1862 - O. Henry
Pen name of American writer William Sydney Porter, known for his witty short stories.
1885 - D.H. Lawrence
English novelist who wrote a number of classic works, including Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterly's Lover.
1928 - William X. Kienzle
American Catholic priest who, after he left the priesthood, became a mystery writer.
1940 - Thomas K. McCraw
American business historian, winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for History for Prophets of Regulation.
1959 - Andre Dubus III
American novelist possibly best known for the book The House of Sand and Fog, which was a National Book Award finalist and an Oprah's Book Club selection.
1961 - Philip Ardagh
English children's author, primarily known for the Eddie Dickens series of books.
1974 - Lois Lenski
1985 - Eleanor Dark
1986 - Noel Streatfield
1988 - Roger Hargreaves
2002 - David Wisniewski
2007 - Gene Savoy