1709 - Samuel Johnson
author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet,
essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and
1893 - William March
American author and US Marine, known for his novel Company K.
1934 - Richard Kluger
American journalist and author, whose Ashes to Ashes won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction.
1947 - Drew Gilpin Faust
historian and first female president of Harvard. Her books have been
finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer.
1954 - Steven Pinker
Canadian-born experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and popular science author known for books like The Language Instinct.
1956 - Chris Hedges
American war journalist and author, whose latest book is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
1951 - Gelett Burgess
1980 - Katherine Ann Porter
2012 - Louis Simpson