le Horla.
1880 - Ruth Sawyer
American storyteller best known as the author of Roller Skates, which was the winner of the 1937 Newbery Medal.
1889 - Conrad Aiken
American novelist and poet who won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1916 - Peter Viereck
American poet and political writer; winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
1934 - Wendell Berry
American writer and ecological activist, much of whose writing centers around his home state of Kentucky and the south in general.
1960 - David Baldacci
American author of blockbuster thrillers.
1959 - Edward Guest
2002 - Franco Lucentini
2009 - Budd Schulberg