1866 - H.G. Wells
English author now best known as the "Father of Science Fiction." His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
1944 - Fannie Flagg
Pen name of Patricia Neal, American actress, comedienne and author. Best known as an author for her book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
1945 - Kay Ryan
American poet, U.S. Poet Laureate from 2008-2010.
1947 - Stephen King
American author. Not sure what else I need to say about Stephen King.
1960 - Kelley Eskridge
American author of speculative fiction, non-fiction and screenplays.
1970 - Samantha Power
Irish-born American author and diplomat, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction for A Problem From Hell.
19 BC - Virgil
1832 - Sir Walter Scott
1974 - Jacqueline Susann